The Eurovision Song Contest 1986 was the 31st Eurovision Song Contest and was held on May 3, 1986 in the Grieg Hall in Bergen, Norway. The presenter was Åse Kleveland. The 1986 contest was a first for Eurovision in that royalty were among the guests — Crown Prince Harald, Crown Princess Sonja, Princess Märtha Louise and Prince Haakon Magnus were all in attendance.
Sandra Kim was the winner of this Eurovision with the song, "J'aime la vie". The song received points from every jury (Belgium received five sets of 12 points; every country awarded Belgium at least five points except for Germany, which gave them just one point). Belgium was the winner in the voting from the results of the second jury out of twenty, in the longest winning stretch during voting since 1974.
Aged 13, Kim was the youngest ever Eurovision winner. Current rules require Eurovision Song Contest participants to be at least 16, so unless the rule is changed Kim's record will never be broken. In the lyrics of her song, Kim claimed to be 15 years of age, but after the Contest, it was revealed that she was actually 13. Switzerland appealed for her to be disqualified, but this was to no avail.
Presenter Åse Kleveland sang the multilingual "Welcome to Music" as the opening act, incorporating English and French primarily, in addition to other European languages. BBC commentator Terry Wogan, at the close of Kleveland's number, dryly remarked, "Katie Boyle [a former Eurovision host for the UK] never sang, did she?"
As this was the first time Norway hosted a Eurovision Song Contest, NRK, the state broadcaster, commissioned a lavish budget for the event, turning Grieg Hall into a Viking-esque "ice palace," complete with white and pastel neon lights for the stage. In addition, NRK also had a special diamond-encrusted dress made for Kleveland for her opening number. The prized dress, which weighed upwards of 15 pounds (6.8 kg), is still available for viewing at NRK's costuming department at Marienlyst in Oslo.
During her opening speech, Kleveland said of Norway's road in the contest, "For those of you who have followed Norway's course through the history of the Eurovision Song Contest, you will know that it has been quite thorny, in fact. So, imagine our joy when last year we finally won, and the pleasure we feel today, being able to welcome 700 million viewers to the top of Europe, to Norway, and to Bergen."
Greece withdrew, having been drawn eighteenth in order of presentation. Their entry would have been Wagon-lit performed by Polina. Iceland competed for the very first time, as the national broadcaster RÚV finally cemented their satellite television connections with the rest of Europe. The Italian broadcaster, RAI, simply decided not to send any delegation to Bergen.
|1||French||Sherisse Stevens||L'Amour De Ma Vie||The Love Of My Life||3||117|
|2||Serbo-Croatian||Doris Dragović||Željo moja||My Desire||11||49|
|3||French||Cocktail Chic||Européennes||European Girls||17||13|
|5||English||Ryder||Runner In The Night||-||7||72|
|6||Icelandic||ICY||Gleðibankinn||The Bank of Joy||16||19|
|7||Dutch||Frizzle Sizzle||Alles Heeft Ritme||Everything Has Rhythm||13||40|
|8||Turkish||Klips ve Onlar||Halley||Halley||9||53|
|10||French||Daniela Simons||Pas Pour Moi||Not For Me||2||140|
|11||Hebrew||Moti Giladi & Sarai Tzuriel||Yavo Yom (יבוא יום)||A Day Will Come||19||7|
|12||English||Luv Bug||You Can Count On Me||-||4||96|
|13||French||Sandra Kim||J'Aime La Vie||I Love Life||1||176|
|14||German||Ingrid Peters||Über Die Brücke Geh'n||Crossing The Bridge||8||62|
|15||Greek||Elpida||Tora Zo (Τώρα ζω)||Now I Live||20||4|
|16||German||Timna Brauer||Die Zeit Ist Einsam||Time Is Lonely||18||12|
|17||Swedish||Lasse Holm & Monica Törnell||E' De' Det Här Du Kallar Kärlek?||Is This What You Call Love?||5||78|
|18||Danish||Lise Haavik||Du Er Fuld Af Løgn||You Are Full Of Lies||6||77|
|19||Finnish||Kari Kuivalainen||Never The End||Never The End||15||22|
|20||Portuguese||Dora||Não Sejas Mau Para Mim||Don't Be Bad To Me||14||28|