Eurovision By Year
1997 OverviewHOST COUNTRY: Ireland HOST CITY: Dublin HOST VENUE: Point Theatre HOST BROADCASTER: RTÉ HOST PRESENTERS: Carrie Crowley & Ronan Keating INTERVAL ACTS: Ronan Keating & Boyzone
GRAND FINAL: 3rd May
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: 25
Who Won in 1997?
COUNTRY United Kingdom
ARTIST Katrina & The Waves
SONG Love Shine a Light
1997 FactsFor the first time artists were allowed to use backing tracks instead of the live orchestra.
Televoting was tested for the first time, the five countries to trial this were Austria, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
The Barbara Dex award was introduced, awarded to the artist who has the worst outfit on for their performance.
Winning song 'Love Shine a Light' is widely considered by fans to be one off the best winning songs of the contest, it went on to achieve chart success all over Europe.