Thursday, March 23, 2017

HISTORY OF THE ESC. Part 21: 1998. Continues: tomorrow.
Caffé Latté  looks back on the key moments of Europe’s annual competition.
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Birmingham played host city for Eurovision in 1998, following the UK's win the previous year. The contest welcomed 25 nations to the Grand Final after 5 were culled based on their low performances in the past 5 years.
Italy officially withdrew from future participation at the ESC. This boycott ended in 2011. FYR Macedonia made its debut. 
1998 marked a new turning point when Dana International emerged victorious with the Israeli entry "Diva". Its comfortable lead defied the controversy and criticism surrounding the performer's participation. As the first openly transgendered winner, Dana International's attracted death threats and required added security. 
Just behind Israel was the United Kingdom. Imaani's "Where Are You?"gave the UK its record-breaking 15th runner-up finish.
A change in the rules shook Eurovision in 1999 as the contest returned to Jerusalem.
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