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|Eurovision Song Contest 1996|
|Selection process||The Great British Song Contest 1996|
1 March 1996
8 March 1996
|Selected entrant||Gina G|
|Selected song||"Ooh Aah... Just a Little Bit"|
|Final result||8th, 77 points|
|United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest|
The United Kingdom selected their entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 1996 in Oslo, Norway with a new show, The Great British Song Contest . The winning entry was Gina G with "Ooh Aah... Just a Little Bit".
The qualifying round for the contest (the first since 1960's selection), a special edition of Top of the Pops , was broadcast on BBC1 on 1 March 1996 and was hosted by Nicky Campbell. It was announced that the four songs with the highest number of telephone votes would qualify for the final. The top four songs were announced on 2 March and went forward to the final on 8 March.
|Semi-final – 1 March 1996|
|1||Layla||"Find Love"||Marcus Vere, Simon Wilkinson||Advanced|
|2||Code Red||"I Gave You Everything"||Deni Lew, Nicky Graham, Wayne Hector||Advanced|
|3||Essenes||"I Never Knew"||S. Elliot, R. Driscoll, Mike Connaris||Eliminated|
|4||Dan Anderson||"Sometimes It Rains"||Louisa Scott, Ronnie James Scott||Eliminated|
|5||Lois||"I Just Want To Make Love 2 U"||Ben Keen, Paul Thompson, Mike Connaris||Eliminated|
|6||Twin Hazey||"Louise"||Keith Summers, David Whitehouse, Michael Flaherty||Eliminated|
|7||Zeitia Massiah||"A Little Love"||Pam Sheyne, Eliot Kennedy||Advanced|
|8||Gina G||"Ooh Aah... Just A Little Bit"||Steve Rodway, Simon Tauber||Advanced|
The Great British Song Contest final was held on 8 March 1996 at BBC Television Centre. Hosted by Terry Wogan, it was broadcast on BBC1 at 20:00. For the first time since 1985, there was no simultaneous broadcast with BBC Radio 2. The winning entry was announced at the end of the show following a further public phone vote.
|Final – 8 March 1996|
|2||Code Red||"I Gave You Everything"||41,791||2|
|3||Zeitia Massiah||"A Little Love"||41,105||3|
|4||Gina G||"Ooh Aah... Just A Little Bit"||113,576||1|
With the exception of host nation Norway, who were exempted, all 29 countries wishing to participate in the 1996 contest had to go through an audio-only pre-qualifying round held on 20 March. The lowest-placed seven songs would be eliminated and would not appear in Oslo. Gina G was placed third with 153 points, thus qualifying for the final.
On the night of the final Gina G performed 2nd in the running order, following Turkey and preceding Spain. At the end of the voting it had received 77 points, placing 8th out of 23 contestants.The United Kingdom jury awarded its 12 points to Cyprus.
When Belén Fernández de Henestrosa, the Spanish spokesperson, announced the votes of the Spanish jury, she awarded six points to "Holland" (the Netherlands), which host Ingvild Byrn misheard as "Poland." The official results table corrected this error, and the Netherlands' seventh-place result was restored at the expense of the United Kingdom, who ultimately finished eighth. [ citation needed ]Despite this result, 'Just a Little Bit' is one of the most successful of the UK's entries at Eurovision, not only topping the UK singles chart but also finding success in America, where the song was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording in 1998.
The Eurovision Song Contest 1996 was the third time that Estonia entered the Eurovision Song Contest, and was their first participation since their second-to-last place in the 1994 final. The entrant was again selected by a panel of expert judges, with thirteen entrants into the preselection final. The preselection would end up tied on points, with Maarja-Liis Ilus and Ivo Linna's duet "Kaelakee hääl" winning on the basis of being awarded more maximum points than the runner-up Kadri Hunt. In the final, Ilus and Linna finished 5th.
Sweden was represented by One More Time with the song "Den vilda" in the Eurovision Song Contest 1996.
Eimear Quinn represented Ireland in the 1996 Eurovision Song Contest with the song "The Voice".
Portugal selected their entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 1996 through the annual Festival da Canção.
France continued to participate at the Eurovision Song Contest, participating at the 1996 contest, held in Oslo, Norway.
Slovakia entered the Eurovision Song Contest 1996 in Oslo, after being relegated from the 1995 contest.
For the first time since 1992, a national final was held in Germany to select their entry for the Eurovision Song Contest. At the contest, represented by Leon with "Planet of Blue", Germany failed to progress from the pre-qualification round, leading to the first time that Germany failed to participate at Eurovision.
The Netherlands was represented by duo Maxine and Franklin Brown, with the song "De eerste keer", at the 1996 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place in Oslo on 18 May.
Denmark chose Dorthe Andersen and Martin Loft, with the song '"Kun med dig", to be their representatives at the 1996 Eurovision Song Contest, to be held on 18 May in Oslo. "Kun med dig" was chosen as the Danish entry at the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix on 9 March. However, Denmark was one of seven countries which failed to qualify for the Eurovision final from a pre-qualifying round, so they were not represented in Oslo.
Norway was represented by Elisabeth Andreassen, with the song '"I evighet", at the 1996 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 18 May at the Oslo Spektrum, following Secret Garden's victory for Norway in Dublin the previous year. "I evighet" was chosen as the Norwegian entry at the Melodi Grand Prix on 30 March. This was the last of four Eurovision appearances as a main performer by Andreassen, a record shared with Lys Assia, Fud Leclerc, Valentina Monetta and Peter, Sue & Marc.
Iceland was represented by Anna Mjöll, with the song "Sjúbídú", at the 1996 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 18 May in Oslo. As in 1995, the song was chosen internally by Icelandic broadcaster RÚV.
Poland was represented by Kasia Kowalska, with the song "Chcę znać swój grzech", at the 1996 Eurovision Song Contest which took place on 18 May in Oslo. The song was chosen internally by broadcaster TVP.
Hungary chose Gjon Delhusa, with the song '"Fortuna", to be their representative at the 1996 Eurovision Song Contest. However, Hungary was one of seven countries which failed to qualify for the Eurovision final from a pre-qualifying round, so they were not represented in Oslo.
Finland was represented by Jasmine, with the song '"Niin kaunis on taivas", at the 1996 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 18 May in Oslo. "Niin kaunis on taivas" was chosen as the Finnish entry at the national final organised by broadcaster Yle and held on 3 March.
Croatia selected its entry for the 1996 Eurovision Song Contest through the "Dora 1996" contest, which was held on 3 March 1996, organised by the Croatian national broadcaster Hrvatska radiotelevizija (HRT) in Opatija. The winner was Maja Blagdan with "Sveta ljubav".
Macedonia attempted to enter the Eurovision Song Contest 1996, the first time the country tried to enter the Eurovision Song Contest. Macedonia selected Kaliopi to represent them in Norway, after winning the national final selection with the song "Samo ti". However, Macedonia was one of seven countries which failed to qualify for the Eurovision final from a pre-qualifying round, so they were not present in Oslo.
Israel attempted to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 1996 in Oslo. Galit Bell represented Israel with the song "Shalom Olam". However, Israel was one of seven countries which failed to qualify for the Eurovision final from a pre-qualifying round, so they were not present in Norway.
Russia attempted to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 1996 in Oslo, Norway. The Russian entry was selected through a national final, organised by the Russian broadcaster Rossiya Channel (RTR). Andrey Kosinsky was chosen to represent Russia with the song "Ya eto ya". However, Russia was one of seven countries which failed to qualify for the Eurovision final from a pre-qualifying round, so they were not present in Norway.
Bosnia and Herzegovina participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 1996 in Oslo, Norway. Amila Glamočak represented Bosnia and Herzegovina with the song "Za našu ljubav". They finished on 22nd place out of 23 countries with 13 points. It was the worst result for Bosnia and Herzegovina until 2016.
Constantinos represented Cyprus in the Eurovision Song Contest 1996 with the song "Mono gia mas". It finished 9th with 72 points.