Here are my choices for the 1986 Eurovision Song Contest; I’d only heard the entry from Belgium before watching the entire contest online.

My Rank Country Title, Artist Eurovision Final Ranking
1 Netherlands “Alles heeft ritme”, Frizzle Sizzle 13
2 Belgium “J’aime la vie”, Sandra Kim 1
3 Luxembourg “L’amour de ma vie”, Sherisse Laurence 3
4 Finland “Never The End”, Kari Kuivalainen 15
5 France “Européennes”, Cocktail Chic 17
6 Turkey “Halley”, Klips ve Onlar 9
7 Germany “Über die Brücke geh’n”, Ingrid Peters 8
8 Cyprus “Tora Zo”, Elpida 20
9 Portugal “Não sejas mau para mim”, Dora 14
10 Spain “Valentino”, Cadillac 10

There was such a contrast between Belgium’s unbridled enthusiasm and Luxembourg’s understated calm, but ultimately, I thought Netherlands (for the third contest as of this writing!) had the best song.

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