33º Eurovision Song Contest
Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi (Celine Dion) - Switzerland
The 33rd Eurovision Song Contest was held on April 30, 1988 in Dublin. The presenters were Pat Kenny and Michelle Rocca. Future international superstar Céline Dion, then only famous in the French-speaking world, was the winner of this Eurovision with the song, Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi. This was the second victory for Switzerland and the last one to date, the previous victory had been in the 1st Eurovision Song Contest in 1956 with Refrain, performed by Lyss Assia.
In one of the most exciting and tightest votings ever, after the penultimate jury, the UK representative Scott Fitzgerald looked well-placed for victory, holding a five-point lead over Switzerland. Then the last jury, that of Yugoslavia, began to award points in the customary ascending order and the international audience as well as the audience in Dublin held its breath to see how that evening's two rivals for victory would fare. Switzerland were the first to be named with six points, which put them into a one-point-only lead. It seemed quite likely that the UK would get a higher set of points given the pattern of the voting hroughoout the evening and as all the countries but for France and the Netherlands had awarded points to the UK but, the seven points came, then eight, ten, everybody was holding their breath and, finally, the twelve points from Yugoslavia went to France. Yugoslavia awarded the UK no points at all, and Switzerland could savour a very dramatic triumph.