GREECE – The Eurovision Song Contest 1986 was the 31st edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. It was held in Bergen, Norway, following the country’s victory at the 1985 contest with the song “La det swinge” by Bobbysocks!.
Organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and host broadcaster Norsk rikskringkasting (NRK), the contest was held at Grieghallen on Saturday 3 May 1986 and was hosted by Åse Kleveland.
Twenty countries took part in this year’s contest with Greece and Italy withdrawing and Yugoslavia and Netherlands returning this year as well as Iceland making its début in the competition.
Polina was picked in the 1986 national selection to represent Greece at the Eurovision Song Contest 1986 in Bergen, Norway, but ERT pulled out of the Contest unexpectedly.
Polina stated that it was due to political troubles in Greece at the time, but she noted that a Eurovision website had learned that the real reason was that the Contest was to be held the night before Orthodox Easter.
Had she performed, she would have appeared eighteenth and she would have performed the song “Wagon-lit”.