Eurovision Song Contest 1998 was the 43rd Eurovision Song Contest and was held on 9 May 1998 at the Many cities claimed the hospitality of the competition, returning to the UK after 16 years. The BBC, eventually decided that the Birmingham will host the Eurovision 1998, the National Indoors Arena, of 4.500 seats. The choice of sir Terry Wogan, as one of the presenters of the evening was one way for the BBC. The Terry is a British Mr. Eurovision, after describing the competition for the BBC, since 1971. The presenter was the Swedish Ulrika Johnson. As regards the exclusion did not change anything. Italy withdrew again, this time apparently for good, and in 1997 returned to the competition ever again.The experiment of 1997 with the televoting was successful, and in 1998 most countries have decided to apply this method to shape their score. This seems to favor the Israeli representative, to Dana International. The Dana, being a transsexual, had attracted the interest of all European SMEs. The same thing happened with the victory, which was not easy at all finally. The vote became a fierce battle between Israel, Malta and the UK. The winner was the last vote, that of FYR of Macedonia. The participation of Dana, however, the competition, he met tough resistance from religious leaders of Israel.