Eurovision Song Contest 1999 was the 44th Eurovision Song Contest, held in the Usshishkin Hall at th The reactions to the victory of Dana, the religious parties of Israel was more pronounced than for participation. The same strong reactions encountered and the possibility of organizing the Eurovision 1999 in Jerusalem. For the IBA, the Israeli TV, but there was no other place to host the contest, from Jerusalem, and in particular Binyanei Haooma, the building which had been held and the Eurovision in 1979 and is now called International Conference Center. First stage of the competition appeared three presenters! The whole event was of course under draconian security measures. The system of exclusion remained the same, while Lithuania, absent since 1995, decided to return Scotland makes a request to participate as an independent country, a request rejected by the EBU.There are two major changes in 1999. First, the EBU, decided that was no longer required to provide the orchestra by the organizers. The second change is the return of the "free language", namely the freedom to choose the language of the songs. The IBA rushed to announce that there will be no orchestra at Eurovision 1999, and it goes without saying that most countries have chosen to sing in English. Problems created by the Croatian participation. Immediately after the contest Sweden submitted a formal protest to the EBU as the male voices in the chorus of "Maria Magdalena" was recorded, which is contrary to the terms of the EBU. Thus, it was decided to remove the 1 / 3 of the points that got Croatia in 1999, but only ca calculating the GPA grades of 5 years which count for qualification to the competition in 2000. In practice, this had no effect, as Kroatia had a good GPA .The vote became a duel between Iceland and Sweden, m etin the second and scored the 4th win. From the funniest moments of the contest is fall when Dana took the stage to give the award to Charlotte Nilsson! The broadcast ended with all participants on stage to sing the "Hallelujah" for the victims of war in Yugoslavia.