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Basic information

Date: 
3 April 1971
Contest type: 
Grand Final
Venue: 
Gaiety Theatre, Dublin, Ireland
Broadcaster: 
RTE
Presenter(s): 
Bernadette Ni Gallchoir
About the contest: 

After the exodus of 1970, normality was restored as 18 countries travelled to Dublin, the first time the Irish capital hosted the contest. The number of participants was boosted by the entrance of Malta for the first time. Five of the artists were appearing for the first time, while Katja Ebstein competed for the second successive year. Among the debutants were Peter, Sue and Marc, who sang in four contests, each time in a different language.

The rules were changed to allow more performers on stage. Previously, only a maximum of two were allowed, but as from 1971, six were allowed.

A new voting system was introduced. Instead of ten jurors from each country voting for one song each, two people from each country gave all the songs (except their own) a score out of five. It could be argued that this was a strange system as it meant that Europe’s favourite song was chosen by 38 people. On the other hand, it could be argued that, in the three years it was used, it produced three winners that would feature in the top ten of most fans winners list.

Results

Pos.CountryParticipant(s)SongtitlePointsRank
1
Austria
Marianne Mendt
Musik
66
16th
2
Malta
Joe Grech
Marija L-maltija
52
18th
3
Monaco
Séverine
Un Banc, Un Arbre, Une Rue
128
1st
4
Switzerland
Peter, Sue and Marc
Les Illusions De Nos Vingt Ans
78
12th
5
Germany
Katja Ebstein
Diese Welt
100
3rd
6
Spain
Karina
En Un Mundo Nuevo
115
2nd
7
France
Serge Lama
Un Jardin Sur La Terre
82
10th
8
Luxembourg
Monique Melsen
Pomme, Pomme, Pomme
70
13th
9
United Kingdom
Clodagh Rodgers
Jack in the Box
98
4th
10
Belgium
Lily Castel and Jacques Raymond
Goeie Morgen, Morgen
68
14th
11
Italy
Massimo Ranieri
L'amore è Un Attimo
91
5th
12
Sweden
Family Four
Vita Vidder
85
=6th
13
Ireland
Angela Farrell
One Day Love
79
11th
14
The Netherlands
Saskia and Serge
De Tijd
85
=6th
15
Portugal
Tonicha
Menina Do Alto Da Serra
83
9th
16
Yugoslavia
Krunoslav Slabinac
Tvoj Djecak Je Tuzan
68
14th
17
Finland
Markku Aro and the Koivisto Sisters
Tie Uuteen Päivään
84
8th
18
Norway
Hanne Krogh
Lykken Er...
65
17th
About the songs: 
Marianne MendtMarianne Mendt

Austria - Marianne Mendt - Musik (German)

Music/Lyrics: Richard Schönherz & Manuel Rigoni/ Richard Schönherz  Manuel Rigoni

Conductor: Robert Opratko

A big brass intro set the scene as Marianne started with restraint and then belted out the big chorus. The busy arrangement keeps the attention of the listener until the end.

 Joe GrechJoe Grech Malta - Joe Grech - Marija L-maltija (Maltese)

Music/Lyrics: Joe Grech/Charles Misfud

Conductor: Twanny Chircop

Malta’s debut song in the contest is a cheesy affair sung in Maltese. As was not uncommon at that time, brass is very evident in the arrangement. At least finishing last didn’t put them off.

 SéverineSéverine Monaco - Séverine - Un Banc, Un Arbre, Une Rue (French)

Music/Lyrics: Jean-Pierre Bourtayre/Yves Dessca

Conductor: Jean-Claude Petit

Severine gave Monaco its first and only victory with a very classy ballad. It stands out from its competitors as being the best of the bunch. She also gave a performance worthy of the song.

 Peter, Sue and MarcPeter, Sue and Marc Switzerland - Peter, Sue and Marc - Les Illusions De Nos Vingt Ans (French)

Music/Lyrics: Peter Reber/Maurice Téz

Conductor: Jean-Claude Vannier

This was the Swiss trios first of four appearances. Sue did most of the vocal duties for a song which is gentle and reflective.  

 Katja EbsteinKatja Ebstein Germany - Katja Ebstein - Diese Welt (German)

Music/Lyrics: Dieter Zimmermann/Fred Jay

Conductor: Dieter Zimmermann

Katja’s second successive visit to the contest is a song which has a quiet verse and builds into the chorus. She sings with feeling for the duration of the song.

 KarinaKarina Spain - Karina - En Un Mundo Nuevo (Spanish)

Music/Lyrics: Rafael Trabucchelli/Tony Luz

Conductor: Waldo de los Rios

The song starts quite softly and builds gradually towards the chorus. It’s the style similar to the two songs which brought Spain victory, and it very nearly did so again. 

 Serge LamaSerge Lama France - Serge Lama - Un Jardin Sur La Terre (French)

Music/Lyrics: Alice Dona/Henri Djian & Jacques Demarny

Conductor: Franck Pourcel

A traditional ‘chanteur’ in voice and style of performance, Serge gave a solid interpretation of a song which plods along at times.

 Monique MelsenMonique Melsen Luxembourg - Monique Melsen - Pomme, Pomme, Pomme (French)

Music/Lyrics: Hubert Giraud/Pierre Cour

Conductor: Jean Claudric

This is an unremarkable song which could come from a children’s television programme. The tempo and melody change little, although Monique sells it well.  

 Clodagh RodgersClodagh Rodgers United Kingdom - Clodagh Rodgers - Jack in the Box (English)

Music/Lyrics: John Worsley/David Myers

Conductor: Johnny Arthey

The intro immediately grabs the listeners attention and the rest of the song is interesting enough to maintain it before ending with a bang. Dressed in pink hot pants, Clodagh gave a lively performance. 

 Lily Castel and Jacques RaymondLily Castel and Jacques Raymond Belgium - Lily Castel and Jacques Raymond - Goeie Morgen, Morgen (Flemish)

Music/Lyrics: Paul Quintens/Philippe van Cauwenbergh

Conductor: Francis Bay

Lily and Jacques represented Belgium after the original choices, Nicole and Hugo, had to withdraw after Nicole suffered an injury. Lily and Jacques were dressed quite formally for this mid tempo ditty which possibly deserved its low placing.

 Massimo RanieriMassimo Ranieri Italy - Massimo Ranieri - L'amore è Un Attimo (Italian)

Music/Lyrics: Enrico Polito/Gaetano Savio & Giancarlo Bigazzi

Conductor: Enrico Polito

A young Massimo gave a mature performance, showing the potential that led to a successful career which continues today. L'amore è Un Attimo has echoes of his native Neopolitan tradition.

 Family FourFamily Four

Sweden - Family Four - Vita Vidder (Swedish)

Music/Lyrics: Hakan Elmquist/Hakan Elmquist

Conductor: Claes Rosendahl

The quality of the harmonies was always going to be crucial to the success or otherwise of the Swedish entry. Fortunately, the four voices worked well together. If they hadn’t……….

 Angela FarrellAngela Farrell

Ireland - Angela Farrell - One Day Love (English)

Music/Lyrics: Donald Martin & Ita Flynn/ Donald Martin & Ita Flynn

Conductor: Noel Kelehan

Pure voiced Angela almost went soprano at times. One Day Love moves along steadily, the pace never faltering.

 Saskia and SergeSaskia and Serge

The Netherlands - Saskia and Serge - De Tijd (Dutch)

Music/Lyrics: Joop Stokkermans/Gerrit den Braber

Conductor: Dolf van der Linden

The recorders lend a medieval feel to the song, and the melody is also medieval in style. Saskia does most of the singing, leaving Serge to be little more than a backing musician. 

 TonichaTonicha

Portugal - Tonicha - Menina Do Alto Da Serra (Portuguese)

Music/Lyrics: Nuno Nazareth Fernandes/Josė Carlos Ary dos Santos

Conductor: Jorge Costa Pinto

If such a thing exists, Menina… could come from a Portuguese western. The tempo stays brisk throughout the song, which manages to keep the listeners attention.

 Krunoslav SlabinacKrunoslav Slabinac

Yugoslavia - Krunoslav Slabinac - Tvoj Djecak Je Tuzan (Serbo-Croat)

Music/Lyrics: Ivica Krajac/Zvonimir Golob

Conductor: Miljenko Prohaska

There is a jazz feel to the intro, but once Krunoslav starts singing, it turns into a big ballad.

 Markku AroMarkku Aro

Finland - Markku Aro and the Koivisto Sisters - Tie Uuteen Päivään (Finnish)

Music/Lyrics: Rauno Lehtinen/ Rauno Lehtinen

Conductor: Ossi Runne

This song can’t decide what it wants to be. The verses are slow and the chorus follows smoothly, but then there is a bridge which totally changes the direction of the song. The result is slightly messy.

 Hanne KroghHanne Krogh

Norway - Hanne Krogh - Lykken Er... (Norwegian)

Music/Lyrics: Arne Bendiksen/Arne Bendiksen

Conductor: Arne Bendiksen

A very young Hanne was dressed for a summers day and looked a bit too sweet. Quite suitable for a song which is very twee.

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