It must have seemed like a good idea at the time! The script required host Marlene Charell to say everything three times; in German, English and French. The result was that the show was longer than it needed to be and seemed to go on even longer. The set designer must have got his inspiration from an electric fireplace. Squares of alternate horizontal and vertical lights dominated the large back wall of the stage, overwhelming the whole set.
It came down to the last jury, but the first contest held in Germany saw Luxembourg pip Israel for a fifth victory. Corinne Hermes looked extremely nervous during the whole, tense, voting procedure and had to fight back the tears for her reprise.
For the first of only three occasions under the current voting system, two countries scored no points. Spain deserved a few for being brave and entering something very ethnic, but Turkey should have no complaints.
There were first appearances by Gary Lux (as part of Westend), Carole and Mariella Farré. You could say that Anita Skorgen was making her fourth appearance as she was part of Jahn Teigens backing group. Twenty countries travelled to Munich. Greece, Italy and France all returned after differing periods of absence while Ireland withdrew for just this year.
Do Re Me
I'm Never Giving Up
Çetin Alp and the Short Wave
Quién Maneja Mi Barca?
Io Cosi non Ci Sto
Sing Me a Song
Stavros and Constantina
I Agapi Akoma Zi
Hoffmann und Hoffmann
Esta Balada Que Te Dou
Pas de Deux
Si La Vie Est Cadeau
|France - Guy Bonnet - Vivre (French)
Music/Lyrics: Guy Bonnet/Fubert Cant
Conductor: Francois Raubèrt
Guy first appeared in the contest in 1970. As then, his self-penned song this time is a ballad whose arrangement is very minimal, leaving the strength of the melody to impress.
|Norway - Jahn Teigen - Do Re Me (Norwegian)
Music/Lyrics: Jahn Teigen, Anita Skorgen/Jahn Teigen, Herodes Falsk
Conductor: Sigurd Jansen
Jahn sang with his wife, Anita Skorgen, the year before in Harrogate. She was part of his backing group this time, as were several children! Quite suitable really as this, his third entry, is a sing-along nursery rhyme.
|United Kingdom - Sweet Dreams - I'm Never Giving Up (English)
Music/Lyrics: Ron Roker, Jan Pulsford, Phil Wigger/ Ron Roker, Jan Pulsford, Phil Wigger
Conductor: John Coleman
Dressed as if they had just arrived from an Aerobics class, the three members of Sweet Dreams (including Carrie Grant, the vocal coach much used by the BBC) were very energetic as they danced their way through this lively piece of 80’s pop.
|Sweden - Carola Häggkvist - Främling (Swedish)
Music/Lyrics: Lasse Holm/Monica Forsberg
Conductor: Anders Ekdahl
One of the most iconic of Eurovision singers started at an early age with this likeable, mid tempo ditty.
|Italy - Riccardo Fogli - Per Lucia (Italian)
Music/Lyrics: Maurizio Fabrizio/Riccardo Fogli, Vincenzo Spambinato
Conductor: Maurizio Fabrizio
Riccardo won the Sanremo festival in 1982, when Italy didn’t enter the Eurovision Song Contest. This may or may not have influenced RAI when they chose him, but his song is a steady plodder that won’t invoke strong feelings either way.
|Turkey - Çetin Alp and the Short Wave - Opera (Turkish)
Music/Lyrics: Bugra Ugur/Aysel Gŭrel
Conductor: Bugra Ugur
The first of two songs that didn’t score starts off normally enough, but tumbles into complete nonsense with a totally unsuitable melody and arrangement. The costumes of the backing singers couldn’t have helped either.
|Spain - Remedios Amaya - Quién Maneja Mi Barca? (Spanish)
Music/Lyrics: Jose Miguél/Isidro Munoz
Conductor: Jose Miguél
Immediately following one song that scored no points at all was the other song that didn’t score. However, Spain should be congratulated for entering such an ethnically Spanish song. It could have come straight from a Spanish gipsy camp.
|Switzerland - Mariella Farré - Io Cosi non Ci Sto (Italian)
Music/Lyrics: Thomas Gonzenbach, Remo Kessler/Nella Martinetti
Conductor: Robert Weber
Mariella made the first of her two appearances with this mid-tempo song which tries to be anthemic, but doesn’t quite manage it.
|Finland - Ami Aspelund - Fantasiaa (Finnish)
Music/Lyrics: Kari Kuusamo/Kaisu Liuhala
Conductor: Ossi Runne
Ami, the sister of 1977 Finnish singer Monica, gave a very confident performance. She had good reason to be confident. Fantasiaa is a very strong and dramatic song which has plenty of strings and builds well for the big ending.
|Greece - Christie - Mou Les (Greek)
Music/Lyrics: Antonis Plessas, Mimis Plessas/Sophia Fildissi
Conductor: Mimis Plessas
All was going well with the song on the night until the part of the song which has been the downfall of many over the years, the saxophone solo. Some bodged notes ruined any chances Greece’s gentle ballad had.
|The Netherlands - Bernadette - Sing Me a Song (Dutch)
Music/Lyrics: Piet Souer/Martin Duiser
Conductor: Piet Souer
This is one of those songs that starts slowly and builds bit by bit as it continues. It reaches its peak just before the end before slowing down again for the last few bars
|Yugoslavia - Danijel - Dzuli (Serbo-Croat)
Music/Lyrics: Daniel Popovic/Mario Mihaljevic
Conductor: Radovan Popovic
The vocals of Dzuli required Danijel to almost yodel, which he coped with quite well. The whole package was quite entertaining.
|Cyprus - Stavros and Constantina - I Agapi Akoma Zi (Greek)
Music/Lyrics: Stavros Sideras/Stavros Sideras
Conductor: Michalis Rozakis
A simple song and an equally simple presentation. Stavros and Constantina sat on stools strumming guitars while harmonising their way through a fairly unmemorable ballad.
|Germany - Hoffmann und Hoffmann - Rücksicht (German)
Music/Lyrics: Michael Reinecke/Volker Lechtenbrink
Conductor: Dietre Reith
The Hoffman brothers had more than a slight chance of giving Germany another win. Rücksicht is a sad and emotional ballad whose beauty lies in its simplicity. The English version, Love Gives, has one of the best lyrics of any English version of any Eurovision song.
|Denmark - Gry Johansen - Kloden Drejer (Danish)
Music/Lyrics: Flemming Gernyx, Christian Jacobsen/ Flemming Gernyx, Christian Jacobsen
Conductor: Allan Botschinsky
During her performance, Gry managed to have a dance routine while remaining virtually rooted to the spot. While it tries hard, the song doesn’t really go anywhere.
|Israel - Ofra Haza - Hi (Hebrew)
Music/Lyrics: Avi Toledano/Ehud Manor
Conductor: Nanssi Silviu Brandes
After the contest, Ofra went on to have a successful international career before her untimely death. It’s easy to see how she achieved that success, Hi is an easy to remember foot tapper.
|Portugal - Armando Gama - Esta Balada Que Te Dou (Portuguese)
Music/Lyrics: Armando Gama/Armando Gama
Conductor: Mike Sergeant
Esta Balada Que Te Dou is a standard ballad with a Portuguese flavour. Armando looked the part as he played the piano in a smart suit.
|Austria - Westend - Hurricane (German)
Music/Lyrics: Peter Vieweger/Heli Deinboek, Heinz Nessizius
Conductor: Richard Österreicher
Featuring Gary Lux (who would sing twice more as a soloist), Westend looked resplendent in mostly yellow outfits. Hurricane took its cue from synth-pop, which was popular at the time.
|Belgium - Pas de Deux - Rendez-vous (Flemish)
Music/Lyrics: Walter Verdin/Paul Peskens
Conductor: Freddy Sunder
Undaunted by being unceremoniously booed by the audience when they won the Belgian final, the two ladies of Pas de Deux gave us choreography that made their arms swing more than a pendulum and a song which, although consisting of one line which is repeated a lot, is strangely hypnotic.
|Luxembourg - Corinne Hermès - Si La Vie Est Cadeau (French)
Music/Lyrics: Jean-Pierre Millers/Alain Garcia
Conductor: Michel Bernholc
With her female backing singers dressed in black and her males in pink (whose idea was that?), Corinne belted out this big power ballad. It gave Luxembourg its fifth victory, and richly deserved it was too. It is a class above the competition and is arguably one of the best winners in the history of the contest.