||Luxembourg - Sherisse Laurence - L'amour De Ma Vie (French)
Music/Lyrics: Rolf Soja/Alain Garcia, Frank Dostal
Conductor: Rolf Soja
A cracking opening to the contest! This could well have brought Luxembourg victory number six, a smooth ballad with a backing vocal which does more than simply support the song, it gives it more depth.
| Doris Dragovic
||Yugoslavia - Doris Dragovic - Zeljo Moja (Serbo-Croat)
Music/Lyrics: Zrinko Tutic/Zrinko Tutic
Conductor: Nikica Kalogjera
This was Doris’ first Eurovision entry and is a calming Balkan ballad which she delivered with a smile.
| Cocktail Chic
||France - Cocktail Chic - Européennes (French)
Music/Lyrics: George Costa, Michel Costa/George Costa, Michel Costa
Conductor: Jean-Claude Petit
Bursting with French chic, the four madams did their best, but it was always going to be an impossible task selling a sub-standard product. The juries were clearly not impressed.
| Ketil Stokkan
||Norway - Ketil Stokkan - Romeo (Norwegian)
Music/Lyrics: Ketil Stokkan/Ketil Stokkan
Conductor: Egil-Monn Iversen
Romeo is a rock song which, curiously, was presented with a dance act called The Great Garlic Girls, who were both men! It did distract from a song that is very likeable and, as the home audience proved, very easy to clap along with. The orchestra stopped and Ketil led the clapping as everyone in the auditorium joined in.
||United Kingdom - Ryder - Runner In The Night (English)
Music/Lyrics: Brian Wade/Maureen Darbyshire
Led by the son of actor Bill Maynard, Ryder had been formed especially for the contest. Runner In The Night merges rock with 80’s style synths to produce a song that does linger in the memory.
||Iceland - Icy - Gleðibankinn (Icelandic)
Music/Lyrics: Magnús Eriksson/Magnús Eriksson
Conductor: Gunnar Thórdarsson
Iceland got off to a rather lacklustre start with a trio brought together for the contest. It looked and sounded rather disorganised.
| Frizzle Sizzle
||The Netherlands - Frizzle Sizzle - Alles Heeft Ritme (Dutch)
Music/Lyrics: Peter Schőn, Rob ten Bokum/Peter Schőn
Conductor: Harry van Hoof
Four young ladies in bare feet made up Frizzle Sizzle. Their song is a very jolly little ditty which raises a smile.
| Klips ve Onlar
||Turkey - Klips ve Onlar - Halley (Turkish)
Music/Lyrics: Melih Kibar/Ilhan Irem
Conductor: Melih Kibar
Two groups, one all male and one all female, joined forces for a song about Halley’s Comet, which passed over the planet in 1986. The result is ok at best, forgettable at worst.
||Spain - Cadillac - Valentino (Spanish)
Music/Lyrics: José Maria Guzman/ José Maria Guzman
Conductor: Eduardo Leyva
With a lead singer who looked like a young Roy Castle, the three piece Spanish band oozed confidence. It’s a good song in a making up the numbers way.
| Daniela Simons
||Switzerland - Daniela Simons - Pas Pour Moi (French)
Music/Lyrics: Atilla Sereftug/Nella Martinetti
Conductor: Atilla Sereftug
Rightly finishing in the top three, Daniela exuded class with this emotive, piano based ballad. She started at the piano but rose to her feet for the finale.
| Moti Galadi and Sarai Tzuriel
||Israel - Moti Galadi and Sarai Tzuriel - Yavoh Yom (Hebrew)
Music/Lyrics: Yoram Zadok/Moti Giladi
Conductor: Yoram Zadok
While on its own it’s a decent enough song, Yavoh Yom lacks a bit of the zip usually associated with up-tempo Israeli songs.
| Luv Bug
||Ireland - Luv Bug - You Can Count On Me (English)
Music/Lyrics: Kevin Sheerin/Kevin Sheerin
Conductor: Noel Kelehan
Luv Bug was the first band to represent Ireland, and they were all family. Their song is a rather average, mid-tempo piece of pop.
| Sandra Kim
||Belgium - Sandra Kim - J'aime La Vie (French)
Music/Lyrics: Jean-Pierre Furnémon, Angelo Crisci/Rosario Marino Altri
Conductor: Jo Carlier
Sandra gave a confident performance for such a young girl on such a big stage, no-one knew at that stage exactly how young she was. Her song is feel very good pop and very 1980’s.
| Ingrid Peters
Germany - Ingrid Peters - Über Die Brücke Geh'n (German)
Music/Lyrics: Hans Blum/Hans Blum
Conductor: Hans Blum
This is one of Germany’s better efforts at this genre; a big ballad with a big brass intro, anthemic and appealing to everyone to get along with everyone else.
||Cyprus - Elpida - Tora Zo (Greek)
Music/Lyrics: Petros Yiannaki/Phivos Gavris, Petros Yiannaki
Conductor: Martin Ford
Seven years after representing Greece, Elphida was chosen by its neighbour to sing Cyprus’ sixth entry. It’s more pop than her previous entry and was unlucky to finish last.
| Timna Brauer
||Austria - Timna Brauer - Die Zeit Ist Einsam (German)
Music/Lyrics: Peter Janda/Peter Cornelius
Conductor: Richard Österreicher
A very soft and gentle song at the start, Die Zeit Ist Einsam explodes briefly into life before coming to almost a complete stop very suddenly.
| Lasse Holm and Monica Törnell
||Sweden - Lasse Holm and Monica Törnell - E' De' Det Här Du Kallar Kärlek (Swedish)
Music/Lyrics: Lasse Holm/Lasse Holm
Conductor: Anders Berglund
In the preview video, things got very messy with paint flying around everywhere. Fortunately for the stage hands, there wasn’t a pot of emulsion in sight as the Swedes got everyone to their feet and singing with this magnificently fun song. Even the head of Sweden’s SVT stripped to the waist and ‘played’ guitar.
| Lise Haavik and Trax
||Denmark - Lise Haavik and Trax - Du Er Fuld Af Løgn (Danish)
Music/Lyrics: John Hatting/John Hatting
Conductor: Egil-Monn Iversen
This is what the Danes do best; fun, unpretentious with no ambition to be anything other than enjoyable. You either love it or hate it.
| Kari Kuivalainen
||Finland - Kari Kuivalainen - Päivä Kahden Ihmisen (Finnish)
Music/Lyrics: Kari Kuivalainen/Kari Kuivalainen
Conductor: Ossi Runne
Some say the Finns were at a disadvantage when singing in their native tongue because their language is so unique. If there is any truth in that, then this is the song that can be highlighted as suffering s a result. It’s a great song; a powerful ballad sung with no lack of feeling by Kari and certainly deserved to be in the top ten at least.
||Portugal - Dora - Não Sejas Mau Para Mim (Portuguese)
Music/Lyrics: Guilherme Inês, Zé da Ponte, Luis Oliveira/Guilherme Inês, Zé da Ponte, Luis Oliveira
Conductor: Colin Frechter
The Portuguese song moves along consistently but it’s a bit messy. This description could also be applied to Dora’s outfit, which was a strange mix of colours and styles.