||Austria - Blue Danube - Du Bist Musik (German)
Music/Lyrics: Klaus-Peter Sattler
Conductor: Richard Österreicher
Synchronised choreography, a list of famous composers and a key change easier to spot than a feminist at a Jim Davidson gig: what more does a song need?
| Ajda Pekkan
||Turkey - Ajda Pekkan - Petr'oil (Turkish)
Music/Lyrics: Atilla Ozdemiroglu/Sanar Yurdatapan
Conductor: Atilla Ozdemiroglu
For those fed up with songs about love, this is something completely different. In the days before tourism, oil was the big industry and Ajda played it straight while singing its praises.
| Anna Vishy
||Greece - Anna Vishy and the Epikouri - Autostop (Greek)
Music/Lyrics: Jick Nakassian/Rony Sofou
Conductor: Jick Nakassian
Anna, one of Greece’s biggest stars, made her contest debut with a song which probably wouldn’t feature highly on her greatest hits album.
| Sophie and Magaly
||Luxembourg - Sophie and Magaly - Papa Pingouin (French)
Music/Lyrics: Pierre Delanoë, Jean-Paul Cara/ Ralph Siegel, Bernd Meinunger
Conductor: Norbert Daum
Drifting into the bizarre, Luxembourg sent two petit sisters and a large man in a penguin outfit. It’s easy to hum along with, but was it really necessary to dress the backing singers up as penguins too?
| Samira Bensaïd
||Morocco - Samira Bensaïd - Bitakat Hob (Arabic)
Music/Lyrics: Abdel Ati Amenna/Malou Rouanne
Conductor: Jean Claudric
Morocco’s first and so far only foray into the contest is very Arabic. It was certainly a different sound for the contest and starts well, but eventually, the end seems a long time coming.
| Alan Sorrenti
||Italy - Alan Sorrenti - Non So Che Darei (Italian)
Music/Lyrics: Alan Sorrenti/Alan Sorrenti
Conductor: Del Newman
After taking a couple of off years, Italy returned to form. Alan’s voice sounds quite normal during the verses, but goes soprano for the chorus.
| Bamses Venner
||Denmark - Bamses Venner - Tænker Altid På Dig (Danish)
Music/Lyrics: Bjarne Gren Jensen/Flemming Jorgensen
Conductor: Allan Botschinsky
Bamses Venner were four men in stripy jumpers who kept movement to a minimum as they performed this easy to remember little song. A bit of swaying from side to side sufficed.
| Tomas Ledin
||Sweden - Tomas Ledin - Just Nu (Swedish)
Music/Lyrics: Tomas Ledin/Tomas Ledin
Conductor: Anders Berglund
Just Nu is a rock song and Tomas struts around the stage like a true rock star. There are shades of Mick Jagger in the way he carried the microphone stand.
||Switzerland - Paola - Cinéma (French)
Music/Lyrics: Peter Reber/Peter Reber, Véronique Muller
Conductor: Peter Reber
Eleven years after she finished fifth in the contest, Paola’s second effort is a quirky tune which grows steadily from a reserved start as does Paola’s performance.
| Vesa-Matti Loiri
||Finland - Vesa-Matti Loiri - Huilumies (Finnish)
Music/Lyrics: Aarno Raninen/Vexi Salmi
Conductor: Ossi Runne
Vesa combines singing with playing the flute, although not at the same time! Huilumies is a slightly messy song which fails to leave an impression.
| Sverre Kjellsberg and Mattis Hætta
||Norway - Sverre Kjellsberg and Mattis Hætta - Sámiid Ædnan (Norwegian)
Music/Lyrics: Sverre Kjellsberg/Ragnar Olsen
Conductor: Sigurd Jansen
The Sami people live north of the Arctic Circle and the threats facing their very traditional way of life were highlighted in this very ethnic song, which also includes the traditional Sami song
| Katja Ebstein
||Germany - Katja Ebstein - Theater (German)
Music/Lyrics: Ralph Siegel/ Bernd Meinunger
Conductor: Wolfgang Rődelberger
Katia’s third and final Eurovision entry could be from the musical Caberet. She’s ably assisted by four men wearing black suits whose faces are painted white.
| Prima Donna
||United Kingdom - Prima Donna - Love Enough For Two (English)
Music/Lyrics: Stephanie de Sykes, Stuart Slater/ Stephanie de Sykes, Stuart Slater
Conductor: John Coleman
Having survived a tie-break in the British selection show, Prima Donna, a six member vocal group of three men and three women, gave a suitably smiley performance of this cheerful song.
| José Cid
||Portugal - José Cid - Um Grande, Grande Amor (Portuguese)
Music/Lyrics: José Cid/José Cid
Conductor: Jorge Machado
Saying goodbye in four different languages, José led the way through this mostly lively number, which is quite infectious.
| Maggie MacNeal
||The Netherlands - Maggie MacNeal - Amsterdam (Dutch)
Music/Lyrics: Frans Smit, Sjoukje Smit, Robert Verwey/Alex Alberts
Conductor: Rogier van Otterloo
Six years after her successful collaboration with the charismatic Mouth, Maggie represented the hosts with a slightly self-obsessed song, but it’s none the worse for that and is worth a listen.
||France - Profil - Hé, Hé M'sieurs Dames (French)
Music/Lyrics: Sylvano Santorio/Richard de Bordeaux, Richard Joffo
Conductor: Sylvano Santorio
Profil wore matching outfits with multi coloured stripes across the front. They were co-ordinated to the extent of the stripes joining up along the line of the five singers. As for the song, it’s quite europop.
| Johnny Logan
||Ireland - Johnny Logan - What's Another Year (English)
Music/Lyrics: Shay Healy/Shay Healy
Conductor: Noel Kelehan
The most successful of contest careers started here. It’s a heartbreaking ballad about the struggle Shay Healy’s Dad had coming to terms with the death of his wife.
| Trigo Limpio
||Spain - Trigo Limpio - Qué Date Esta Noche (Spanish)
Music/Lyrics: José Antonio Martin/José Antonio Martin
Conductor: Javier Iturralde
The Spanish entry spends it’s time rising and dipping in volume and pace. The chorus is virtually chanted rather than sung.
||Belgium - Telex - Euro-vision (French)
Music/Lyrics: Daniel Dupret, Michel Muert, Marc Mullart/ Daniel Dupret, Michel Muert, Marc Mullart
It’s not quite Kraftwerk, but electro-pop makes an early appearance in the contest before it became trendy. Who says the Eurovision Song Contest has always been stuck in the past.