||Austria - Marty Brem - Wenn Du Da Bist (German)
Music/Lyrics: Werner Böhmler/ Werner Böhmler
Conductor: Richard Österreicher
With strong support of four dancers (including one wearing a leotard, leg warmers and an American football helmet – odd but strangely appealing), this was Marty’s second appearance in Eurovision in two years, having been part of Blue Danube the year before - Austria was drawn first then, too. This time, he sang a pleasant, but unremarkable ballad.
| Modern Folk Trio and Aysegül
||Turkey - Modern Folk Trio and Aysegül - Dönme Dolap (Turkish)
Music/Lyrics: Ali Kocatepe/Ali Kocatepe
Conductor: Onno Tunc
From their outfits to their choreography, the Turkish quartet were more traditional than modern. There is a bit of Staying Alive style strings, but otherwise it’s all very tame.
| Lena Valaitis
||Germany - Lena Valaitis - Johnny Blue (German)
Music/Lyrics: Ralph Siegel/ Bernd Meinunger
Conductor: Wolfgang Rődelberger
Siegel and Meinunger are better known for their schlager anthems, but this is a distinct diversion. It’s a sentimental ballad about a lonely boy. The performance featured a rare appearance by the harmonica.
| Jean-Claude Pascal
||Luxembourg - Jean-Claude Pascal - C'est Peut-être Pas L'amérique (French)
Music/Lyrics: Sophie Makhno, Jean-Claude Pascal/ Sophie Makhno, Jean-Claude Pascal
Conductor: Joel Rocher
When he won the contest in 1961, Jean-Claude was an old fashioned crooner and 20 years later, he hadn’t changed a bit. He stood fairly still throughout and waved his hands a lot during his performance of this traditional French ballad.
||Israel - Habibi - Halaylah (Hebrew)
Music/Lyrics: Shuki Levi/Shlomit Aharoni, Yuval Dor
Conductor: Eldad Shrem
The Israelis are not averse to a bit of swaying from side to side during their songs. There was plenty of it to accompany this decent disco effort.
| Debbie Cameron and Tommy Seebach
||Denmark - Debbie Cameron and Tommy Seebach - Krøller Eller Ej (Danish)
Music/Lyrics: Tommy Seebach/Keld Heick
Conductor: Allan Botschinsky
Tommy had represented Denmark two years earlier in Jerusalem and Debbie was one of his backing singers. As with his previous effort, this is a disco number and, also like before, Debbie prances around as if she’s got ants in her knickers.
| Seid-Memic Vajta
||Yugoslavia - Seid-Memic Vajta - Leila (Serbo-Croat)
Music/Lyrics: Ranko Boban/Ranko Boban
Conductor: Ranko Rihtman
This was Yugoslavia’s first entry since 1976. It’s a sincere ballad which is nice to listen to but lacks much to stay in the memory.
| Riki Sorsa
||Finland - Riki Sorsa - Reggae O.K. (Finnish)
Music/Lyrics: Jim Pembroke/Olli Ojala
Conductor: Otto Donner
Reggae purists would have a strong case if they argued that this is not of that genre. The song aside, Riki’s outfit is more likely to be seen on a children’s entertainer than your average Jamaican.
| Jean Gabilou
||France - Jean Gabilou - Humanahum (French)
Music/Lyrics: Jean-Paul Cara/Joel Gracy
Conductor: David Springfield
More than worthy of its third place, Humanahum is a beautiful French ballad which flows effortlessly and was given a very strong performance by Jean.
||Spain - Bacchelli - Y Solo Tú (Spain)
Music/Lyrics: Amado Jaen/Amado Jaen
Conductor: Juan Barcons
The Spanish song is a gentle Disco number, the sort which is played towards closing time when the guys are looking to make a move on the lady they’ve been looking at all night.
| Linda Williams
||The Netherlands - Linda Williams - Het Is Een Wonder (Dutch)
Music/Lyrics: Cees de Wit, Bart van der Laar/Cees de Wit, Bart van der Laar
Conductor: Rogier van Otterloo
The formally attired Linda and her equally formally suited band gave us a very Dutch song which is mid tempo in pace, flows freely and is nice if unspectacular.
||Ireland - Sheeba - Horoscopes (English)
Music/Lyrics: Jim Kelly/Joe Burkett
Conductor: Noel Kelehan
Lyrically different songs are always welcome and this does exactly what it says on the tin. It dismisses the attraction of horoscopes while the three ladies dance neatly in their futuristic (ish) outfits. The song remains a fan favourite today.
| Finn Kalvik
||Norway - Finn Kalvik - Aldri I Livet (Norwegian)
Music/Lyrics: Finn Kalvik/Finn Kalvik
Conductor: Sigurd Jansen
Songs performing immediately before or after the winning song often finish last. Finn can count himself very unlucky to have done so with his understated and simple ballad. He certainly didn’t deserve not to score.
| Bucks Fizz
||United Kingdom - Bucks Fizz - Making Your Mind Up (English)
Music/Lyrics: Andy Hill, John Danter/Andy Hill, John Danter
Conductor: John Coleman
The removing of the skirts ensured the song, which gave the United Kingdom its fourth victory, would be one of the most memorable in the history of the contest. Making Your Mind Up is an up tempo, catchy bit of fun, but you can’t help feeling there were more worthy winners competing against it.
| Carlos Paião
||Portugal - Carlos Paião - Playback (Portuguese)
Music/Lyrics: Carlos Paião/Carlos Paião
Conductor: Shegundo Galarza
His backing singers were dressed in boiler suits and were given a silly dance routine to perform. Carlos didn’t fare much better, although the song isn’t as bad as its placing might suggest.
| Emly Starr
||Belgium - Emly Starr - Samson (Flemish)
Music/Lyrics: Kick Dandy, Giuseppe Marchese/Kick Dandy, Penny Els
Conductor: Giuseppe Marchese
Leggy Emly was dressed appropriately as she sang about one of the Bibles most famous characters. The song itself has a very memorable hook and was worthy of its position among the favourites before the contest. The juries thought differently, placing Belgium in the bottom half.
| Yiannis Dimitras
||Greece - Yiannis Dimitras - Feggari Kalokerino (Greek)
Music/Lyrics: Yiannis Dimitras, Yiorgos Niacgros/Yiannis Dimitras
Conductor: Yiorgos Niacgros
Yiannis spent the first half of his song serenading his pianist, who in turn seemed to be concentrating hard on the keys in front of her. The song is an almost instantly forgettable ballad
||Cyprus - Island - Monika (Greek)
Music/Lyrics: Doros Georghiades/Stavros Sideras
Conductor: Michalis Rozakis
Island were a two male/two female group supported by two musicians. They got the Cypriot participation in the contest off to a strong start with a comfortable finish in the top ten. The song is quite repetitive but pleasant enough.
| Peter, Sue and Marc
||Switzerland - Peter, Sue and Marc - Io Senza Te (Italian)
Music/Lyrics: Peter Reber/Peter Reber, Nella Martinetti
Conductor: Rolf Zuckowski
While this song achieved Peter, Sue and Marc's joint highest placing, many feel it should have won. The Swiss trio tried for the fourth and final time to win the contest and must have fancied their chances. It’s a beautiful ballad which uses the pan pipes with haunting effect. Usually, Sue had the majority of the singing, but this time, it was Marc who did most of the vocals. No wonder they didn’t enter again, if they didn’t win with this, they were never going to win.
| Björn Skifs
||Sweden - Björn Skifs - Fångad I En Dröm (Swedish)
Music/Lyrics: Björn Skifs, Bengt Palmers/Björn Skifs, Bengt Palmers
Conductor: Anders Berglund
Björn represented Sweden in 1979 with a ballad, this time he had written a soft rock song. He gave a restrained performance and was probably deserving of his place in the top ten.