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Eurovision Song Contest 1979
Image:ESC 1979 logo.png
Final 31 March 1979
Presenter(s) Daniel Peer
Yardena Arazi
Conductor Kobi Oshrat
Host broadcaster Flag of Israel IBA
Venue International Convention Center, Jerusalem, Israel
Winning song  Israel
Hallelujah
Voting system
Each country awarded 12, 10, 8-1 points to their 10 favourite songs
Number of entries 19
Debuting countries None
Returning countries None
Withdrawing countries  Turkey
Nul points None
Interval act Shalom ’79
Eurovision Song Contest
◄1978        1980►

The Eurovision Song Contest 1979 was the 24th Eurovision Song Contest and was held on March 31, 1979 in Jerusalem, Israel. The presenters were Daniel Pe’er and Yardena Arazi, and the event was staged in the International Convention Center. Representing Israel, Gali Atari and Milk and Honey were the winners of this Eurovision with the song, Hallelujah. This was a second victory in a row for Israel, it was also their second victory in the contest.

As noted in author and historian John Kennedy O’Connor’s book The Eurovision Song Contest – The Official History, at one point before the contest Turkey was going to participate, but they withdrew. If they had gone ahead they would have appeared eleventh on stage. They had selected Maria Rita Epik & 21.Peron to represent Turkey with the song ‘Seviyorum’ (I’m Loving). Turkey was forced to retire from the contest under pressure from Arab states who objected to a predominantly Muslim country taking part in a contest held in Israel.[1]

Contents

Results

Draw Country Language Artist Song English Translation Place Points
1  Portugal Portuguese Manuela Bravo Sobe, sobe, balão sobe Rise, Rise, Balloon Rise 9 64
2  Italy Italian Matia Bazar Raggio di luna Moon Beam 15 27
3  Denmark Danish Tommy Seebach Disco Tango Disco Tango 6 76
4  Ireland English Cathal Dunne Happy Man 5 80
5  Finland Finnish Katri Helena Katson sineen taivaan I’m Looking At The Blue Sky 14 38
6  Monaco French Laurent Vaguener Notre vie c’est la musique Our Life Is Music 16 12
7  Greece Greek Elpida Sokrati (Σωκράτη) Socrates 8 69
8  Switzerland German Peter, Sue, Marc, Pfuri, Gorps and Kniri Trödler und Co Dawdler And Co 10 60
9  Germany German Dschinghis Khan Dschinghis Khan Genghis Khan 4 86
10  Israel Hebrew Gali Atari and Milk and Honey Hallelujah (הללויה) Hallelujah 1 125
11  France French Anne-Marie David Je suis l’enfant soleil I’m The Sun Child 3 106
12  Belgium Dutch Micha Marah Hey Nana Hey Nana 18 5
13  Luxembourg French Jeane Manson J’ai déjà vu ça dans tes yeux I’ve Already Seen That In Your Eyes 13 44
14  Netherlands Dutch Xandra Colorado Colorado 12 51
15  Sweden Swedish Ted Gärdestad Satellit Satellite 17 8
16  Norway Norwegian Anita Skorgan Oliver Oliver 11 57
17  United Kingdom English Black Lace Mary Ann 7 73
18  Austria German Christina Simon Heute in Jerusalem Today in Jerusalem 18 5
19  Spain Spanish Betty Missiego Su canción Your (Their/His/Her) Song 2 116

Voting structure

Each country had a jury who awarded 12, 10, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 points for their top ten songs. This was the last year in which the points were announced via order of appearance, as opposed to order of preference.

The voting was extremely close. Israel gained a good lead in the early stages of the voting, but Spain eventually caught up and took a good lead themselves. At the close of the penultimate jury’s votes, Israel were one point behind Spain, and only the Spanish jury had yet to give their votes. Spain ended up giving Israel 10 points, causing the crowd to erupt into enormous cheers.

Score sheet

  Results
Image:ESCPortugalJ.svg Image:ESCItalyJ.svg Image:ESCDenmarkJ.svg Image:ESCIrelandJ.svg Image:ESCFinlandJ.svg Image:ESCMonacoJ.svg Image:ESCGreeceJ.svg Image:ESCSwitzerlandJ.svg Image:ESCGermanyJ.svg Image:ESCIsraelJ.svg Image:ESCFranceJ.svg Image:ESCBelgiumJ.svg Image:ESCLuxembourgJ.svg Image:ESCNetherlandsJ.svg Image:ESCSwedenJ.svg Image:ESCNorwayJ.svg Image:ESCUnitedKingdomJ.svg Image:ESCAustriaJ.svg Image:ESCSpainJ.svg
Contestants Portugal   6 0 0 2 5 0 4 4 0 10 5 3 3 3 6 0 7 6
Italy 8   0 0 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 8
Denmark 0 0   2 0 3 12 1 10 12 6 7 4 8 1 0 3 3 4
Ireland 5 5 5   6 0 10 6 6 3 0 10 7 0 8 5 4 0 0
Finland 0 7 0 0   0 7 8 5 0 5 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0
Monaco 1 2 4 0 0   0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Greece 10 0 1 4 0 7   7 2 10 4 1 5 7 2 0 0 2 7
Switzerland 0 0 7 1 10 2 2   7 4 7 0 0 0 0 8 0 12 0
Germany 2 1 12 5 3 12 0 0   6 12 4 1 2 6 0 8 0 12
Israel 12 0 6 12 12 8 4 5 0   1 2 8 1 12 12 12 8 10
France 6 10 0 0 1 10 8 10 0 5   6 12 12 5 7 6 5 3
Belgium 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0   0 0 0 0 2 0 0
Luxembourg 7 0 0 3 4 4 5 3 0 0 2 0   4 0 2 10 0 0
Netherlands 0 0 8 10 5 0 3 0 3 7 0 3 0   4 4 0 4 0
Sweden 0 0 0 6 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0   0 0 0 0
Norway 3 3 0 8 0 6 0 0 0 2 0 8 2 6 10   7 1 1
United Kingdom 4 8 10 7 7 1 0 2 8 0 0 0 0 5 0 10   6 5
Austria 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1   0
Spain 0 12 3 0 0 0 6 12 12 8 8 12 10 10 7 1 5 10  
THE TABLE IS ORDERED BY APPEARANCE

Commentators

  • Portugal – Fialho Gouveia
  • Italy – TBD
  • Denmark – Jørgen de Mylius
  • Ireland – TBD
  • Finland – TBD
  • Monaco – TBD
  • Greece – Mako Georgiadou
  • Switzerland – Theodor Haller (SRG), Georges Hardy (SSR), Giovanni Bertini (TSI)
  • Germany – Ado Schlier & Gaby Schnelle
  • Israel – No commentator
  • France – Marc Menant
  • Belgium – TBD (BRT), Paule Herreman (RTBF)
  • Luxembourg – Jacques Navadic
  • The Netherlands – Willem Duys
  • Sweden – Ulf Elfving
  • Norway – TBD
  • United Kingdom – John Dunn
  • Austria – Ernst Grissemann
  • Spain – Miguel de los Santos

Spokespersons

  • Portugal – Artur Agostinho
  • Italy – TBC
  • Denmark – Bent Henius
  • Ireland – John Skehan
  • Finland – Kaarina Pönniö
  • Monaco – TBC
  • Greece – TBC
  • Switzerland – Michel Dénériaz
  • Germany – Lotti Ohnesorge
  • Israel – Dan Kaner
  • France – Marie Myriam
  • Belgium – Monique Delvaux
  • Luxembourg – Fernand Mathes
  • The Netherlands – TBC
  • Sweden – Sven Lindahl
  • Norway – Sverre Kristoffersen
  • United Kingdom – Colin Berry
  • Austria – TBC
  • Spain – Manuel Almendros

Map

     Participating countries     Countries who had participated in the past but did not this year

References

  1. ^ O’Connor, John Kennedy. The Eurovision Song Contest – The Official History. Carlton Books, UK. 2007 ISBN 98-1-84442-994-3
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