Eurovision Song Contest 1979

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Eurovision Song Contest 1979
ESC 1979 logo.png
Dates
Final date 31 March 1979
Host
Venue International Convention Center, Jerusalem, Israel
Presenter(s) Daniel Pe'er
Yardena Arazi
Conductor Izhak Graziani
Executive supervisor Frank Naef
Host broadcaster Israeli Broadcasting Authority (IBA)
Interval act Shalom '79 (Peace '79)
Participants
Number of entries 19
Debuting countries None
Returning countries None
Withdrawing countries  Turkey
Vote
Voting system Each country awarded 12, 10, 8-1 points to their 10 favourite songs
Nul points None
Winning song  Israel
"Hallelujah"
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The Eurovision Song Contest 1979 was the 24th Eurovision Song Contest. It was held on 31 March 1979 in Jerusalem, Israel, following the country's win at the 1978 contest. The presenters were Daniel Pe'er and Yardena Arazi, and the event was staged at the International Convention Center. The winner was Israel with the song "Hallelujah", performed by Gali Atari and Milk and Honey. Therefore, this was Israel's consecutive second win, and overall second win, in the contest.

19 countries participated, the 20 countries that took part at the previous 1978 Contest, except for Turkey which was also going to participate but eventually withdrew its entry for political reasons. Yugoslavia, that missed the 1978 Contest, also didn't want to take part nor transmit the 1979 show for political reasons. As well as being broadcast live in the 19 competing countries, the contest was broadcast in Turkey, Romania, Hong Kong and Iceland.

Format[edit]

The venue of the contest, International Convention Center in Jerusalem

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.

Participating countries[edit]

At one point before the contest Turkey was going to participate. The country would have appeared 11th on stage (between Israel and France), represented by Maria Rita Epik and 21. Peron with the song "Seviyorum" ("I'm Loving"). However 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]

Yugoslavia didn't take part with the contest being held in Israel and also didn't want to transmit it from Israel. This contest was the first that was not broadcast in Yugoslavia since their début.

Returning artists[edit]

The contest saw the return of four artists who had participated in previous editions of the contest: France's representative Anne-Marie David was the winner for Luxembourg in 1973, Netherlands' Xandra represented the country in 1972 and 1976, Norway's Anita Skorgan represented the country in 1977, and Switzerland's Peter, Sue and Marc represented the country in 1971 and 1976.

Conductors[edit]

For each nation's performance, the orchestra was conducted by the following:

Results[edit]

Draw Country Language[2] Artist Song English translation Place Points
01  Portugal Portuguese Manuela Bravo "Sobe, sobe, balão sobe" Rise, rise, balloon, rise 9 64
02  Italy Italian Matia Bazar "Raggio di luna" Moonbeam 15 27
03  Denmark Danish Tommy Seebach "Disco Tango" 6 76
04  Ireland English Cathal Dunne "Happy Man" 5 80
05  Finland Finnish Katri Helena "Katson sineen taivaan" I'm looking into the blue of the sky 14 38
06  Monaco French Laurent Vaguener "Notre vie c'est la musique" Our life is music 16 12
07  Greece Greek Elpida "Sokrati" (Σωκράτη) Socrates 8 69
08  Switzerland German Peter, Sue, Marc, Pfuri, Gorps and Kniri "Trödler und Co" Second-handers and Co. 10 60
09  Germany German Dschinghis Khan "Dschinghis Khan" Genghis Khan 4 86
10  Israel Hebrew Gali Atari and Milk and Honey "Hallelujah" (הללויה) 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" 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" 12 51
15  Sweden Swedish Ted Gärdestad "Satellit" Satellite 17 8
16  Norway Norwegian Anita Skorgan "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 song 2 116

Scoreboard[edit]

Results
Total Score ESCPortugalJ.svg ESCItalyJ.svg ESCDenmarkJ.svg ESCIrelandJ.svg ESCFinlandJ.svg ESCMonacoJ.svg ESCGreeceJ.svg ESCSwitzerlandJ.svg ESCGermanyJ.svg ESCIsraelJ.svg ESCFranceJ.svg ESCBelgiumJ.svg ESCLuxembourgJ.svg ESCNetherlandsJ.svg ESCSwedenJ.svg ESCNorwayJ.svg ESCUnitedKingdomJ.svg ESCAustriaJ.svg ESCSpainJ.svg
Contestants Portugal 64 6 2 5 4 4 10 5 3 3 3 6 7 6
Italy 27 8 8 3 8
Denmark 76 2 3 12 1 10 12 6 7 4 8 1 3 3 4
Ireland 80 5 5 5 6 10 6 6 3 10 7 8 5 4
Finland 38 7 7 8 5 5 6
Monaco 12 1 2 4 3 2
Greece 69 10 1 4 7 7 2 10 4 1 5 7 2 2 7
Switzerland 60 7 1 10 2 2 7 4 7 8 12
Germany 86 2 1 12 5 3 12 6 12 4 1 2 6 8 12
Israel 125 12 6 12 12 8 4 5 1 2 8 1 12 12 12 8 10
France 106 6 10 1 10 8 10 5 6 12 12 5 7 6 5 3
Belgium 5 2 1 2
Luxembourg 44 7 3 4 4 5 3 2 4 2 10
Netherlands 51 8 10 5 3 3 7 3 4 4 4
Sweden 8 6 1 1
Norway 57 3 3 8 6 2 8 2 6 10 7 1 1
United Kingdom 73 4 8 10 7 7 1 2 8 5 10 6 5
Austria 5 4 1
Spain 116 12 3 6 12 12 8 8 12 10 10 7 1 5 10
The table is ordered by appearance

12 points[edit]

Below is a summary of all 12 points in the final:

N. Contestant Voting nation
6 Israel Finland, Ireland, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, United Kingdom
4 Germany Denmark, France, Monaco, Spain
Spain Belgium, Germany, Italy, Switzerland
2 Denmark Greece, Israel
France Luxembourg, Netherlands
1 Switzerland Austria

International broadcasts and voting[edit]

Voting and spokespersons[edit]

Commentators[edit]

References[edit]

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