Eurovision Song Contest 1971
|Eurovision Song Contest 1971
|Final date||3 April 1971|
|Presenter(s)||Bernadette Ní Ghallchóir|
|Executive supervisor||Clifford Brown|
|Host broadcaster||Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ)|
|Interval act||Bunratty Castle Entertainers|
|Number of entries||18|
|Voting system||Each country had two jury members, one aged between 16 and 25 and another aged between 26 and 55. They each awarded 1 to 5 points for each song immediately after it was performed (other than the song from their own country) & the votes were collected and counted as soon as they were cast. The juries watched the show on TV from a backstage area of the theatre and then appeared on stage to confirm their scores.|
|Winning song|| Monaco
"Un banc, un arbre, une rue"
|Eurovision Song Contest|
The Eurovision Song Contest 1971 was the sixteenth Eurovision Song Contest and the first held in Dublin, Ireland. The new voting system that was introduced in this Eurovision did have one big problem: some juries gave fewer points out than others. Whether this was done in some cases to increase their respective countries' chances of winning is impossible to say, but the shortcomings of the system were nevertheless plain.
Monaco's win was their first and only victory. The song was performed by a French singer, living in France, sung in French, conducted by a French native and written by a French team. Séverine later claimed she never visited Monaco before or after her victory - a claim easily disproved by the preview video submitted by Tele-Monaco featuring the singer on location in the Principality.
Dublin (Irish: Baile Átha Cliath, meaning "town of the hurdled ford", or Áth Cliath, occasionally Duibhlinn) is the capital and most populous city of Ireland. The English name for the city is derived from the Irish name Dubhlinn, meaning "black pool". Dublin is situated near the midpoint of Ireland's east coast, at the mouth of the River Liffey and the centre of the Dublin Region.
Originally founded as a Viking settlement, it evolved into the Kingdom of Dublin and became the island's principal city following the Norman invasion. The city expanded rapidly from the 17th century; it was briefly the second largest city in the British Empire and the fifth largest in Europe. Dublin entered a period of stagnation following the Act of Union of 1800, but it remained the economic centre for most of the island. Following the partition of Ireland in 1922, the new parliament, the Oireachtas, was located in Leinster House. Dublin became the capital of the Irish Free State and later the Republic of Ireland.
The Gaiety Theatre, a theatre on South King Street in Dublin, Ireland, was the venue for the 1971 contest. Designed by architect C.J. Phipps and built in under 7 months, the Gaiety was opened on 27 November 1871 with the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland as guest of honour and a double bill of the comedy She Stoops to Conquer and the burlesque La Belle Sauvage.
For the first time, each participating broadcaster was required to televise all the songs in "previews" prior to the live final. Belgium's preview video featured Nicole & Hugo performing the song "Goeiemorgen, morgen", but Nicole was struck with a sudden illness days before the contest final, with Jacques Raymond & Lily Castel stepping in at very short notice to perform the entry in their place. Reports suggested that Castel hadn't even had enough time to buy a suitable dress for the show.
The BBC were worried about the possible audience reaction to the British song due to the hostilities raging in Northern Ireland. They specifically selected a singer from Northern Ireland, Clodagh Rodgers who was popular in both the UK and Ireland to ease any ill-feeling from the Dublin audience. She reported receiving death threats from the IRA for representing the UK.
Groups of up to six people were allowed to perform for the first time, with the rule in previous contests of performing either solo or as a duet abolished. This was RTÉ's first outside broadcast in colour. The contest was broadcast in Iceland, USA & Hong Kong few days later.
Participating countries 
Malta made their début in this year's contest, along Austria, Finland, Norway, Portugal, and Sweden, who all returned after a brief absence from the contest. This brought the total number of countries to eighteen.
|Robert Opratko||Francis Bay||Ossi Runne||Franck Pourcel|
|Dieter Zimmermann||Noel Kelehan||Enrico Polito||Jean Claudric|
|Anthony Chircop||Jean-Claude Petit||Dolf van der Linden||Arne Bendiksen|
|Jorge Costa Pinto||Waldo de Los Rios||Claes Rosendahl||Hardy Schneiders|
|Johnny Arthey||Miljenko Prohaska|
Returning artists 
International broadcasts and voting 
The table below shows the order in which votes were cast during the 1971 contest along with the spokesperson who was responsible for announcing the votes for their respective country. Each national broadcaster also sent a commentator to the contest, in order to provide coverage of the contest in their own native language. Details of the commentators and the broadcasting station for which they represented are also included in the table below.
|Voting order||Country||Jury members||Commentator||Broadcaster|
|01||Austria||Beatrix Neundlinger||Ernst Grissemann||FS1|
|Hubert Gaisbauer||Hitradio Ö3|
|02||Malta||Spiro Sillato and Gaetan Abela||Victor Aquilina||MTV|
|03||Monaco||TBC||Georges de Caunes||Télé Monte Carlo|
|04||Switzerland||TBC||Theodor Haller||TV DRS|
|05||Germany||TBC||Hanns Verres||ARD Deutsches Fernsehen|
|Wolf Mittler||Deutschlandfunk/Bayern 2|
|06||Spain||Noelia Afonso and Francisco Madariaga||Joaquín Prat||TVE1|
|Miguel de los Santos||Primer Programa RNE|
|Camillo Felgen||RTL Radio|
|08||France||TBC||Georges de Caunes||Première Chaîne ORTF|
|09||United Kingdom||Gay Lowe and Jeremy Patterson-Fox||Dave Lee Travis||BBC1|
|Terry Wogan||BBC Radio 1|
|Nand Baert||BRT Radio 1|
|André Hagon||RTB La Première|
|11||Italy||TBC||Renato Tagliani||Programma Nazionale|
|Renato Tagliani||Secondo Programma Radio|
|12||Sweden||Eva Blomqvist and Putte Wickman||Åke Strömmer||SR TV1|
|Ursula Richter||SR P3|
|13||Ireland||TBC||Noel Andrews||RTÉ Television|
|Kevin Roche||Radio Éireann|
|14||Netherlands||Jos Cléber||Pim Jacobs||Nederland 1|
|15||Portugal||Pedro Albergaria and Luís Filipe Costa||Henrique Mendes||RTP1|
|TBC||RDP Antena 1|
|16||Yugoslavia||Miso Kukic and Zoran Krzisnik||Milovan Ilić||Televizija Beograd|
|Oliver Mlakar||Televizija Zagreb|
|Tomaž Terček||Televizija Ljubljana|
|17||Finland||Markku Veijalainen and Vieno Kekkonen||Heikki Seppälä||TV-ohjelma 1|
|Poppe Berg||YLE Radio 1|
|18||Norway||Sten Fredriksen and Liv Ustemd||Sverre Christophersen||NRK|
|Erik Heyerdahl||NRK P1|
|-||Greece||(Non-participating country)||Mako Georgiadou||EIRT|
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