Eurovision Song Contest 1977

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Eurovision Song Contest 1977
ESC 1977 logo.svg
Dates
Final date 7 May 1977
Host
Venue Wembley Conference Centre
London, United Kingdom
Presenter(s) Angela Rippon
Conductor Ronnie Hazlehurst
Director Stewart Morris
Executive supervisor Clifford Brown
Host broadcaster British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
Opening act An aerial tour of the four constituent countries of the United Kingdom
Interval act Mr. Acker Bilk and his Paramount Jazz Men
Participants
Number of entries 18
Debuting countries (But later withdrew)
Returning countries
Withdrawing countries
Vote
Voting system Each country awarded 12, 10, 8-1 points to their 10 favourite songs
Nul points None
Winning song  France
"L'oiseau et l'enfant"
Eurovision Song Contest
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The Eurovision Song Contest 1977 was the 22nd contest, and was held on 7 May 1977 in London. With Angela Rippon as the presenter, the contest was won by Marie Myriam who represented France, with her song "L'oiseau et l'enfant" (The Bird and the Child). This was France's fifth victory, a record, which was equalled by Luxembourg in 1983, the United Kingdom in 1997, and most recently Sweden in 2012. It was equalled and beaten by Ireland in 1993 and 1994, respectively. It was France's last victory in the contest, so far.

Location[edit]

For more details on the host city, see London.

Located on the River Thames, London is the capital city of England and the United Kingdom, the largest metropolitan area in the United Kingdom, and the largest urban zone in the Europe by most measures. London has been a major settlement for two millennia, its history going back to its founding by the Romans, who named it Londinium.[1]

Wembley Conference Centre, which opened in 1977, was the first purpose built Conference Centre in the United Kingdom. The centre was chosen as host venue for the Song Contest presented by Angela Rippon.

Format[edit]

The language rule was brought back in this contest, four years after it had been dropped in 1973. However Germany and Belgium were allowed to sing in English, because they had already chosen the songs they were going to perform before the rule was reintroduced.

As noted in The Eurovision Song Contest - The Official History by author and historian John Kennedy O'Connor, the contest was originally planned to be held on 2 April 1977, but because of a strike of BBC cameramen and technicians, it had to be postponed for a month.[2]

Participating countries[edit]

At one point before the contest Tunisia was going to participate but they withdrew. Had Tunisia gone ahead they would have appeared fourth on stage.[2] Yugoslavia also withdrew, and didn't return until 1981.

The Belgian act Dream Express had created some controversy in the press with reports that the three female members would wear transparent tops; this did not materialise for the actual event.[3]

Although Marie Myriam won, the song which finished second, "Rock Bottom", written and performed by Lynsey De Paul and Mike Moran, was the most commercial with the European public since this song went on to become a top 10 hit in most European countries, unlike the winner "L'oiseau et l'enfant". The British conductor Ronnie Hazlehurst used an umbrella and wore a bowler hat.[4][5]

Conductors[edit]

Each performance had a conductor who maestro the orchestra.[6]

Returning artists[edit]

Several artists returned to the 1977 Contest. Beatrix Neundlinger and Günter Grosslercher from the group Schmetterlinge both represented Austria in 1972 as part of the band The Milestones. Patricia Maessen, Bianca Maessen, and Stella Maessen had previously represented the Netherlands in 1970 as part of the group Hearts of Soul, in 1977 they represented Belgium under the band name Dream Express.

Ireland's participant The Swarbriggs returned after their previous appearance back in 1975. Ilanit from Israel returned after previously representing the nation in 1973. Michèle Torr, Luxembourg's 1966 entrant participated for Monaco. And finally Fernando Tordo and Paulo de Carvalho (part of Os Amigos) returned once more after they previously represented the nation as solo acts back in 1973 and 1974 respectively.

Results[edit]

Draw Country Language[7] Artist Song English translation Place Points
01  Ireland English The Swarbriggs Plus Two "It's Nice to Be in Love Again" 3 119
02  Monaco French Michèle Torr "Une petite française" A little French girl 4 96
03  Netherlands Dutch Heddy Lester "De mallemolen" The merry-go-round 12 35
04  Austria German, English Schmetterlinge "Boom Boom Boomerang" 17 11
05  Norway Norwegian Anita Skorgan "Casanova" 15 18
06  Germany English Silver Convention "Telegram" 8 55
07  Luxembourg French Anne-Marie B "Frère Jacques" Brother John 16 17
08  Portugal Portuguese Os Amigos "Portugal no coração" Portugal in my heart 14 18
09  United Kingdom English Lynsey De Paul and Mike Moran "Rock Bottom" 2 121
10  Greece Greek Paschalis, Marianna, Robert & Bessy "Mathima Solfege"
(Μάθημα σολφέζ)
Music lesson 5 92
11  Israel Hebrew Ilanit "Ahava Hi Shir Lishnayim"
(אהבה היא שיר לשניים)
Love is a song for two 11 49
12   Switzerland German Pepe Lienhard Band "Swiss Lady" 6 71
13  Sweden Swedish Forbes "Beatles" 18 2
14  Spain Spanish Micky "Enséñame a cantar" Teach me to sing 9 52
15  Italy Italian Mia Martini "Libera" Free 13 33
16  Finland Finnish Monica Aspelund "Lapponia" Lapland 10 50
17  Belgium English Dream Express "A Million in One, Two, Three" 7 69
18  France French Marie Myriam "L'oiseau et l'enfant" The bird and the child 1 136

Scoreboard[edit]

Results
Total Score ESCIrelandJ.svg ESCMonacoJ.svg ESCNetherlandsJ.svg ESCAustriaJ.svg ESCNorwayJ.svg ESCGermanyJ.svg ESCLuxembourgJ.svg ESCPortugalJ.svg ESCUnitedKingdomJ.svg ESCGreeceJ.svg ESCIsraelJ.svg ESCSwitzerlandJ.svg ESCSwedenJ.svg ESCSpainJ.svg ESCItalyJ.svg ESCFinlandJ.svg ESCBelgiumJ.svg ESCFranceJ.svg
Contestants Ireland 119 8 1 5 12 5 8 1 12 10 12 8 12 4 8 3 10
Monaco 96 5 8 1 6 1 6 7 12 2 6 10 8 12 5 2 5
Netherlands 35 3 3 1 1 1 7 1 10 8
Austria 11 5 2 3 1
Norway 18 3 2 2 1 5 5
Germany 55 1 1 3 2 2 8 8 8 5 5 5 6 1
Luxembourg 17 2 7 8
Portugal 18 2 2 1 4 3 6
United Kingdom 121 12 7 12 7 10 12 12 8 8 3 2 4 12 12
Greece 92 10 10 4 4 4 6 10 5 3 1 7 12 1 6 6 3
Israel 49 7 7 5 3 5 10 3 6 1 2
Switzerland 71 6 10 10 5 4 4 6 4 4 10 8
Sweden 2 2
Spain 52 6 1 7 7 3 4 3 7 7 7
Italy 33 8 6 3 3 2 2 2 7
Finland 50 12 4 6 8 2 7 5 2 4
Belgium 69 4 12 6 8 4 7 10 5 6 4 3
France 136 10 4 8 7 3 12 10 5 6 7 10 12 6 10 10 12 4
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 United Kingdom Austria, Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Monaco, Portugal
4 Ireland Israel, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom
3 France Finland, Germany, Switzerland
2 Monaco Greece, Italy
1 Belgium Netherlands
Finland Ireland
Greece Spain

International broadcasts and voting[edit]

The table below shows the order in which votes were cast during the 1977 contest along with the spokesperson who was responsible for announcing the votes for their respective country.

Voting and spokespersons[edit]

  1.  Ireland - Brendan Balfe
  2.  Monaco - Carole Chabrier
  3.  Netherlands - Ralph Inbar
  4.  Austria - Jenny Pippal
  5.  Norway - Sverre Christophersen[8]
  6.  Germany - Max Schautzer
  7.  Luxembourg - Jacques Harvey
  8.  Portugal – Ana Zanatti[9]
  9.  United Kingdom - Colin Berry
  10.  Greece - Naki Agathou[10]
  11.  Israel - Yitzhak Shim'oni[11]
  12.   Switzerland - Michel Stocker[12]
  13.  Sweden - Sven Lindahl[13]
  14.  Spain - Isabel Tenaille[14]
  15.  Italy - Mariolina Cannuli
  16.  Finland - Kaarina Pönniö[15]
  17.  Belgium - Anne Ploegaerts
  18.  France - Michel Drucker

Each national broadcaster also sent a commentator to the contest, in order to provide coverage of the contest in their own native language.

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