Eurovision Song Contest 1985

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Eurovision Song Contest 1985
ESC 1985 logo.png
Dates
Final date 4 May 1985
Host
Venue Scandinavium
Gothenburg, Sweden
Presenter(s) Lill Lindfors
Conductor Curt-Eric Holmquist
Director Steen Priwin
Executive supervisor Frank Naef
Host broadcaster Sveriges Television (SVT)
Opening act Lill Lindfors singing "My Joy is Building Bricks of Music"
Interval act Guitars Unlimited with Swedish Evergreens
Participants
Number of entries 19
Debuting countries None
Returning countries  Greece
 Israel
Withdrawing countries  Netherlands
 Yugoslavia
Vote
Voting system Each country awarded 12, 10, 8-1 points to their 10 favourite songs
Nul points None
Winning song  Norway
"La det swinge"
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The Eurovision Song Contest 1985 was the 30th event since its inception in 1956, and was held on 4 May 1985 in Gothenburg, Sweden. The presenter was entertainer Lill Lindfors, whose jokey dress rip after the interval act (seemingly revealing her knickers before unfolding another dress) was said to have not amused the wife of EBU scrutineer Frank Naef, and Norwegian duo Bobbysocks! were the winners of this contest with the song "La det swinge".

Bobbysocks!' win for Norway was the country's first. Host Lill Lindfors congratulated the duo, Hanne Krogh and Elisabeth Andreassen, following their victory by saying, "I must say I am honestly very happy that this happened because Norway has been last on so many times that you really deserve it!" Krogh replied, "You're happy? What do you think we are?!" After an energetic reprise, the two women embraced to a standing ovation from the audience.

During the voting, it was not immediately evident that Norway would win the Contest. Germany took a commanding lead in the first half, with Norway fifth place behind Germany, Sweden, Italy and the United Kingdom around the end of the first half of voting. Finally, with five juries left, Germany, Sweden and Norway were tightly wrapped around the pole positions with 87, 86, and 85 points respectively.

At that point, Sweden briefly took the lead away from Germany (who received no points from Switzerland). Sweden was the fourth-to-last jury, conceding their brief lead by awarding Germany eight points and Norway the maximum twelve. With only three countries left to vote, Norway kept the lead, in one of the shortest winning stretches during voting in the contest's history.

The Netherlands and Yugoslavia did not participate in this Contest, due to the national Remembrance of the Dead in the Netherlands, and the anniversary of the death of Josip Broz Tito in Yugoslavia. Despite this Yugoslavia did choose its song: "Pokora" ("Penance"´) (music by Ivo Pupačić and lyrics by Zvonimir Pupačić), a duet sung by Zorica Kondža and Josip Genda.

1985 was also the year when no less than thirteen previous Eurovision artists made a comeback. This also applied to the winners, Bobbysocks! who had attended once before as soloists: Hanne Krogh performed for Norway in 1971, while Elisabeth Andreassen for Sweden (where she is originally from) in 1982 in a duet, Chips, with Kikki Danielsson. Kikki herself also returned this year for host country Sweden, and was thus competing against Elisabeth Andreassen and Bobbysocks!.

Lys Assia, the winner of the first ever Eurovision Song Contest in 1956, was the guest of honor of this thirtieth edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. She was introduced by the presenter Lill Lindfors. The camera zoomed close to Lys, who rose to greet the audience, while the orchestra played the song Refrain, her winning song.

Conductors[edit]

Host conductor in bold

Returning artists[edit]

Artist Country Previous year(s)
Gary Lux  Austria 1983 (member of Westend)
Lia Vissi  Cyprus 1980 (member of Epikouri, for Greece)
Hot Eyes  Denmark 1984
Izhar Cohen  Israel 1978 (winner)
Al Bano & Romina Power  Italy 1976
Ireen Sheer  Luxembourg 1974, 1978 (for Germany)
Hanne Krogh (part of Bobbysocks!)  Norway 1971
Elisabeth Andreassen (part of Bobbysocks!)  Norway 1982 (for Sweden, part of Chips)
Kikki Danielsson  Sweden 1982 (part of Chips)
Pino Gasparini   Switzerland 1977 (part of Pepe Lienhard Band)
Mariella Farré   Switzerland 1983

Results[edit]

Draw Country Language[1] Artist Song English translation Place Points
01  Ireland English Maria Christian "Wait Until the Weekend Comes" 6 91
02  Finland Finnish Sonja Lumme "Eläköön elämä" Long live life 9 58
03  Cyprus Greek Lia Vissi "To Katalava Arga" (Το κατάλαβα αργά) I realised it too late 16 15
04  Denmark Danish Hot Eyes "Sku' du spørg' fra no'en?" What business is it of yours? 11 41
05  Spain Spanish Paloma San Basilio "La fiesta terminó" The party's over 14 36
06  France French Roger Bens "Femme dans ses rêves aussi" Woman in her dreams too 10 56
07  Turkey Turkish MFÖ "Didai didai dai" 14 36
08  Belgium Dutch Linda Lepomme "Laat me nu gaan" Let me go now 19 7
09  Portugal Portuguese Adelaide "Penso em ti, eu sei" Thinking of you, I know 18 9
10  Germany German Wind "Für alle" For everyone 2 105
11  Israel Hebrew Izhar Cohen "Olé, Olé" (עולה, עולה) Going up and up 5 93
12  Italy Italian Al Bano & Romina Power "Magic Oh Magic" 7 78
13  Norway Norwegian Bobbysocks! "La det swinge" Let it swing 1 123
14  United Kingdom English Vikki "Love Is" 4 100
15   Switzerland German Mariella Farré & Pino Gasparini "Piano, Piano" Slowly, slowly 12 39
16  Sweden Swedish Kikki Danielsson "Bra vibrationer" Good vibrations 3 103
17  Austria German Gary Lux "Kinder dieser Welt" Children of this world 8 60
18  Luxembourg French Margo, Franck Olivier,
Diane Solomon, Ireen Sheer,
Chris & Malcolm Roberts
"Children, Kinder, Enfants" Children 13 37
19  Greece Greek Takis Biniaris "Miazoume" (Μοιάζουμε) We are alike 16 15

Voting[edit]

Each country had a jury who awarded 12, 10, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 points for their top ten songs.

The voting itself was exciting, the German favourites looked to be cruising to an early victory. However both Sweden and Norway did their best to keep up and by the time the UK jury delivered their votes (only 1 point for Germany and 12 for Norway), Germany had seen its lead smashed.

Lill Lindfors had a wardrobe malfunction (though technically this is a misnomer, as the stunt was deliberate) as she proceeded to the stage for the voting procedure. As she walked on stage, the skirt of her dress came away, leaving her in just her underwear and the top half of her dress. After a few seconds of pretending to be shocked, Lindfors unfastened the flaps of her dress across her shoulders, to reveal a full-length white gown, much to raucous audience applause.[2] Lill then took her seat to start calling in the votes, and nonchalantly said, "I just wanted to wake you up a little."

Score sheet[edit]

Results
Total Score Ireland Finland Cyprus Denmark Spain France Turkey Belgium Portugal Germany Israel Italy Norway United Kingdom Switzerland Sweden Austria Luxembourg Greece
Contestants Ireland 91 1 7 3 4 3 5 8 8 4 8 12 3 3 5 7 10
Finland 58 6 6 6 3 1 7 7 2 10 10
Cyprus 15 1 3 3 8
Denmark 41 3 10 3 1 6 2 6 5 5
Spain 36 2 8 1 12 2 4 1 6
France 56 5 4 1 3 3 10 2 4 6 3 3 12
Turkey 36 7 2 3 1 2 1 8 12
Belgium 7 7
Portugal 9 2 7
Germany 105 4 10 12 10 10 8 10 7 7 8 1 8 10
Israel 93 8 5 4 8 12 5 7 5 10 5 7 2 7 6 2
Italy 78 6 10 1 12 5 8 2 12 4 6 12
Norway 123 12 4 12 1 2 12 12 12 6 12 6 12 12 7 1
United Kingdom 100 5 7 5 5 6 10 6 6 5 2 8 7 10 4 2 8 4
Switzerland 39 3 2 6 6 5 4 1 5 1 1 2 3
Sweden 103 10 12 8 2 7 4 7 8 6 4 12 6 8 4 5
Austria 60 3 7 1 4 10 10 2 10 1 3 4 5
Luxembourg 37 2 4 10 3 5 1 4 8
Greece 15 8 7

12 points[edit]

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

N. Contestant Voting nation
8 Norway Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Sweden, United Kingdom
3 Italy Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain
2 Sweden Finland, Norway
1 France Greece
Germany Cyprus
Ireland Italy
Israel France
Spain Turkey
Turkey Switzerland

Commentators[edit]

Spokespersons[edit]

National jury members[edit]

Notes[edit]

  • A ^ However the Eurovision Song Contest was not broadcast on Dutch television due to the Remembrance of the Dead, it was broadcast the next morning via satellite project Olympus.

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