Eurovision Song Contest 1980

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Eurovision Song Contest 1980
ESC 1980 logo.png
Final19 April 1980
VenueNederlands Congresgebouw
The Hague, Netherlands
Musical directorRogier van Otterloo
Directed byTheo Ordeman
Executive supervisorFrank Naef
Executive producerFred Oster
Host broadcasterNederlandse Omroep Stichting (NOS)
Interval actThe Dutch Rhythm Steel and Show Band with The Lee Jackson Dancers Edit this at Wikidata
Number of entries19
Debuting countries Morocco
Returning countries Turkey
Non-returning countries
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         Participating countries     Countries that participated in the past but not in 1980
Voting systemEach country awarded 12, 10, 8-1 point(s) to their 10 favourite songs
Nul pointsNone
Winning song Ireland
"What's Another Year"
1979 ← Eurovision Song Contest → 1981

The Eurovision Song Contest 1980 was the 25th edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in The Hague, Netherlands. This was the fourth time the Netherlands hosted the competition, having previously done so in 1958, 1970 and 1976. It was organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and host broadcaster Nederlandse Omroep Stichting (NOS), who agreed to stage the event after Israel, having won in both 1978 and 1979 editions, declined to host it for a second successive year. The contest was held at the Nederlands Congresgebouw on Saturday 19 April 1980 and was hosted by Marlous Fluitsma, although each song was introduced by a presenter from the participating nation (in some cases, this was the same person providing the commentary).

Nineteen countries took part in the contest. Though Israel and Monaco had participated the previous year, they were absent for 1980. Turkey that had not participated the previous year, returned this year. Morocco made its first, and so far only, appearance.

The winner was Ireland with the song "What's Another Year" by Johnny Logan.[1][2]


Nederlands Congresgebouw - host venue of the 1980 contest.

Israel, winners in 1979, declined to host the 1980 show for the second time in a row, as the IBA could not fund another international production, and the Israeli government turned down a request to extend the IBA budget. The European Broadcasting Union also set the broadcast on the same day as the Yom HaZikaron holiday, wherefore Israel decided not to participate. After Spain, the 2nd-place winner of 1979, and reportedly the UK, refused to host, the Netherlands finally agreed to host the show in a small-scale production. According to Yair Lapid, son of Tommy Lapid who was then the IBA director general, Lapid called his counterpart at NOS and convinced him to take the "undesired honour", when he realised that the extra cost could paralyse the regular work of the IBA.[3] As of 2021, this is the last contest that was not hosted by the previous year's winning country. The Hague is the seat of government of the Netherlands and the capital of South Holland. It is the third largest city of the Netherlands, after Amsterdam and Rotterdam. Located in the west of the Netherlands, The Hague is in the centre of the Haaglanden conurbation at the southwest corner of the larger Randstad conurbation. The contest took place at the Congresgebouw (presently known as the World Forum). The venue was constructed in 1969 and previously hosted the contest in 1976.


Katja Ebstein during rehearsals
Maggie MacNeal during rehearsals

The venue that had hosted the Eurovision Song Contest 1976, Congresgebouw, was chosen. Various parts of the opening sequence and stage of the 1976 festival were reused. Again, Roland de Groot took charge of the design. As with the 1977 and 1978 contests, there were no pre-filmed postcards between the songs, with a guest presenter from each nation introducing the entries. Apart from this, the presenter, Marlous Fluitsma, except for the voting, did not make the presentation in English or French, which means that the presentation was made almost entirely in Dutch. NOS spent just US$725,000 on the project.

During the live interval act performance of San Fernando by The Dutch Rhythm Steel and Show Band with The Lee Jackson Dancers, Hans van Willigenburg intercut brief interviews with some of the participants backstage in the green room, speaking to the singers from Germany, Luxembourg, the UK, Ireland, Norway and the Netherlands, each in their own language.

Australian-born Johnny Logan representing Ireland was the winner of this Eurovision with the song "What's Another Year". This was Ireland's second time winning the competition, having won in 1970 with "All Kinds of Everything", which was also held on Dutch soil.

Germany were runners-up this year. They would finish in second place again the following year, finally winning in 1982. Germany would go on to finish second again in 1985 and 1987, making the 1980s their most successful Eurovision Song Contest decade. After two relatively poor placings, United Kingdom returned to form by coming third.

Song presenters[edit]

Each song was introduced by a presenter from the national country.[4] A few countries used their commentators as presenters, with Turkey's radio commentator and the TV commentators of Denmark, Sweden and Finland being utilised for this role. All the introductions were made in the language in which the song was performed, with the exception of Ireland which was introduced in Irish.


The scoring system implemented in 1975 remained the same; each country had a jury who awarded 12, 10, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 point(s) for their top ten songs. However this year for the first time, countries were required to cast their votes in ascending order, 1,2,3 etc. This change made for the added excitement of waiting for each country to award their highest 12 points at the end of each voting round.

For the voting sequence, Marlous Fluitsma used a unique telephone to speak to the nineteen jury spokespersons, although the phones were simply props and were not connected.

Participating countries[edit]

After Israel announced its non-participation, Morocco entered into the contest instead. Monaco also withdrew from the contest, and would not return until 2004.


With the exception of Belgium, each performance had a conductor who directed the orchestra.[5][4] It marked the only contest to feature a Black conductor conducting an entry, that being Italy's conductor Del Newman.

Returning artists[edit]

Artist Country Previous year(s)
Paola del Medico   Switzerland 1969
Katja Ebstein  Germany 1970, 1971
Maggie MacNeal  Netherlands 1974 (part of Mouth & MacNeal)


Draw Country Artist Song Language[6][7] Place[8] Points
01  Austria Blue Danube "Du bist Musik" German 8 64
02  Turkey Ajda Pekkan "Pet'r Oil" Turkish 15 23
03  Greece Anna Vissi and the Epikouri "Autostop" (Ωτοστόπ) Greek 13 30
04  Luxembourg Sophie & Magaly "Papa pingouin" French 9 56
05  Morocco Samira Bensaïd "Bitaqat Hub" (بطاقة حب) Arabic 18 7
06  Italy Alan Sorrenti "Non so che darei" Italian 6 87
07  Denmark Bamses Venner "Tænker altid på dig" Danish 14 25
08  Sweden Tomas Ledin "Just nu!" Swedish 10 47
09   Switzerland Paola "Cinéma" French 4 104
10  Finland Vesa-Matti Loiri "Huilumies" Finnish 19 6
11  Norway Sverre Kjelsberg & Mattis Hætta "Sámiid ædnan" Norwegian[a] 16 15
12  Germany Katja Ebstein "Theater" German 2 128
13  United Kingdom Prima Donna "Love Enough for Two" English 3 106
14  Portugal José Cid "Um grande, grande amor" Portuguese[b] 7 71
15  Netherlands Maggie MacNeal "Amsterdam" Dutch 5 93
16  France Profil "Hé, hé, m'sieurs dames" French 11 45
17  Ireland Johnny Logan "What's Another Year" English 1 143
18  Spain Trigo Limpio "Quédate esta noche" Spanish 12 38
19  Belgium Telex "Euro-Vision" French 17 14


Johnny Logan performing his winning song "What's Another Year"
Voting results[9][10]
Total score
United Kingdom
Austria 64 1 3 4 5 1 4 5 6 4 6 3 3 4 10 4 1
Turkey 23 3 12 8
Greece 30 5 1 2 2 4 3 1 8 4
Luxembourg 56 1 1 4 6 3 7 8 7 8 3 8
Morocco 7 7
Italy 87 2 6 2 3 10 8 6 2 7 4 12 1 2 2 10 10
Denmark 25 4 2 6 7 1 5
Sweden 47 8 10 10 6 5 5 2 1
Switzerland 104 6 2 5 7 3 8 2 12 10 10 7 6 10 12 2 2
Finland 6 5 1
Norway 15 4 6 2 3
Germany 128 8 10 3 10 12 7 5 7 2 10 8 12 10 5 12 7
United Kingdom 106 7 5 8 8 10 12 10 4 3 7 7 5 6 8 6
Portugal 71 4 5 4 10 6 8 2 1 8 1 5 6 7 4
Netherlands 93 12 12 6 12 3 3 10 8 2 4 12 1 5 3
France 45 3 7 2 1 1 4 1 3 5 4 3 6 5
Ireland 143 10 12 7 1 12 7 12 8 12 12 12 5 6 8 7 12
Spain 38 4 7 8 6 5 6 2
Belgium 14 3 1 10

12 points[edit]

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

N. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
7  Ireland  Belgium,  Denmark,  Germany,  Greece,  Norway,   Switzerland,  United Kingdom
4  Netherlands  Austria,  France,  Luxembourg,  Turkey
3  Germany  Italy,  Netherlands,  Spain
2   Switzerland  Finland,  Ireland
1  Italy  Portugal
 Turkey  Morocco
 United Kingdom  Sweden


Listed below is the order in which votes were cast during the 1980 contest along with the spokesperson who was responsible for announcing the votes for their respective country.

  1.  Austria – Jenny Pippal [de]
  2.  Turkey – Başak Doğru
  3.  Greece – Niki Venega
  4.  Luxembourg – Jacques Harvey
  5.  Morocco – Kamal Irassi
  6.  Italy – Mariolina Cannuli [it]
  7.  Denmark – Bent Henius [dk]
  8.  Sweden – Arne Weise
  9.   Switzerland – Michel Stocker[11]
  10.  Finland – Kaarina Pönniö[12]
  11.  Norway – Roald Øyen[13]
  12.  Germany – TBC
  13.  United Kingdom – Ray Moore[4]
  14.  Portugal – Teresa Cruz
  15.  Netherlands – Flip van der Schalie
  16.  France – Fabienne Égal
  17.  Ireland – David Heffernan
  18.  Spain – Alfonso Lapeña
  19.  Belgium – Jacques Olivier


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

Broadcasters and commentators in participating countries
Country Broadcaster(s) Commentator(s) Ref(s)
 Austria FS2 Günther Ziesel [de] [14]
Hitradio Ö3 Walter Richard Langer [de]
 Belgium RTBF1 French: Jacques Mercier
BRT TV1 Dutch: Luc Appermont
RTBF La Première French: Marc Danval
BRT Radio 1 Dutch: Herwig Haes
 Denmark DR TV Jørgen de Mylius
DR P3 Erik Wiedemann [dk]
 Finland YLE TV1 Heikki Harma and Aarre Elo [fi]
 France TF1 Patrick Sabatier
France Inter Julien Lepers
 Germany Deutsches Fernsehen Ado Schlier [de]
Deutschlandfunk/hr3 Roger Horné [de]
 Greece ERT Mako Georgiadou [el]
Proto Programma Dimitris Konstantaras [el]
 Ireland RTÉ 1 Larry Gogan
RTÉ Radio 1 Pat Kenny
 Italy Rete 2 Michele Gammino
 Luxembourg RTL Télé Luxembourg Jacques Navadic
RTL André Torrent [fr]
 Morocco TVM TBC
 Netherlands Nederland 2 Pim Jacobs
Hilversum 1 Willem van Beusekom
 Norway NRK Knut Aunbu
NRK P1 Erik Heyerdahl [no]
 Portugal RTP1 Isabel Wolmar [pt]
 Spain TVE1 Miguel de los Santos [es]
 Sweden SVT TV1 Ulf Elfving
SR P3 Kent Finell
  Switzerland TV DRS German: Theodor Haller [de] [15]
TSR French: Georges Hardy [fr] [16]
TSI Italian: Giovanni Bertini
 Turkey Ankara Television Bülend Özveren
Radyo 3 Şebnem Savaşçı
 United Kingdom BBC1 Terry Wogan [4][17]
BBC Radio 2 Steve Jones [4]
BFBS Radio Andrew Pastouna [4]
Broadcasters and commentators in non-participating countries
Country Broadcaster(s) Commentator(s) Ref(s)
 Yugoslavia TVB 2 Serbo-Croatian: Milovan Ilić
TVZ 1 Serbo-Croatian: Oliver Mlakar
TVL 1 Slovene: Tomaž Terček [sl]


  1. ^ Although the song was performed in Norwegian, the title and sentence in the lyrics "Sámiid ædnan" is in Northern Sami.
  2. ^ Also contains words in Italian, French, German and English


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  2. ^ The Eurovision Song Contest, retrieved 2018-09-27
  3. ^ Yair Lapid, "Memoires After my Death", Keter Books, Jerusalem 2010 (ISBN 978-965-07-1792-6), p. 239 (in Hebrew)
  4. ^ a b c d e f Roxburgh, Gordon (2016). Songs for Europe: The United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest. Volume Three: The 1980s. Prestatyn: Telos Publishing. pp. 39–55. ISBN 978-1-84583-118-9.
  5. ^ "And the conductor is..." Retrieved 24 August 2020.
  6. ^ "Eurovision Song Contest 1980". The Diggiloo Thrush. Retrieved 4 March 2012.
  7. ^ "Eurovision Song Contest 1980". Retrieved 16 September 2020.
  8. ^ "Final of The Hague 1980". European Broadcasting Union. Archived from the original on 12 April 2021. Retrieved 12 April 2021.
  9. ^ "Results of the Final of The Hague 1980". European Broadcasting Union. Archived from the original on 12 April 2021. Retrieved 12 April 2021.
  10. ^ "Eurovision Song Contest 1980 – Scoreboard". European Broadcasting Union. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 19 October 2021.
  11. ^ Baumann, Peter Ramón (OGAE Switzerland)
  12. ^ "Selostajat ja taustalaulajat läpi vuosien? • Viisukuppila". Retrieved 2012-08-10.
  13. ^ Dyrseth, Seppo (OGAE Norway)
  14. ^ Dellanoi, Dietmar (OGAE Austria)
  15. ^ "Au Grand Prix Eurovision de la Chanson". Radio TV - Je vois tout. Lausanne, Switzerland: Le Radio SA. 17 April 1980.
  16. ^ "Au Grand Prix Eurovision de la Chanson". Radio TV - Je vois tout. Lausanne, Switzerland: Le Radio SA. 17 April 1980.
  17. ^ "Grand Final: 1980, 1980, Eurovision Song Contest". BBC.

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