Eurovision Song Contest 1982

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Eurovision Song Contest 1982
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Final24 April 1982
VenueHarrogate International Centre
Harrogate, United Kingdom
Presenter(s)Jan Leeming
Musical directorRonnie Hazlehurst
Directed byMichael Hurll
Executive supervisorFrank Naef
Executive producerMichael Hurll
Host broadcasterBritish Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
Opening act"Where Is Harrogate?" film
Interval actPictures from Yorkshire and Castle Howard Edit this at Wikidata
Number of entries18
Debuting countriesNone
Returning countriesNone
Non-returning countries
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         Participating countries     Countries that participated in the past but not in 1982
Voting systemEach country awarded 12, 10, 8-1 point(s) to their 10 favourite songs
Nul points Finland
Winning song Germany
"Ein bißchen Frieden"
1981 ← Eurovision Song Contest → 1983

The Eurovision Song Contest 1982 was the 27th edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. It was held on 24 April 1982 in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom. The presenter was Jan Leeming.

The German entrant, Nicole, was the winner with the song "Ein bißchen Frieden". Germany received 1.61 times as many points as runner-up Israel, which was a record under the current scoring system until 2009, when Norway received 1.78 times as many points as Iceland. The song also cemented Ralph Siegel and Bernd Meinunger, the song's composers, into German Eurovision tradition, writing 18 Eurovision songs between them before and after "Ein bißchen Frieden", 13 of which were for Germany.

This was the first time that Germany won the contest. They had competed in the finals every year since the contest's inception.


Harrogate International Centre, Harrogate - host venue of the 1982 contest.

Harrogate is a spa town in North Yorkshire, England. Historically in the West Riding of Yorkshire, the town is a tourist destination and its visitor attractions include its spa waters and RHS Harlow Carr gardens. Nearby is the Yorkshire Dales national park and the Nidderdale AONB. Harrogate grew out of two smaller settlements, High Harrogate and Low Harrogate, in the 17th century. The town became known as 'The English Spa' in the Georgian Era, after its waters were discovered in the 16th century. In the 17th and 18th centuries its 'chalybeate' waters (containing iron) were a popular health treatment, and the influx of wealthy but sickly visitors contributed significantly to the wealth of the town.

The Harrogate International Centre was chosen as the host venue for the contest. The grand convention and exhibition centre opened short time prior to the contest, and was the first big event held in the main 2000-seat auditorium.

Contest overview[edit]

The opening of the contest showed a map of Europe, with the translation "Where is Harrogate?" popping up on-screen from the languages of the various countries. The question was always in the language in which the respective country's song was performed, with the exception of Ireland. The Irish entry was sung in English, but the translation of the question in the map was in Irish. Then the map zoomed into Harrogate's location in Yorkshire, followed by an introduction video spotlighting the town.

Greece was due to participate in the contest with the song "Sarantapente kopelies" performed by Themis Adamantidis. Although drawn to perform in second place, ERT withdrew the entry a few weeks before the contest.

In November 1981, France's national broadcaster, TF1, declined to enter the Eurovision Song Contest for 1982, with the head of entertainment, Pierre Bouteiller, saying, "The absence of talent and the mediocrity of the songs were annoyance set in. [Eurovision is] a monument to inanity [sometimes translated as "drivel"]."[1] Antenne 2 became the new broadcaster for Eurovision after public outcry, returning the country to the Contest in 1983.

The tradition of previous year's winners handing over the prize to current winners was not followed by Bucks Fizz, winners in 1981.

Irish band Chips lost out in their national finals, which, had they been successful, would have led to the unique situation of two bands in the same Eurovision with the same name (the other being Sweden).

This year, before the postcard of a specific country (with the exceptions of Israel, who had no commentator, and Yugoslavia, whose commentators were in their own country), the camera would zoom into the commentary box of that country's broadcaster, where the commentator/s would give a hand gesture, e.g. wave. The postcard would start with the country's flag on the screen and an excerpt of the country's national anthem (though in the case of the UK, the song played was Land of Hope and Glory instead of God Save the Queen, while the Israeli postcard began with an excerpt of Hava Nagila[2] instead of Hatikvah). The postcards themselves, utilizing state-of-the-art video technology (for it's time) were a montage of footage of the artist in Harrogate town or at the International Flower Festival. Some of the postcards also incorporated footage from the preview videos submitted by each organization, the first time the contest had utilised the clips in the broadcast. Only the preview videos were used where it was not a performance of the song from the national final. After the conclusion of the video clip, Jan Leeming introduced the conductor and then the artist for each nation.[3]


Each performance had a conductor who conducted the orchestra.[4][5]


There were 18 competitors in this year's final. No year since has had this few competitors in the final of the competition.

Draw Country Artist Song Language[6][7] Place[8] Points
01  Portugal Doce "Bem bom" Portuguese 13 32
02  Luxembourg Svetlana "Cours après le temps" French 6 78
03  Norway Jahn Teigen & Anita Skorgan "Adieu" Norwegian 12 40
04  United Kingdom Bardo "One Step Further" English 7 76
05  Turkey Neco "Hani?" Turkish 15 20
06  Finland Kojo "Nuku pommiin" Finnish 18 0
07   Switzerland Arlette Zola "Amour on t'aime" French 3 97
08  Cyprus Anna Vissi "Mono i agapi" (Μόνο η αγάπη) Greek 5 85
09  Sweden Chips "Dag efter dag" Swedish 8 67
10  Austria Mess "Sonntag" German 9 57
11  Belgium Stella "Si tu aimes ma musique" French 4 96
12  Spain Lucía "Él" Spanish 10 52
13  Denmark Brixx "Video, Video" Danish 17 5
14  Yugoslavia Aska "Halo, halo" (Хало, хало) Serbo-Croatian 14 21
15  Israel Avi Toledano "Hora" (הורה) Hebrew 2 100
16  Netherlands Bill van Dijk "Jij en ik" Dutch 16 8
17  Ireland The Duskeys "Here Today Gone Tomorrow" English 11 49
18  Germany Nicole "Ein bißchen Frieden" German 1 161

Voting structure[edit]

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

Germany had the advantage of performing last. After coming second in 1980 and second in Dublin the year previously, Ralph Siegel and Bernd Meinunger took the first Grand Prix for Germany. The winner, Nicole, beat the nearest competition by 61 points and over 13 million West Germans watched her victory on television. Germany was the commanding leader for nearly the entire voting process.

Nicole went on to sing the reprise of her song in English, French and Dutch, as well as German, to the delight of the invited audience in Harrogate Conference Centre who stood to applaud her. The English version (also produced by Siegel and Robert Jung [de]) of her Eurovision winner, A Little Peace, subsequently shot to No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart.[9][10]


Voting results[11]
Total score
United Kingdom
Portugal 32 7 4 5 2 1 6 1 4 2
Luxembourg 78 6 7 6 3 7 2 8 5 4 5 7 10 8
Norway 40 6 4 4 6 2 2 6 10
United Kingdom 76 4 12 6 10 4 5 3 12 1 2 6 2 1 7 1
Turkey 20 8 3 1 3 3 2
Finland 0
Switzerland 97 2 2 4 12 2 6 2 10 12 7 10 10 10 8
Cyprus 85 5 4 12 3 8 8 5 3 7 5 7 12 6
Sweden 67 7 3 8 5 3 4 8 5 4 8 2 5 3 2
Austria 57 10 7 7 6 8 6 4 4 5
Belgium 96 8 5 5 2 6 5 2 8 7 4 10 10 7 6 3 4 4
Spain 52 1 8 6 7 10 4 1 8 7
Denmark 5 3 1 1
Yugoslavia 21 4 1 12 1 3
Israel 100 10 10 1 1 12 10 2 10 7 7 6 1 3 8 12
Netherlands 8 3 5
Ireland 49 1 2 7 1 6 5 5 3 5 8 3 3
Germany 161 12 10 8 12 10 12 12 8 1 10 12 12 12 12 6 12

12 points[edit]

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

N. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
9  Germany  Cyprus,  Denmark,  Ireland,  Israel,  Portugal,  Spain,   Switzerland,  Turkey,  Yugoslavia
2  Cyprus  Netherlands,  Norway
 Israel  Finland,  Germany
  Switzerland  Belgium,  United Kingdom
 United Kingdom  Austria,  Luxembourg
1  Yugoslavia  Sweden

Returning artists[edit]

Artist Country Previous year(s)
Stella Maessen  Belgium 1970 (for  Netherlands, as part of Hearts of Soul), 1977 (as part of Dream Express)
Anita Skorgan  Norway 1977, 1979
Jahn Teigen  Norway 1978
Fatima Padinha (as part of Doce)  Portugal 1978 (as part of Gemini)
Teresa Miguel (as part of Doce)  Portugal 1978 (as part of Gemini)
Olcayto Ahmet Tuğsuz (as backing singer for Neco)  Turkey 1978 (as part of Nazar)
Anna Vissi  Cyprus 1980 (for  Greece, along with the Epikouri)
Sally Ann Triplett (as part of Bardo)  United Kingdom 1980 (as part of Prima Donna)

Broadcasters, commentators and spokespersons[edit]


Listed below is the order in which votes were cast during the 1982 contest along with the spokesperson who was responsible for announcing the votes for their respective country.[12]

  1.  Portugal – TBC
  2.  Luxembourg – Jacques Harvey
  3.  NorwayErik Diesen[13]
  4.  United KingdomColin Berry[5]
  5.  Turkey – Başak Doğru
  6.  Finland – Solveig Herlin[14]
  7.   Switzerland – Michel Stocker[15]
  8.  Cyprus – Anna Partelidou[16]
  9.  SwedenArne Weise[17]
  10.  AustriaTilia Herold [de]
  11.  Belgium – Jacques Olivier
  12.  SpainMarisa Naranjo [es]
  13.  DenmarkHans Otto Bisgaard [dk]
  14.  YugoslaviaMiša Molk[18]
  15.  IsraelYitzhak Shim'oni [he][19]
  16.  Netherlands – Flip van der Schalie
  17.  IrelandJohn Skehan
  18.  Germany – TBC

Broadcasters and commentators[edit]

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 Ernst Grissemann [de] [12][20]
Hitradio Ö3 Walter Richard Langer [de]
 Belgium RTBF1 French: Jacques Mercier [12][21]
BRT TV1 Dutch: Luc Appermont [12][22]
RTBF La Première French: Marc Danval
BRT Radio 1 Dutch: Herwig Haes
 Cyprus RIK Fryni Papadopoulou [16]
RIK Deftero Neophytos Taliotis
 Denmark DR TV Jørgen de Mylius [12][23]
DR P3 Karen Thisted [dk]
 Finland YLE TV1 Erkki Toivanen [12][24]
YLE Rinnakkaisohjelma TBC
 Germany Deutsches Fernsehen Ado Schlier [de] [25]
Deutschlandfunk/hr3 Roger Horné [de]
 Ireland RTÉ 1 Larry Gogan [12]
RTÉ Radio 1 Pat Kenny
 Israel Israeli Television No commentator
Reshet Gimel Daniel Pe'er
 Luxembourg RTL Télé Luxembourg Marylène Bergmann [fr] [21]
RTL André Torrent [fr] [12]
 Netherlands Nederland 2 Pim Jacobs [12][26]
 Norway NRK Bjørn Scheele [27]
NRK P1 Erik Heyerdahl [no]
 Portugal RTP1 José Fialho Gouveia [12][28]
RDP Programa 2 TBC
 Spain TVE1 Miguel de los Santos [es] [12][29]
 Sweden SVT TV1 Ulf Elfving [12][17]
SR P3 Kent Finell [17]
  Switzerland TV DRS German: Theodor Haller [de] [12][30]
TSR French: Georges Hardy [fr] [12][31]
TSI Italian: Giovanni Bertini
 Turkey Ankara Television Ümit Tunçağ
 United Kingdom BBC1 Terry Wogan [5][12]
BBC Radio 2 Ray Moore [5]
 Yugoslavia TVB 2 Serbo-Croatian: Mladen Popović
TVZ 1 Serbo-Croatian: Oliver Mlakar
TVL 1 Slovene: Tomaž Terček [sl]
Broadcasters and commentators in non-participating countries
Country Broadcaster(s) Commentator(s) Ref(s)
 France RTL André Torrent [fr] [12]
 Greece ERT Mako Georgiadou [el]

National jury members[edit]

  •  Portugal – José Vacondeus, Filipa Corte Real, Ilda Cocco Leote, José Eduardo Meira da Cunha, Maria Isabel Soares da Rocha, José Carlos Magalhães Ferreira, Maria José Soveral Gomes, Mário Nuno dos Santos Queirós, Carlos Ribeiro Luís, Frederico Hogan Teves, Ana Manuela Preto Pacheco[32]
  •  Turkey – Mine Ant, Jale Özkasım, Fariz Acar, Hakan Şerafettinoğlu, Haluk Günuğur, Taner Acar, Muammer Tosun, Sezer Öktem, Gülsen Nas, Dilek Abışgil, Belma Eşiyok[33]
  •  Spain – Marisa Cofiño, Luis González, Estela Alcaraz, Colomán Trabado, María Ángeles Toledano, Eusebio Poncela, María Teresa Portal, Leandro Martín, Miriam Ruiz, Miguel Martínez, Asunción López[34]
  •  Germany – Horst Senker[citation needed]


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