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 in final 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 took place in Harrogate, United Kingdom, following the country's victory at the 1981 contest with the song "Making Your Mind Up" by Bucks Fizz. Organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and host broadcaster British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), the contest was held at the Harrogate International Centre on 24 April 1982 and was hosted by English TV presenter and newsreader Jan Leeming.

Eighteen countries took part in the contest with Greece deciding not to enter this year. Due the downsizing of their national broadcasters, France lost the rights to participating at the contest and so was also forced to withdraw.

The winner was Germany with the song "Ein bißchen Frieden" by Nicole. This was the first time that Germany had won the contest after having competed every year since the contest's inception. 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.


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.[1] 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.


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.

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 its 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. Also, some music from postcards are used either a popular song or tune from each particular country or any song perofrmed from the Eurovision (i.e. For Yugoslav entry, Jedan Dan from 1968 was used and for Israel, the winning song Hallelujah by Milk and Honey from 1979 was used). After the conclusion of the video clip, Jan Leeming introduced the conductor and then the artist for each nation.

Participating countries[edit]

There were 18 participating countries this year. No year since has had this few participants in the final of the competition.

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 is where annoyance sets in. [Eurovision is] a monument to insanity [sometimes translated as "drivel"]." Antenne 2 became the new broadcaster for Eurovision after public outcry, returning the country to the contest in 1983.

Germany had the advantage of performing last. After coming second in The Hague in 1980 and second in Dublin in 1981, Ralph Siegel and Bernd Meinunger took the first win 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 up 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.[3][4]


Each performance had a conductor who conducted the orchestra.[5][6]

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)

Participants and results[edit]

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

Detailed voting results[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.

Detailed voting results[10][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


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.

  1.  Portugal – TBC
  2.  Luxembourg – Jacques Harvey
  3.  Norway – Erik Diesen
  4.  United Kingdom – Colin Berry[6]
  5.  Turkey – Başak Doğru
  6.  Finland – Solveig Herlin
  7.  Switzerland – Michel Stocker
  8.  Cyprus – Anna Partelidou
  9.  Sweden – Arne Weise
  10.  Austria – Tilia Herold [de]
  11.  Belgium – Jacques Olivier
  12.  Spain – Marisa Naranjo [es]
  13.  Denmark – Hans Otto Bisgaard [dk]
  14.  Yugoslavia – Miša Molk
  15.  Israel – Yitzhak Shim'oni [he]
  16.  Netherlands – Flip van der Schalie
  17.  Ireland – John Skehan
  18.  Germany – TBC


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]
Hitradio Ö3 Walter Richard Langer [de]
 Belgium RTBF1 French: Jacques Mercier
BRT TV1 Dutch: Luc Appermont [12]
RTBF La Première French: Marc Danval
BRT Radio 1 Dutch: Herwig Haes
 Cyprus RIK Fryni Papadopoulou
RIK Deftero Neophytos Taliotis
 Denmark DR TV Jørgen de Mylius
DR P3 Karen Thisted [dk]
 Finland YLE TV1 Erkki Toivanen
YLE Rinnakkaisohjelma TBC
 Germany Deutsches Fernsehen Ado Schlier [de]
Deutschlandfunk/hr3 Roger Horné [de]
 Ireland RTÉ 1 Larry Gogan
RTÉ Radio 1 Pat Kenny
 Israel Israeli Television No commentator
Reshet Gimel Daniel Pe'er
 Luxembourg RTL Télé Luxembourg Marylène Bergmann [fr]
RTL André Torrent [fr]
 Netherlands Nederland 2 Pim Jacobs [13]
 Norway NRK Bjørn Scheele
NRK P1 Erik Heyerdahl [no]
 Portugal RTP1 José Fialho Gouveia
RDP Programa 2 TBC
 Spain TVE1 Miguel de los Santos [es]
 Sweden SVT TV1 Ulf Elfving
SR P3 Kent Finell
 Switzerland TV DRS[a] German: Theodor Haller [de] [14]
TSR French: Georges Hardy [fr] [15]
TSI[a] Italian: Giovanni Bertini
 Turkey Ankara Television Ümit Tunçağ
 United Kingdom BBC1 Terry Wogan [6]
BBC Radio 2 Ray Moore [6]
 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)
 Hong Kong TVB Pearl (delayed broadcast on 28 April 1982) Un­known [16]
 France RTL André Torrent [fr]
 Greece ERT Mako Georgiadou [el]


  1. ^ a b Broadcast via TSR, according to Radio TV - Je vois tout from 22 April 1982


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