Eurovision Song Contest 1987

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Eurovision Song Contest 1987
ESC 1987 logo.png
Dates
Final9 May 1987
Host
VenuePalais du Centenaire
Brussels, Belgium
Presenter(s)Viktor Lazlo
ConductorJo Carlier
Directed byJacques Bourton
Executive supervisorFrank Naef
Host broadcasterRadio-Télévision Belge de la Communauté Française (RTBF)
Opening act"Breathless" performed by Viktor Lazlo
Interval actMarc Grauwels
Websiteeurovision.tv/event/brussels-1987 Edit this at Wikidata
Participants
Number of entries22
Debuting countriesNone
Returning countries Greece
 Italy
Non-returning countriesNone
Vote
Voting systemEach country awarded 12, 10, 8–1 point(s) to their 10 favourite songs
Nul points Turkey
Winning song Ireland
"Hold Me Now"

The Eurovision Song Contest 1987 was the 32nd Eurovision Song Contest and was held on 9 May 1987 in Brussels, Belgium after Sandra Kim's win the previous year. The presenter was Viktor Lazlo. She agreed to present the Eurovision Song Contest, on the condition she was allowed to open with a song of her own, "Breathless". Johnny Logan was the winner for Ireland with his own composition "Hold Me Now". That made him the first (and as of 2020 only) performer to win the contest twice, as he had won also in 1980.

Location[edit]

Palais du Centenaire, Brussels – host venue of the 1987 contest.

Brussels is the capital city of Belgium. The Brussels Capital Region is part of both the French Community of Belgium[1] and the Flemish Community,[2] but separate from the regions of Flanders and Wallonia.[3][4]

The contest took place at the Palais du Centenaire, a set of exhibition halls built from 1930 to celebrate the centenary of the independence of Belgium in Heysel Plateau (Heysal Park). The Centenary Palace (French: Palais du Centenaire, Dutch: Eeuwfeestpaleis) is one of the remaining buildings of the World's Fair of 1935. Currently it is still being used for trade fairs.

Format[edit]

Host broadcaster[edit]

Initially, the competition was to be jointly organised by the two Belgian public broadcasters: the French-speaking Radio Télévision Belge Francophone (RTBF) and the Dutch-speaking Belgische Radio- en Televisieomroep (BRT). The aim was to give Belgium the image of a united country. But quickly, disagreements appeared between the two broadcasters, especially on the place, the presenters and transmission of the contest. BRT eventually withdrew from the project and RTBF organised the contest alone.[5] The necessary budget was so important that a new law had to be adopted, allowing the use of advertising to finance the Belgian public channels. This was the first time that sponsors helped to produce the contest and appeared on screen.[6] BRT was in charge of the selection of the Belgian entry for the contest, as in all other odd-numbered years.

Contest overview[edit]

The 1987 Eurovision was the biggest contest at that time, with 22 countries taking part. Only Malta, Monaco and Morocco failed to compete out of all the countries which had entered the contest in the past. Due to the number of countries, and the time it took for the contest to be held, the EBU set the limit of competing countries to 22. This became problematic over the next few years as new and returning nations indicated an interest in participating, but could not be accommodated.[7]

Controversy erupted in Israel after their song was selected, "Shir Habatlanim" by the Lazy Bums. The comedic performance was criticised by the country's culture minister, who threatened to resign should the duo proceed to Brussels. They went on to perform for Israel, placing eighth; however the culture minister's threat was left unfulfilled.[7]

Conductors[edit]

Results[edit]

Draw Country Artist Song Language[8] Place Points
01  Norway Kate Gulbrandsen "Mitt liv" Norwegian 9 65
02  Israel Natan Datner and Avi Kushnir (as "Lazy Bums") "Shir Habatlanim" (שיר הבטלנים) Hebrew 8 73
03  Austria Gary Lux "Nur noch Gefühl" German 20 8
04  Iceland Halla Margrét "Hægt og hljótt" Icelandic 16 28
05  Belgium Liliane Saint-Pierre "Soldiers of Love" Dutch1 11 56
06  Sweden Lotta Engberg "Boogaloo" Swedish 12 50
07  Italy Umberto Tozzi & Raf "Gente di mare" Italian 3 103
08  Portugal Nevada "Neste barco à vela" Portuguese 18 15
09  Spain Patricia Kraus "No estás solo" Spanish 19 10
10  Turkey Seyyal Taner & Lokomotif "Şarkım Sevgi Üstüne" Turkish 22 0
11  Greece Bang "Stop" (Στοπ) Greek 10 64
12  Netherlands Marcha "Rechtop in de wind" Dutch 5 83
13  Luxembourg Plastic Bertrand "Amour, amour" French 21 4
14  United Kingdom Rikki "Only the Light" English 13 47
15  France Christine Minier "Les mots d'amour n'ont pas de dimanche" French 14 44
16  Germany Wind "Lass die Sonne in dein Herz" German 2 141
17  Cyprus Alexia "Aspro-mavro" (Άσπρο-μαύρο) Greek 7 80
18  Finland Vicky Rosti & Boulevard "Sata salamaa" Finnish 15 32
19  Denmark Anne-Cathrine Herdorf & Bandjo "En lille melodi" Danish 5 83
20  Ireland Johnny Logan "Hold Me Now" English 1 172
21  Yugoslavia Novi fosili "Ja sam za ples" Croatian1 4 92
22   Switzerland Carol Rich "Moitié, moitié" French 17 26

Notes

1.^ Contains some phrases in English.

Score sheet[edit]

Juries
Total score
Norway
Israel
Austria
Iceland
Belgium
Sweden
Italy
Portugal
Spain
Turkey
Greece
Netherlands
Luxembourg
United Kingdom
France
Germany
Cyprus
Finland
Denmark
Ireland
Yugoslavia
Switzerland
Contestants
Norway 65 4 7 10 7 3 4 4 7 3 5 3 2 6
Israel 73 2 1 5 6 4 10 3 4 10 8 7 5 8
Austria 8 1 7
Iceland 28 4 4 4 6 10
Belgium 56 5 2 3 6 7 4 5 8 4 5 3 4
Sweden 50 12 8 1 3 7 2 3 7 7
Italy 103 3 6 3 5 1 12 12 8 4 1 12 1 4 12 12 7
Portugal 15 8 5 2
Spain 10 10
Turkey 0
Greece 64 1 2 6 8 5 7 5 7 12 6 5
Netherlands 83 5 2 10 5 7 3 8 3 12 2 2 6 8 10
Luxembourg 4 2 2
United Kingdom 47 10 5 3 5 3 3 1 2 1 4 3 2 5
France 44 1 4 5 4 1 12 5 10 2
Germany 141 3 8 10 12 10 7 4 5 1 6 10 6 10 6 6 10 12 7 7 1
Cyprus 80 6 6 2 12 2 6 5 3 6 10 8 10 4
Finland 32 10 3 4 2 1 8 2 1 1
Denmark 83 7 6 7 7 8 2 1 1 8 6 7 8 8 4 3
Ireland 172 8 4 12 12 12 12 8 10 10 12 10 12 1 6 8 12 5 6 12
Yugoslavia 92 12 7 8 10 8 6 6 12 2 2 10 8 1
Switzerland 26 1 2 5 7 3 4 1 3

12 points[edit]

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

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

Returning artists[edit]

Artist Country Previous year(s)
Gary Lux  Austria 1983 (member of Westend), 1985
Alexia  Cyprus 1981 (member of Island)
Wind  Germany 1985
Johnny Logan  Ireland 1980 (winner)

Commentators[edit]