The Eurovision Song Contest 1979 was the 24th edition held on 31 March 1979 at the Binyanei Ha'ouma in Jerusalem, Israel due to Izhar Cohen & Alpha Beta's win in Paris the previous year.  It was presented by Yardena Arazi (who became the second former contestant to act as host) and Daniel Pe'er.

This was the first contest to be staged outside of Europe. As well as transmitting to the 19 participating nations, the show was also broadcast in Romania, Iceland and Hong Kong.

Israel won for the second consecutive year with the song Hallelujah performed by Gali Atari and Milk and Honey, successfully defending their title on home ground. Down by 1 point to Spain going into the final round of voting, it was the Spanish jury that caused their own defeat by giving 10 points to the Israeli entry.


Draw Country Artist Song Language Translation Place Points
01 IconPortugal Portugal Manuela Bravo Sobe, sobe, balão sobe Portuguese Rise, rise, balloon rise 9 64
02 IconItaly Italy Matia Bazar Raggio di luna Italian Moonbeam 15 27
03 IconDenmark Denmark Tommy Seebach Disco Tango Danish -- 6 76
04 IconIreland Ireland Cathal Dunne Happy Man English -- 5 80
05 IconFinland Finland Katri Helena Katson sineen taivaan Finnish I'm looking into the blue of the sky 14 38
06 IconMonaco Monaco Laurent Vaguener Notre vie c'est la musique French Our life is music 16 12
07 IconGreece Greece Elpida Sokrati Greek Socrates 8 69
08 IconSwitzerland Switzerland Peter, Sue & Marc ft. Pfuri,
& Kniri
Trödler und Co German Second-handers and Company 10 60
09 IconGermany Germany Dschinghis Khan Dschinghis Khan Genghis Khan 4 86
10 IconIsrael Israel Gali Atari & Milk and Honey Hallelujah Hebrew -- 1 125
11 IconFrance France Anne Marie David Je Suis L'Enfant Soleil French I am the sun child 3 106
12 IconBelgium Belgium Micha Marah Hey Nana Dutch -- 18 5
13 IconLuxembourg Luxembourg Jeane Manson J'ai déjà vu ça dans tes yeux French I've already seen that in your eyes 13 44
14 IconThe Netherlands The Netherlands Xandra Colorado Dutch -- 12 51
15 IconSweden Sweden Ted Gärdestad Satellit Swedish Satellite 17 8
16 IconNorway Norway Anita Skorgan Oliver Norwegian -- 11 57
17 IconUnited Kingdom United Kingdom Black Lace Mary Ann English -- 7 73
18 IconAustria Austria Christina Simon Heute in Jerusalem German Today in Jerusalem 18 5
19 IconSpain Spain Betty Missiego Su canción Spanish Your song 2 116


  • Anne Marie David, Anita Skorgan, Peter, Sue & Marc, Sandra Reemer (performing as Xandra) and Tommy Seebach have all participated in another contest. The former four participated in other contests in the 1970s with David winning for Luxembourg in 1973.
  • The stage in Jerusalem was one of many stages to come that will have a moving feature. 1980, 1984, and 1999 are most noticeable.
  • Spain would have won by one point if the Spanish jury hadn't given any points to Israel. It was the first time in the contest that the country in the lead caused its own defeat.
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