Eurovision Song Contest 1980
Eurovision Song Contest 1980

Johnny Logan won the Eurovision Song Contest for the first time and brought Ireland to their second of a record seven wins.


The Eurovision Song Contest 1980 was the Silver Anniversary edition and was held on 19 April 1980 in The Hague, Netherlands. The presenter was Marlous Fluitsma, although each song was introduced by a presenter from the participating country in their native language. In some cases, this was the same person providing the commentary.

Israel, winners in 1979, declined to host the 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. Moreover, the date that was eventually set for the 1980 contest by the European Broadcasting Union coincided with Israel's Day of Remembrance for their casualties of war, so Israel decided not to participate at all.  Spain (who finished runner-up in 1979) and the United Kingdom also declined to host, but the Dutch broadcaster NOS volunteered to put on the show provided that they had the ability to scale down the production.  Some of the footage from the opening sequence was actually recycled from the opening of the 1976 contest, which was also held in The Hague.

Morocco joined the Eurovision family for the first (and so far only) time. It is rumoured that they were only brought in to replace Israel. Monaco also withdrew, and would not return until the 2004 semi final.

The contest was won by Ireland for the second time with the song What's Another Year performed by Johnny Logan.

Participants

Draw Country Artist Song Language Translation Place Points
01 IconAustria.png Austria Blue Danube Du bist Musik German You are music 8 64
02 IconTurkey.png Turkey Ajda Pekkan Petr'Oil Turkish -- 15 23
03 IconGreece.png Greece Anna Vissi & The Epikouri Autostop Greek Hitch-hiking 13 30
04 IconLuxembourg.png Luxembourg Sophie & Magaly Papa Pingouin French Papa Penguin 9 56
05 IconMorocco.png Morocco Samira Bensaïd Bitaqat Hob Arabic Love card 18 7
06 IconItaly.png Italy Alan Sorrenti Non so che darei Italian I don't know what to give 6 87
07 IconDenmark.png Denmark Bamses Venner Tænker altid på dig Danish Always thinking of you 14 25
08 IconSweden.png Sweden Tomas Ledin Just nu! Swedish Right now! 10 47
09 IconSwitzerland.png Switzerland Paola del Medico Cinéma French Cinema 4 104
10 IconFinland.png Finland Vesa-Matti Loiri Huilumies Finnish A flute man 19 6
11 IconNorway.png Norway Sverre & Mattis Sámiid Ædnan Norwegian Lapland 16 15
12 IconGermany.png Germany Katja Ebstein Theater German -- 2 128
13 IconUnited Kingdom.png United Kingdom Prima Donna Love Enough For Two English -- 3 106
14 IconPortugal.png Portugal José Cid Um grande, grande amor Portuguese A big, big love 7 71
15 IconThe Netherlands.png The Netherlands Maggie MacNeal Amsterdam Dutch -- 5 93
16 IconFrance.png France Profil Hé, hé M'sieurs, dames French Hey, hey, ladies and gentlemen 11 45
17 IconIreland.png Ireland Johnny Logan What's Another Year English -- 1 143
18 IconSpain.png Spain Trigo Limpio Quédate esta noche Spanish Stay tonight 12 38
19 IconBelgium.png Belgium Télex Eurovision French -- 17 14

Trivia

  • This was the first year the points were read in ascending numerical order.   This was to increase the excitement factor for the audience as to which country would get the 12 points.
  • Katja Ebstein became the only artist to finish in the top three on three different occasions without having won the contest.
  • Israel became the first country to not defend its title after winning in 1979.
  • The Belgian entry was the first (and at present, only) song to mention the contest directly by name and include "Te Deum" in its melody.
  • The French entry this year marks the 400th song performed in the contest.
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