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The Eurovision Song Contest 1983 was the 28th edition held on 23 April 1983 at the Rudi Sedlmayer-Halle in Munich and hosted by Marlene Charell due to Nicole's win the previous year in Harrogate. 20 nations competed in this contest: France was back after its second channel Antenne 2 (now known as France 2) took over broadcasting the competition when TF1 withdrew, and Italy and Greece also returned after a time away. Noticeably absent this time was Ireland, who did not participate due to strike action at their main channel RTE. The 1983 contest was also the first time it was broadcast in Australia and has gained a huge fan following ever since.

Several hit songs came out of this contest: Ofra Haza's second-place song was a massive European hit, as was Danijel's song for Yugoslavia and Carola's song for Sweden. For the latter, it was the first of her three Eurovision appearances.

The contest was won by Corinne Hermès for Luxembourg with the song Si la vie est cadeau. It gave Luxembourg an outright fifth win, a feat later matched by the United Kingdom in 1997 and The Netherlands in 2019, and eventually beaten by Ireland in 1994 and Sweden in 2015.

Participants

Draw Country Artist Song Language Translation Place Points
01 IconFrance.png France Guy Bonnet Vivre French Living 8 56
02 IconNorway.png Norway Jahn Teigen Do Re Mi Norwegian -- 9 53
03 IconUnited Kingdom.png United Kingdom Sweet Dreams I'm Never Giving Up English -- 6 79
04 IconSweden.png Sweden Carola Främling Swedish Stranger 3 126
05 IconItaly.png Italy Riccardo Fogli Per Lucia Italian For Lucia 11 41
06 IconTurkey.png Turkey Çetin Alp & The Short Waves Opera Turkish -- 19 0
07 IconSpain.png Spain Remedios Amaya ¿Quién maneja mi barca? Spanish Who sails my boat? 19 0
08 IconSwitzerland.png Switzerland Mariella Farré Io così non ci sto Italian I don't like it this way 15 28
09 IconFinland.png Finland Ami Aspelund Fantasiaa Finnish Fantasy 11 41
10 IconGreece.png Greece Christie Stasinopoulou Mou les Greek You tell me 14 32
11 IconThe Netherlands.png The Netherlands Bernadette Sing Me a Song Dutch -- 7 66
12 IconYugoslavia.png Yugoslavia Danijel Džuli Croatian Julie 4 125
13 IconCyprus.png Cyprus Stavros & Constantina I agapi akoma zi Greek Love is still alive 16 25
14 IconGermany.png Germany Hoffmann & Hoffmann Rücksicht German Consideration 5 94
15 IconDenmark.png Denmark Gry Johansen Kloden drejer Danish The planet's spinning 17 16
16 IconIsrael.png Israel Ofra Haza Hi Hebrew Alive 2 136
17 IconPortugal.png Portugal Armando Gama Esta balada que te dou Portuguese This ballad that I give to you 13 33
18 IconAustria.png Austria Westend Hurricane German -- 9 53
19 IconBelgium.png Belgium Pas de Deux Rendez-vous Dutch Meeting 18 13
20 IconLuxembourg.png Luxembourg Corinne Hermès Si la vie est cadeau French If life is a gift 1 142

Trivia

  • 1983 features some similarities to the 1991 contest eight years later:
    • Both editions feature Carola with a microphone/sound failure.
    • In both Greek entries, a saxophonist bungled his notes.
    • Both had hosts whose command of another language was not up to par, and therefore made the voting go on longer than expected. Because of this, the 1983 contest was the first contest to go over three hours.
    • Both top threes featured Carola, Israel with a patriotic song, and a French-language song.
    • Both runners-up from the previous year would write a song for someone else this year.