Knowledge Base: Eurovision Song Contest 1977

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BBC
 

|venue = Wembley Conference Centre
London, United Kingdom |winner = Image:Flag of France.svg France


"L'oiseau et l'enfant" |vote = Each country awarded 12, 10, 8-1 points to their 10 favourite songs |entries = 18 |debut = None |return = Image:Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden

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The Eurovision Song Contest 1977 was the 22nd edition series, and was held on May 7, 1977 in London. With Angela Rippon as the presenter, the contest was won by Marie Myriam who represented France, with her song "L'oiseau et l'enfant" (The Bird and the Child). This was France's fifth victory, a record, which was equalled by Luxembourg in 1983 and the United Kingdom in 1997. It was equalled and beaten by Ireland in 1993 and 1994.

The language rule was brought back in this contest, four years after it had been dropped in 1973. However Germany and Belgium were allowed to sing in English, because they had already chosen the songs they were going to sing before the rule was reintroduced.

As noted in The Eurovision Song Contest - The Official History by author and historian John Kennedy O'Connor, the contest was originally planned to be held on April 2, but because of a strike of BBC cameramen and technicians, it had to be postponed.

At one point before the contest Tunisia was going to participate but they withdrew. Although no explanation was given, it may have had something to do with Israel. Had Tunisia gone ahead they would have appeared fourth on stage.

Although Marie Myriam won, the song which finished second, "Rock Bottom", written and performed by Lynsey De Paul and Mike Moran, was the most commercial with the European public since this song went on to become a top 10 hit in most European countries, unlike "L'oiseau et l'enfant". However, the performance of Marie Myriam is considered among the best in the history of the ESC and the song has achieved a classic status and is still well remembered.

Contents

  • 1 Individual Entries
  • 2 Results
  • 3 Voting structure
  • 4 Score sheet
    • 4.1 12 points
  • 5 Commentators
  • 6 Spokespersons
  • 7 References

Individual Entries

Results

Draw Country Language Artist Song English translation Place Points
01 Esc English The Swarbriggs Plus Two "It's Nice To Be In Love Again" 3 119
02 Esc French Michèle Torr "Une petite française" A little French girl 4 96
03 Esc Dutch Heddy Lester "De mallemolen" The merry-go-round 12 35
04 Esc German Schmetterlinge "Boom Boom Boomerang" 17 11
05 Esc Norwegian Anita Skorgan "Casanova" 14 18
06 Esc English Silver Convention "Telegram" 8 55
07 Esc French Anne-Marie B "Frère Jacques" Brother John 16 17
08 Esc Portuguese Os Amigos "Portugal no coração" Portugal in my heart 14 18
09 Esc English Lynsey De Paul and Mike Moran "Rock Bottom" 2 121
10 Esc Greek Paschalis, Marianna, Robert & Bessy "Mathima Solfege"
(Μάθημα σολφέζ)
Music lesson 5 92
11 Esc Hebrew Ilanit "Ahava Hi Shir Lishnayim"
(אהבה היא שיר לשניים)
Love is a song for two 11 49
12 Esc German Pepe Lienhard Band "Swiss Lady" 6 71
13 Esc Swedish Forbes "Beatles" 18 2
14 Esc Spanish Micky "Enséñame a cantar" Teach me to sing 9 52
15 Esc Italian Mia Martini "Libera" Free 13 33
16 Esc Finnish Monica Aspelund "Lapponia" 10 50
17 Esc English Dream Express "A Million in One, Two, Three" 7 69
18 Esc French Marie Myriam "L'oiseau et l'enfant" The bird and the child 1 136

Voting structure

Each country had a jury who awarded 12, 10, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 points for their top ten songs.

Greece and France both gave points to countries in excess, 11 and 12 respectively. This was not corrected until after the contest, and may have contributed to the ascending order of votes introduced three years later.

Score sheet

   

Results
Image:ESCIrelandJ.svg Image:ESCMonacoJ.svg Image:ESCNetherlandsJ.svg Image:ESCAustriaJ.svg Image:ESCNorwayJ.svg Image:ESCGermanyJ.svg Image:ESCLuxembourgJ.svg Image:ESCPortugalJ.svg Image:ESCUnitedKingdomJ.svg Image:ESCGreeceJ.svg Image:ESCIsraelJ.svg Image:ESCSwitzerlandJ.svg Image:ESCSwedenJ.svg Image:ESCSpainJ.svg Image:ESCItalyJ.svg Image:ESCFinlandJ.svg Image:ESCBelgiumJ.svg Image:ESCFranceJ.svg
Image:ESCConJ.svg Ireland 8 1 5 12 5 8 1 12 10 12 8 12 4 8 0 3 10
Monaco 5 0 8 1 6 1 6 7 12 2 6 10 8 12 5 2 5
Netherlands 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 7 0 1 0 0 10 8
Austria 0 5 0 2 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Norway 0 0 0 0 0 3 2 2 0 0 0 1 0 5 0 5 0
Germany 1 1 3 2 0 2 8 8 8 5 0 5 5 6 0 0 1
Luxembourg 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0 8 0 0
Portugal 0 2 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 3 0 0 6
United Kingdom 0 12 7 12 7 10 12 12 0 8 0 8 3 2 4 12 12
Greece 0 10 10 4 4 4 6 10 5 3 1 7 12 1 6 6 3
Israel 7 7 5 3 5 0 0 0 0 0 10 3 6 0 0 1 2
Switzerland 6 0 0 10 10 0 5 4 4 6 4 0 0 4 10 8 0
Sweden 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Spain 0 0 6 1 0 7 7 0 3 4 0 3 0 7 7 7 0
Italy 8 6 0 0 0 3 0 3 0 0 0 2 0 2 2 0 7
Finland 12 0 4 6 8 0 0 0 0 2 7 5 2 0 0 0 4
Belgium 4 0 12 0 6 8 4 7 10 5 6 0 4 0 0 3 0
France 10 4 8 7 3 12 10 5 6 7 10 12 6 10 10 12 4
THE TABLE IS ORDERED BY APPEARANCE

12 points

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

N. Recipient nation Voting nation
6 United Kingdom Austria, Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Monaco, Portugal
4 Ireland Israel, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom
3 France Finland, Germany, Switzerland
2 Monaco Greece, Italy
1 Belgium Netherlands
Finland Ireland
Greece Spain

Commentators

  • Ireland - Mike Murphy
  • Monaco - TBD
  • Netherlands - Ati Dijckmeester
  • Austria - Ernst Grissemann
  • Norway - TBD
  • Germany - Werner Veigel
  • Luxembourg - TBD
  • Portugal - Fialho Gouveia
  • United Kingdom - Pete Murray
  • Greece - Mako Georgiadou
  • Israel - No commentator
  • Switzerland - Theodor Haller (SRG), Georges Hardy (SSR), Giovanni Bertini (TSI)
  • Sweden - Ulf Elfving
  • Spain - Miguel de los Santos
  • Italy - Silvio Noto
  • Finland - Erkki Toivanen
  • Belgium - Luc Appermont (BRT), Paule Herreman (RTB)
  • France - Georges de Caunes

Spokespersons

  • Ireland - John Skehan
  • Monaco - TBC
  • Netherlands - Ralph Inbar
  • Austria - TBC
  • Norway - Sverre Kristoffersen
  • Germany - TBC
  • Luxembourg - Jean Octave
  • Portugal - Ana Zanatti
  • United Kingdom - Colin Berry
  • Greece - TBC
  • Israel - Daniel Pe'er
  • Switzerland - Michel Dénériaz
  • Sweden - Sven Lindahl
  • Spain - Isabel Tenaille
  • Italy - TBC
  • Finland - Kaarina Pönniö
  • Belgium - Monique Delvaux
  • France - TBC
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