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DUBLIN 1971

After Dana’s victory in 1970, the Eurovision Song Contest moved to the emerald island of Ireland, and the number of participants rose again. For the first time in the history of the Eurovision Song Contest, Ireland hosted the event at the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin. Compared to 1970, the number of participants rose again to 18 as Finland, Norway, Sweden and Portugal all re-entered after a year of absence. Malta had its debut, so altogether 18 countries were present and the contest was broadcast in 29 countries.

The rule of performing either as single or duet was abolished: now groups of up to six persons were allowed to perform at Eurovision Song Contests. In this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, a new voting system was created: two jury members – one of them had to be younger than 25 – had to award between 1 and 5 points to each song. This created some problems because some juries gave fewer points than others. For example, Luxembourg awarded 43 points altogether compared to France’s 107! This system meant that jury members could vote tactically, awarding few points and hoping to gain many.

The small principality of Monaco on the other hand won for the first time with the song Un Banc, Un Abre, Une Rue by French-born Séverine, who then went on to have a successful career especially in Germany.

The first appearance of Malta was unsuccessful: their participant Joe Grech ended up in last place; Norwegian singer Hanne Krogh would return to the contest as half of the Eurovision Song Contest winner duo Bobbysocks in 1985. But in 1971, she came only 17th.

VOTING GRID: FINAL

COUNTRY PERFORMER(S) SONG TITLE SCORE RANK
01 Austria Marianne Mendt Musik 066 16
02 Malta Joe Grech Marija L-maltija 052 18
03 Monaco Séverine Un Banc, Un Arbre, Une Rue 128 01
04 Switzerland Peter, Sue and Marc Les Illusions De Nos Vingt Ans 078 12
05 Germany Katja Ebstein Diese Welt 100 03
06 Spain Karina En Un Mundo Nuevo 116 02
07 France Serge Lama Un Jardin Sur La Terre 082 10
08 Luxembourg Monique Melsen Pomme, Pomme, Pomme 070 13
09 Un. Kingdom Clodagh Rodgers Jack In The Box 098 04
10 Belgium Lily Castel, Jacques Raymond Goeie Morgen, Morgen 068 14
11 Italy Massimo Ranieri L’amore è Un Attimo 091 05
12 Sweden Family Four Vita Vidder 085 06
13 Ireland Angela Farrell One Day Love 079 11
14 Netherlands Saskia and Serge De Tijd 085 06
15 Portugal Tonicha Menina Do Alto Da Serra 083 09
16 Yugoslavia Krunoslav Slabinac Tvoj Djecak Je Tuzan 068 14
17 Finland Markku Aro and Koivisto Sisters Tie Uuteen Päivään 084 08
18 Norway Hanne Krogh Lykken Er… 065 17
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