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JERUSALEM 1979

The 24th Eurovision Song Contest was held outside the geographical area of Europe for the first time. Jerusalem played the proud host of the annual European event. The Israeli capital, Jerusalem, was this year’s host city that welcomed 19 different delegations. Turkey withdrew from the contest because it took place in Israel and many Arab countries put some pressure on Turkey not to go to Jerusalem. Lots of the artists were familiar – they had returned to the contest like Peter, Sue & Marc from Switzerland, Anne-Marie David, the 1973 winner for Luxembourg, now singing for France, and Anita Skorgan for Norway. Israel won for the second time in a row with the song Hallelujah which became a Europe-wide hit. Spain was the last country to cast its votes. At that moment Spain was in the lead with 1 point ahead of Israel, but the Spanish 10 points gave Israel its second victory. It was later rumoured Spain had deliberately given its points to Israel because they didn’t want to win themselves.

The German entry, performed by band Dschinghis Khan also went on to become a hit in several European countries, despite being heavily criticised in Germany itself. Germany’s neighbour Austria had a hard time though and came last. The entry, written by Peter Wolf and avantgarde artist André Heller about Jerusalem didn’t prove to be popular with the national juries. The Swiss contestants Peter, Sue & Marc had difficulties getting into the country and had to explain to customs exactly why they needed so many watering cans, hoses, bin bags and bottle openers which were needed for their refreshing performance on the Jerusalem stage. The Belgian singer Micha Marah was very unhappy with her song Hey Nana as this was selected against her will in the Belgian pre-selection. She refused to record the song and it remains one of the few songs in Eurovision Song Contest that don’t have a studio-version. Monaco decided to withdraw from the contest after their singer Laurent Vaguener only reached the 16th place and the principality would only return again 25 years later, in 2004.

VOTING GRID: FINAL

COUNTRY PERFORMER(S) SONG TITLE SCORE RANK
01 Portugal Manuela Bravo Sobe, Sobe, Balão Sobe 064 09
02 Italy Matia Bazar Raggio Di Luna 027 15
03 Denmark Tommy Seebach Disco Tango 076 06
04 Ireland Cathal Dunne Happy Man 080 05
05 Finland Katri-Helena Katso Sineen Taivaan 038 14
06 Monaco Laurent Vaguener Notre Vie, C’est La Musique 012 16
07 Greece Elpida Socrates 069 08
08 Switzerland Peter, Sue and Marc and
Pfuri, Gorps and Kniri
Trödler Und Co. 060 10
09 Germany Dschinghis Khan Dschinghis Khan 086 04
10 Israel Milk and Honey Hallelujah 125 01
11 France Anne-Marie David Je Suis L’enfant-soleil 106 03
12 Belgium Micha Marah Hey Nana 005 18
13 Luxembourg Jeane Manson J’ai Déjà Vu ça Dans Tes Yeux 044 13
14 Netherlands Xandra Colorado 051 12
15 Sweden Ted Gärdestad Satellit 008 17
16 Norway Anita Skorgan Oliver 057 11
17 Un. Kingdom Black Lace Mary Ann 073 07
18 Austria Christina Simon Heute In Jerusalem 005 18
19 Spain Betty Missiego Su Canción 116 02
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