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LONDON 1977

The Eurovision Song Contest 1977 was the first contest which was troubled by a strike and was only organised five weeks after the planned date. That year’s Eurovision Song Contest took place at the Wembley Conference Centre in London. The event was postponed for five weeks because of the fact that the cameramen and technicians were on strike. The song contest was supposed to take place on the 2nd of April, but it did not take place before the 7th of May. 18 countries took part this year. Sweden returned, and Yugoslavia withdrew from the contest. Tunisia was supposed to take part as well, performing in 4th position, but the country withdrew its entry.

The rule of performing in one’s national language was brought back to the song contest as since 1973, countries could sing in a language they wanted. However, Germany and Belgium were allowed to perform in English because their entries had already been chosen before the rule was brought back. The German group Silver Convention had been hugely popular all over the world in the mid 70s with songs like Fly Robin Fly and Get Up And Boogie. Even if there were high hopes that their 1977 entry Telegram would mark the first victory for Germany, the song only ended up in 8th position. Anita Skorgan sang her first entry Casanova for Norway this year. She would return in 1979 and also try several more times to represent her home country, but always lost out in the Norwegian national heats. Austria gave a innovative performance as Boom Boom Boomerang by the group Schmetterlinge was performed with the artists wearing masks on the back of their heads.

France won its fifth victory – and last to date – with the song L’Oiseau Et L’Enfant performed by Marie Myriam. France’s victory was a record in Eurovision Song Contest history. The record was equalled by Luxembourg in 1983, and beaten by Ireland in 1994. The United Kingdom entry Rock Bottom by Lynsey de Paul and Mike Moran came second. It was the 11th consecutive time that a British entry came top 4.

VOTING GRID: FINAL

COUNTRY PERFORMER(S) SONG TITLE SCORE RANK
01 Ireland The Swarbriggs Plus Two It’s Nice To Be In Love Again 119 03
02 Monaco Michèle Torr Une Petite Française 096 04
03 Netherlands Heddy Lester De Mallemolen 035 12
04 Austria Schmetterlinge Boom Boom Boomerang 011 17
05 Norway Anita Skorgan Casanova 018 14
06 Germany Silver Convention Telegram 055 08
07 Luxembourg Anne Marie B. Frère Jacques 017 16
08 Portugal Os Amigos Portugal No Coração 018 14
09 Un. Kingdom Lynsey de Paul & Mike Moran Rock Bottom 121 02
10 Greece Pascalis, Marianna, Robert, Bessy Mathema Solfege 092 05
11 Israel Ilanit Ah-haa-vah Hee
Shir Lish-naa-yim
049 11
12 Switzerland Pepe Lienhard Band Swiss Lady 071 06
13 Sweden Forbes Beatles 002 18
14 Spain Micky Enseñame A Cantar 052 09
15 Italy Mia Martini Liberà 033 13
16 Finland Monica Aspelund Lapponia 050 10
17 Belgium Dream Express A Million In One, Two, Three 069 07
18 France Marie Myriam L’oiseau Et L’enfant 136 01
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