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MUNICH 1983

After trying to win for many years, German broadcaster ARD could finally host the 1983 Eurovision Song Contest in the Bavarian capital of Munich. For the second time since 1957, the Eurovision Song Contest was held in Germany, this time in the Bavarian capital, Munich. The presenter of this year’s song contest was Marlene Charell who presented the performers in three languages, German, French and English, but she was very nervous and made 13 mistakes in the voting alone. She also mixed up the names of the performers and the conductors much to the displease of the artists. Due to the trilingual presentation, the contest lasted more than 3 hours for the first time ever. The total number of participants rose to 20 again as Italy, France and Greece returned. The 1983 Eurovision Song Contest didn’t have filmed postcards to present the artists as they were not ready in time. The set was quite small but unique as the stage was arc-shaped surrounding the orchestra section.

This year marked the first performance of Sweden’s Carola Häggkvist who reached the third place and went on to win the contest in 1991 and represented her country again in 2006,coming fifth. Her song Främling became very popular in Sweden, perhaps even more than her winning song from 1991. For France’s Guy Bonnet, it was the second time he represented his native country. After coming 4th in 1970, he ended up 6th in the Munich contest. Italian superstar Riccardo Fogli, the 1983 contest ended with a disappointment: after winning the prestigious San Remo festival the year before, he only ended up 11th with his song Per Lucia.

Luxembourg won the 1983 contest with the dramatic presentation of Si La Vie Est Cadeau by French singer Corinne Hermès which marked the country’s last victory to date. Unfortunately, Corinne’s winning song didn’t set the European charts alight and it was even outscored by the Swedish entry Främling and even the Yugoslav song by Daniel who recorded his song in English, called Julie then.

VOTING GRID: FINAL

COUNTRY PERFORMER(S) SONG TITLE SCORE RANK
01 France Guy Bonnet Vivre 056 08
02 Norway Jahn Teigen Do Re Mi 053 09
03 Un. Kingdom Sweet Dreams I’m Never Giving Up 079 06
04 Sweden Carola Häggkvist Främling 126 03
05 Italy Riccardo Fogli Per Lucia 041 11
06 Turkey Çetin Alp and the Short Wave Opera 000 19
07 Spain Remedios Amaya ¿quién Maneja Mi Barca? 000 19
08 Switzerland Mariella Farré Io Così Non Ci Sto 028 15
09 Finland Ami Aspelund Fantasiaa 041 11
10 Greece Christie Stassinopoulou Mou Les 032 14
11 Netherlands Bernadette Sing Me A Song 066 07
12 Yugoslavia Danijel Dzuli 125 04
13 Cyprus Stavros and Constantina I Agapi Akoma Zi 026 16
14 Germany Hoffmann und Hoffmann Rücksicht 094 05
15 Denmark Gry Johansen Kloden Drejer 016 17
16 Israel Ofra Haza Hi 136 02
17 Portugal Armando Gama Esta Balada Que Te Dou 033 13
18 Austria Westend Hurricane 053 09
19 Belgium Pas de Deux Rendez-vous 013 18
20 Luxembourg Corinne Hermès Si La Vie Est Cadeau 142 01
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