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PARIS 1978

After having won in London in 1977, French Television organised the 1978 Eurovision Song Contest in Paris on the 22nd of April. For the third time in Eurovision Song Contesthistory, the event was held in France. After having hosted the two previous contests in Cannes, French Television decided to host it in the capital Paris. A record of 20 countries participated this year. Denmark returned to the contest after 11 years of absence. Turkey also participated, and no country withdrew from the previous year. For the first time, the show was presented by two persons, Denise Fabre and Léon Zitrone. It was the first time contest was broadcast live in Dubai.

Israel won the song contest for the first time with the song A-Ba-Ni-Bi by Izhar Cohen & The Alphabeta. The country received five consecutive 12 point votes, which is still a Eurovision Song Contest record. Israel’s Head of Delegation, Rivka Michaeli, admitted though that they hadn’t been satisfied with Cohen’s song. Michaeli said it was only because all the other entries were “so absolutely awful” that Cohen had won the national heats. When it was obvious that Israel would win, the broadcasting company of Jordan stopped the live broadcast claiming they had technical difficulties. A day later they presented the song from Belgium – which came second – as the winning song.

Norway did not get a single vote, which was unique for the new voting system, but that fact would be repeated several times in the future. Big European stars participated in the contest this year, despite all achieving only moderate success. Italy’s Ricchi & Poveri, only ending up 12th, went on to have a major success in Europe as part of the later wave of Italo-Pop. The popular singer for Germany, Ireen Sheer, also took part for the second time and came 6th beating Spain’s disco queens Baccara who sang for Luxembourg into 7th position.

VOTING GRID: FINAL

COUNTRY PERFORMER(S) SONG TITLE SCORE RANK
01 Ireland Colm T. Wilkinson Born To Sing 086 05
02 Norway Jahn Teigen Mil Etter Mil 000 20
03 Italy Ricchi e Poveri Questo Amore 053 12
04 Finland Seija Simola Anna Rakkaudelle Tilaisuus 002 18
05 Portugal Gemini Dai-li-dou 005 17
06 France Joël Prévost Il Y Aura Toujours Des Violons 119 03
07 Spain José Vélez Bailemos Un Vals 065 09
08 Un. Kingdom Co-Co The Bad Old Days 061 11
09 Switzerland Carole Vinci Vivre 065 09
10 Belgium Jean Vallée L’amour ça Fait Chanter La Vie 125 02
11 Netherlands Harmony ‘t Is Ok 037 13
12 Turkey Nazar Sevinçe 002 18
13 Germany Ireen Sheer Feuer 084 06
14 Monaco Caline and Olivier Toussaint Les Jardins De Monaco 107 04
15 Greece Tania Tsanaklidou Charlie Chaplin 066 08
16 Denmark Mabel Boom Boom 013 16
17 Luxembourg Baccara Parlez-vous Français? 073 07
18 Israel Izhar Cohen & Alphabeta Abanibi 157 01
19 Austria Springtime Mrs. Caroline Robinson 014 15
20 Sweden Björn Skifs Det Blir Alltid Värre Framåt Natten 026 14
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