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Eurovision Song Contest 1984

Eurovision Song Contest 1984
Dates
Final date 5 May 1984
Host
Venue Grand Theatre
Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Presenter(s) Désirée Nosbusch
Conductor Pierre Cao
Director Rene Steichen
Executive supervisor Frank Naef
Host broadcaster RTL Télévision (RTL)
Opening act In an introductory video, Pierre Cao and the RTL orchestra performed instrumental versions of all the past Eurovision winners from Luxembourg.
Interval act Prague Theatre of Illuminated Drawings
Participants
Number of entries 19
Debuting countries None
Returning countries  Ireland
Withdrawing countries  Greece
 Israel
Vote
Voting system Each country awarded 12, 10, 8-1 points to their 10 favourite songs
Nul points None
Winning song  Sweden
"Diggi-Loo Diggi-Ley"
Eurovision Song Contest
◄1983 1984 1985►

The Eurovision Song Contest 1984, the 29th event of its kind, was held on 5 May 1984 in Luxembourg. The presenter, Désirée Nosbusch, only 19 years old at the time, hosted the show in a lax manner, which was quite unusual for the show at the time. She manifested her fluency in four languages by switching between a strong transatlantic English, French, German and Luxembourgish in the course of talking, often in the same sentence.

Sweden's the Herreys were the winners of this contest with the song, "Diggi-Loo Diggi-Ley". This was the Nordic country's second win, and the first song performed in Swedish. The previous Swedish winner, ABBA, ten years ago had performed their song "Waterloo" in English.

Israel withdrew from the contest due to Yom Hazikaron (Day of Remembrance for the Fallen Soldiers of Israel and Victims of Terrorism) being commemorated on the same date. Iceland was going to participate but withdrew due to lack of financial support.[1] 1984 is also a notable for the audible booing that could be heard from the audience, particularly at the end of the UK's performance. It was said that the booing was due to English football hooligans having rioted in Luxembourg in November 1983 after being knocked out of the UEFA European Football Championship. However, the song itself managed a pretty good showing, reaching seventh place.

Contents

  • Conductors 1
  • Returning artists 2
  • Results 3
  • Voting structure 4
  • Score sheet 5
    • 12 points 5.1
  • Commentators 6
  • Spokespersons 7
  • National jury members 8
  • References 9

Conductors

Host conductor in bold

Returning artists

Artist Country Previous year(s)
Mary Roos  Germany 1972
Izolda Barudžija  Yugoslavia 1982 (part of Aska), 1983 (part of Danijel's back vocals)

Results

Draw Country Language[2] Artist Song English translation Place Points
01  Sweden Swedish Herreys "Diggi-Loo Diggi-Ley" - 1 145
02  Luxembourg French Sophie Carle "100% d'amour" 100% of Love 10 39
03  France French Annick Thoumazeau "Autant d'amoureux que d'étoiles" As Many Lovers As Stars 8 61
04  Spain Spanish Bravo "Lady, Lady" - 3 106
05  Norway Norwegian Dollie de Luxe "Lenge leve livet" Long Live Life 17 29
06  United Kingdom English Belle & the Devotions "Love Games" - 7 63
07  Cyprus Greek Andy Paul "Anna Maria Lena"
(Άννα Μαρία Λένα)
- 15 31
08  Belgium French Jacques Zegers "Avanti la vie" Go Forward In Life 5 70
09  Ireland English Linda Martin "Terminal 3" - 2 137
10  Denmark Danish Hot Eyes "Det' lige det" That's Just It 4 101
11  Netherlands Dutch Maribelle "Ik hou van jou" I Love You 13 34
12  Yugoslavia Croatian Vlado & Isolda "Ciao, amore" Goodbye, My Love 18 26
13  Austria German Anita "Einfach weg" Just Get Away 19 5
14  Germany German Mary Roos "Aufrecht geh'n" Walk Tall 13 34
15  Turkey Turkish Beş Yıl Önce, On Yıl Sonra "Halay" - 12 37
16  Finland Finnish Kirka "Hengaillaan" Let's Hang Around 9 46
17   Switzerland German Rainy Day "Welche Farbe hat der Sonnenschein?" What Colour Is The Sunshine? 16 30
18  Italy Italian Alice & Franco Battiato "I treni di Tozeur" The Trains Of Tozeur 5 70
19  Portugal Portuguese Maria Guinot "Silêncio e tanta gente" Silence And So Many People 11 38

Voting structure

Before the contest, Sweden was not expected to win or even achieve a high placing. In the run-up to the Contest, bookmakers Ladbrokes had the lowest odds on songs from Ireland, Italy, and the United Kingdom. Sweden was considered a "dark horse" entry with high odds.

Each country had a jury that awarded one to eight, 10 and 12 points for their top ten songs.

At the close of the penultimate jury's votes, there was only a difference of six points between Sweden and Ireland, at 141 and 135 respectively. However, Yugoslavia was the only country who had not given any points to Ireland, and Portugal, the last jury, gave that western country only two points, crushing their chances. Portugal's voting also cost Denmark, who had been holding at a strong third position, even leading the scoreboard for a short time, in that place, when Portugal's 12 lifted Spain from 94 to 106 points. Portugal at the same time had only given Denmark one point making Denmark's total 101 points. Despite this, this was latter country's best position in over 20 years.

Halfway through the voting, the scoreboard turned blue and remained so until the end of the voting. This was visible only to television viewers.

Score sheet

Results
Sweden Luxembourg France Spain Norway United Kingdom Cyprus Belgium Ireland Denmark Netherlands Yugoslavia Austria Germany Turkey Finland Switzerland Italy Portugal
Contestants Sweden 145 6 6 4 10 7 12 7 12 12 10 4 12 12 3 8 10 6 4
Luxembourg 39 7 7 5 5 8 4 3
France 61 2 2 6 3 10 12 8 4 7 7
Spain 106 10 8 10 6 4 6 3 7 7 2 2 6 12 3 8 12
Norway 29 8 7 1 3 2 6 2
United Kingdom 63 3 1 3 8 2 2 8 1 4 1 2 7 1 4 10 6
Cyprus 31 4 1 4 10 12
Belgium 70 12 12 2 3 8 3 4 5 10 1 10
Ireland 137 12 5 3 10 4 8 10 12 3 7 10 10 10 7 12 12 2
Denmark 101 5 3 8 6 12 12 5 8 10 3 6 4 5 2 5 1 5 1
Netherlands 34 2 7 8 1 6 5 5
Yugoslavia 26 2 3 8 3 8 2
Austria 5 1 4
Germany 34 4 7 2 6 2 5 1 2 5
Turkey 37 6 5 4 2 1 10 3 6
Finland 46 7 5 1 5 4 6 3 5 1 6 3
Switzerland 30 1 10 1 5 8 1 4
Italy 70 10 12 1 7 6 7 12 7 8
Portugal 38 4 5 6 7 8 8

12 points

Below is a summary of all 12 points in the final:

N. Contestant Voting nation
5 Sweden Austria, Cyprus, Denmark, Germany, Ireland
4 Ireland Belgium, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland
2 Belgium France, Luxembourg
Denmark Norway, United Kingdom
Italy Spain, Finland
Spain Portugal, Turkey
1 Cyprus Yugoslavia
France Netherlands

Commentators

Spokespersons

National jury members

References

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  7. ^ Eurovision Song Contest 1984 BBC Archives
  8. ^ a b Savvidis, Christos (OGAE Cyprus)
  9. ^ Adriaens, Manu & Loeckx-Van Cauwenberge, Joken. Blijven kiken!. Lannoo, Belgium. 2003 ISBN 90-209-5274-9
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  17. ^ Dyrseth, Seppo (OGAE Norway)
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  19. ^ Leidse Courant, 5 May 1984
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  21. ^ Baumann, Peter Ramón (OGAE Switzerland)
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