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Eurovision Song Contest 1977
ESC 1977 logo.png
Final 7 May 1977
Presenter(s) Angela Rippon
Conductor Ronnie Hazlehurst
Director Stewart Morris
Host broadcaster United Kingdom BBC
Venue Wembley Conference Centre
London, United Kingdom
Winning song  France
"L'oiseau et l'enfant"
Voting system
Each country awarded 12, 10, 8-1 points to their 10 favourite songs
Number of entries 18
Debuting countries None
Returning countries  Sweden
Withdrawing countries  Yugoslavia
Nul points None
Opening act An aerial tour of the four constituent countries of the United Kingdom
Interval act Mr. Acker Bilk and his Paramount Jazz Men
Eurovision Song Contest
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The Eurovision Song Contest 1977 was the 22nd edition series, and was held on May 7, 1977 in London. With Angela Rippon as the presenter, the contest was won by Marie Myriam who represented France, with her song "L'oiseau et l'enfant" (The Bird and the Child). This was France's fifth victory, a record, which was equalled by Luxembourg in 1983 and the United Kingdom in 1997. It was equalled and beaten by Ireland in 1993 and 1994.

The language rule was brought back in this contest, four years after it had been dropped in 1973. However Germany and Belgium were allowed to sing in English, because they had already chosen the songs they were going to sing before the rule was reintroduced.

As noted in The Eurovision Song Contest - The Official History by author and historian John Kennedy O'Connor, the contest was originally planned to be held on April 2, but because of a strike of BBC cameramen and technicians, it had to be postponed.[1]

At one point before the contest Tunisia was going to participate but they withdrew. Had Tunisia gone ahead they would have appeared fourth on stage.[1] Yugoslavia also withdrew, and didn't return until 1981.

The Belgian act Dream Express had created some controversy in the press with reports that the three female members would wear transparent tops; this did not materialise for the actual event.[2]

Although Marie Myriam won, the song which finished second, "Rock Bottom", written and performed by Lynsey De Paul and Mike Moran, was the most commercial with the European public since this song went on to become a top 10 hit in most European countries, unlike "L'oiseau et l'enfant". However, the performance of Marie Myriam is considered among the best in the history of the ESC and the song has achieved a classic status and is still well remembered.

Contents

Individual Entries

Results

Draw Country Language Artist Song English translation Place Points
01  Ireland English The Swarbriggs Plus Two "It's Nice To Be In Love Again" 3 119
02  Monaco French Michèle Torr "Une petite française" A little French girl 4 96
03  Netherlands Dutch Heddy Lester "De mallemolen" The merry-go-round 12 35
04  Austria German Schmetterlinge "Boom Boom Boomerang" 17 11
05  Norway Norwegian Anita Skorgan "Casanova" 14 18
06  Germany English Silver Convention "Telegram" 8 55
07  Luxembourg French Anne-Marie B "Frère Jacques" Brother John 16 17
08  Portugal Portuguese Os Amigos "Portugal no coração" Portugal in my heart 14 18
09  United Kingdom English Lynsey De Paul and Mike Moran "Rock Bottom" 2 121
10  Greece Greek Paschalis, Marianna, Robert & Bessy "Mathima Solfege"
(Μάθημα σολφέζ)
Music lesson 5 92
11  Israel Hebrew Ilanit "Ahava Hi Shir Lishnayim"
(אהבה היא שיר לשניים)
Love is a song for two 11 49
12  Switzerland German Pepe Lienhard Band "Swiss Lady" 6 71
13  Sweden Swedish Forbes "Beatles" 18 2
14  Spain Spanish Micky "Enséñame a cantar" Teach me to sing 9 52
15  Italy Italian Mia Martini "Libera" Free 13 33
16  Finland Finnish Monica Aspelund "Lapponia" 10 50
17  Belgium English Dream Express "A Million in One, Two, Three" 7 69
18  France French Marie Myriam "L'oiseau et l'enfant" The bird and the child 1 136

Voting structure

Each country had a jury who awarded 12, 10, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 points for their top ten songs.

Greece and France both gave points to countries in excess, 11 and 12 respectively. This was not corrected until after the contest, and may have contributed to the ascending order of votes introduced three years later.

Score sheet

  Results
ESCIrelandJ.svg ESCMonacoJ.svg ESCNetherlandsJ.svg ESCAustriaJ.svg ESCNorwayJ.svg ESCGermanyJ.svg ESCLuxembourgJ.svg ESCPortugalJ.svg ESCUnitedKingdomJ.svg ESCGreeceJ.svg ESCIsraelJ.svg ESCSwitzerlandJ.svg ESCSwedenJ.svg ESCSpainJ.svg ESCItalyJ.svg ESCFinlandJ.svg ESCBelgiumJ.svg ESCFranceJ.svg
Contestants Ireland   8 1 5 12 5 8 1 12 10 12 8 12 4 8 0 3 10
Monaco 5   0 8 1 6 1 6 7 12 2 6 10 8 12 5 2 5
Netherlands 3 3   0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 7 0 1 0 0 10 8
Austria 0 5 0   2 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Norway 0 0 0 0   0 3 2 2 0 0 0 1 0 5 0 5 0
Germany 1 1 3 2 0   2 8 8 8 5 0 5 5 6 0 0 1
Luxembourg 2 0 0 0 0 0   0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0 8 0 0
Portugal 0 2 2 0 0 1 0   0 0 0 4 0 0 3 0 0 6
United Kingdom 0 12 7 12 7 10 12 12   0 8 0 8 3 2 4 12 12
Greece 0 10 10 4 4 4 6 10 5   3 1 7 12 1 6 6 3
Israel 7 7 5 3 5 0 0 0 0 0   10 3 6 0 0 1 2
Switzerland 6 0 0 10 10 0 5 4 4 6 4   0 0 4 10 8 0
Sweden 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0   0 0 0 0 0
Spain 0 0 6 1 0 7 7 0 3 4 0 3 0   7 7 7 0
Italy 8 6 0 0 0 3 0 3 0 0 0 2 0 2   2 0 7
Finland 12 0 4 6 8 0 0 0 0 2 7 5 2 0 0   0 4
Belgium 4 0 12 0 6 8 4 7 10 5 6 0 4 0 0 3   0
France 10 4 8 7 3 12 10 5 6 7 10 12 6 10 10 12 4  
THE TABLE IS ORDERED BY APPEARANCE
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12 points

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

N. Recipient nation Voting nation
6 United Kingdom Austria, Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Monaco, Portugal
4 Ireland Israel, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom
3 France Finland, Germany, Switzerland
2 Monaco Greece, Italy
1 Belgium Netherlands
Finland Ireland
Greece Spain

Commentators

  • Ireland - Mike Murphy
  • Monaco - TBD
  • Netherlands - Ati Dijckmeester
  • Austria - Ernst Grissemann
  • Norway - John Andreassen
  • Germany - Werner Veigel
  • Luxembourg - TBD
  • Portugal - Fialho Gouveia
  • United Kingdom - Pete Murray
  • Greece - Mako Georgiadou
  • Israel - No commentator
  • Switzerland - Theodor Haller (SRG), Georges Hardy (SSR), Giovanni Bertini (TSI)
  • Sweden - Ulf Elfving
  • Spain - Miguel de los Santos
  • Italy - Silvio Noto
  • Finland - Erkki Toivanen
  • Belgium - Luc Appermont (BRT), Paule Herreman (RTB)
  • France - Georges de Caunes

Spokespersons

  • Ireland - John Skehan
  • Monaco - TBC
  • Netherlands - Ralph Inbar
  • Austria - TBC
  • Norway - Sverre Kristoffersen
  • Germany - TBC
  • Luxembourg - Jean Octave
  • Portugal - Ana Zanatti
  • United Kingdom - Colin Berry
  • Greece - Naki Agathou
  • Israel - Yitzhak Shim'oni
  • Switzerland - Michel Dénériaz
  • Sweden - Sven Lindahl
  • Spain - Isabel Tenaille
  • Italy - TBC
  • Finland - Kaarina Pönniö
  • Belgium - Monique Delvaux
  • France - TBC

References

  1. ^ a b O'Connor, John Kennedy (2007). The Eurovision Song Contest: The Official History. UK: Carlton Books. pp. 68. ISBN 978-1-84442-994-3. 
  2. ^ O'Connor, John Kennedy (2007). The Eurovision Song Contest: The Official History. UK: Carlton Books. pp. 71. ISBN 978-1-84442-994-3. 

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