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Eurovision Song Contest 1977
File:ESC 1977 logo.svg
Dates
Final7 May 1977
Host
VenueWembley Conference Centre
London, United Kingdom
Presenter(s)Angela Rippon
Musical directorRonnie Hazlehurst
Directed byStewart Morris
Executive supervisorClifford Brown
Host broadcasterBritish Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
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Participants
Number of entries18
Debuting countriesNone
<templatestyles src="Template:Tooltip/styles.css" />Returning countries
  • Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden
<templatestyles src="Template:Tooltip/styles.css" />Non-returning countries
Vote
Voting systemEach country awarded 12, 10, 8-1 points to their 10 favourite songs
Winning songFlag of France.svg France
"L'oiseau et l'enfant"
1976 ← Eurovision Song Contest → 1978

The Eurovision Song Contest 1977 was the 22nd edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest, and was held in London, United Kingdom on 7 May 1977. The presenter was Angela Rippon.

The contest was won by Marie Myriam, representing France, with the song "L'oiseau et l'enfant" (The Bird and the Child). This was France's fifth victory, a record at the time (since equalled by Luxembourg and the United Kingdom, and surpassed by Ireland and Sweden). It was also France's second victory on English soil, as well as its most recent victory to date.

Location[]

Further information on the host city: London

Located on the River Thames, London is the capital city of England and the United Kingdom, the largest metropolitan area in the United Kingdom, and the largest urban zone in the Europe by most measures. London has been a major settlement for two millennia, its history going back to its founding by the Romans, who named it Londinium.[1] Wembley Conference Centre, which opened in 1977, was the first purpose-built conference centre in the United Kingdom. The centre was chosen as host venue for the song contest, which was presented by Angela Rippon.

Format[]

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 perform 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 2 April 1977, but because of a strike of BBC cameramen and technicians, it had to be postponed for a month.[2]

Participating countries[]

Further information: List of countries in the Eurovision Song Contest

At one point before the contest Tunisia was going to participate but it withdrew. Had Tunisia gone ahead they would have appeared fourth on stage.[2] Yugoslavia also withdrew, and did not 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.[3]

The British conductor Ronnie Hazlehurst used an umbrella and wore a bowler hat.[4][5]

Conductors[]

Each performance had a conductor who maestro the orchestra.[6]

Returning artists[]

Several artists returned to the 1977 Contest. Beatrix Neundlinger and Günter Grosslercher from the group Schmetterlinge both represented Austria in 1972 as part of the band The Milestones. Patricia Maessen, Bianca Maessen, and Stella Maessen had previously represented the Netherlands in 1970 as part of the group Hearts of Soul, in 1977 they represented Belgium under the band name Dream Express.

Ireland's participant The Swarbriggs returned after their previous appearance back in 1975. Ilanit from Israel returned after previously representing the nation in 1973. Michèle Torr, Luxembourg's 1966 entrant participated for Monaco. And finally Fernando Tordo and Paulo de Carvalho (part of Os Amigos) returned once more after they previously represented the nation as solo acts back in 1973 and 1974 respectively.

Results[]

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

Notes:

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Scoreboard[]

Results
Total Score File:ESCIrelandJ.svg File:ESCMonaco.svg File:ESCNetherlandsJ.svg File:ESCAustria.svg File:ESCNorwayJ.svg File:ESCGermanyJ.svg File:ESCLuxembourgJ.svg File:ESCPortugalJ.svg File:ESCUnitedKingdomJ.svg File:ESCGreeceJ.svg File:ESCIsrael.svg File:ESCSwitzerland.svg File:ESCSwedenJ.svg File:ESCSpainJ.svg File:ESCItalyJ.svg File:ESCFinlandJ.svg File:ESCBelgiumJ.svg File:ESCFranceJ.svg
Contestants Ireland 119 8 1 5 12 5 8 1 12 10 12 8 12 4 8 3 10
Monaco 96 5 8 1 6 1 6 7 12 2 6 10 8 12 5 2 5
Netherlands 35 3 3 1 1 1 7 1 10 8
Austria 11 5 2 3 1
Norway 18 3 2 2 1 5 5
Germany 55 1 1 3 2 2 8 8 8 5 5 5 6 1
Luxembourg 17 2 7 8
Portugal 18 2 2 1 4 3 6
United Kingdom 121 12 7 12 7 10 12 12 8 8 3 2 4 12 12
Greece 92 10 10 4 4 4 6 10 5 3 1 7 12 1 6 6 3
Israel 49 7 7 5 3 5 10 3 6 1 2
Switzerland 71 6 10 10 5 4 4 6 4 4 10 8
Sweden 2 2
Spain 52 6 1 7 7 3 4 3 7 7 7
Italy 33 8 6 3 3 2 2 2 7
Finland 50 12 4 6 8 2 7 5 2 4
Belgium 69 4 12 6 8 4 7 10 5 6 4 3
France 136 10 4 8 7 3 12 10 5 6 7 10 12 6 10 10 12 4
The table is ordered by appearance

12 points[]

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

N. Contestant 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

International broadcasts and voting[]

The table below shows the order in which votes were cast during the 1977 contest along with the spokesperson who was responsible for announcing the votes for their respective country.

Voting and spokespersons[]

  1. Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland - Brendan Balfe
  2. File:Flag of Monaco.svg Monaco - Carole Chabrier
  3. Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands - Ralph Inbar
  4. File:Flag of Austria.svg Austria - Jenny Pippal
  5. Flag of Norway.svg Norway - Sverre Christophersen[8]
  6. Flag of Germany.svg Germany - Max Schautzer
  7. File:Flag of Luxembourg.svg Luxembourg - Jacques Harvey
  8. File:Flag of Portugal.svg.png Portugal – Ana Zanatti[9]
  9. Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom - Colin Berry
  10. File:Flag of Greece.svg Greece - Naki Agathou[10]
  11. Flag of Israel.svg Israel - Yitzhak Shim'oni[11]
  12. File:Flag of Switzerland (Pantone).svg Switzerland - Michel Stocker[12]
  13. Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden - Sven Lindahl[13]
  14. File:Flag of Spain (1977–1981).svg.png Spain - Isabel Tenaille[14]
  15. Flag of Italy.svg Italy - Mariolina Cannuli
  16. File:Flag of Finland.svg Finland - Kaarina Pönniö[15]
  17. Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Belgium - Anne Ploegaerts
  18. Flag of France.svg France - Michel Drucker

Each national broadcaster also sent a commentator to the contest, in order to provide coverage of the contest in their own native language.

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