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Eurovision Song Contest 1979
File:ESC 1979 logo.png
Dates
Final31 March 1979
Host
VenueInternational Convention Center
Jerusalem, Israel
Presenter(s)Daniel Pe'er
Yardena Arazi
Musical directorIzhak Graziani
Executive supervisorFrank Naef
Host broadcasterIsraeli Broadcasting Authority (IBA)
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Participants
Number of entries19
Debuting countriesNone
<templatestyles src="Template:Tooltip/styles.css" />Returning countriesNone
<templatestyles src="Template:Tooltip/styles.css" />Non-returning countriesFile:Flag of Turkey.svg Turkey
Vote
Voting systemEach country awarded 12, 10, 8-1 point(s) to their 10 favourite songs
Winning songFlag of Israel.svg Israel
"Hallelujah"
1978 ← Eurovision Song Contest → 1980

The Eurovision Song Contest 1979 was the 24th edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. It was held on 31 March 1979 in Jerusalem, Israel, following the country's win at the 1978 edition. The event was staged at the International Convention Center. The presenters were Daniel Pe'er and Yardena Arazi.

The winner was Israel with the song "Hallelujah", performed by Gali Atari and Milk and Honey. Therefore, this was Israel's consecutive second win, and overall second win, in the contest. 19 countries participated, the 20 countries that took part at the previous 1978 Contest, except for Turkey which was also going to participate but eventually withdrew its entry for political reasons. Yugoslavia, that missed the 1978 Contest, also didn't want to take part nor transmit the 1979 show for political reasons. As well as being broadcast live in the 19 competing countries, the contest was broadcast in Turkey, Romania, Hong Kong and Iceland.

As of 2016, it was the last time the contest was held in March.

Location[]

Further information on the host city: Jerusalem
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International Convention Center, Jerusalem - host venue of the 1979 contest.

Located on a plateau in the Judean Mountains between the Mediterranean and the Dead Sea, Jerusalem is one of the oldest cities in the world. In the ancient cuneiform, Jerusalem was called "Urusalima", meaning "City of Peace", during the early Canaanite period (approximately 2400 BC).[1] It is considered holy to the three major Abrahamic religionsJudaism, Christianity and Islam.

Format[]

Each country had a jury who awarded 12, 10, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 point(s) for their top ten songs. This was the last year in which the points were announced via order of appearance, as opposed to order of preference.

The voting was extremely close. Israel gained a good lead in the early stages of the voting, but Spain eventually caught up and took a good lead themselves. At the close of the penultimate jury's votes, Israel were one point behind Spain, and only the Spanish jury had yet to give their votes. Spain ended up giving Israel 10 points, causing the crowd to erupt into enormous cheers.

Participating countries[]

At one point before the contest Turkey was going to participate. The country would have appeared 11th on stage (between Israel and France), represented by Maria Rita Epik and 21. Peron with the song "Seviyorum" ("I'm Loving"). However Turkey was forced to retire from the contest under pressure from Arab states who objected to a predominantly Muslim country taking part in a contest held in Israel,[2] but they however took part in Jerusalem 20 years later.

Returning artists[]

The contest saw the return of four artists who had participated in previous editions of the contest: France's representative Anne-Marie David was the winner for Luxembourg in 1973, Netherlands' Xandra represented the country in 1972 and 1976, Norway's Anita Skorgan represented the country in 1977, and Switzerland's Peter, Sue and Marc represented the country in 1971 and 1976.

Conductors[]

For each nation's performance, the orchestra was conducted by the following:

Results[]

Draw Country Artist Song Language[3] Place Points
01 File:Flag of Portugal.svg.png Portugal Manuela Bravo "Sobe, sobe, balão sobe" Portuguese 9 64
02 Flag of Italy.svg Italy Matia Bazar "Raggio di luna" Italian 15 27
03 Flag of Denmark.svg Denmark Tommy Seebach "Disco Tango" Danish 6 76
04 Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland Cathal Dunne "Happy Man" English 5 80
05 File:Flag of Finland.svg Finland Katri Helena "Katson sineen taivaan" Finnish 14 38
06 File:Flag of Monaco.svg Monaco Laurent Vaguener "Notre vie c'est la musique" French 16 12
07 File:Flag of Greece.svg Greece Elpida "Sokrati" (Σωκράτη) Greek 8 69
08 File:Flag of Switzerland (Pantone).svg Switzerland Peter, Sue, Marc, Pfuri, Gorps and Kniri "Trödler und Co" German 10 60
09 Flag of Germany.svg Germany Dschinghis Khan "Dschinghis Khan" German 4 86
10 Flag of Israel.svg Israel Gali Atari and Milk and Honey "Hallelujah" (הללויה) Hebrew 1 125
11 Flag of France.svg France Anne-Marie David "Je suis l'enfant soleil" French 3 106
12 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Belgium Micha Marah "Hey Nana" Dutch 18 5
13 File:Flag of Luxembourg.svg Luxembourg Jeane Manson "J'ai déjà vu ça dans tes yeux" French 13 44
14 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands Xandra "Colorado" Dutch 12 51
15 Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden Ted Gärdestad "Satellit" Swedish 17 8
16 Flag of Norway.svg Norway Anita Skorgan "Oliver" Norwegian 11 57
17 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom Black Lace "Mary Ann" English 7 73
18 File:Flag of Austria.svg Austria Christina Simon "Heute in Jerusalem" German 18 5
19 File:Flag of Spain (1977–1981).svg.png Spain Betty Missiego "Su canción" Spanish 2 116

Scoreboard[]

Results
Total Score File:ESCPortugalJ.svg File:ESCItalyJ.svg File:ESCDenmarkJ.svg File:ESCIrelandJ.svg File:ESCFinlandJ.svg File:ESCMonaco.svg File:ESCGreeceJ.svg File:ESCSwitzerland.svg File:ESCGermanyJ.svg File:ESCIsrael.svg File:ESCFranceJ.svg File:ESCBelgiumJ.svg File:ESCLuxembourgJ.svg File:ESCNetherlandsJ.svg File:ESCSwedenJ.svg File:ESCNorwayJ.svg File:ESCUnitedKingdomJ.svg File:ESCAustria.svg File:ESCSpainJ.svg
Contestants Portugal 64 6 2 5 4 4 10 5 3 3 3 6 7 6
Italy 27 8 8 3 8
Denmark 76 2 3 12 1 10 12 6 7 4 8 1 3 3 4
Ireland 80 5 5 5 6 10 6 6 3 10 7 8 5 4
Finland 38 7 7 8 5 5 6
Monaco 12 1 2 4 3 2
Greece 69 10 1 4 7 7 2 10 4 1 5 7 2 2 7
Switzerland 60 7 1 10 2 2 7 4 7 8 12
Germany 86 2 1 12 5 3 12 6 12 4 1 2 6 8 12
Israel 125 12 6 12 12 8 4 5 1 2 8 1 12 12 12 8 10
France 106 6 10 1 10 8 10 5 6 12 12 5 7 6 5 3
Belgium 5 2 1 2
Luxembourg 44 7 3 4 4 5 3 2 4 2 10
Netherlands 51 8 10 5 3 3 7 3 4 4 4
Sweden 8 6 1 1
Norway 57 3 3 8 6 2 8 2 6 10 7 1 1
United Kingdom 73 4 8 10 7 7 1 2 8 5 10 6 5
Austria 5 4 1
Spain 116 12 3 6 12 12 8 8 12 10 10 7 1 5 10
The table is ordered by appearance

12 points[]

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

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

International broadcasts and voting[]

Voting and spokespersons[]

Commentators[]

References[]

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