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|Eurovision Song Contest 1980|
|Final||19 April 1980|
The Hague, Netherlands
|Presenter(s)||Marlous Fluitsma |
Hans van Willigenburg (Green Room)
|Conductor||Rogier van Otterloo|
|Directed by||Theo Ordeman|
|Executive supervisor||Frank Naef|
|Host broadcaster||Nederlandse Omroep Stichting (NOS)|
|Interval act||The Dutch Rhythm Steel and Show Band|
|Number of entries||19|
|Withdrawing countries|| Israel|
|Voting system||Each country awarded 12, 10, 8-1 point(s) to their 10 favourite songs|
|Winning song|| Ireland|
"What's Another Year"
The Eurovision Song Contest 1980 was the 25th Eurovision Song Contest and was held on 19 April 1980 in The Hague. The presenter was Marlous Fluitsma, although each song was introduced by a presenter from the participating nation. In some cases, this was the same person providing the commentary. The contest was won by Johnny Logan, representing Ireland with a song called "What's Another Year".
Israel, winners in 1979, declined to host the 1980 show for the second time in a row, as the IBA could not fund another international production, and the Israeli government turned down a request to extend the IBA budget. The European Broadcasting Union then set the broadcast on Israel's Day of Remembrance for its casualties of war, so Israel was forced to withdraw. After Spain, the 2nd-place winner of 1979, and reportedly the UK, refused to host, the Netherlands finally agreed to host the show in a small-scale production. According to Yair Lapid, son of Tommy Lapid who was then the IBA director general, Lapid called his counterpart at NOS and convinced him to take the "undesired honour", when he realised that the extra cost could paralyse the regular work of the IBA.
The Hague is the seat of government of the Netherlands and the capital of South Holland. It is the third largest city of the Netherlands, after Amsterdam and Rotterdam. Located in the west of the Netherlands, The Hague is in the centre of the Haaglanden conurbation at the southwest corner of the larger Randstad conurbation.
The venue that has hosted the Eurovision Song Contest 1976, Congresgebouw, was chosen. Various parts of the opening sequence and stage of the 1976 festival were reused. Again,Roland de Groot took charge of the design. As with the 1977 and 1978 contests, there were no pre-filmed postcards between the songs, with a guest presenter from each nation introducing the entries. Apart from this, the presenter, Marlous Fluitsma, except for the voting, did not make the presentation in English or French, which means that the presentation was made almost entirely in Dutch. NOS spent just US$725,000 on the project.
Australian-born Johnny Logan representing Ireland was the winner of this Eurovision with the song, "What's Another Year". This was Ireland's second time winning the competition, having won in 1970 with "All Kinds of Everything", which was also held on Dutch soil.
Germany were runners-up this year. They would finish in second place again the following year, finally winning in 1982. Germany would go on to finish second again in 1985 and 1987, making the 1980s their most successful Eurovision Song Contest decade. United Kingdom returned to form by coming third.
The scoring system implemented in 1975 remained the same; each country had a jury who awarded 12, 10, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 point(s) for their top ten songs. However this year for the first time, countries were required to cast their votes in ascending order, 1,2,3 etc. This change made for the added excitement of waiting for each country to award their highest 12 points at the end of each voting round.
For each nation's performance, the orchestra was conducted by the following:
|01||Austria||Blue Danube||"Du bist Musik"||German||8||64|
|02||Turkey||Ajda Pekkan||"Pet'r Oil"||Turkish||15||23|
|03||Greece||Anna Vissi and the Epikouri||"Autostop" (Ωτοστόπ)||Greek||13||30|
|04||Luxembourg||Sophie & Magaly||"Papa pingouin"||French||9||56|
|05||Morocco||Samira Bensaïd||"Bitaqat Hub" (بطاقة حب)||Arabic||18||7|
|06||Italy||Alan Sorrenti||"Non so che darei"||Italian||6||87|
|07||Denmark||Bamses Venner||"Tænker altid på dig"||Danish||14||25|
|08||Sweden||Tomas Ledin||"Just nu!"||Swedish||10||47|
|11||Norway||Sverre Kjelsberg & Mattis Hætta||"Sámiid ædnan"a||Norwegian||16||15|
|13||United Kingdom||Prima Donna||"Love Enough for Two"||English||3||106|
|14||Portugal||José Cid||"Um grande, grande amor"||Portuguese||7||71|
|16||France||Profil||"Hé, hé, m'sieurs dames"||French||11||45|
|17||Ireland||Johnny Logan||"What's Another Year"||English||1||143|
|18||Spain||Trigo Limpio||"Quédate esta noche"||Spanish||12||38|
The Netherlands gained a strong lead early on, getting the maximum 'douze points' from three of the first four voting countries. This was not to last, however, as Germany and eventually Ireland overtook them.
|The table is ordered by appearance|
Below is a summary of all 12 points in the final:
|7||Ireland||Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Norway, Switzerland, United Kingdom|
|4||Netherlands||Austria, France, Luxembourg, Turkey|
|3||Germany||Italy, Netherlands, Spain|
|Katja Ebstein||Germany||1970, 1971|
|Maggie MacNeal||Netherlands||1974 (part of Mouth & MacNeal)|
|Paola del Medico||Switzerland||1969|
Each song was introduced by a presenter from the national country. Four countries (Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Portugal) used their commentators as presenters. The Danish, Norwegian, German, Portuguese and French presenters hosted their countries' respective national finals.
^All the introductions were made in the language in which the song was performed, with the exception of Ireland. Thelma Mansfield introduced the song in Irish, whereas the song was performed in English.
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