- Dates – Grand Final: Saturday, 07 May 1977 – 21:00 CEST
- Host – Venue & Location: Wembley Conference Centre, London, 🇬🇧 United Kindom
- Presenter (s): Angela Rippon
- Musical Director: Ronnie Hazlehurst
- Director: Stewart Morris
- Executive Producer: Bill Cotton
- Executive Supervisor: Frank Naef / Clifford Brown
- Multicamera Director: —
- Host broadcaster: British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
- Opening Act: An aerial tour of the four constituent countries of the United Kingdom
- Interval Act: Acker Bilk and his Paramount Jazz Men
- Participants – Number of entries: 18 [🇧🇪 Belgium (20ª), 🇩🇪 Germany (20ª), 🇮🇹 Italy (20ª), 🇳🇱 The Netherlands (20ª), 🇨🇭 Switzerland (20ª), 🇬🇧 United Kindom (18ª), Monaco (17ª), 🇪🇸 Spain (15ª), 🇮🇪 Ireland (11ª), 🇱🇺 Luxembourg (19ª), 🇫🇮 Finland (14ª), 🇳🇴 Norway (15ª), 🇵🇹 Portugal (11ª), 🇮🇱 Israel (3ª), 🇫🇷 France (20ª), 🇦🇹 Austria (16ª), 🇬🇷 Greece (2ª), 🇸🇪 Sweden (16ª)]
- Debuting countries: —
- Return: 🇸🇪 Sweden (15ª)
- Non-returning countries: Yugoslavia (15ª)
- Vote – Voting system: Each country awarded 12, 10, 8-1 points to their 10 favourite songs.
- Nil Points: —
- Winning song: “L’oiseau et l’enfant” – Marie Myriam – 🇫🇷 France (5ª)
About. The Eurovision Song Contest 1977 was the first contest which was troubled by a strike and was only organised five weeks after the planned date.
Technicians on strike!. This 1977 Eurovision Song Contest took place at the Wembley Conference Centre in London. The event was postponed for five weeks because of the fact that the cameramen and technicians were on strike. The song contest was supposed to take place on the 2nd of April, but it did not take place until 7th May. 18 countries took part this year. Sweden returned, and Yugoslavia withdrew from the contest. Tunisia was supposed to participate as well, performing in 4th position, but the country later withdrew its entry. The rule of performing in one’s national language was brought back to the song contest although Germany and Belgium were allowed to perform in English because their entries had already been chosen before the rules changed. The German group Silver Convention had been hugely popular all over the world in the mid 70s with songs like “Fly Robin Fly” and “Get Up And Boogie”. There were high hopes that their 1977 entry “Telegram”, would score the first victory for Germany, however the song only ended up in 8th position. Anita Skorgan sang her first entry “Casanova” for Norway this year. She would return in 1979 and also try several more times to represent her home country, but always lost out in the Norwegian national heats. Austria gave a innovative performance of “Boom Boom Boomerang” by the group Schmetterlinge. The song was performed with the artists wearing masks on the back of their heads.
About the winner. France won the contest for the fifth, and to date, the last time with the song “L’Oiseau Et L’Enfant” performed by Marie Myriam. France’s victory was a record in Eurovision Song Contest history. The record was equalled by Luxembourg in 1983, and beaten by Ireland in 1994. The United Kingdom entry “Rock Bottom” by Lynsey de Paul and Mike Moran came second. It was the 11th consecutive time that a British entry came top 4.
Facts and figures. At the start of the show presenter Angela Rippon struggled to find the camera and can be seen looking around for the correct one; There were no postcards between each entry in 1977 due to the strike so instead viewers at home were treated to shots of the audience, with some looking more excited than others!.
|o/r||country||participant (s)||song – Translate – language||Points||rank|
|01||🇮🇪 Ireland RTÉ||The Swarbriggs Plus Two||It’s nice to be in love again English||119||01|
|02||Monaco TMC||Michèle Torr||Une petite française (A little French girl) French||096||04|
|03||🇳🇱 The Netherlands NOS||Heddy Lester||De mallemolen (The merry-go-round) Dutch||035||12|
|04||🇦🇹 Austria ÖRF||Schmetterlinge||Boom boom boomerang German[a]||011||17|
|05||🇳🇴 Norway NRK||Anita Skorgan||Casanova Norwegian||018||14|
|06||🇩🇪 Germany ARD||Silver Convention||Telegram English||055||08|
|07||🇱🇺 Luxembourg CLT||Anne-Marie B.||Frère Jacques (Brother John) French||017||16|
|08||🇵🇹 Portugal RTP||Os Amigos||Portugal no coração (Portugal in my heart) Portuguese||018||14|
|09||🇬🇧 United Kindom BBC||Lynsey de Paul and Mike Moran||Rock bottom English||121||02|
|10||🇬🇷 Greece ERT||Pascalis, Marianna, Robert & Bessy (Πασχάλης Αρβανιτίδης, Ρόμπερτ Ουΐλλιαμς, Μπέσσυ Αργυράκη και Μαριάννα Τόλη; Pascalis Arvanitidis, Robert Williams, Marianna Toli, Bessy Argyraki)||Mathima solfege (Μάθημα σολφέζ, Music lesson) Greek||092||05|
|11||🇮🇱 Israel IBA||Ilanit (חנה)||Ahava hi shir lishnayim (אהבה היא שיר לשניים, Love is a song for two) Hebrew||049||11|
|12||🇨🇭 Switzerland SSR SRG||Pepe Lienhard Band||Swiss lady (Schweizerin) German||071||06|
|13||🇸🇪 Sweden SR||Forbes||Beatles Swedish||002||18|
|14||🇪🇸 Spain TVE||Micky||Enséñame a cantar (Teach me to sing) Spanish||052||09|
|15||🇮🇹 Italy RAI||Mia Martini||Libera (Free) Italian||033||13|
|16||🇫🇮 Finland YLE||Monica Aspelund||Lapponia (Lappland) Finnish||050||10|
|17||🇧🇪 Belgium BRT||Dream Express||A million in one, two, three (Un million en 1, 2, 3) English||069||07|
|18||🇫🇷 France TF1||Marie Myriam||L’oiseau et l’enfant (The bird and the child) French||136||01|
• Tunisia: “?” () – ?. 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.
Participating countries Countries that participated in the past but not in 1977
The Eurovision Song Contest 1977 was the 22nd edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in London, United Kingdom, following the country’s victory at the 1976 contest with the song “Save Your Kisses for Me” by Brotherhood of Man. Organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and host broadcaster British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), the contest was held at the Wembley Conference Centre on 7 May 1977, marking the first time the event took place in the month of May since the first contest in 1956. The contest was hosted by English journalist Angela Rippon.
Eighteen countries participated in the contest; Sweden returned after its absence from the previous edition, while Yugoslavia decided not to enter.
The winner was France with the song “L’oiseau et l’enfant”, performed by Marie Myriam, written by Joe Gracy, and composed by Jean-Paul Cara. The United Kingdom, Ireland, Monaco and Greece rounded out the top five. Greece’s fifth place finish was their best result up to that point. France’ fifth win was also a record at the time, and one that France held onto for six years, until being equalled by Luxembourg in 1983.
1.Location. 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 Europe by most measures. London has been a major settlement for two millennia, its history goes back to its founding by the Romans, who named it Londinium.
Wembley Conference Centre was chosen to host the contest. The venue was the first purpose-built conference centre in the United Kingdom, and opened on 31 January 1977 – making it a newly built venue at the time. It was demolished in 2006.
2.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.
This was most possibly the Eurovision with the most scoring mistakes, as the scrutineer Clifford Brown had to stop the host Angela Rippon several times to correct the scores. For the first time in the contest’s history, the flags of the competing nations were displayed on the scoreboard next to the country’s name.
3.Participating countries. Tunisia was set to participate in the contest and had been drawn to participate in fourth place, but later withdrew. Yugoslavia decided not to enter this contest and would not return to the contest until 1981, while Sweden returned to the competition, having missed out the year before. This made for eighteen participating nations.
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. The British conductor Ronnie Hazlehurst used an umbrella and wore a bowler hat during the UK entry.
3.1.Conductors. Each performance had a conductor who led the orchestral accompaniment.
- 🇮🇪 Ireland – Noel Kelehan
- Monaco – Yvon Rioland
- 🇳🇱 The Netherlands – Harry van Hoof
- 🇦🇹 Austria – Christian Kolonovits
- 🇳🇴 Norway – Carsten Klouman
- 🇩🇪 Germany – Ronnie Hazlehurst
- 🇱🇺 Luxembourg – Johnny Arthey
- 🇵🇹 Portugal – José Calvário
- 🇬🇧United Kindom – Ronnie Hazlehurst
- 🇬🇷 Greece – Giorgos Hatzinasios
- 🇮🇱 Israel – Eldad Shrim
- 🇨🇭 Switzerland – Peter Jacques
- 🇸🇪 Sweden – Anders Berglund
- 🇪🇸 Spain – Rafael Ibarbia
- 🇮🇹 Italy – Maurizio Fabrizio
- 🇫🇮 Finland – Ossi Runne
- 🇧🇪 Belgium – Alyn Ainsworth
- 🇫🇷 France – Raymond Donnez
|Michèle Torr||Monaco||1966 (for 🇱🇺 Luxembourg)|
|Beatrix Neundlinger and Günter Grosslercher (as part of Schmetterlinge)||🇦🇹 Austria||1972 (as part of The Milestones)|
|Patricia Maessen, Bianca Maessen, and Stella Maessen (as part of Dream Express)||🇧🇪 Belgium||1970 (for 🇳🇱 The Netherlands as Hearts of Soul)|
|Fernando Tordo (as part of Os Amigos)||🇵🇹 Portugal||1973|
|Paulo de Carvalho (as part of Os Amigos)||🇵🇹 Portugal||1974|
|The Swarbriggs||🇮🇪 Ireland||1975|
3.3.Participants and results. The following tables reflect the final official scores, verified after the contest transmission. During the voting sequence of the live show, several errors were made in the announcement of the scores, which were then adjusted after the broadcast. Both Greece and France duplicated scores, awarding the same points to multiple countries. From the Greek scores, The UK, Netherlands, Austria and Finland all had 1 point deducted after the contest and from the French scores, Austria, Germany, Israel, Italy and Belgium all had 1 point deducted. None of the adjustments affected the placing of any of the songs.
3.4.All the national selections for Eurovision Song Contest 1977:
• National Selections in 1977:
|🇧🇪 Belgium||Eurosong 1977||Dream Express – “A Million in One, Two, Three”|
|🇫🇮 Finland||(Finnish Selection 1977)||Monica Aspelund – “Lapponia”|
|🇫🇷 France||(French Selection 1977)||Marie Myriam – “L’oiseau et l’enfant“|
|🇮🇪 Ireland||(Irish Selection 1977)||The Swarbriggs Plus Two – “It’s Nice to Be in Love Again”|
|🇳🇱 The Netherlands||Nationaal Songfestival 1977||Heddy Lester – “De mallemolen“|
|🇳🇴 Norway||Melodi Grand Prix 1977||Anita Skorgan – “Casanova”|
|🇵🇹 Portugal||Grande Prémio TV da Canção 1977||Os Amigos – “Portugal no coração“|
|🇸🇪 Sweden||Melodifestival 1977||Forbes – “Beatles”|
|🇨🇭 Switzerland||Concours Eurovision 1977||Pepe Lienhard Band – “Swiss Lady”|
|🇬🇧 United Kindom||A Song for Europe 1977||Lynsey de Paul & Mike Moran –
• Internal Selections in 1977:
|🇦🇹 Austria||Schmetterlinge – “Boom Boom Boomerang”|
|🇩🇪 Germany||Silver Convention – “Telegram”|
|🇬🇷 Greece||Pascalis, Marianna, Robert and Bessy – “Mathima solfege” (Μάθημα σολφέζ)|
|🇮🇱 Israel||Ilanit – “Ahava Hi Shir Lishnayim” (אהבה היא שיר לשניים)|
|🇮🇹 Italy||Mia Martini – “Libera“|
|🇱🇺 Luxembourg||Anne-Marie B. – “Frère Jacques“|
|Monaco||Michèle Torr – “Une petite française“|
|🇪🇸 Spain||Micky – “Enséñame a cantar“|
|🇳🇱 The Netherlands||35||3||3||1||1||1||7||1||10||8|
|🇬🇧 United Kindom||121||12||7||12||7||10||12||12||8||8||3||2||4||12||12|
4.1.12 points. Below is a summary of all 12 points in the final:
|N.||Contestant||Nation(s) giving 12 points|
|6||🇬🇧 United Kindom||🇦🇹 Austria, 🇧🇪 Belgium, 🇫🇷 France, 🇱🇺 Luxembourg, Monaco, 🇵🇹 Portugal|
|4||🇮🇪 Ireland||🇮🇱 Israel, 🇳🇴 Norway, 🇸🇪 Sweden, 🇬🇧United Kindom|
|3||🇫🇷 France||🇫🇮 Finland, 🇩🇪 Germany, 🇨🇭 Switzerland|
|2||Monaco||🇬🇷 Greece, 🇮🇹 Italy|
|1||🇧🇪 Belgium||🇳🇱 The Netherlands|
|🇫🇮 Finland||🇮🇪 Ireland|
|🇬🇷 Greece||🇪🇸 Spain|
4.2.Spokespersons. Listed below is 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.
- 🇮🇪 Ireland – Brendan Balfe
- Monaco – Carole Chabrier
- 🇳🇱 The Netherlands – Ralph Inbar
- 🇦🇹 Austria – Jenny Pippal
- 🇳🇴 Norway – Sverre Christophersen
- 🇩🇪 Germany – Armin Maiwald
- 🇱🇺 Luxembourg – Jacques Harvey
- 🇵🇹 Portugal – Ana Zanatti
- 🇬🇧United Kindom – Colin Berry
- 🇬🇷 Greece – Naki Agathou
- 🇮🇱 Israel – Yitzhak Shim’oni
- 🇨🇭 Switzerland – Michel Stocker
- 🇸🇪 Sweden – Sven Lindahl
- 🇪🇸 Spain – Isabel Tenaille
- 🇮🇹 Italy – Mariolina Cannuli
- 🇫🇮 Finland – Kaarina Pönniö
- 🇧🇪 Belgium – An Ploegaerts
- 🇫🇷 France – Marc Menant
5.Broadcasts. Each national broadcaster also sent a commentator to the contest, in order to provide coverage of the contest in their own native language.
|🇦🇹 Austria||FS1||Ernst Grissemann||–|
|Hitradio Ö3||Hubert Gaisbauer|
|🇧🇪 Belgium||BRT TV1||Dutch: Luc Appermont||–|
|RTB1||French: Patrick Duhamel||–|
|BRT Radio 1||Dutch: Nand Baert and Herwig Haes|
|RTB La Première||French: André Zaleski|
|🇫🇮 Finland||YLE TV1||Erkki Toivanen||–|
|🇫🇷 France||TF1||Georges de Caunes||–|
|France Inter||Gérard Klein|
|🇩🇪 Germany||Deutsches Fernsehen||Werner Veigel||–|
|Deutschlandfunk/Bayern 2||Wolf Mittler|
|🇬🇷 Greece||EIRT||Mako Georgiadou||–|
|Proto Programma||Dimitris Konstantaras|
|🇮🇪 Ireland||RTÉ||Mike Murphy|
|RTÉ Radio||Liam Devally|
|🇮🇱 Israel||Israeli Television||No commentator|
|🇮🇹 Italy||Rete 1 and Rai Radio 1||Silvio Noto|
|🇱🇺 Luxembourg||RTL Télé Luxembourg||Jacques Navadic|
|Monaco||Télé Monte Carlo||Georges de Caunes|
|🇳🇱 The Netherlands||Nederland 2||Ati Dijckmeester||–|
|🇳🇴 Norway||NRK||John Andreassen||–|
|NRK P1||Erik Heyerdahl|
|🇵🇹 Portugal||I Programa||Júlio Isidro|
|RDP Programa 1||Amadeu Meireles|
|🇪🇸 Spain||Primera Cadena||Miguel de los Santos||–|
|🇸🇪 Sweden||SR TV1||Ulf Elfving||–|
|SR P3||Ursula Richter and Åke Strömmer||–|
|🇨🇭 Switzerland||TV DRS||German: Theodor Haller||–|
|TSR||French: Georges Hardy||–|
|TSI||Italian: Giovanni Bertini|
|RSR 1||French: Robert Burnier||–|
|🇬🇧United Kindom||BBC1||Pete Murray||–|
|BBC Radio 2||Terry Wogan||–|
|🇩🇰 Denmark||DR TV||Claus Toksvig||–|
|Hong Kong||TVB Pearl (delayed broadcast on 9 May 1977)||Unknown||–|
|RTV RTV-2 (delayed broadcast on 9 May 1977)||Unknown||–|
|Soviet Union||ST SSSR II Programma (recorded telecast)||[b]||–|
|Turkey||Ankara Television||Bülend Özveren||–|
|Yugoslavia||TVB 2||Serbo-Croatian: Milovan Ilić||–|
|TVZ 1||Serbo-Croatian: Oliver Mlakar|
|TVL 1||Slovene: Tomaž Terček|
6.1.Strike at BBC. 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 the BBC cameramen and its technicians, it got postponed for a month. As a result, this is the first Eurovision Song Contest to be staged in May since the inaugural edition.
6.2.Postcards. Due to strikes by the BBC camera staff, and lack of time to organise the contest, there were no postcards for the viewers in between the songs. However, various shots of the contests audience were shown, with the various countries’ commentators informing the viewers of the upcoming songs. The intended postcards had been devised using footage of the artists in London during a party hosted by the BBC at a London nightclub. When the postcards were seen for the first time by the participant heads of delegation at the Friday dress rehearsal the day before the grand final, the delegation from NRK Norway objected to the way their young artist was portrayed. However, as it was not possible for the BBC to edit or revise footage, all the postcards had to be dropped from the broadcast. Footage from the party still formed the interval act broadcast prior to the voting sequence.
- [a] Contains some words in English.
- [b] Broadcast as an informational program presented by Alexander Kavyerznyev; only showed the performances, voting segment, and winning performance.
8.Trivial / Fun facts.
- Austria gave an innovative performance with the artists wearing masks on the back of their heads.
- Anita Skorgan tried several more times to represent her home country, but always lost out in the Norwegian national heats.
- Anita Skorgan sang her first entry Casanova for Norway this year. She would return in 1979.
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Countries (in order of appearance)
|Final||Ireland ⦁ Monaco ⦁ The Netherlands ⦁ Austria ⦁ Norway ⦁ Germany ⦁ Luxembourg ⦁ Portugal ⦁ United Kingdom ⦁ Greece • Israel ⦁ Switzerland ⦁ Sweden ⦁ Spain • Italy • Finland • Belgium • France (winner)|
Artists (in order of appearance)
|Final||The Swarbriggs Plus Two ⦁ Michèle Torr ⦁ Heddy Lester ⦁ Schmetterlinge ⦁ Anita Skorgan ⦁ Silver Convention ⦁ Anne-Marie B ⦁ Os Amigos ⦁ Lynsey de Paul and Mike Moran ⦁ Pascalis, Marianna, Robert and Bessy • Ilanit⦁ Pepe Lienhard Band ⦁ Forbes ⦁ Micky • Mia Martini • Monica Aspelund • Dream Express • Marie Myriam (winner)|
Songs (in order of appearance)
|Final||“It’s Nice to Be in Love Again” ⦁ “Une petite française” ⦁ “De mallemolen” ⦁ “Boom Boom Boomerang” ⦁ “Casanova” ⦁ “Telegram” ⦁ “Frère Jacques“ ⦁ “Portugal no coração“ ⦁ “Rock Bottom” ⦁ “Mathima solfege” (Μάθημα σολφέζ) ⦁ “Ahava Hi Shir Lishnayim” (אהבה היא שיר לשניים) • “Swiss Lady” ⦁ “Beatles” ⦁ “Enséñame a cantar“ ⦁ “Libera” • “Lapponia” ⦁ “A Million in One, Two, Three” • “L’oiseau et l’enfant“ (winner)