- Dates – Grand Final: Saturday, 23 April 1983 – 21:00 CEST
- Host – Venue & Location: Rudi-Sedlmayer-Halle (Audi Dome), Munich, West 🇩🇪 Germany
- Presenter (s): Marlene Charell
- Musical Director: Piet Souer
- Director: Rainer Bertram
- Executive Producer: Christian Hayer & Gunther Lebram
- Executive Supervisor: Frank Naef
- Multicamera Director: Rainer Bertram
- Host broadcaster: Arbeitsgemeinschaft der öffentlich-rechtlichen Rundfunkanstalten der Bundesrepublik Deutschland (ARD) / Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR)
- Opening Act: Marlene Charell introducing each act and calling all of them on stage together.
- Interval Act: Classical music films medley performed by Marlene Charell.
- Participants – Number of entries: 20 [🇧🇪 Belgium (25ª), 🇩🇪 Germany (25ª), 🇳🇱 The Netherlands (25ª), 🇨🇭 Switzerland (25ª), 🇬🇧 United Kindom (23ª), 🇪🇸 Spain (20ª), 🇱🇺 Luxembourg (24ª), 🇫🇮 Finland (19ª), 🇳🇴 Norway (20ª), 🇵🇹 Portugal (16ª), 🇦🇹 Austria (21ª), 🇸🇪 Sweden (21ª), 🇩🇰 Denmark (16ª), 🇹🇷 Turkey (6ª), 🇮🇱 Israel (7ª), Yugoslavia (18ª), 🇨🇾 Cyprus (3ª), 🇫🇷 France (24ª), 🇬🇷 Greece (6ª), 🇮🇹 Italy (23ª)]
- Debuting countries: —
- Return: 🇫🇷 France (24ª), 🇬🇷 Greece (6ª), 🇮🇹 Italy (23ª)
- Non-returning countries: 🇮🇪 Ireland (15ª)
- Vote – Voting system: Each country awarded 12, 10, 8-1 point(s) to their 10 favourite songs.
- Nil Points: 🇪🇸 Spain (2ª), 🇹🇷 Turkey (1ª)
- Winning song: “Si la vie est cadeau” – Corinne Hermès – 🇱🇺 Luxembourg (5ª)
About. After trying to win for many years, German broadcaster ARD finally hosted the 1983 Eurovision Song Contest in Munich. In 1983 the Eurovision Song Contest was held in Germany for the first time since 1957. The host for the evening was Marlene Charell who presented the show in three languages, German, French and English. Due to the trilingual presentation, the contest lasted more than 3 hours for the first time ever. The total number of participants rose to 20 again as Italy, France and Greece returned. This year marked the first performance of Sweden’s Carola Häggkvist who reached third place and went on to win the contest in 1991 and represented her country again in 2006, coming fifth. Her song “Främling” became very popular in Sweden, perhaps even more than her winning song from 1991. For France’s Guy Bonnet, it was the second time he represented his country. After coming 4th in 1970, he ended up 6th in 1983. For Italian superstar Riccardo Fogli, the 1983 contest ended with disappointment; after winning the prestigious San Remo festival the year before, he only ended up 11th with his song “Per Lucia”.
About the winner. Luxembourg won the 1983 contest with the dramatic presentation of “Si La Vie Est Cadeau” by French singer Corinne Hermès. 1983 is the last time Luxembourg won the Eurovision Song Contest. Unlike the previous winner, “Si La Vie Est Cadeau” did not set the European charts alight.
|O/R||country||participant(s)||song – translate – LANGUAGE||points||rank|
|01||🇫🇷 France A2F||Guy Bonnet||Vivre (Living) French||056||08|
|02||🇳🇴 Norway NRK||Jahn Teigen||Do Re Mi (Do-Re-Mi) Norwegian||053||09|
|03||🇬🇧 United Kindom BBC||Sweet Dreams||I’m never giving up English||079||06|
|04||🇸🇪 Sweden SVT||Carola Häggkvist||Främling (Stranger) Swedish||126||03|
|05||🇮🇹 Italy RAI||Riccardo Fogli||Per Lucia (For Lucia) Italian||041||11|
|06||🇹🇷 Turkey TRT||Çetin Alp & The Short Wave||Opera Turkish||000||19|
|07||🇪🇸 Spain TVE||Remedios Amaya||¿Quién maneja mi barca? (Who sails my boat?) Spanish||000||19|
|08||🇨🇭 Switzerland SSR SRG||Mariella Farré||Io così non ci sto (I don’t like it this way) Italian||028||15|
|09||🇫🇮 Finland YLE||Ami Aspelund||Fantasiaa (Fantasy) Finnish||041||11|
|10||🇬🇷 Greece ERT||Christie Stasinopoulou (Κρίστη Στασινοπούλου)||Mou les (Μου λες, You tell me) Greek||032||14|
|11||🇳🇱 The Netherlands NOS||Bernadette||Sing me a song Dutch||066||07|
|12||Yugoslavia JRT||Danijel (Данијел, Daniel, Даниел)||Džuli (Џули, Julie) Serbo-Croatian||125||04|
|13||🇨🇾 Cyprus CyBC||Stavros & Constantina (Σταύρος (Σταύρος Σιδεράς) & Κωνσταντίνα (Κωνσταντίνα Κωνσταντίνου))||I agapi akoma zi (Η αγάπη ακόμα ζει, Love is still alive) Greek||026||16|
|14||🇩🇪 Germany ARD||Hoffmann & Hoffmann||Rücksicht (Consideration) German||094||05|
|15||🇩🇰 Denmark DR||Gry Johansen||Kloden drejer (The planet’s spinning) Danish||016||17|
|16||🇮🇱 Israel IBA||Ofra Haza (עפרה חזה, عوفرة حازة)||Hi (חי, Alive) Hebrew||136||02|
|17||🇵🇹 Portugal RTP||Armando Gama||Esta balada que te dou (This ballad that I give to you) Portuguese||033||13|
|18||🇦🇹 Austria ÖRF||Westend||Hurricane German||053||09|
|19||🇧🇪 Belgium BRT||Pas de Deux||Rendez-vous (Meeting) Dutch||013||18|
|1||🇱🇺 Luxembourg CLT||Corinne Hermès||Si la vie est cadeau (If life is a gift) French||142||01|
Participating countries Countries that participated in the past but not in 1983
The Eurovision Song Contest 1983 was the 28th edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. It was held in Munich, then West Germany, following the country’s victory at the 1982 contest with the song “Ein bißchen Frieden” by Nicole. Despite their first victory the year before, this was the second time Germany had hosted the contest, having previously done so in 1957. Organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and host broadcasters Arbeitsgemeinschaft der öffentlich-rechtlichen Rundfunkanstalten der Bundesrepublik Deutschland (ARD) and Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR), the contest was held at the Rudi-Sedlmayer-Halle on 23 April 1983 and was hosted by German dancer Marlene Charell.
Twenty countries took part this year, with France, Greece and Italy all returning this year, while Ireland decided not to participate.
The winner was Luxembourg with the song “Si la vie est cadeau” by Corinne Hermes, which equalled the record of 5 victories set by France in 1977. This record would in turn be beaten by Ireland in 1994. It was also the second year in a row where the winning entry was performed last on the night and the second year in a row in which Israel won 2nd place. For the third year in a row, at least one country ended up with nul points, and in this case, it happened to be two countries, Spain and Turkey, neither of whom were able to get off the mark.
The 1983 contest was the first to be televised in Australia, via Channel 0/28 (now SBS Television) in Sydney and Melbourne. The contest went on to become popular in Australia, leading to the country’s eventual debut at the 60th anniversary contest in 2015.
1.Location. Munich is a German city and capital of the Bavarian state. As the capital, Munich houses the parliament and state government. Rudi-Sedlmayer-Halle was chosen to host the contest. It was initially named after the president of the Bavarian State Sport Association. The 6,700-seat hall opened in 1972 to host basketball events for the 1972 Summer Olympics.
2.1.Stage design. The set that year was a quite small, arc-shaped stage surrounding the orchestra section, and a large background resembling giant electric heaters, which lit up in different sequences and combinations depending on the nature and rhythm of the songs.
2.2.Presentation format. Hostess Marlene Charell made all of her announcements in German before translating a repetition in both French and English. After presenting all of the 20 participating acts at the start of the show and then making a formal welcome, Charell also introduced each song individually, standing in front of elaborate floral arrangements, all of which she had designed herself, in place of a pre-filmed ‘postcard’. In all three languages, Charel named the country, song title, performing artist, author, composer and conductor. Together with an on screen title card naming the upcoming country prior to her verbal introductions, this extended the break in between each song to three minutes minimally.
Due to host Marlene Charell’s choice to announce points in three languages instead of two, the voting went on for nearly an hour, stretching the Eurovision contest past three hours for the second time ever, after 1979. In addition, Charell made 13 language mistakes throughout the voting, some as innocuous as mixing up the words for “points” between the three languages, some as major as nearly awarding points to “Schweden” (Sweden) that were meant for “Schweiz” (Switzerland).
The language problems also occurred during the contest introductions, as Charell introduced the Finnish singer Ami Aspelund as “Ami Aspesund”, furthermore she introduced the Norwegian conductor Sigurd Jansen as “…Johannes…Skorgan…”, having been forced to make up a name on the spot after forgetting the conductor’s name.
2.3.Interval act. The interval show was a dance number set to a medley of German songs which had become internationally famous, including “Strangers in the Night”. The host, Marlene Charell, was the lead dancer.
2.4.Song success. Ofra Haza from Israel, who took the second place, had an enduring success with her song “Hi” (חי) which became a hit in Europe, launching her career. This year also marked the first performance of Sweden’s Carola Häggkvist, who took the third place, went on to win the contest in 1991 and represented her country again in 2006 (coming fifth). Her song, “Främling”, became very popular in Sweden and in various other European countries. In the Netherlands, the song reached the top five, coupled with a Dutch-language version (“Je ogen hebben geen geheimen”) which was performed by Carola herself. The 4th placed “Džuli”, also became a hit in Europe. Singer Daniel released an English-language version as “Julie”.
2.5.Nul points. This year’s nul points were shared by Spain and Turkey. Spain’s Remedios Amaya presented a song which was a stark departure from pop tastes and conventional perception of melody and harmony as it was a flamenco one, a style traditionally tied with the international image of Spain. Additionally, she sang her song barefoot. Some olés were heard from the present audience when she ended her performance. Turkey’s entry, Opera, performed by Çetin Alp & the Short Waves, could on the other hand be said to fit in well with the spirit of Eurovision of that time. Nevertheless, the overinterpretation of the theme of the song, as well as the fact that the lyrics of the song consisted for the most part of the often-repeated word “opera” and names of well-known operas and composers, and Çetin’s breaking into operatic “lay lay la”, prompted extensive derision of the song, including the usual sardonic words from BBC commentator Terry Wogan (“a nicely understated performance there”).
3.Participating countries. Twenty countries took part in the contest, with France, Greece, and Italy returning to the competition. On the other hand, Ireland was absent this year for the first time because RTÉ workers were in strike action at the time.
3.1.Conductors. Each performance had a conductor who directed the orchestra.
- 🇫🇷 France – François Rauber
- 🇳🇴 Norway – Sigurd Jansen
- 🇬🇧 United Kindom – John Coleman
- 🇸🇪 Sweden – Anders Ekdahl
- 🇮🇹 Italy – Maurizio Fabrizio
- 🇹🇷 Turkey – Buğra Uğur
- 🇪🇸 Spain– José Miguel Evoras
- 🇨🇭 Switzerland – Robert Weber
- 🇫🇮 Finland – Ossi Runne
- 🇬🇷 Greece – Mimis Plessas
- 🇳🇱 The Netherlands – Piet Souer
- Yugoslavia – Radovan Papović
- 🇨🇾 Cyprus – Michalis Rozakis
- 🇩🇪 Germany – Dieter Reith
- 🇩🇰 Denmark – Allan Botschinsky
- 🇮🇱 Israel – Silvio Brandes
- 🇵🇹 Portugal – Mike Sergeant
- 🇦🇹 Austria – Richard Oesterreicher
- 🇧🇪 Belgium – Freddy Sunder
- 🇱🇺 Luxembourg – Michel Bernholc
|Guy Bonnet||🇫🇷 France||1970|
|Sandra Reemer (backing singer)||🇳🇱 The Netherlands||1972 (along with Andres Holten), 1976, 1979 (as Xandra)|
|Jahn Teigen||🇳🇴 Norway||1978, 1982|
|Anita Skorgan (backing singer)||1977, 1979, 1982|
|Izolda Barudžija (backing singer)||Yugoslavia||1982 (part of Aska)|
3.3.Participants and results.
3.4.All the national selections for Eurovision Song Contest 1983:
• National Selections in 1983:
|🇦🇹 Austria||(Austrian Selection 1983)||Westend – “Hurricane”|
|🇧🇪 Belgium||Eurosong 1983||Pas de Deux – “Rendez-vous“|
|🇩🇰 Denmark||Melodi Grand Prix 1983||Gry Johansen – “Kloden drejer”
|🇫🇮 Finland||(Finnish Selection 1983)||Ami Aspelund – “Fantasiaa“|
|🇫🇷 France||(French Selection 1983)||Guy Bonnet – “Vivre“|
|🇩🇪 Germany||Ein Lied für München||Hoffmann & Hoffmann – “Rücksicht“|
|🇬🇷 Greece||(Greek Selection 1983)||Christie Stasinopoulou – “Mou les” (Μου λες)|
|🇮🇱 Israel||Kdam Eurovision 1983||Ofra Haza – “Hi” (חי)|
|🇳🇱 The Netherlands||Nationaal Songfestival 1983||Bernadette – “Sing Me a Song”|
|🇳🇴 Norway||Melodi Grand Prix 1983||Jahn Teigen – “Do Re Mi”|
|🇵🇹 Portugal||Festival da Canção 1983||Armando Gama – “Esta balada que te dou“|
|🇸🇪 Sweden||Melodifestival 1983||Carola Häggkvist – “Främling“|
|🇨🇭 Switzerland||Concours Eurovision 1983||Mariella Farré – “Io così non ci sto“|
|🇹🇷 Turkey||Şarkı Yarışması 1983||Çetin Alp & the Short Waves – “Opera”|
|🇬🇧 United Kindom||A Song for Europe 1983||Sweet Dreams – “I’m Never Giving Up”|
|Yugoslavia||Jugovizija 1983||Danijel – “Džuli” (Џули)|
• Internal Selections in 1983:
|🇨🇾 Cyprus||Stavros and Constantina – “I agapi akoma zi” (Η αγάπη ακόμα ζει)|
|🇮🇹 Italy||Riccardo Fogli – “Per Lucia“|
|🇱🇺 Luxembourg||Corinne Hermès – “Si la vie est cadeau“|
|🇪🇸 Spain||Remedios Amaya – “¿Quién maneja mi barca?“|
4.Voting. Each country had a jury who awarded 12, 10, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 point(s) to their top ten songs.
|🇬🇧 United Kindom||79||5||5||12||2||5||8||5||5||6||3||5||2||10||6|
|🇳🇱 The Netherlands||66||2||7||1||6||4||2||12||3||5||5||2||4||3||4||2||4|
4.1.12 points. Below is a summary of all 12 points in the final:
|N.||Contestant||Nation(s) giving 12 points|
|6||🇱🇺 Luxembourg||🇫🇷 France, 🇬🇷 Greece, 🇮🇱 Israel, 🇮🇹 Italy, 🇵🇹 Portugal , Yugoslavia|
|5||Yugoslavia||🇧🇪 Belgium, 🇩🇰 Denmark, 🇫🇮 Finland, 🇹🇷 Turkey, 🇬🇧 United Kindom|
|2||🇬🇷 Greece||🇨🇾 Cyprus, 🇪🇸 Spain|
|🇮🇱 Israel||🇦🇹 Austria, 🇳🇱 The Netherlands|
|🇸🇪 Sweden||🇩🇪 Germany, 🇳🇴 Norway|
|1||🇩🇪 Germany||🇱🇺 Luxembourg|
|🇳🇱 The Netherlands||🇨🇭 Switzerland|
|🇬🇧 United Kindom||🇸🇪 Sweden|
4.2.Spokespersons. Each country announced their votes in the order of performance. The following is a list of spokespersons who announced the votes for their respective country.
- 🇫🇷 France – Nicole André
- 🇳🇴 Norway – Erik Diesen
- 🇬🇧 United Kindom – Colin Berry
- 🇸🇪 Sweden – Agneta Bolme Börjefors
- 🇮🇹 Italy – Paola Perissi
- 🇹🇷 Turkey – Fatih Orbay
- 🇪🇸 Spain – Rosa Campano
- 🇨🇭 Switzerland – Michel Stocker
- 🇫🇮 Finland – Solveig Herlin
- 🇬🇷 Greece – Irini Gavala
- 🇳🇱 The Netherlands – Flip van der Schalie
- Yugoslavia – TBD
- 🇨🇾 Cyprus – Anna Partelidou
- 🇩🇪 Germany – Carolin Reiber
- 🇩🇰 Denmark– Bent Henius
- 🇮🇱 Israel – Yitzhak Shim’oni
- 🇵🇹 Portugal – João Abel Fonseca
- 🇦🇹 Austria – Tilia Herold
- 🇧🇪 Belgium – An Ploegaerts
- 🇱🇺 Luxembourg – Jacques Harvey
5.Broadcasts. National broadcasters were able to send a commentary team to the contest, in order to provide coverage of the contest in their own native language.
|🇦🇹 Austria||FS2||Ernst Grissemann||–|
|Hitradio Ö3||Rudolf Klausnitzer|
|🇧🇪 Belgium||BRT TV1||Dutch: Luc Appermont||–|
|RTBF1||French: Jacques Mercier|
|BRT Radio 1||Dutch: Herwig Haes|
|RTBF La Première||French: Jacques Olivier|
|🇨🇾 Cyprus||RIK||Fryni Papadopoulou||–|
|RIK Deftero||Neophytos Taliotis|
|🇩🇰 Denmark||DR TV||Jørgen de Mylius||–|
|DR P3||Karen Thisted|
|🇫🇮 Finland||YLE TV1||Erkki Pohjanheimo||–|
|YLE Rinnakkaisohjelma||Markus Similä|
|🇫🇷 France||Antenne 2||Léon Zitrone||–|
|France Inter||Philippe Caloni|
|🇩🇪 Germany||Deutsches Fernsehen||Ado Schlier|
|Deutschlandfunk/hr3/Bayern 2||Roger Horné|
|🇬🇷 Greece||ERT||Mako Georgiadou||–|
|Proto Programma||Dimitris Konstantaras|
|🇮🇱 Israel||Israeli Television||No commentator|
|Reshet Gimel||Daniel Pe’er|
|🇮🇹 Italy||Rete 1||Paolo Frajese|
|Rai Radio 1||Antonio Caprarica|
|🇱🇺 Luxembourg||RTL Télévision||Valérie Sarn||–|
|🇳🇱 The Netherlands||Nederland 1||Willem Duys||–|
|🇳🇴 Norway||NRK||Ivar Dyrhaug||–|
|NRK P1||Erik Heyerdahl|
|🇵🇹 Portugal||RTP1||Eládio Clímaco||–|
|🇪🇸 Spain||TVE 1||José-Miguel Ullán||–|
|🇸🇪 Sweden||TV1||Ulf Elfving||–|
|SR P3||Kent Finell||–|
|🇨🇭 Switzerland||TV DRS||German: Theodor Haller||–|
|TSR||French: Georges Hardy|
|TSI||Italian: Giovanni Bertini|
|🇹🇷 Turkey||TRT||Başak Doğru|
|TRT Radyo 3||Bülent Osma|
|🇬🇧 United Kindom||BBC1||Terry Wogan||–|
|British Forces Radio||Richard Nankivell||–|
|Yugoslavia||TVB 2||Serbo-Croatian: Mladen Popović|
|TVZ 1||Serbo-Croatian: Oliver Mlakar|
|TVL 1||Slovene: Tomaž Terček|
|🇦🇺 Australia||Channel 0/28||Terry Wogan||–|
|🇮🇪 Ireland||RTÉ 1||Terry Wogan||–|
|RTÉ Radio 1||Brendan Balfe|
7.Trivial / Fun facts.
- Due to the trilingual presentation, the contest lasted more than 3 hours for the first time ever.
- The 1983 Eurovision Song Contest didn’t have filmed postcards to present the artists as they were not ready in time.
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Countries (in order of appearance)
|Final||France ⦁ Norway ⦁ United Kingdom ⦁ Sweden ⦁ Italy ⦁ Turkey ⦁ Spain ⦁ Switzerland ⦁ Finland ⦁ Greece • The Netherlands ⦁ Yugoslavia ⦁ Cyprus ⦁ Germany • Denmark • Israel ⦁ Portugal • Austria • Belgium • Luxembourg (winner)|
Artists (in order of appearance)
|Final||Guy Bonnet ⦁ Jahn Teigen ⦁ Sweet Dreams ⦁ Carola Häggkvist ⦁ Riccardo Fogli ⦁ Çetin Alp ⦁ Remedios Amaya ⦁ Mariella Farré ⦁ Ami Aspelund ⦁ Christie Stasinopoulou ⦁ Bernadette • Daniel ⦁ Stavros and Constantina ⦁ Hoffmann and Hoffmann ⦁ Gry Johansen • Ofra Haza ⦁ Armando Gama ⦁ Westend • Pas de Deux • Corinne Hermès (winner)|
Songs (in order of appearance)
|Final||“Vivre” ⦁ “Do Re Mi” ⦁ “I’m Never Giving Up” ⦁ “Främling” ⦁ “Per Lucia” ⦁ “Opera” ⦁ “¿Quién maneja mi barca?” ⦁ “Io così non ci sto” ⦁ “Fantasiaa” ⦁ “Mou les” (Μου λες) ⦁ “Sing Me a Song” • “Džuli” (Џули) ⦁ “I agapi akoma zi” (Η αγάπη ακόμα ζει) ⦁ “Rücksicht” ⦁ “Kloden drejer” • “Hi” (חי) ⦁ “Esta balada que te dou” • “Hurricane” • “Rendez-vous” • “Si la vie est cadeau” (winner)|