- Dates – Grand Final: Saturday, 03 April 1971 – 20:00 CET
- Host – Venue & Location: Gaiety Theatre, Dublin, 🇮🇪 Ireland
- Presenter (s): Bernadette Ní Gallchoir
- Musical Director: Colman Pearce
- Director: Tom McGrath
- Executive Producer: —
- Executive Supervisor: Clifford Brown
- Multicamera Director: Colman Pearce
- Host broadcaster: Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ)
- Interval Act: Bunratty Castle Entertainers
- Participants – Number of entries: 18 [🇧🇪 Belgium (16ª), 🇫🇷 France (16ª), 🇩🇪 Germany (16ª), 🇮🇹 Italy (16ª), 🇳🇱 The Netherlands (16ª), 🇨🇭 Switzerland (16ª), 🇬🇧United Kindom (14ª), 🇲🇨 Monaco (13ª), 🇪🇸 Spain (11ª), Yugoslavia (11ª), 🇮🇪 Ireland (7ª), 🇱🇺 Luxembourg (15ª), 🇫🇮 Finland (10ª), 🇳🇴 Norway (11ª), 🇵🇹 Portugal (7ª), 🇸🇪 Sweden (12ª), 🇲🇹 Malta (1ª), 🇦🇹 Austria (14ª)]
- Debuting countries: 🇲🇹 Malta (1ª)
- Return: 🇦🇹 Austria (13ª), 🇫🇮 Finland (9ª), 🇳🇴 Norway (10ª), 🇵🇹 Portugal (6ª), 🇸🇪 Sweden (11ª)
- Non-returning countries: —
- Vote – Voting system: Two-member juries (one aged 16 to 25 and the other 25 to 55) rated songs between one and five points.
- Nil Points: —
- Winning song: “Un banc, un arbre, une rue” – Sèverine – 🇲🇨 Monaco (1ª)
About. After Dana’s victory in 1970, the Eurovision Song Contest moved to the Emerald Isle, Ireland, and the number of participants rose again.
Groups allowed for the first time. For the first time in the history of the Eurovision Song Contest, Ireland hosted the event at the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin. Compared to 1970, the number of participants rose to 18 as Finland, Norway, Sweden and Portugal all returned to the contest after a year of absence. Malta also made its debut. The contest was broadcast in 29 countries. The rule of performing either as single or duet was abolished: now groups of up to six people were allowed to perform. In this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, a new voting system was created: two jury members – one of them had to be younger than 25 – had to award between 1 and 5 points to each song. This created some problems because some juries gave fewer points than others. For example, Luxembourg awarded 43 points altogether compared to France’s 107! In theory this meant that jury members could vote tactically, awarding few points and hoping to gain many.
About the winner. The small principality of Monaco won for the first time in 1971 with the song “Un Banc, Un Abre, Une Rue” by French-born Séverine, who then went on to have a successful career, especially in Germany.
Facts & figures. Malta’s participant Joe Grech ended up in last place; Norwegian singer Hanne Krogh would return to the contest as half of the Eurovision Song Contest winner duo Bobbysocks in 1985. But in 1971, she came only 17th.
|o/r||country||Participant (s)||song – translate – Language||Points||rank|
|01||🇦🇹 Austria ÖRF||Marianne Mendt||Musik (Music) Viennese German||066||01|
|02||🇲🇹 Malta MTPBS||Joe Grech||Marija I-Maltija (Mary, the Maltese girl) Maltese||052||18|
|03||🇲🇨 Monaco TMC||Séverine||Un banc, un arbre, une rue (A bench, a tree, a street) French||128||01|
|04||🇨🇭 Switzerland SSR SRG||Peter, Sue and Marc||Les illusions de nos vingt ans (The illusions of our youth) French||078||12|
|05||🇩🇪 Germany ARD||Katja Ebstein||Diese Welt (This world) German||100||03|
|06||🇪🇸 Spain TVE||Karina||En un mundo nuevo (In a new world) Spanish||116||02|
|07||🇫🇷 France ORTF||Serge Lama||Un jardin sur la terre (A garden on earth) French||082||10|
|08||🇱🇺 Luxembourg CLT||Monique Melsen||Pomme, pomme, pomme (Apple, apple, apple) French||070||13|
|09||🇬🇧United Kindom BBC||Clodagh Rodgers||Jack in the box English||098||04|
|10||🇧🇪 Belgium BRT||Lily Castel & Jacques Raymond||Goeiemorgen, morgen (Good morning, morning) Dutch||068||14|
|11||🇮🇹 Italy RAI||Massimo Ranieri||L’amore é un attimo (Love is a moment) Italian||091||05|
|12||🇸🇪 Sweden SR||Family Four||Vita vidder (White horizons) Swedish||085||06|
|13||🇮🇪 Ireland RTÉ||Angela Farrell||One day love English||079||11|
|14||🇳🇱 The Netherlands NOS||Saskia & Serge||Tijd (Time) Dutch||085||06|
|15||🇵🇹 Portugal RTP||Tonicha||Menina do alto da serra (High ridge girl) Portuguese||083||09|
|16||Yugoslavia JRT||Krunoslav Slabinac (Крунослав Слабинац)||Tvoj dejčak je tužan (Твој дјечак је тужан, Your boy is sad) Serbo-Croatian||068||14|
|17||🇫🇮 Finland YLE||Markku Aro & Koivistolaiset||Tie uuteen päivään (A way to a new day) Finnish||084||08|
|18||🇳🇴 Norway NRK||Hanne Krogh||Lykken er… (Happiness is) Norwegian||065||17|
• 🇧🇪 Belgium: “Goeiemorgen, morgen“ – Nicole & Hugo. Belgium was represented by Jacques Raymond and Lily Castel at the 1971 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 3 April in Dublin. Raymond and Castel had not taken part in the original Belgian final, which was won with Nicole & Hugo performing the song. Shortly before the Dublin final however, Nicole had fallen ill and was unable to travel, so broadcaster BRT, predecessor of VRT, drafted in Raymond and Castel as late replacements. Raymond had previously sung for Belgium at Eurovision in 1963. Nicole & Hugo famously did come back 2 years later with those infamous purple catsuits and memorable dance routine.
Participating countries Countries that participated in the past but not in 1971
The Eurovision Song Contest 1971 was the 16th edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Dublin, Ireland, following Dana’s win at the 1970 contest in Amsterdam, Netherlands with the song “All Kinds of Everything”. The contest was held at the Gaiety Theatre on 3 April 1971, and was hosted by Irish television presenter Bernadette Ní Ghallchóir.
Eighteen countries participated in the contest, equalling the record of the 1965 and 1966 editions. Austria returned after their two-year absence, while Finland, Norway, Portugal and Sweden all returned after having boycotted the competition the previous year. On the other hand, Malta competed for the first time.
The winner was Monaco with the song “Un banc, un arbre, une rue”, performed by Séverine, written by Yves Dessca, and composed by Jean-Pierre Bourtayre. This was Monaco’s first and only victory in the contest. The song was performed by a French singer, living in France, sung in French, conducted by a French native and written by a French team. Séverine later claimed she never visited Monaco before or after her victory – a claim easily disproved by the preview video submitted by Télé-Monte-Carlo featuring the singer on location in the Principality. This was also the only time in the contest’s history, where the second and third-placed entrants were also awarded.
1.Location. The contest was held at the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin, the capital and most populous city of Ireland. This was the first time that the contest was held in Ireland. The Gaiety Theatre was selected as the venue for the 1971 contest as it was celebrating 100 years since its establishment in 1871.
2.Format. For the first time, each participating broadcaster was required to televise all the songs in “previews” prior to the live final. Belgium’s preview video featured Nicole & Hugo performing the song “Goeiemorgen, morgen”, but Nicole was struck with a sudden illness days before the contest final, with Jacques Raymond & Lily Castel stepping in at short notice to perform the entry in their place. Reports suggested that Castel had not even had enough time to buy a suitable dress for the show. The BBC were worried about the possible audience reaction to the UK song due to the hostilities raging in Northern Ireland. They specifically selected a singer from Northern Ireland, Clodagh Rodgers, who was popular in both the UK and the Republic of Ireland, to ease any ill-feeling from the Dublin audience. However, Rodgers still received death threats from the IRA for representing the UK.
Groups of up to six people were allowed to perform for the first time, with the rule in previous contests of performing either solo or as a duet abolished.
This was only RTÉ’s second outside broadcast in colour. The contest was broadcast in Iceland, the United States and Hong Kong several days later.
In between each song, a film depicting the tourist highlights of each nation using stock footage provided by the participant tourism bureaus was seen, accompanied by a piece of organ music chosen to compliment the country.
2.1.Voting system. A new voting system was introduced in this year’s contest: each country sent two jury members, one aged over 25 and the other under 25 (with at least ten years’ difference between their ages), with both awarding each country (except their own) a score of between one and five points.
While this meant that no country could score fewer than 34 points (and in the event all eighteen scored at least 52), it had one major problem: some jury members tended to award only one or two points. Whether this was done to increase their respective countries’ chances of winning is not known for sure, but this shortcoming was nonetheless plain. However, the system remained in place for the 1972 and 1973 contests.
3.Participating countries. Malta made their début in this year’s contest, while Austria, Finland, Norway, Portugal and Sweden all returned after a brief absence. This brought the total number of countries to eighteen.
3.1.Conductors. Each performance had a conductor who directed the orchestra. This marked the first contest to feature someone other than the musical director conducting the host country’s entry; Noel Kelehan conducted Ireland’s entry instead of musical director Colman Pearce (who would subsequently conduct the Irish entries between 1972 and 1975). This would consequently be the first contest in which the musical director did not conduct any of the competing entries, followed by 1972, 1974-1976, 1978-1979, 1990,[a] and 1997.
- 🇦🇹 Austria – Robert Opratko
- 🇲🇹 Malta – Anthony Chircop
- 🇲🇨 Monaco – Jean-Claude Petit
- 🇨🇭 Switzerland – Hardy Schneiders
- 🇩🇪 Germany – Dieter Zimmermann
- 🇪🇸 Spain – Waldo de los Ríos
- 🇫🇷 France – Franck Pourcel
- 🇱🇺 Luxembourg – Jean Claudric
- 🇬🇧United Kindom – Johnny Arthey
- 🇧🇪 Belgium – Francis Bay
- 🇮🇹 Italy – Enrico Polito
- 🇸🇪 Sweden – Claes Rosendahl
- 🇮🇪 Ireland – Noel Kelehan
- 🇳🇱 The Netherlands – Dolf van der Linden
- 🇵🇹 Portugal – Jorge Costa Pinto
- Yugoslavia – Miljenko Prohaska
- 🇫🇮 Finland – Ossi Runne
- 🇳🇴 Norway – Arne Bendiksen
|Jacques Raymond||🇧🇪 Belgium||1963|
|Katja Ebstein||🇩🇪 Germany||1970|
3.3.Participants and results.
3.4.All the national selections for Eurovision Song Contest 1971:
• National Selections in 1971:
|🇧🇪 Belgium||Eurosong 1971||Lily Castel and Jacques Raymond – “Goeiemorgen, morgen“|
|🇫🇮 Finland||(Finnish Selection 1971)||Markku Aro & Koivistolaiset – “Tie uuteen päivään“|
|🇩🇪 Germany||Ein Lied für Dublin (song selection) [c]||Katja Ebstein – “Diese Welt“|
|🇮🇪 Ireland||(Irish Selection 1971)||Angela Farrell – “One Day Love”|
|🇲🇹 Malta||(Maltese Selection 1971)||Joe Grech – “Marija l-Maltija“|
|🇳🇱 The Netherlands||Nationaal Songfestival 1971 (song selection) [d]||Saskia & Serge – “Tijd“|
|🇳🇴 Norway||Melodi Grand Prix 1971||Hanne Krogh – “Lykken er“|
|🇵🇹 Portugal||Grande Prémio TV da Canção 1971||Tonicha – “Menina do alto da serra“|
|🇪🇸 Spain||Pasaporte a Dublín (artist selection) [e]||Karina – “En un mundo nuevo“|
|🇸🇪 Sweden||Melodifestival 1971||Family Four – “Vita vidder“|
|🇬🇧 United Kindom||A Song for Europe 1971 (song selection) [f]||Clodagh Rodgers – “Jack in the Box”|
|Yugoslavia||Jugovizija 1971||Krunoslav Slabinac – “Tvoj dječak je tužan” (Твој дјечак је тужан)|
• Internal Selections in 1971:
|🇦🇹 Austria||Marianne Mendt – “Musik“|
|🇫🇷 France||Serge Lama – “Un jardin sur la terre“|
|🇮🇹 Italy||Massimo Ranieri – “L’amore è un attimo“|
|🇱🇺 Luxembourg||Monique Melsen – “Pomme, pomme, pomme“|
|🇲🇨 Monaco||Séverine – “Un banc, un arbre, une rue“|
|🇨🇭 Switzerland||Peter, Sue and Marc – “Les Illusions de nos vingt ans“|
|🇬🇧 United Kindom||98||4||8||8||6||5||2||8||4||8||3||5||7||5||7||6||6||6|
|🇳🇱 The Netherlands||85||6||2||6||5||4||5||7||2||5||2||2||6||5||9||5||6||8|
4.1.10 points. Below is a summary of all perfect 10 scores that were given during the voting.
|N.||Contestant||Nation(s) giving 10 points|
|6||🇲🇨Monaco||🇧🇪 Belgium, 🇩🇪 Germany, 🇳🇴 Norway, 🇸🇪 Sweden, 🇨🇭 Switzerland, Yugoslavia|
|2||🇪🇸 Spain||🇫🇷 France, 🇲🇨 Monaco|
|🇫🇮 Finland||🇧🇪 Belgium, 🇬🇧United Kindom|
|1||🇵🇹 Portugal||🇪🇸 Spain|
4.2.Jury members. Listed below is the order in which votes were cast during the 1971 contest along with the names of the two jury members who voted for their respective country. Each country announced their results in groups of three.
- 🇦🇹 Austria – Beatrix Neundlinger[b] and Jochen Lieben
- 🇲🇹 Malta – Spiro Sillato and Gaetan Abela
- 🇲🇨 Monaco – Unknown
- 🇨🇭 Switzerland – Unknown
- 🇩🇪 Germany – Kirsten Ludwig and Wolfgang Henk
- 🇪🇸 Spain – Noelia Afonso and Francisco Madariaga
- 🇫🇷 France – Claude Crémieux and Jacques Ourevitch
- 🇱🇺 Luxembourg – Unknown
- 🇬🇧 United Kindom– Jeremy Paterson Fox and Gay Lowe
- 🇧🇪 Belgium – Unknown
- 🇮🇹 Italy – Unknown
- 🇸🇪 Sweden – Eva Blomqvist and Putte Wickman
- 🇮🇪 Ireland – Vivienne Colgan and Ken Steward
- 🇳🇱 The Netherlands – Jos Cléber and Unknown
- 🇵🇹 Portugal – Pedro Albergaria and Luís Filipe Costa
- Yugoslavia – Miso Kukic and Zoran Krzisnik
- 🇫🇮 Finland – Markku Veijalainen and Vieno Kekkonen
- 🇳🇴 Norway – Sten Fredriksen and Liv Usterud
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||Dutch: Herman Verelst|
|RTB||French: Janine Lambotte|
|BRT Radio 1||Dutch: Nand Baert|
|RTB La Première||French: André Hagon|
|🇫🇮 Finland||YLE TV1||Heikki Seppälä|
|🇫🇷 France||Deuxième Chaîne ORTF||Georges de Caunes||–|
|🇩🇪 Germany||Deutsches Fernsehen||Hanns Verres|
|Deutschlandfunk/Bayern 2||Wolf Mittler|
|🇮🇪 Ireland||RTÉ||Noel Andrews|
|RTÉ Radio||Kevin Roche||–|
|🇮🇹 Italy||Programma Nazionale, Secondo Programma Radio||Renato Tagliani|
|🇱🇺 Luxembourg||Télé-Luxembourg||Jacques Navadic|
|🇲🇹 Malta||MTV||Victor Aquilina||–|
|🇲🇨 Monaco||Télé Monte Carlo||Georges de Caunes|
|🇳🇱 The Netherlands||Nederland 1||Pim Jacobs||–|
|🇳🇴 Norway||NRK||Sverre Christophersen|
|NRK P1||Erik Heyerdahl|
|🇵🇹 Portugal||I Programa||Henrique Mendes||–|
|Emissora Nacional Programa 1||TBC|
|🇪🇸 Spain||Primera Cadena||Joaquín Prat|
|Primer Programa RNE||Miguel de los Santos|
|🇸🇪 Sweden||SR TV1||Åke Strömmer||–|
|SR P3||Ursula Richter||–|
|🇨🇭 Switzerland||TV DRS||German: Theodor Haller|
|TSR||French: Georges Hardy|
|TSI||Italian: Giovanni Bertini|
|🇬🇧 United Kindom||BBC1||Dave Lee Travis||–|
|BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 2||Terry Wogan||–|
|BFBS Radio||John Russell||–|
|Yugoslavia||Televizija Beograd||Serbo-Croatian: Milovan Ilić|
|Televizija Zagreb||Serbo-Croatian: Oliver Mlakar|
|Televizija Ljubljana||Slovene: Tomaž Terček|
|🇦🇺 Australia||Australian Broadcasting Corporation||Unknown||–|
|🇬🇷 Greece||EIRT||Mako Georgiadou|
|Trinidad and Tobago||TTT||Unknown||–|
|🇺🇸 United States||PBS||Dave Lee Travis||–|
- [a] although the appointed musical director, Igor Kuljerić, did not conduct any entries, assistant musical director Stanko Selak, who assembled the orchestra, conducted the Cypriot entry.
- [b] Later represented Austria as a member of Milestones in 1972 and Schmetterlinge in 1977
- [c] Katja Ebstein was internally selected to represent Germany at Eurovision 1971. The song “Diese Welt” that Katja performed at Eurovision was selected through a national final with six songs.
- [d] Saskia & Serge were internally selected to represent the Netherlands at Eurovision 1971. The song “De Tijd” / “Tijd” that they performed at Eurovision was selected through Nationaal Songfestival 1971 with six songs.
- [e] The Spanish artist for Eurovision Song Contest 1971 was selected through 12 shows. The 10 candidates each had their own show, and an expert jury selected a winner that was announced on 30 December 1970. The Spanish song for Eurovision 1971, “En Un Mundo Nuevo”, was internally chosen.
- [f] Clodagh Rodgers was internally selected to represent United Kingdom at Eurovision 1971. The song “Jack In The Box” that Rodgers performed at Eurovision was selected through A Song for Europe 1971 with six songs.
7.Trivial / Fun Facts.
- The first appearance of Malta was unsuccessful – their participant Joe Grech ended up in last place.
- Norwegian singer Hanne Krogh would return as half of the winning duo Bobbysocks in 1985. But in 1971, she ended 17th.
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Countries (in order of appearance)
|Final||Austria ⦁ Malta ⦁ Monaco (winner) ⦁ Switzerland ⦁ Germany ⦁ Spain ⦁ France ⦁ Luxembourg ⦁ United Kingdom ⦁ Belgium • Italy ⦁ Sweden ⦁ Ireland ⦁ The Netherlands ⦁ Portugal ⦁ Yugoslavia ⦁ Finland ⦁ Norway|
Artists (in order of appearance)
|Final||Marianne Mendt ⦁ Joe Grech ⦁ Séverine (winner) ⦁ Peter, Sue and Marc ⦁ Katja Ebstein ⦁ Karina ⦁ Serge Lama ⦁ Monique Melsen ⦁ Clodagh Rodgers • Lily Castel and Jacques Raymond ⦁ Massimo Ranieri • Family Four ⦁ Angela Farrell ⦁ Saskia and Serge ⦁ Tonicha ⦁ Krunoslav Slabinac • Markku Aro and Koivistolaiset ⦁ Hanne Krogh|
Songs (in order of appearance)
|Final||“Musik“ ⦁ “Marija l-Maltija” ⦁ “Un banc, un arbre, une rue” (winner) ⦁ “Les Illusions de nos vingt ans” ⦁ “Diese Welt” ⦁ “En un mundo nuevo” ⦁ “Un jardin sur la terre” ⦁ “Pomme, pomme, pomme” • “Jack in the Box” ⦁ “Goeiemorgen, morgen” ⦁ “L’amore è un attimo” ⦁ “Vita vidder” ⦁ “One Day Love” ⦁ “Tijd” • “Menina do alto da serra” ⦁ “Tvoj dječak je tužan” (Твој дјечак је тужан) ⦁ “Tie uuteen päivään” ⦁ “Lykken er”|
|Non-participating entries: Belgium: Nicole & Hugo – “Goeiemorgen, morgen”|