- Dates – Grand Final: Saturday, 19 April 1980 – 21:00 CEST
- Host – Venue & Location: Nederlands Congresgebouw (World Forum), The Hague, 🇳🇱 The Netherlands
- Presenter (s): Marlous Fluitsma. Hans van Willigenburg (Green Room)
- Musical Director: Rogier van Otterloo
- Director: Theo Ordeman
- Executive Producer: Fred Oster
- Executive Supervisor: Frank Naef
- Multicamera Director: —
- Host broadcaster: Nederlandse Omroep Stichting (NOS)
- Interval Act: The Dutch Rhythm Steel and Show Band with The Lee Jackson Dancers
- Participants – Number of entries: 19 [🇧🇪 Belgium (22ª), 🇩🇪 Germany (22ª), 🇮🇹 Italy (22ª), 🇳🇱 The Netherlands (22ª), 🇨🇭 Switzerland (22ª), 🇬🇧 United Kindom (20ª), 🇪🇸 Spain (17ª), 🇮🇪 Ireland (13ª), 🇱🇺 Luxembourg (21ª), 🇫🇮 Finland (16ª), 🇳🇴 Norway (17ª), 🇵🇹 Portugal (13ª), 🇫🇷 France (22ª), 🇦🇹 Austria (18ª), 🇬🇷 Greece (4ª), 🇸🇪 Sweden (18ª), 🇩🇰 Denmark (13ª), Morocco (1ª), 🇹🇷 Turkey (3ª)]
- Debuting countries: Morocco (1ª)
- Return: 🇹🇷 Turkey (3ª)
- Non-returning countries: 🇮🇱 Israel (4ª), 🇲🇨 Monaco (18ª)
- Vote – Voting system: Each country awarded 12, 10, 8-1 point(s) to their 10 favourite songs.
- Nil Points: —
- Winning song: “What’s Another Year” – Johnny Logan – 🇮🇪 Ireland (2ª)
About. Israeli TV declined the opportunity to host the 1980 Song Contest again after Israel won in Jerusalem in 1979. After much discussion, it was decided that the contest would be arranged by Dutch TV NOS in The Hague.
Do we have any volunteers?. The Hague was once again the host city for the song contest after both Israel and the United Kingdom declined to stage the contest after Israel declined the opportunity to host the show twice in succession. As a result of these delays, the 1980 contest was hastily arranged and Dutch TV NOS had to re-use most of the stage from 1976, the last time they hosted the contest. NOS picked 19th April as the date for the song contest, but as this was the Holocaust Memorial Day in Israel, the defending champion decided not to participate which marked the only time when the winner of one Eurovision Song Contest did not participate in the next.
Merhaba Morocco. For the first time in the history of the song contest, an African country – Morocco – participated with Samira, a star in the Arabic world. When her entry “Bitakat Hob” ended up at 18th position with just 7 points altogether, Moroccan TV decided that the country should not participate in the contest again. Turkey returned to the contest after one year’s absence and Monaco stayed home which meant that the total amount of participating countries amounted to 19 – just as in 1979. Each country brought along a presenter of its own choice to introduce the song in their native language.
What’s another year. Johnny Logan, who would later be called “Mr. Eurovision”, secured Ireland’s second victory. The Australian-born singer who only became an Irish citizen after he sang for Ireland in the 1980 contest, would later return and win the contest again in 1987. His 1980 victory brought him a number one hit in the UK and numerous television appearances across Europe. “What’s another year” was awarded the maximum 12 points by seven countries, ending up with 143 points in total.
|o/r||country||participant(s)||song – translate – Language||Points||rank|
|01||🇦🇹 Austria ÖRF||Blue Danube||Du bist Musik (You are music) German||064||08|
|02||🇹🇷 Turkey TRT||Ajda Pekkan||Petr’Oil (Pet’r Oil, Petrol, Loving on Pet’r Oil) Turkish||023||15|
|03||🇬🇷 Greece ERT||Anna Vissi and The Epikouri (Άννα Βίσση και Epikouri)||Autostop (Ωτοστόπ, Hitch-hiking) Greek||030||13|
|04||🇱🇺 Luxembourg CLT||Sophie & Magaly||Papa pingouin (Papa penguin) French||056||09|
|05||Morocco RTM||Samira Bensaïd (Samira Said, سميرة سعيد)||Bitakat hob (بطاقة حب, Bitaqat Khub, Love message) Arabic||007||18|
|06||🇮🇹 Italy RAI||Alan Sorrenti||Non so che darei (I don’t know what I would give) Italian||087||06|
|07||🇩🇰 Denmark DR||Bamses Venner||Tænker altid på dig (Thinking always on you) Danish||025||14|
|08||🇸🇪 Sweden SVT||Tomas Ledin||Just nu! (Right now!) Swedish||047||10|
|09||🇨🇭 Switzerland SSR SRG||Paola||Cinéma (Cinema) French||104||04|
|10||🇫🇮 Finland YLE||Vesa-Matti Loiri||Huilumies (Flute man) Finnish||006||19|
|11||🇳🇴 Norway NRK||Sverre Kjelsberg & Mattis Hætta||Sámiid Ædnan (Lapland) Norwegian[a]||015||16|
|12||🇩🇪 Germany ARD||Katja Ebstein||Theater (Theatre) German||128||02|
|13||🇬🇧 United Kindom BBC||Prima Donna||Love enough for two English||106||03|
|14||🇵🇹 Portugal RTP||José Cid||Um grande, grande amor (A great, great love) Portuguese[b]||071||07|
|15||🇳🇱 The Netherlands NOS||Maggie MacNeal||Amsterdam Dutch||093||05|
|16||🇫🇷 France TF1||Profil||Hé, hé, M’sieurs dames (Hey, hey, ladies and gentlemen) French||045||11|
|17||🇮🇪 Ireland RTÉ||Johnny Logan||What’s another year English||143||01|
|18||🇪🇸 Spain TVE||Trigo Limpio||Quédate esta noche (Stay tonight) Spanish||038||12|
|19||🇧🇪 Belgium RTBF||Telex||Euro-Vision French||014||17|
• 🇮🇱 Israel: “Pizmon Chozer” (פזמון חוזר) (Refrain) (Hebrew) – Ha’ahum ve Ha’ahayot (האחים והאחיות). Israel, winners in 1979, declined to host the show for the second time in a row, as the IBA (Israel Broadcasting Authority) could not fund another international production, and the Israeli government turned down a request to extend the IBA budget. Moreover, the date that was eventually set for the 1980 contest by the European Broadcasting Union coincided with a national religious day of Israel, Israel’s Day of Remembrance for their casualties of war, so Israel was forced to withdraw. The song was called “Pizmon Chozer” (Refrain) and was performed by the group “Ha’achim ve ha’achayot” (Brothers and Sisters).
Participating countries Countries that participated in the past but not in 1980
The Eurovision Song Contest 1980 was the 25th edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in The Hague, Netherlands, and was organised by host broadcaster Nederlandse Omroep Stichting (NOS) – which agreed to stage the event after Israel, having won in both 1978 and 1979, declined to host it for a second successive year – and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). The contest was held at the Nederlands Congresgebouw on 19 April 1980 and was hosted by Dutch actress 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).
Nineteen countries took part this year, with Monaco and the previous year’s winner Israel deciding not to participate, and Turkey returning. Morocco, notably, made its only appearance in the contest.
The winner was Ireland with the song “What’s Another Year”, sung by Johnny Logan and written by Shay Healy.
1.Location. Israel, the winner of the 1979 contest, declined to host it for the second time in a row, as the Israel Broadcasting Authority (IBA) could not fund another international production without extra resources, and the Israeli government turned down a request to extend the IBA budget. The EBU also scheduled the broadcast for the same day as the Yom HaZikaron holiday, which meant that Israel could not even participate at all, marking the only time that the previous year’s winning country did not compete the following year. After Spain – the second-placed country of 1979 – and (reportedly) the United Kingdom both declined to host, the Netherlands ultimately 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 contest took place in The Hague at the Congresgebouw (presently known as the World Forum). The venue was constructed in 1969 and had previously hosted the contest in 1976.
2.Format. The venue that had hosted the 1976 contest, the Congresgebouw, was again chosen to stage the contest. 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 staging the show.
During the live interval act performance of San Fernando by The Dutch Rhythm Steel and Show Band with the Lee Jackson dancers, Hans van Willigenburg intercut brief interviews with some of the participants backstage in the green room, speaking to the singers from Germany, Luxembourg, the UK, Ireland, Norway and the Netherlands, each in their own language.
Australian-born Johnny Logan, representing Ireland, was ultimately crowned the winner with the song “What’s Another Year”. This was Ireland’s second victory in the competition, having previously won in 1970 with “All Kinds of Everything”, coincidentally also held on Dutch soil. It was also the first time that a male solo artist (albeit with backing vocals) had won the contest since Udo Jürgens won for Austria in 1966.
Germany were the runner-up for this year. They would finish in second place again the following year, before finally winning in 1982. Germany would go on to finish second again in 1985 and 1987, making the 1980s their most successful decade in the contest. After relatively poor placings in the two previous years, the United Kingdom returned to form by coming third.
2.1.Song presenters. Each song was introduced by a presenter from the national country. A few countries used their commentators as presenters, with Turkey’s radio commentator and the TV commentators of Denmark, Sweden and Finland being employed in this role. With the exception of the Ireland entry, which was introduced in Irish, all the introductions were made in the language in which the song was performed. The UK presenter was incorrectly identified in the onscreen caption as ‘Noel Edmunds’ and the Finnish presenter as ‘Heikki Haarma’.
- 🇦🇹 Austria – Chris Lohner
- 🇹🇷 Turkey – Şebnem Savaşçı
- 🇬🇷 Greece – Kelly Sakakou
- 🇱🇺 Luxembourg – Michèle Etzel
- Morocco – Mohammed Bouzidi
- 🇮🇹 Italy – Beatrice Cori
- 🇩🇰 Denmark – Jørgen de Mylius
- 🇸🇪 Sweden – Ulf Elfving
- 🇨🇭 Switzerland – Lyliam Stambac
- 🇫🇮 Finland – Heikki Harma
- 🇳🇴 Norway – Åse Kleveland (Norwegian representative in the 1966 contest and host of the 1986 contest)
- 🇩🇪 Germany – Carolin Reiber
- 🇬🇧 United Kindom – Noel Edmonds
- 🇵🇹 Portugal – Eládio Clímaco
- 🇳🇱 The Netherlands – Marlous Fluitsma
- 🇫🇷 France – Évelyne Dhéliat
- 🇮🇪 Ireland – Thelma Mansfield
- 🇪🇸 Spain – Mari Cruz Soriano
- 🇧🇪 Belgium – Arlette Vincent
3.Participating countries. After Israel announced its non-participation, Morocco entered into the contest instead. Monaco also withdrew from the contest, and would not return until 2004.
3.1.Conductors. With the exception of Belgium, each performance had a conductor who directed the orchestra. This was the only contest to feature a Black conductor conducting an entry, that being Italy’s conductor Del Newman.
- 🇦🇹 Austria – Richard Oesterreicher
- 🇹🇷 Turkey – Attila Özdemiroğlu
- 🇬🇷 Greece – Jick Nacassian
- 🇱🇺 Luxembourg – Norbert Daum
- Morocco – Jean Claudric
- 🇮🇹 Italy – Del Newman
- 🇩🇰 Denmark – Allan Botschinsky
- 🇸🇪 Sweden – Anders Berglund
- 🇨🇭 Switzerland – Peter Reber
- 🇫🇮 Finland – Ossi Runne
- 🇳🇴 Norway – Sigurd Jansen
- 🇩🇪 Germany – Wolfgang Rödelberger
- 🇬🇧 United Kindom – John Coleman
- 🇵🇹 Portugal – Jorge Machado
- 🇳🇱 The Netherlands – Rogier van Otterloo
- 🇫🇷 France – Sylvano Santorio
- 🇮🇪 Ireland – Noel Kelehan
- 🇪🇸 Spain – Javier Iturralde
- 🇧🇪 Belgium – No conductor
|Paola del Medico||🇨🇭 Switzerland||1969|
|Katja Ebstein||🇩🇪 Germany||1970, 1971|
|Maggie MacNeal||🇳🇱 The Netherlands||1974 (part of Mouth & MacNeal)|
3.3.Participants and results.
3.4.All the national selections for Eurovision Song Contest 1980:
• National Selections in 1980:
|🇧🇪 Belgium||Eurosong 1980||Telex – “Euro-Vision”|
|🇩🇰 Denmark||Melodi Grand Prix 1980||Bamses Venner – “Tænker altid på dig“|
|🇫🇮 Finland||(Finnish Selection 1980)||Vesa-Matti Loiri – “Huilumies“|
|🇫🇷 France||(French Selection 1980)||Profil – “Hé, hé M’sieurs dames“|
|🇩🇪 Germany||Ein Lied für Den Haag||Katja Ebstein – “Theater“|
|🇬🇷 Greece||(Greek Selection 1980)||Anna Vissi and the Epikouri – “Autostop” (Ωτοστόπ)|
|🇮🇪 Ireland||(Irish Selection 1980)||Johnny Logan – “What’s Another Year”|
|🇮🇱 Israel||(Israeli Selection 1980)||Ha’ahim ve Ha’ahayot (האחים והאחיות) – “Pizmon chozer” (פזמון חוזר, Refrain)|
|🇳🇴 Norway||Melodi Grand Prix 1980||Sverre Kjelsberg & Mattis Hætta – “Sámiid ædnan“|
|🇵🇹 Portugal||Festival da Canção 1980||José Cid – “Um grande, grande amor“|
|🇸🇪 Sweden||Melodifestival 1980||Tomas Ledin – “Just nu!“|
|🇹🇷 Turkey||Şarkı Yarışması 1980 (song selection)[c]||Ajda Pekkan – “Pet’r Oil“|
|🇬🇧 United Kindom||A Song for Europe 1980||Prima Donna – “Love Enough for Two”|
• Internal Selections in 1980:
|🇦🇹 Austria||Blue Danube – “Du bist Musik“|
|🇮🇹 Italy||Alan Sorrenti – “Non so che darei“|
|🇱🇺 Luxembourg||Sophie and Magaly – “Papa Pingouin“|
|Morocco||Samira Bensaïd – “Bitaqat Hub” (بطاقة حب)|
|🇳🇱 The Netherlands||Maggie MacNeal – “Amsterdam”|
|🇪🇸 Spain||Trigo Limpio – “Quédate esta noche“|
|🇨🇭 Switzerland||Paola – “Cinéma“|
4.Voting. 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 declare their scores 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 the voting sequence, Marlous Fluitsma used a unique telephone to speak to the nineteen jury spokespersons, although the phones were simply props and were not connected.
|🇬🇧 United Kindom||106||7||5||8||8||10||12||10||4||3||7||7||5||6||8||6|
|🇳🇱 The Netherlands||93||12||12||6||12||3||3||10||8||2||4||12||1||5||3|
4.1.12 points. Below is a summary of all 12 points in the final:
|N.||Contestant||Nation(s) giving 12 points|
|7||🇮🇪 Ireland||🇧🇪 Belgium, 🇩🇰 Denmark, 🇩🇪 Germany, 🇬🇷 Greece, 🇳🇴 Norway, 🇨🇭 Switzerland, 🇬🇧 United Kindom|
|4||🇳🇱 The Netherlands||🇦🇹 Austria, 🇫🇷 France, 🇱🇺 Luxembourg, 🇹🇷 Turkey|
|3||🇩🇪 Germany||🇮🇹 Italy, 🇳🇱 The Netherlands, 🇪🇸 Spain|
|2||🇨🇭 Switzerland||🇫🇮 Finland, 🇮🇪 Ireland|
|1||🇮🇹 Italy||🇵🇹 Portugal|
|🇬🇧 United Kindom||🇸🇪 Sweden|
4.2.Spokespersons. Listed below is the order in which votes were cast during the 1980 contest along with the spokesperson who was responsible for announcing the votes for their respective country.
- 🇦🇹 Austria – Jenny Pippal
- 🇹🇷 Turkey – Başak Doğru
- 🇬🇷 Greece – Niki Venega
- 🇱🇺 Luxembourg – Jacques Harvey
- Morocco – Kamal Irassi
- 🇮🇹 Italy – Mariolina Cannuli
- 🇩🇰 Denmark – Bent Henius
- 🇸🇪 Sweden – Arne Weise
- 🇨🇭 Switzerland – Michel Stocker
- 🇫🇮 Finland – Kaarina Pönniö
- 🇳🇴 Norway – Roald Øyen
- 🇩🇪 Germany – TBC
- 🇬🇧 United Kindom – Ray Moore
- 🇵🇹 Portugal – Teresa Cruz
- 🇳🇱 The Netherlands – Flip van der Schalie
- 🇫🇷 France – Fabienne Égal
- 🇮🇪 Ireland – David Heffernan
- 🇪🇸 Spain – Alfonso Lapeña
- 🇧🇪 Belgium – Jacques Olivier
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||FS2||Günther Ziesel||–|
|Hitradio Ö3||Walter Richard Langer|
|🇧🇪 Belgium||RTBF1||French: Jacques Mercier|
|BRT TV1||Dutch: Luc Appermont|
|RTBF La Première||French: Marc Danval|
|BRT Radio 1||Dutch: Herwig Haes|
|🇩🇰 Denmark||DR TV||Jørgen de Mylius|
|DR P3||Erik Wiedemann|
|🇫🇮 Finland||YLE TV1||Heikki Harma and Aarre Elo|
|🇫🇷 France||TF1||Patrick Sabatier|
|France Inter||Julien Lepers|
|🇩🇪 Germany||Deutsches Fernsehen||Ado Schlier|
|🇬🇷 Greece||ERT||Mako Georgiadou|
|Proto Programma||Dimitris Konstantaras|
|🇮🇪 Ireland||RTÉ 1||Larry Gogan|
|RTÉ Radio 1||Pat Kenny|
|🇮🇹 Italy||Rete 2||Michele Gammino|
|🇱🇺 Luxembourg||RTL Télé Luxembourg||Jacques Navadic|
|🇳🇱 The Netherlands||Nederland 2||Pim Jacobs|
|Hilversum 1||Willem van Beusekom|
|🇳🇴 Norway||NRK||Knut Aunbu|
|NRK P1||Erik Heyerdahl|
|🇵🇹 Portugal||RTP1||Isabel Wolmar|
|🇪🇸 Spain||TVE1||Miguel de los Santos|
|🇸🇪 Sweden||SVT TV1||Ulf Elfving|
|SR P3||Kent Finell|
|🇨🇭 Switzerland||TV DRS||German: Theodor Haller||–|
|TSR||French: Georges Hardy||–|
|TSI||Italian: Giovanni Bertini|
|🇹🇷 Turkey||Ankara Television||Bülend Özveren|
|Radyo 3||Şebnem Savaşçı|
|🇬🇧 United Kindom||BBC1||Terry Wogan||–|
|BBC Radio 2||Steve Jones||–|
|BFBS Radio||Andrew Pastouna||–|
|Hong Kong||TVB Jade (delayed broadcast on 20 April 1980)||Cantonese: Mary Hon (韓馬利), English Tang Ying-mun (鄧英敏)||–|
|TVB Pearl (delayed broadcast on 20 April 1980)||English: Melvin Wong Kam-sang (黃錦燊)||–|
|Yugoslavia||TVB 2||Serbo-Croatian: Milovan Ilić|
|TVZ 1||Serbo-Croatian: Oliver Mlakar|
|TVL 1||Slovene: Tomaž Terček|
- [a] Although the song was performed in Norwegian, the title and sentence in the lyrics “Sámiid ædnan” is in Northern Sami.
- [b] Also contains words in Italian, French, German and English
- [c] Ajda Pekkan was internally selected to represent Turkey at Eurovision 1980. The song “Petr’oil” that Ajda performed at Eurovision was selected through 4. Eurovision Şarkı Yarışması Türkiye Finali with three songs.
7.Trivial / Fun facts.
- Turkey returned to the contest after one year’s absence.
- Monaco stayed home which meant that the total amount of participating countries amounted to 19 – just as in 1979.
- Each country brought along a presenter of its own choice in order to introduce the song in their native language.
← Eurovision Song Contest 1979 • Eurovision Song Contest 1980 • Eurovision Song Contest 1981 →
Countries (in order of appearance)
|Final||Austria ⦁ Turkey ⦁ Greece ⦁ Luxembourg ⦁ Morocco ⦁ Italy ⦁ Denmark ⦁ Sweden ⦁ Switzerland ⦁ Finland • Norway ⦁ Germany ⦁ United Kingdom ⦁ Portugal • The Netherlands • France ⦁ Ireland (winner) • Spain • Belgium|
Artists (in order of appearance)
|Final||Blue Danube ⦁ Ajda Pekkan ⦁ Anna Vissi and the Epikouri ⦁ Sophie and Magaly ⦁ Samira Bensaïd ⦁ Alan Sorrenti ⦁ Bamses Venner ⦁ Tomas Ledin ⦁ Paola ⦁ Vesa-Matti Loiri ⦁ Sverre Kjelsberg and Mattis Hætta • Katja Ebstein ⦁ Prima Donna ⦁ José Cid ⦁ Maggie MacNeal • Profil ⦁ Johnny Logan (winner) ⦁ Trigo Limpio • Telex|
Songs (in order of appearance)
|Final||“Du bist Musik” ⦁ “Pet’r Oil” ⦁ “Autostop” (Ωτοστόπ) ⦁ “Papa Pingouin” ⦁ “Bitaqat Hub” (بطاقة حب) ⦁ “Non so che darei” ⦁ “Tænker altid på dig” ⦁ “Just nu!” ⦁ “Cinéma” ⦁ “Huilumies” ⦁ “Sámiid ædnan” • “Theater” ⦁ “Love Enough for Two” ⦁ “Um grande, grande amor” ⦁ “Amsterdam” • “Hé, hé M’sieurs dames“ ⦁ “What’s Another Year” (winner) • “Quédate esta noche” • “Euro-Vision”|
|Non-participating entries: Israel: Ha’ahum ve Ha’ahayot (האחים והאחיות) – “Pizmon Chozer” (פזמון חוזר) (Refrain)|