Eurovision Song Contest 1971

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.

Facts & Figures


Saturday 3 April 1971


Gaiety Theatre, Dublin, Ireland


Séverine from Monaco




Bernadette Ní Ghallchoir

Interval Act

Shannon Castle Entertainers

The Participants

# Representing country Performer(s) Song title, writer(s) and composer(s) Points Place
01 Austria
Flag of AustriaORF
Marianne Mendt Musik
Richard Schönherz, Manuel Rigoni
066 16
02 Malta
Flag of MaltaMTPBS
Joe Grech Marija L-maltija
Joe Grech Charles Misfud
052 18
03 Monaco
Flag of MonacoTMC
Séverine Un Banc, Un Arbre, Une Rue
Jean-Pierre Bourtayre Yves Dessca
128 01
04 Switzerland
Flag of SwitzerlandSSR SRG
Peter, Sue and Marc Les Illusions De Nos Vingt Ans
Peter Reber Maurice Tézé
078 12
05 Germany
Flag of GermanyARD
Katja Ebstein Diese Welt
Dieter Zimmermann Fred Jay
100 03
06 Spain
Flag of SpainTVE
Karina En Un Mundo Nuevo
Rafael Trabucchelli Tony Luz
116 02
07 France
Flag of FranceORTF
Serge Lama Un Jardin Sur La Terre
Alice Dona Henri Dijan, Jacques Demarny
082 10
08 Luxembourg
Flag of LuxembourgCLT
Monique Melsen Pomme, Pomme, Pomme
Hubert Giraud Pierre Cour
070 13
09 United Kingdom
Flag of United KingdomBBC
Clodagh Rodgers Jack In The Box
John Worsley David Myers
098 04
10 Belgium
Flag of BelgiumBRT
Lily Castel and Jacques Raymond Goeie Morgen, Morgen
Paul Quintens Phil van Cauwenbergh
068 14
11 Italy
Flag of ItalyRAI
Massimo Ranieri L'amore è Un Attimo
Federico Polito Gaetano Savio, Giancarlo Bigazzi
091 05
12 Sweden
Flag of SwedenSR
Family Four Vita Vidder
Håkan Elmquist
085 06
13 Ireland
Flag of IrelandRTÉ
Angela Farrell One Day Love
Donald Martin, Ita Flynn
079 11
14 The Netherlands
Flag of The NetherlandsNOS
Saskia and Serge De Tijd
Joop Stokkermans Gerrit den Braber
085 06
15 Portugal
Flag of PortugalRTP
Tonicha Menina Do Alto Da Serra
Nuño Nazareth Fernandes José Carlos Ary dos Santos
083 09
16 Yugoslavia
Flag of YugoslaviaJRT
Krunoslav Slabinac Tvoj Djecak Je Tuzan
Ivica Krajac Zvonimir Golob
068 14
17 Finland
Flag of FinlandYLE
Markku Aro and Koivisto Sisters Tie Uuteen Päivään
Rauno Lehtinen
084 08
18 Norway
Flag of NorwayNRK
Hanne Krogh Lykken Er...
Arne Bendiksen
065 17


Participant Austria Belgium Finland France Germany Ireland Italy Luxembourg Malta Monaco Norway Portugal Spain Sweden Switzerland The Netherlands United Kingdom Yugoslavia Points Place
Austria Austria
33376623555242334 66 16
Malta Malta
44333442222522532 52 18
Monaco Monaco
41078109445108210109810 128 1
Switzerland Switzerland
53466572544624564 78 12
Germany Germany
67585625747866567 100 3
Spain Spain
4491079548108765677 116 2
France France
33356422855548955 82 10
Luxembourg Luxembourg
23552537646423364 70 13
United Kingdom United Kingdom
48685734886725656 98 4
Belgium Belgium
36524322546254663 68 14
Italy Italy
42296626953678268 91 5
Sweden Sweden
76454362446329956 85 6
Ireland Ireland
73474626644523565 79 11
The Netherlands The Netherlands
62674522268956555 85 6
Portugal Portugal
445853453651022566 83 9
Yugoslavia Yugoslavia
62367552245462243 68 14
Finland Finland
4104462244683443106 84 8
Norway Norway
36352722365224274 65 17