Eurovision Song Contest 1971

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After Dana's victory in 1970, the Eurovision Song Contest moved to the emerald island of 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 again to 18 as Finland, Norway, Sweden and Portugal all re-entered after a year of absence. Malta had its debut, so altogether 18 countries were present and the contest was broadcast in 29 countries.

The rule of performing either as single or duet was abolished: now groups of up to six persons were allowed to perform at Eurovision Song Contests.

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! This system meant that jury members could vote tactically, awarding few points and hoping to gain many.

About the winner

The small principality of Monaco on the other hand won for the first time 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

  • The first appearance of Malta was unsuccessful: their 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

Date

Saturday 3 April 1971

Location

Gaiety Theatre, Dublin, Ireland

Winner

Séverine from Monaco

Broadcaster

RTÉ

Hosts

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 066 16
02 Malta
Flag of MaltaMTPBS
Joe Grech Marija L-maltija 052 18
03 Monaco
Flag of MonacoTMC
Séverine Un Banc, Un Arbre, Une Rue 128 01
04 Switzerland
Flag of SwitzerlandSSR SRG
Peter, Sue and Marc Les Illusions De Nos Vingt Ans 078 12
05 Germany
Flag of GermanyARD
Katja Ebstein Diese Welt 100 03
06 Spain
Flag of SpainTVE
Karina En Un Mundo Nuevo 116 02
07 France
Flag of FranceORTF
Serge Lama Un Jardin Sur La Terre 082 10
08 Luxembourg
Flag of LuxembourgCLT
Monique Melsen Pomme, Pomme, Pomme 070 13
09 United Kingdom
Flag of United KingdomBBC
Clodagh Rodgers Jack In The Box 098 04
10 Belgium
Flag of BelgiumBRT
Lily Castel and Jacques Raymond Goeie Morgen, Morgen 068 14
11 Italy
Flag of ItalyRAI
Massimo Ranieri L'amore è Un Attimo 091 05
12 Sweden
Flag of SwedenSR
Family Four Vita Vidder 085 06
13 Ireland
Flag of IrelandRTÉ
Angela Farrell One Day Love 079 11
14 The Netherlands
Flag of The NetherlandsNOS
Saskia and Serge De Tijd 085 06
15 Portugal
Flag of PortugalRTP
Tonicha Menina Do Alto Da Serra 083 09
16 Yugoslavia
Flag of YugoslaviaJRT
Krunoslav Slabinac Tvoj Djecak Je Tuzan 068 14
17 Finland
Flag of FinlandYLE
Markku Aro and Koivisto Sisters Tie Uuteen Päivään 084 08
18 Norway
Flag of NorwayNRK
Hanne Krogh Lykken Er... 065 17

Scoreboard

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