Eurovision Song Contest 1976

For the third time in the history of the Eurovision Song Contest, the Netherlands organised the musical highlight of the year. After having hosted the event in Hilversum and Amsterdam, The Hague was chosen as host city for the 1976 event.

Sweden withdraws!

After being host of the 1975 Eurovision Song Contest, Sweden withdrew from the contest as Swedish TV thought that the contest had become too commercial. They were also afraid of winning again and having to host the expensive show again. Turkey and Malta withdrew as well, but Greece and Austria returned, so altogether 18 countries participated in the 1976 song contest. Former Dutch Eurovision Song Contest winner Corry Brokken was the host of this year's contest.

The orchestra rules changed this year. For the first time, instrumental playback was allowed if certain passages in the music could not be reproduced by the live orchestra. Most of the countries decided to sing in English hoping that they might get a better placing with this. The Yugoslav entry was sung by Ambassadori and it marked the last Yugoslav entry for five years - the country would only come back in 1981.

About the winner

The United Kingdom succeeded in winning being first on stage - just as the Netherlands in the preceding year. The British winner Save Your Kisses For Me became a big hit and broke a lot of sales records -the single sold six million copies which makes it the most sold Eurovision Song Contest winner ever.

Facts & figures

  • Italy sent the daughter of US actor Tyrone Power to the contest, Romina Power who sang with her husband, Al Bano;
  • Luxembourg looked abroad again to find its entry. Winning the Luxembourg national final, Jürgen Marcus from Germany beat the equally popular German singer Marianne Rosenberg who then went on to have a big hit with her unsuccessful Eurovision Song Contest song.

Facts & Figures

Date

Saturday 3 April 1976

Location

Nederlands Congresgebouw, The Hague, The Netherlands

Winner

Brotherhood of Man from United Kingdom

Broadcaster

NOS

Hosts

Corry Brokken

Interval Act

The Dutch Swing College Band

The Participants

# Representing country Performer(s) Song title, writer(s) and composer(s) Points Place
01 United Kingdom
Flag of United KingdomBBC
Brotherhood of Man Save Your Kisses For Me 164 01
02 Switzerland
Flag of SwitzerlandSSR SRG
Peter, Sue and Marc Djambo, Djambo 091 04
03 Germany
Flag of GermanyARD
Les Humphries Singers Sing, Sang, Song 012 15
04 Israel
Flag of IsraelIBA
Chocolate, Menta, Mastik Emor Shalom 077 06
05 Luxembourg
Flag of LuxembourgCLT
Jürgen Marcus Chansons Pour Ceux Qui S'aiment 017 14
06 Belgium
Flag of BelgiumRTB
Pierre Rapsat Judy Et Cie. 068 08
07 Ireland
Flag of IrelandRTÉ
Red Hurley When 054 10
08 The Netherlands
Flag of The NetherlandsNOS
Sandra Reemer The Party's Over Now 056 09
09 Norway
Flag of NorwayNRK
Anne-Karine Ström Mata Hari 007 18
10 Greece
Flag of GreeceERT
Mariza Koch Panaghia Mou, Panaghia Mou 020 13
11 Finland
Flag of FinlandYLE
Fredi and The Friends Pump-pump 044 11
12 Spain
Flag of SpainTVE
Braulio Sobran Las Palabras 011 16
13 Italy
Flag of ItalyRAI
Romina and Al Bano We'll Live It All Again 069 07
14 Austria
Flag of AustriaORF
Waterloo and Robinson My Little World 080 05
15 Portugal
Flag of PortugalRTP
Carlos do Carmo Uma Flor De Verde Pinho 024 12
16 Monaco
Flag of MonacoTMC
Mary Christy Toi, La Musique Et Moi 093 03
17 France
Flag of FranceTF1
Catherine Ferry Un, Deux, Trois 147 02
18 Yugoslavia
Flag of YugoslaviaJRT
Ambasadori Ne Mogu Skriti Svoju Bol 010 17

Scoreboard

Participant Austria Belgium Finland France Germany Greece Ireland Israel Italy Luxembourg Monaco Norway Portugal Spain Switzerland The Netherlands United Kingdom Yugoslavia Points Place
United Kingdom United Kingdom
10121078123124810121212121010 164 1
Switzerland Switzerland
877652141410746127 91 4
Germany Germany
122223 12 15
Israel Israel
6583410717217268 77 6
Luxembourg Luxembourg
665 17 14
Belgium Belgium
312518868647 68 8
Ireland Ireland
2318312365101 54 10
The Netherlands The Netherlands
44472824216345 56 9
Norway Norway
43 7 18
Greece Greece
24851 20 13
Finland Finland
765674612 44 11
Spain Spain
11333 11 16
Italy Italy
161010122310816 69 7
Austria Austria
35106101055283742 80 5
Portugal Portugal
112416 24 12
Monaco Monaco
5827877125375854 93 3
France France
12103125756101285101012812 147 2
Yugoslavia Yugoslavia
4231 10 17