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 so soon. Turkey and Malta withdrew as well, but Greece and Austria returned. 18 countries participated in the 1976 song contest altogether. Former Dutch Eurovision Song Contest winner Corry Brokken hosted the 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 earn 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

Just as the Netherlands did the previous year, the United Kingdom succeeded in winning after performed first in the running order. The UK winner, Save Your Kisses For Me, became a big international hit selling almost six million copies making it one of the most successful winning songs ever. The winning group, Brotherhood of Man, still perform together today.

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
Tony Hiller, Lee Sheriden, Mar...
164 01
02 Switzerland
Flag of SwitzerlandSSR SRG
Peter, Sue and Marc Djambo, Djambo
Peter Reber
091 04
03 Germany
Flag of GermanyARD
Les Humphries Singers Sing, Sang, Song
Ralph Siegel Kurt Hertha
012 15
04 Israel
Flag of IsraelIBA
Chocolate, Menta, Mastik Emor Shalom
Matti Caspi Ehud Manor
077 06
05 Luxembourg
Flag of LuxembourgCLT
Jürgen Marcus Chansons Pour Ceux Qui S'aiment
Jack White Vline Buggy, Fred Jay
017 14
06 Belgium
Flag of BelgiumRTB
Pierre Rapsat Judy Et Cie.
Pierre Rapsat Eric van Hulse
068 08
07 Ireland
Flag of IrelandRTÉ
Red Hurley When
Brendan J. Graham
054 10
08 The Netherlands
Flag of The NetherlandsNOS
Sandra Reemer The Party's Over Now
Hans van Hemert
056 09
09 Norway
Flag of NorwayNRK
Anne-Karine Ström Mata Hari
Frode Thingnæs Philip Kruse
007 18
10 Greece
Flag of GreeceERT
Mariza Koch Panaghia Mou, Panaghia Mou
Mariza Koch Michael Fotiades
020 13
11 Finland
Flag of FinlandYLE
Fredi and The Friends Pump-pump
Vexi Salmi Matti Siitonen
044 11
12 Spain
Flag of SpainTVE
Braulio Sobran Las Palabras
Braulio
011 16
13 Italy
Flag of ItalyRAI
Romina and Al Bano We'll Live It All Again
Detto Mariano Al Bano, Romina Power
069 07
14 Austria
Flag of AustriaORF
Waterloo and Robinson My Little World
Gerhard Heinz
080 05
15 Portugal
Flag of PortugalRTP
Carlos do Carmo Uma Flor De Verde Pinho
José Niza Manuel Alégre
024 12
16 Monaco
Flag of MonacoTMC
Mary Christy Toi, La Musique Et Moi
Georges Costa, André Bars Gilbert Sinoué
093 03
17 France
Flag of FranceTF1
Catherine Ferry Un, Deux, Trois
Tony Rallo Jean Paul Cara
147 02
18 Yugoslavia
Flag of YugoslaviaJRT
Ambasadori Ne Mogu Skriti Svoju Bol
Slobodan Vujovic Slobodan Djurasovic
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