Eurovision Song Contest 1977

The Eurovision Song Contest 1977 was the first contest which was troubled by a strike and was only organised five weeks after the planned date.

Technicians on strike!

This 1977 Eurovision Song Contest took place at the Wembley Conference Centre in London. The event was postponed for five weeks because of the fact that the cameramen and technicians were on strike. The song contest was supposed to take place on the 2nd of April, but it did not take place until 7th May. 18 countries took part this year. Sweden returned, and Yugoslavia withdrew from the contest. Tunisia was supposed to participate as well, performing in 4th position, but the country later withdrew its entry.

The rule of performing in one's national language was brought back to the song contest although Germany and Belgium were allowed to perform in English because their entries had already been chosen before the rules changed. The German group Silver Convention had been hugely popular all over the world in the mid 70s with songs like Fly Robin Fly and Get Up And Boogie. There were high hopes that their 1977 entry Telegram, would score the first victory for Germany, however the song only ended up in 8th position. Anita Skorgan sang her first entry Casanova for Norway this year. She would return in 1979 and also try several more times to represent her home country, but always lost out in the Norwegian national heats. Austria gave a innovative performance of Boom Boom Boomerang by the group Schmetterlinge. The song was performed with the artists wearing masks on the back of their heads.

About the winner

France won the contest for the fifth, and to date, the last time with the song L'Oiseau Et L'Enfant performed by Marie Myriam. France's victory was a record in Eurovision Song Contest history. The record was equalled by Luxembourg in 1983, and beaten by Ireland in 1994. The United Kingdom entry Rock Bottom by Lynsey de Paul and Mike Moran came second. It was the 11th consecutive time that a British entry came top 4.

Facts and figures

  • At the start of the show presenter Angela Rippon struggled to find the camera and can be seen looking around for the correct one.
  • There were no postcards between each entry in 1977 due to the strike so instead viewers at home were treated to shots of the audience, with some looking more excited than others!

Facts & Figures

Date

Saturday 7 May 1977

Location

Wembley Conference Centre, London, United Kingdom

Winner

Marie Myriam from France

Broadcaster

BBC

Hosts

Angela Rippon

Interval Act

Mr. Acker Bilk and his Paramount Jazz Men

The Participants

# Representing country Performer(s) Song title, writer(s) and composer(s) Points Place
01 Ireland
Flag of IrelandRTÉ
The Swarbriggs Plus Two It's Nice To Be In Love Again
Tommy Swarbrigg, Jimmy Swarbrigg
119 03
02 Monaco
Flag of MonacoTMC
Michèle Torr Une Petite Française
Paul de Senneville, Olivier To... Jean Albertini
096 04
03 The Netherlands
Flag of The NetherlandsNOS
Heddy Lester De Mallemolen
Frank Affolter Wim Hogenkamp
035 12
04 Austria
Flag of AustriaORF
Schmetterlinge Boom Boom Boomerang
Schuri Herrnstadt, Willi Reset... E. Lukas Resetarits
011 17
05 Norway
Flag of NorwayNRK
Anita Skorgan Casanova
Svein Strugstad Dag Nordtømme
018 14
06 Germany
Flag of GermanyARD
Silver Convention Telegram
Silvester Levay Michael Kunze
055 08
07 Luxembourg
Flag of LuxembourgCLT
Anne Marie B. Frère Jacques
Guy Béart, Pierre Cour
017 16
08 Portugal
Flag of PortugalRTP
Os Amigos Portugal No Coração
Fernando Tordo José Carlos Ary dos Santos
018 14
09 United Kingdom
Flag of United KingdomBBC
Lynsey de Paul and Mike Moran Rock Bottom
Lynsey de Paul, Mike Moran
121 02
10 Greece
Flag of GreeceERT
Pascalis, Marianna, Robert and Bessy Mathema Solfege
Georges Hatzinassios Sevy Tiliakou
092 05
11 Israel
Flag of IsraelIBA
Ilanit Ah-haa-vah Hee Shir Lish-naa-yim
Eldad Shrim Edna Peleg
049 11
12 Switzerland
Flag of SwitzerlandSSR SRG
Pepe Lienhard Band Swiss Lady
Peter Reber
071 06
13 Sweden
Flag of SwedenSR
Forbes Beatles
Claes Bure Sven-Olof Bagge
002 18
14 Spain
Flag of SpainTVE
Micky Enseñame A Cantar
Fernando Arbex
052 09
15 Italy
Flag of ItalyRAI
Mia Martini Liberà
Salvatore Fabrizio Luigi Albertelli
033 13
16 Finland
Flag of FinlandYLE
Monica Aspelund Lapponia
Aarno Raninen Monica Aspelund
050 10
17 Belgium
Flag of BelgiumBRT
Dream Express A Million In One, Two, Three
Luc Smets
069 07
18 France
Flag of FranceTF1
Marie Myriam L'oiseau Et L'enfant
Jean-Paul Cara Joe Garcy
136 01

Scoreboard

Participant Austria Belgium Finland France Germany Greece Ireland Israel Italy Luxembourg Monaco Norway Portugal Spain Sweden Switzerland The Netherlands United Kingdom Points Place
Ireland Ireland
5310510128881214128112 119 3
Monaco Monaco
8255612521211681067 96 4
The Netherlands The Netherlands
1081313171 35 12
Austria Austria
1352 11 17
Norway Norway
553212 18 14
Germany Germany
2181562185538 55 8
Luxembourg Luxembourg
827 17 16
Portugal Portugal
613242 18 14
United Kingdom United Kingdom
121241210821212712387 121 2
Greece Greece
46634316104101271105 92 5
Israel Israel
31277563105 49 11
Switzerland Switzerland
10810664451044 71 6
Sweden Sweden
2 2 18
Spain Spain
1777477363 52 9
Italy Italy
27386322 33 13
Finland Finland
6421278254 50 10
Belgium Belgium
3854646741210 69 7
France France
7412127101010104351061286 136 1