Eurovision Song Contest 1978

After having won in London in 1977, French Television organised the 1978 Eurovision Song Contest in Paris on 22nd April.

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For the third time in Eurovision Song Contest history, the event was held in France. After having hosted the two previous contests in Cannes, French Television decided to host it in the capital Paris. A record 20 countries participated in 1978. Denmark returned to the contest after an 11 year absence. Turkey also participated, and no country withdrew from the previous year. For the first time, the show was presented by two people; Denise Fabre and Léon Zitrone. It was the first time contest was broadcast live in Dubai.

About the winner

Israel won the song contest for the first time with the song A-Ba-Ni-Bi by Izhar Cohen & The Alphabeta. The country received five consecutive sets of 12 points. Israel's Head of Delegation, Rivka Michaeli, admitted though that they hadn't been satisfied with Cohen's song. Michaeli said it was only because all the other entries were "so absolutely awful" that Cohen had won the national heats. When it was obvious that Israel would win, the broadcasting company of Jordan stopped the live broadcast claiming they had technical difficulties. A day later they presented the song from Belgium - which came second - as the winning song.

Facts & figures

  • Norway did not get a single vote, which was unique for the new voting system, a fate that would be repeated several times in the future.
  • Big European stars participated in the contest this year, despite all achieving only moderate success. Italy's Ricchi & Poveri, only ending up 12th, went on to have a major success in Europe as part of the later wave of Italo-Pop. The popular singer for Germany, Ireen Sheer, also took part for the second time and came 6th beating Spanish disco queens Baccara who sang for Luxembourg.

Facts & Figures


Saturday 22 April 1978


Palais des Congrès, Paris, France


Izhar Cohen and the Alphabeta from Israel




Denise Fabre & Léon Zitrone

Interval Act

Stéphane Grapelli and Oscar Peterson, Yehudi Menuhin, Kenny Clarke and Nils Henning Ørsted Pedersen

The Participants

# Representing country Performer(s) Song title, writer(s) and composer(s) Points Place
01 Ireland
Flag of IrelandRTÉ
Colm T. Wilkinson Born To Sing
Colm T. Wilkinson
086 05
02 Norway
Flag of NorwayNRK
Jahn Teigen Mil Etter Mil
Kai Eide
000 20
03 Italy
Flag of ItalyRAI
Ricchi e Poveri Questo Amore
Dario Farina, Mauro Luisini Sergio Bardotti
053 12
04 Finland
Flag of FinlandYLE
Seija Simola Anna Rakkaudelle Tilaisuus
Reijo Karvonen Reijo Karvonen, Seija Simola
002 18
05 Portugal
Flag of PortugalRTP
Gemini Dai-li-dou
Victor Maméde Carlos Quintas
005 17
06 France
Flag of FranceTF1
Joël Prévost Il Y Aura Toujours Des Violons
Gérard Stern Didier Barbelivien
119 03
07 Spain
Flag of SpainTVE
José Vélez Bailemos Un Vals
Ramón Arcusa, Manuel de la Calva
065 09
08 United Kingdom
Flag of United KingdomBBC
Co-Co The Bad Old Days
Stephanie de Sykes, Stuart Slater
061 11
09 Switzerland
Flag of SwitzerlandSSR SRG
Carole Vinci Vivre
Alain Morisod Pierre Alain
065 09
10 Belgium
Flag of BelgiumRTBF
Jean Vallée L'amour ça Fait Chanter La Vie
Jean Vallée
125 02
11 The Netherlands
Flag of The NetherlandsNOS
Harmony 't Is Ok
Eddy Ouwens Toon Gispen, Dick Bakker
037 13
12 Turkey
Flag of TurkeyTRT
Nazar Sevinçe
Daghan Baydur, Onno Tunç Hulki Aktunç
002 18
13 Germany
Flag of GermanyARD
Ireen Sheer Feuer
Erich Leissman, Jean Frankfurter John Möring
084 06
14 Monaco
Flag of MonacoTMC
Caline and Olivier Toussaint Les Jardins De Monaco
Paul de Senneville, Olivier To... Didier Barbelivien, Jean Alber...
107 04
15 Greece
Flag of GreeceERT
Tania Tsanaklidou Charlie Chaplin
Sakis Tsilikis Yannis Xantoulis
066 08
16 Denmark
Flag of DenmarkDR
Mabel Boom Boom
013 16
17 Luxembourg
Flag of LuxembourgCLT
Baccara Parlez-vous Français?
Rolf Soja Frank Dostal, Peter Zenter
073 07
18 Israel
Flag of IsraelIBA
Izhar Cohen and the Alphabeta Abanibi
Nurit Hirsh Ehud Manor
157 01
19 Austria
Flag of AustriaORF
Springtime Mrs. Caroline Robinson
Walter Markel, Gerhard Markel Walter Markel, Gerhard Markel,...
014 15
20 Sweden
Flag of SwedenSR
Björn Skifs Det Blir Alltid Värre Framåt Natten
Peter Himmelstrand
026 14


Participant Austria Belgium Denmark Finland France Germany Greece Ireland Israel Italy Luxembourg Monaco Norway Portugal Spain Sweden Switzerland The Netherlands Turkey United Kingdom Points Place
Ireland Ireland
6103551010128710 86 5
Norway Norway
- 20
Italy Italy
14221038618116 53 12
Finland Finland
2 2 18
Portugal Portugal
41 5 17
France France
12882108651015325106648 119 3
Spain Spain
721276624847 65 9
United Kingdom United Kingdom
542833257633226 61 11
Switzerland Switzerland
107317611825482 65 9
Belgium Belgium
46123121276712742410512 125 2
The Netherlands The Netherlands
541256113 37 13
Turkey Turkey
11 2 18
Germany Germany
51127133107107378 84 6
Monaco Monaco
161081744874512510510 107 4
Greece Greece
34510710248724 66 8
Denmark Denmark
2641 13 16
Luxembourg Luxembourg
371212612126327 73 7
Israel Israel
81261081258812381061212125 157 1
Austria Austria
21353 14 15
Sweden Sweden
435104 26 14