Eurovision Song Contest 1979

The 24th Eurovision Song Contest was held outside the geographical area of
Europe for the first time. Jerusalem played the proud host of the annual European event

The Israeli capital, Jerusalem, was this year's host city that welcomed 19 different delegations. Turkey withdrew from the contest because it took place in Israel and many Arab countries put some pressure on Turkey not to go to Jerusalem. Lots of the artists were familiar - they had returned to the contest like Peter, Sue & Marc from Switzerland, Anne-Marie David, the 1973 winner for Luxembourg, now singing for France, and Anita Skorgan for Norway. Israel won for the second time in a row with the song Hallelujah which became a Europe-wide hit. Spain was the last country to cast its votes. At that moment Spain was in the lead with 1 point ahead of Israel, but the Spanish 10 points gave Israel its second victory. It was later rumoured Spain had deliberately given its points to Israel because they didn't want to win themselves.

The German entry, performed by band Dschinghis Khan also went on to become a hit in several European countries, despite being heavily criticised in Germany itself. Germany's neighbour Austria had a hard time though and came last. The entry, written by Josef Dermoser and avantgarde artist André Heller about Jerusalem didn't prove to be popular with the national juries. The Swiss contestants Peter, Sue & Marc had difficulties getting into the country and had to explain to customs exactly why they needed so many watering cans, hoses, bin bags and bottle openers which were needed for their refreshing performance on the Jerusalem stage.

The Belgian singer Micha Marah was very unhappy with her song Hey Nana as this was selected against her will in the Belgian pre-selection. She refused to record the song and it remains one of the few songs in Eurovision Song Contest that don't have a studio-version. Monaco decided to withdraw from the contest after their singer Laurent Vaguener only reached the 16th place and the principality would only return again 25 years later, in 2004.

Facts & Figures


Saturday 31 March 1979


Binyanei Ha'ouama Centre, Jerusalem, Israel


Milk and Honey from Israel




Yardena Arazi and Daniel Peer

Interval Act


The Participants

# Representing country Performer(s) Song title, writer(s) and composer(s) Points Place
01 Portugal
Flag of PortugalRTP
Manuela Bravo Sobe, Sobe, Balão Sobe 064 09
02 Italy
Flag of ItalyRAI
Matia Bazar Raggio Di Luna 027 15
03 Denmark
Flag of DenmarkDR
Tommy Seebach Disco Tango 076 06
04 Ireland
Flag of IrelandRTÉ
Cathal Dunne Happy Man 080 05
05 Finland
Flag of FinlandYLE
Katri-Helena Katso Sineen Taivaan 038 14
06 Monaco
Flag of MonacoTMC
Laurent Vaguener Notre Vie, C'est La Musique 012 16
07 Greece
Flag of GreeceERT
Elpida Socrates 069 08
08 Switzerland
Flag of SwitzerlandSSR SRG
Peter, Sue and Marc and Pfuri, Gorps and Kniri Trödler Und Co. 060 10
09 Germany
Flag of GermanyARD
Dschinghis Khan Dschinghis Khan 086 04
10 Israel
Flag of IsraelIBA
Milk and Honey Hallelujah 125 01
11 France
Flag of FranceTF1
Anne-Marie David Je Suis L'enfant-soleil 106 03
12 Belgium
Flag of BelgiumBRT
Micha Marah Hey Nana 005 18
13 Luxembourg
Flag of LuxembourgCLT
Jeane Manson J'ai Déjà Vu ça Dans Tes Yeux 044 13
14 The Netherlands
Flag of The NetherlandsNOS
Xandra Colorado 051 12
15 Sweden
Flag of SwedenSR
Ted Gärdestad Satellit 008 17
16 Norway
Flag of NorwayNRK
Anita Skorgan Oliver 057 11
17 United Kingdom
Flag of United KingdomBBC
Black Lace Mary Ann 073 07
18 Austria
Flag of AustriaORF
Christina Simon Heute In Jerusalem 005 18
19 Spain
Flag of SpainTVE
Betty Missiego Su Canción 116 02


Participant Austria Belgium Denmark Finland France Germany Greece Ireland Israel Italy Luxembourg Monaco Norway Portugal Spain Sweden Switzerland The Netherlands United Kingdom Points Place
Portugal Portugal
75210463566343 64 9
Italy Italy
8388 27 15
Denmark Denmark
37610122124341183 76 6
Ireland Ireland
105661035755864 80 5
Finland Finland
557768 38 14
Monaco Monaco
43212 12 16
Greece Greece
2114241057107277 69 8
Switzerland Switzerland
127107721428 60 10
Germany Germany
412312561112212628 86 4
Israel Israel
82612141288121210125112 125 1
France France
56185101210763510126 106 3
Belgium Belgium
212 5 18
Luxembourg Luxembourg
42534273410 44 13
The Netherlands The Netherlands
43853310744 51 12
Sweden Sweden
161 8 17
Norway Norway
1882326311067 57 11
United Kingdom United Kingdom
61078781104525 73 7
Austria Austria
41 5 18
Spain Spain
101238126812101712105 116 2