Eurovision Song Contest 1980

Israeli TV declined the opportunity to host the 1980 Song Contest again after Israel won in Jerusalem in 1979. After much discussion, it was decided that the contest would be arranged by Dutch TV NOS in The Hague.

Do we have any volunteers?

The Hague was once again the host city for the song contest after both Israel and the United Kingdom declined to stage the contest after Israel declined the opportunity to host the show twice in succession. As a result of these delays, the 1980 contest was hastily arranged and Dutch TV NOS had to re-use most of the stage from 1976, the last time they hosted the contest. NOS picked 19th April as the date for the song contest, but as this was the Holocaust Memorial Day in Israel, the defending champion decided not to participate which marked the only time when the winner of one Eurovision Song Contest did not participate in the next.

Merhaba Morocco

For the first time in the history of the song contest, an African country - Morocco - participated with Samira, a star in the Arabic world. When her entry Bitakat Hob ended up at 18th position with just 7 points altogether, Moroccan TV decided that the country should not participate in the contest again. Turkey returned to the contest after one year's absence and Monaco stayed home which meant that the total amount of participating countries amounted to 19 - just as in 1979. Each country brought along a presenter of its own choice to introduce the song in their native language.

What's another year

Johnny Logan, who would later be called "Mr. Eurovision", secured Ireland's second victory. The Australian-born singer who only became an Irish citizen after he sang for Ireland in the 1980 contest, would later return and win the contest again in 1987. His 1980 victory brought him a number one hit in the UK and numerous television appearances across Europe. What's another year was awarded the maximum 12 points by seven countries, ending up with 143 points in total.

Facts & Figures


Saturday 19 April 1980


Nederlands Congresgebouw, The Hague, The Netherlands


Johnny Logan from Ireland




Marlous Fluitsma

Interval Act

The Dutch Rhythm Steel and Show Band

The Participants

# Representing country Performer(s) Song title, writer(s) and composer(s) Points Place
01 Austria
Flag of AustriaORF
Blue Danube Du Bist Musik
Klaus-Peter Sattler
064 08
02 Turkey
Flag of TurkeyTRT
Ajda Pekkan Petr'oil
Atilla Ozdemiroglu Sanar Yurdatapan
023 15
03 Greece
Flag of GreeceERT
Anna Vishy and the Epikouri Autostop
Jick Nakassian Rony Sofou
030 13
04 Luxembourg
Flag of LuxembourgCLT
Sophie and Magaly Papa Pingouin
Ralph Siegel, Bernd Meinunger Pierre Delanoë, Jean-Paul Cara
056 09
05 Morocco
Flag of MoroccoRTM
Samira Bensaïd Bitakat Hob
Abdel Ati Amenna Malou Rouanne
007 18
06 Italy
Flag of ItalyRAI
Alan Sorrenti Non So Che Darei
Alan Sorrenti
087 06
07 Denmark
Flag of DenmarkDR
Bamses Venner Tænker Altid På Dig
Bjarne Gren-Jensen Flemming Jørgensen
025 14
08 Sweden
Flag of SwedenSVT
Tomas Ledin Just Nu!
Tomas Ledin
047 10
09 Switzerland
Flag of SwitzerlandSSR SRG
Paola Cinéma
Peter Reber Peter Reber, Véronique Müller
104 04
10 Finland
Flag of FinlandYLE
Vesa-Matti Loiri Huilumies
Aarno Raninen Vexi Salmi
006 19
11 Norway
Flag of NorwayNRK
Sverre Kjellsberg and Mattis Hætta Sámiid Ædnan
Sverre Kjellsberg Ragnar Olsen
015 16
12 Germany
Flag of GermanyARD
Katja Ebstein Theater
Ralph Siegel Bernd Meinunger
128 02
13 United Kingdom
Flag of United KingdomBBC
Prima Donna Love Enough For Two
Stephanie de Sykes, Stuart Slater
106 03
14 Portugal
Flag of PortugalRTP
José Cid Um Grande, Grande Amor
José Cid
071 07
15 The Netherlands
Flag of The NetherlandsNOS
Maggie MacNeal Amsterdam
Frans Smit, Sjoukje Smit, Robe... Alex Alberts
093 05
16 France
Flag of FranceTF1
Profil Hé, Hé M'sieurs Dames
Sylvano Santorio Richard de Bordeaux, Richard J...
045 11
17 Ireland
Flag of IrelandRTÉ
Johnny Logan What's Another Year
Shay Healy
143 01
18 Spain
Flag of SpainTVE
Trigo Limpio Qué Date Esta Noche
José Antonio Martin
038 12
19 Belgium
Flag of BelgiumRTBF
Telex Euro-vision
014 17


Participant Austria Belgium Denmark Finland France Germany Greece Ireland Italy Luxembourg Morocco Norway Portugal Spain Sweden Switzerland The Netherlands Turkey United Kingdom Points Place
Austria Austria
15544110436341436 64 8
Turkey Turkey
3812 23 15
Greece Greece
524214183 30 13
Luxembourg Luxembourg
18437873618 56 9
Morocco Morocco
7 7 18
Italy Italy
21036272221210108164 87 6
Denmark Denmark
754216 25 14
Sweden Sweden
2105106158 47 10
Switzerland Switzerland
628121012357106221027 104 4
Finland Finland
15 6 19
Norway Norway
3642 15 16
Germany Germany
87721051231081257121010 128 2
United Kingdom United Kingdom
761045368878121075 106 3
Portugal Portugal
461615710488254 71 7
The Netherlands The Netherlands
1231012861124533122 93 5
France France
5173213641435 45 11
Ireland Ireland
101212881212171257712612 143 1
Spain Spain
4866527 38 12
Belgium Belgium
3101 14 17