Eurovision Song Contest 1982

The BBC surprised everyone when they decided that the 1982 Eurovision Song Contest would be held in the northern city of Harrogate.

Where is Harrogate?

Harrogate, the host city of the 1982 Eurovision Song Contest, was largely unknown to international viewers, something that was not lost on the BBC. The opening sequence of the show included the question "Where is Harrogate" in the languages of the participating countries.

France withdrew from the contest only to return a year later with a different broadcaster. Greece also withdrew from the contest, leaving 18 countries in the competition. Greece was supposed to enter the contest with the song Sarantapente Kopelies performed by Themis Adamantidis but the Greek Minister of Culture Melina Mercouri decided to withdraw the song just two weeks before the contest as was unhappy with it.

Germany wins for the first time

Germany finally scored its first win in the history of the song contest with its 27th entry. Ein Biβchen Frieden performed by Nicole, beat the runner-up by 61 points. At the reprise, Nicole sang the song in four languages: German, English, French and Dutch. In Germany over 13 million people watched Nicole's victory on television and her winning song became a hit all over Europe.

Facts and figures

  • Finland’s entrant, Kojo, also sang about peace. His song - a protest against nuclear bombs - did not do as well as Germany's, however and received no points at all.
  • Belgium's singer, Stella, participated in the contest for the third time. In 1970 she competed for the Netherlands, and in 1977 for Belgium. Her 1982 song Si Tu Aimes Ma Musique was sung fully in French even though Stella hardly spoke the language.

Facts & Figures


Saturday 24 April 1982


Harrogate Conference Centre, Harrogate, United Kingdom


Nicole from Germany




Jan Leeming

Executive Producer

Michael Hurll

EBU Scrutineer

Frank Naef


Michael Hurll

Interval Act

Pictures from Yorkshire and Haward Castle

The Participants

# Representing country Performer(s) Song title, writer(s) and composer(s) Points Place
01 Portugal
Flag of PortugalRTP
Doce Bem-bom
António A. Pinho, Tózé Brit...
032 13
02 Luxembourg
Flag of LuxembourgCLT
Svetlana Cour Apres Le Temps
Cyril Assous Michel Jouveaux
078 06
03 Norway
Flag of NorwayNRK
Jahn Teigen and Anita Skorgan Adieu
Jahn Teigen Herodes Falsk
040 12
04 United Kingdom
Flag of United KingdomBBC
Bardo One Step Further
Simon Jefferis
076 07
05 Turkey
Flag of TurkeyTRT
Neço Hani
Olcayto Ahmet Tugsuz Olcayto Ahmet Tugsuz, Faik Tugsuz
020 15
06 Finland
Flag of FinlandYLE
Kojo Nuku Pommiin
Juice Leskinen Jim Pembroke
000 18
07 Switzerland
Flag of SwitzerlandSSR SRG
Arlette Zola Amour On T'aime
Alain Morisod Pierre Alain
097 03
08 Cyprus
Flag of CyprusCyBC
Anna Vishy Mono I Agapi
Anna Vishy
085 05
09 Sweden
Flag of SwedenSVT
Chips Dag Efter Dag
Lasse Holm Monica Forsberg
067 08
10 Austria
Flag of AustriaORF
Mess Sonntag
Michael Scheickl Rudolf Leve
057 09
11 Belgium
Flag of BelgiumRTBF
Stella Si Tu Aimes Ma Musique
Fred Bekky, Rony Brack, Bobott Jo May, Bobott
096 04
12 Spain
Flag of SpainTVE
Lucía Él
Paco Cepero Ignacio Román
052 10
13 Denmark
Flag of DenmarkDR
Brixx Video-video
Jens Brixtofte
005 17
14 Yugoslavia
Flag of YugoslaviaJRT
Aska Halo Halo
Aleksandar Sanja Ilic Miro Zec
021 14
15 Israel
Flag of IsraelIBA
Avi Toledano Hora
Avi Toledano Yoram Tahar-Lev
100 02
16 The Netherlands
Flag of The NetherlandsNOS
Bill van Dijk Jij En Ik
Dick Bakker Liselore Gerritsen
008 16
17 Ireland
Flag of IrelandRTÉ
The Duskeys Here Today, Gone Tomorrow
Sally Keating
049 11
18 Germany
Flag of GermanyARD
Nicole Ein Bißchen Frieden
Ralph Siegel Bernd Meinunger
161 01


Participant Austria Belgium Cyprus Denmark Finland Germany Ireland Israel Luxembourg Norway Portugal Spain Sweden Switzerland The Netherlands Turkey United Kingdom Yugoslavia Points Place
Portugal Portugal
221761454 32 13
Luxembourg Luxembourg
28478105765736 78 6
Norway Norway
624106624 40 12
United Kingdom United Kingdom
123241721264151106 76 7
Turkey Turkey
318332 20 15
Finland Finland
- 18
Switzerland Switzerland
10126781024221021210 97 3
Cyprus Cyprus
538674125781235 85 5
Sweden Sweden
85832338744552 67 8
Austria Austria
6765487104 57 9
Belgium Belgium
4810544655810723627 96 4
Spain Spain
4106781781 52 10
Denmark Denmark
131 5 17
Yugoslavia Yugoslavia
113124 21 14
Israel Israel
772112121011061010813 100 2
The Netherlands The Netherlands
53 8 16
Ireland Ireland
553321356178 49 11
Germany Germany
1101212101212101212812612812 161 1