Eurovision Song Contest 1983

After trying to win for many years, German broadcaster ARD finally hosted the 1983 Eurovision Song Contest in Munich.

In 1983 the Eurovision Song Contest was held in Germany for the first time since 1957. The host for the evening was Marlene Charell who presented the show in three languages, German, French and English. Due to the trilingual presentation, the contest lasted more than 3 hours for the first time ever. The total number of participants rose to 20 again as Italy, France and Greece returned.

This year marked the first performance of Sweden's Carola Häggkvist who reached third place and went on to win the contest in 1991 and represented her country again in 2006, coming fifth. Her song Främling became very popular in Sweden, perhaps even more than her winning song from 1991. For France's Guy Bonnet, it was the second time he represented his country. After coming 4th in 1970, he ended up 6th in 1983. For Italian superstar Riccardo Fogli, the 1983 contest ended with disappointment; after winning the prestigious San Remo festival the year before, he only ended up 11th with his song Per Lucia.

About the winner

Luxembourg won the 1983 contest with the dramatic presentation of Si La Vie Est Cadeau by French singer Corinne Hermès. 1983 is the last time Luxembourg won the Eurovision Song Contest. Unlike the previous winner, Si La Vie Est Cadeau did not set the European charts alight.

Facts & Figures


Saturday 23 April 1983


Rudi-Sedlmayer-Halle, Munich, Germany


Corinne Hermès from Luxembourg




Marlene Charell

Executive Producer

Christian Hayer & Gunther Lebram

EBU Scrutineer

Frank Naef


Rainer Bertram

Interval Act

Marlene Charell

The Participants

# Representing country Performer(s) Song title, writer(s) and composer(s) Points Place
01 France
Flag of FranceA2F
Guy Bonnet Vivre
Guy Bonnet Fulbert Cant
056 08
02 Norway
Flag of NorwayNRK
Jahn Teigen Do Re Mi
Anita Skorgan, Jahn Teigen Herodes Falsk, Jahn Teigen
053 09
03 United Kingdom
Flag of United KingdomBBC
Sweet Dreams I'm Never Giving Up
Ron Roker, Jan Pulsford, Phil ...
079 06
04 Sweden
Flag of SwedenSVT
Carola Häggkvist Främling
Lasse Holm Monica Forsberg
126 03
05 Italy
Flag of ItalyRAI
Riccardo Fogli Per Lucia
Maurizio Fabrizio Riccardo Fogli, Vincenzo Spamp...
041 11
06 Turkey
Flag of TurkeyTRT
Çetin Alp and the Short Wave Opera
Bugra Ugur Aysel Gürel
000 19
07 Spain
Flag of SpainTVE
Remedios Amaya ¿quién Maneja Mi Barca?
José Miguel Evóras Isidro Muñoz
000 19
08 Switzerland
Flag of SwitzerlandSSR SRG
Mariella Farré Io Così Non Ci Sto
Thomas Gonzenbach, Remo Kessle... Nella Martinetti
028 15
09 Finland
Flag of FinlandYLE
Ami Aspelund Fantasiaa
Kari Kuusamo Kaisu Liuhala
041 11
10 Greece
Flag of GreeceERT
Christie Stassinopoulou Mou Les
Antonis Plessas Sophia Fildissi
032 14
11 The Netherlands
Flag of The NetherlandsNOS
Bernadette Sing Me A Song
Piet Souer Martin Duiser
066 07
12 Yugoslavia
Flag of YugoslaviaJRT
Danijel Dzuli
Danijel Popovic Mario Mihaljevic
125 04
13 Cyprus
Flag of CyprusCyBC
Stavros and Constantina I Agapi Akoma Zi
Stavros Sideras
026 16
14 Germany
Flag of GermanyARD
Hoffmann und Hoffmann Rücksicht
Michael Reinecke Volker Lechtenbrink
094 05
15 Denmark
Flag of DenmarkDR
Gry Johansen Kloden Drejer
Flemming Gernyx, Christian Jac... Flemming Gernyx, Christian Jac...
016 17
16 Israel
Flag of IsraelIBA
Ofra Haza Hi
Avi Toledano Ehud Manor
136 02
17 Portugal
Flag of PortugalRTP
Armando Gama Esta Balada Que Te Dou
Armando Gama
033 13
18 Austria
Flag of AustriaORF
Westend Hurricane
Peter Vieweger Heli Deinboek, Heinz Nessizius
053 09
19 Belgium
Flag of BelgiumBRT
Pas de Deux Rendez-vous
Walter Verdin Paul Peyskens
013 18
20 Luxembourg
Flag of LuxembourgCLT
Corinne Hermès Si La Vie Est Cadeau
Jean-Pierre Millers Alain Garcia
142 01


Participant Austria Belgium Cyprus Denmark Finland France Germany Greece Israel Italy Luxembourg Norway Portugal Spain Sweden Switzerland The Netherlands Turkey United Kingdom Yugoslavia Points Place
France France
46471103331023 56 8
Norway Norway
37814263865 53 9
United Kingdom United Kingdom
1065535265212855 79 6
Sweden Sweden
85710106121088124253781 126 3
Italy Italy
1172673248 41 11
Turkey Turkey
- 19
Spain Spain
- 19
Switzerland Switzerland
6175117 28 15
Finland Finland
2178712436 41 11
Greece Greece
125312 32 14
The Netherlands The Netherlands
42543223447612215 66 7
Yugoslavia Yugoslavia
1128121266101881071212 125 4
Cyprus Cyprus
4155416 26 16
Germany Germany
763410161210882107 94 5
Denmark Denmark
24712 16 17
Israel Israel
1210778103310610657121010 136 2
Portugal Portugal
24751662 33 13
Austria Austria
3364255441034 53 9
Belgium Belgium
184 13 18
Luxembourg Luxembourg
5810281281212121271031812 142 1