Eurovision Song Contest 1983

After trying to win for many years, German broadcaster ARD could finally host the 1983 Eurovision Song Contest in the Bavarian capital of Munich

For the second time since 1957, the Eurovision Song Contest was held in Germany, this time in the Bavarian capital, Munich. The presenter of this year's song contest was Marlene Charell who presented the performers in three languages, German, French and English, but she was very nervous and made 13 mistakes in the voting alone. She also mixed up the names of the performers and the conductors much to the displease of the artists. 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. The 1983 Eurovision Song Contest didn't have filmed postcards to present the artists as they were not ready in time. The set was quite small but unique as the stage was arc-shaped surrounding the orchestra section.

This year marked the first performance of Sweden's Carola Häggkvist who reached the 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 native country. After coming 4th in 1970, he ended up 6th in the Munich contest. Italian superstar Riccardo Fogli, the 1983 contest ended with a disappointment: after winning the prestigious San Remo festival the year before, he only ended up 11th with his song Per Lucia.

Luxembourg won the 1983 contest with the dramatic presentation of Si La Vie Est Cadeau by French singer Corinne Hermès which marked the country's last victory to date. Unfortunately, Corinne's winning song didn't set the European charts alight and it was even outscored by the Swedish entry Främling and even the Yugoslav song by Daniel who recorded his song in English, called Julie then.

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 056 08
02 Norway
Flag of NorwayNRK
Jahn Teigen Do Re Mi 053 09
03 United Kingdom
Flag of United KingdomBBC
Sweet Dreams I'm Never Giving Up 079 06
04 Sweden
Flag of SwedenSVT
Carola Häggkvist Främling 126 03
05 Italy
Flag of ItalyRAI
Riccardo Fogli Per Lucia 041 11
06 Turkey
Flag of TurkeyTRT
Çetin Alp and the Short Wave Opera 000 19
07 Spain
Flag of SpainTVE
Remedios Amaya ¿quién Maneja Mi Barca? 000 19
08 Switzerland
Flag of SwitzerlandSSR SRG
Mariella Farré Io Così Non Ci Sto 028 15
09 Finland
Flag of FinlandYLE
Ami Aspelund Fantasiaa 041 11
10 Greece
Flag of GreeceERT
Christie Stassinopoulou Mou Les 032 14
11 The Netherlands
Flag of The NetherlandsNOS
Bernadette Sing Me A Song 066 07
12 Yugoslavia
Flag of YugoslaviaJRT
Danijel Dzuli 125 04
13 Cyprus
Flag of CyprusCyBC
Stavros and Constantina I Agapi Akoma Zi 026 16
14 Germany
Flag of GermanyARD
Hoffmann und Hoffmann Rücksicht 094 05
15 Denmark
Flag of DenmarkDR
Gry Johansen Kloden Drejer 016 17
16 Israel
Flag of IsraelIBA
Ofra Haza Hi 136 02
17 Portugal
Flag of PortugalRTP
Armando Gama Esta Balada Que Te Dou 033 13
18 Austria
Flag of AustriaORF
Westend Hurricane 053 09
19 Belgium
Flag of BelgiumBRT
Pas de Deux Rendez-vous 013 18
20 Luxembourg
Flag of LuxembourgCLT
Corinne Hermès Si La Vie Est Cadeau 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