Eurovision Song Contest 1985

The Scandinavium, the venue for the 1985 Eurovision Song Contest, was the biggest hall to that date to host the Europe-wide show.

The city of Gothenburg was chosen by the Swedish broadcaster to be host city to the 1985 Eurovision Song Contest.This year, the Netherlands chose to withdraw from the contest because it collided with the country's national Rememberance Day. Yugoslavia also decided to stay home because of a national holiday. Israel and Greece returned to the contest so the number of participants was 19 again, just as in the previous year. The set in Gothenburg's Scandinavium was very modern and bigger than any venue before. Parts of the set would later be re-used for the Swedish national final Melodifestival in 1987.

Norway surprised everyone with their victory this year. The entry La Det Swinge by the duo Bobbysocks, won after a close race with the German entry, Für Alle by the group Wind. Bobbysocks consisted of the singers Elisabeth Andreasson and Hanne Krogh. Elisabeth had already taken part in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1982 for Sweden where she was one half of the group Chips. Hanne Krogh had represented Norway already in 1971, but only came 17th with her song Lycken Er. She would again return to the Eurovision stage in 1991 as part of the Norwegian group Just 4 Fun.

The contest was hosted by former participant Lill Lindfors who shocked the audience with an act in which it seemed that her skirt was torn off. This was of course well-rehearsed, and remains one of the most-remembered highlighs in the history of the Eurovision Song Contest. She also congratulated the Norwegian team by saying: "I'm so pleased you won. Norway so often loses.".

Facts & Figures


Saturday 4 May 1985


Scandinavium, Gothenburg, Sweden


Bobbysocks from Norway




Lill Lindfors

Interval Act

Guitars Unlimited with Swedish Evergreens

The Participants

# Representing country Performer(s) Song title, writer(s) and composer(s) Points Place
01 Ireland
Flag of IrelandRTÉ
Maria Christian Wait Until The Weekend Comes 091 06
02 Finland
Flag of FinlandYLE
Sonja Lumme Eläköön Elämä 058 09
03 Cyprus
Flag of CyprusCyBC
Lia Vishy To Katalava Arga 015 16
04 Denmark
Flag of DenmarkDR
Hot Eyes Sku' Du Spør Fra No'n 041 11
05 Spain
Flag of SpainTVE
Paloma San Basilio La Fiesta Terminó 036 14
06 France
Flag of FranceA2F
Roger Bens Femme Dans Ses Rêves Aussi 056 10
07 Turkey
Flag of TurkeyTRT
MFÖ Di Dai Di Dai Dai (a'sik Oldum) 036 14
08 Belgium
Flag of BelgiumBRT
Linda Lepomme Laat Me Nu Gaan 007 19
09 Portugal
Flag of PortugalRTP
Adelaïde Penso Em Ti, Eu Sei 009 18
10 Germany
Flag of GermanyARD
Wind Für Alle 105 02
11 Israel
Flag of IsraelIBA
Izhar Cohen Olé Olé 093 05
12 Italy
Flag of ItalyRAI
Al Bano and Romina Power Magic, Oh Magic 078 07
13 Norway
Flag of NorwayNRK
Bobbysocks La Det Swinge 123 01
14 United Kingdom
Flag of United KingdomBBC
Vikki Love Is... 100 04
15 Switzerland
Flag of SwitzerlandSSR SRG
Mariella Farré and Pino Gasparini Piano Piano 039 12
16 Sweden
Flag of SwedenSVT
Kikki Danielsson Bra Vibrationer 103 03
17 Austria
Flag of AustriaORF
Gary Lux Kinder Dieser Welt 060 08
18 Luxembourg
Flag of LuxembourgCLT
Margo, Franck Olivier, Diane Solomon, Ireen Sheer, Malcolm Roberts and Chris Roberts Children, Kinder, Enfants 037 13
19 Greece
Flag of GreeceERT
Takis Biniaris Miazoume 015 16


Participant Austria Belgium Cyprus Denmark Finland France Germany Greece Ireland Israel Italy Luxembourg Norway Portugal Spain Sweden Switzerland Turkey United Kingdom Points Place
Ireland Ireland
108731348123847553 91 6
Finland Finland
610617610237 58 9
Cyprus Cyprus
8133 15 16
Denmark Denmark
5331062615 41 11
Spain Spain
186212124 36 14
France France
34512310336412 56 10
Turkey Turkey
122713128 36 14
Belgium Belgium
7 7 19
Portugal Portugal
72 9 18
Germany Germany
1012101084710871081 105 2
Israel Israel
75412728561058275 93 5
Italy Italy
621016541212128 78 7
Norway Norway
12121242121121267112612 123 1
United Kingdom United Kingdom
2657654528876541010 100 4
Switzerland Switzerland
152631325416 39 12
Sweden Sweden
478127810645122846 103 3
Austria Austria
471105310423110 60 8
Luxembourg Luxembourg
824351410 37 13
Greece Greece
87 15 16