Eurovision Song Contest 1985

Swedish national broadcaster SVT decided to stage the 1985 Eurovision Song Contest in Gothenburg's Scandinavium, the biggest venue to have hosted the show to date.

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 Remembrance 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, Melodifestivalen, in 1987.

Victory for Norway

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.

Facts and figures

  • The contest was hosted by former participant Lill Lindfors who shocked the audience when her skirt appeared to be ripped off before the voting started. The routine was well-rehearsed, and remains one of the most-remembered highlights in the history of the Eurovision Song Contest.
  • Lys Assia, the first ever winner of the Eurovision Song Contest was in the audience in Gothenburg.

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
Brendan J. Graham
091 06
02 Finland
Flag of FinlandYLE
Sonja Lumme Eläköön Elämä
Petri Laaksonen Veli-Pekka Lehto
058 09
03 Cyprus
Flag of CyprusCyBC
Lia Vishy To Katalava Arga
Lia Vishy-Piliouri
015 16
04 Denmark
Flag of DenmarkDR
Hot Eyes Sku' Du Spør Fra No'n
Søren Bundgård Keld Heick
041 11
05 Spain
Flag of SpainTVE
Paloma San Basilio La Fiesta Terminó
Juan Carlos Calderón
036 14
06 France
Flag of FranceA2F
Roger Bens Femme Dans Ses Rêves Aussi
Didier Pascalis
056 10
07 Turkey
Flag of TurkeyTRT
MFÖ Di Dai Di Dai Dai (a'sik Oldum)
Mazhar Alanson, Fuat Güner, ...
036 14
08 Belgium
Flag of BelgiumBRT
Linda Lepomme Laat Me Nu Gaan
Pieter Verlinden Bert Vivier
007 19
09 Portugal
Flag of PortugalRTP
Adelaïde Penso Em Ti, Eu Sei
Tózé Brito Adelaïde Ferreira, Luis Fernando
009 18
10 Germany
Flag of GermanyARD
Wind Für Alle
Hanne Haller
105 02
11 Israel
Flag of IsraelIBA
Izhar Cohen Olé Olé
Kobi Oshrat Hamutal Ben Ze'ev
093 05
12 Italy
Flag of ItalyRAI
Al Bano and Romina Power Magic, Oh Magic
Dario Farina, Michael Hoffmann Christiano Minellono
078 07
13 Norway
Flag of NorwayNRK
Bobbysocks La Det Swinge
Rolf Løvland
123 01
14 United Kingdom
Flag of United KingdomBBC
Vikki Love Is...
Vikki Watson, James Kaleth
100 04
15 Switzerland
Flag of SwitzerlandSSR SRG
Mariella Farré and Pino Gasparini Piano Piano
Anita Kerr Trudi Müller-Bosshard
039 12
16 Sweden
Flag of SwedenSVT
Kikki Danielsson Bra Vibrationer
Lasse Holm Ingela "Pling" Forsman
103 03
17 Austria
Flag of AustriaORF
Gary Lux Kinder Dieser Welt
Mick Jackson, Geoff Bastow Michael Kunze
060 08
18 Luxembourg
Flag of LuxembourgCLT
Margo, Franck Olivier, Diane Solomon, Ireen Sheer, Malcolm Roberts and Chris Roberts Children, Kinder, Enfants
Ralph Siegel Bernd Meinunger, Jean-Michel B...
037 13
19 Greece
Flag of GreeceERT
Takis Biniaris Miazoume
Takis Biniaris Maro Bizani
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