all time rank: the position that the country and the song have between all the eurovision songs
chart from the game vote for the best eurovision song.
The Eurovision Song Contest 1981 was the 26th Eurovision Song Contest and was held on 4 April 1981 at the Simmonscourt Pavilion of the Royal Dublin Society in Dublin. The presenter was Doireann Ní Bhriain. United Kingdom’s Bucks Fizz were the winners of this Eurovision with the song “Making Your Mind Up”, beating Germany into second place by a mere four votes.This year is remembered for the performance of this British band, which included a dance-routine where the two male members ripped the skirts off the two female members only to reveal smaller skirts, and today stands as one of the defining moments of the contest’s history.
This was the debut year of Cyprus in the contest, who finished sixth. Returning to the contest was Israel, who did not compete the previous year, despite winning the two years previous to that. They finished seventh. Yugoslavia also returned to the competition after a five year absence. Italy withdrew for the first time from the contest, due to lack of interest, while Morocco declined to take part after their sole entry the year before.
The interval act was traditional Irish band Planxty, who performed the lengthy piece “Timedance”, which depicted Irish music through the ages. The dancers were from Dublin City Ballet with choreography by Iain Montague.
The voting proved to be memorable for its closeness. The UK won by four points, but leading up to this, five countries took pole position at various stages: UK, Germany, France, Switzerland and Ireland. Just before the penultimate vote, three countries (UK, Germany and Switzerland) were all on equal top marks. After this, Switzerland (who had performed second last) were unable to collect points, while Germany failed to receive votes either. The UK gained eight, which meant that going into the final juror, the UK needed five points or more to win over either country. Switzerland were quickly eliminated by receiving just one vote. The UK passed the five point mark and received eight votes, while Germany did indeed receive the maximum 12 points, but too late to win. France finished third, with Switzerland fourth and the hosts Ireland coming in fifth. Of these, Switzerland received the most top votes despite only finishing fourth, while the UK only received two. The UK did however receive points from every competing country. Meanwhile, at the other end of the board was Norway, who finished last with no points for the second time in Eurovision history.
The UK’s victory this year meant that the contest would take place in the UK the following year – the seventh time the country had hosted the event (still a record), which was hosted in Harrogate at a later than usual date, 24 April. The 1981 contest was held on 4 April and up to (and including) 2012 has never been as early again.
|#||Representing country||raPerformer(s)||Song title, writer(s) and composer(s)||Points||Place|
||Marty Brem||Wenn Du Da Bist||020||17|
||Modern Folk Trio and Aysegül||Dönme Dolap||009||18|
||Lena Valaitis||Johnny Blue||132||02|
||Jean-Claude Pascal||C’est Peut-être Pas L’amérique||041||11|
||Debbie Cameron and Tommy Seebach||Krøller Eller Ej||041||11|
||Riki Sorsa||Reggae O.k.||027||16|
||Bacchelli||Y Solo Tú||038||14|
||Linda Williams||Het Is Een Wonder||051||09|
||Finn Kalvik||Aldri I Livet||000||20|
||Bucks Fizz||Making Your Mind Up||136||01|
||Yiannis Dimitras||Feggari Kalokerino||055||08|
||Peter, Sue and Marc||Io Senza Tei||121||04|
||Björn Skifs||Fångad I En Dröm||050||10|
|Marty Brem||Austria||1980 (part of Blue Danube)|
|Maxi (part of Sheeba)||Ireland||1973|
|Jean Claude Pascal||Luxembourg||1961 (winner)|
|Peter,Sue and Marc||Switzerland||1971,1976,1979|
|Cheryl Baker (part of Bucks Fizz)||United Kingdom||1978 (part of Co-Co)|