eurovision 1981

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.

Eurovision Song Contest 1981
ESC 1981 logo.png
Final date 4 April 1981
Venue RDS Simmonscourt Pavilion
Presenter(s) Doireann Ni Bhriain
Conductor Noel Kelehan
Director Ian McGarry
Host broadcaster Republic of Ireland RTE
Interval act Planxty with “Timedance” dancedby Dublin City Ballet
Number of entries 20
Debuting countries
Returning countries
Withdrawing countries

participating countries

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
01 Austria

Flag of Austria
Marty Brem Wenn Du Da Bist 020 17
02 Turkey

Flag of Turkey
Modern Folk Trio and Aysegül Dönme Dolap 009 18
03 Germany

Flag of Germany
Lena Valaitis Johnny Blue 132 02
04 Luxembourg

Flag of Luxembourg
Jean-Claude Pascal C’est Peut-être Pas L’amérique 041 11
05 Israel

Flag of Israel
Habibi Halaylah 056 07
06 Denmark

Flag of Denmark
Debbie Cameron and Tommy Seebach Krøller Eller Ej 041 11
07 Yugoslavia

Flag of Yugoslavia
Seid-Memic Vajta Leila 035 15
08 Finland

Flag of Finland
Riki Sorsa Reggae O.k. 027 16
09 France

Flag of France
Jean Gabilou Humanahum 125 03
10 Spain

Flag of Spain
Bacchelli Y Solo Tú 038 14
11 Netherlands

Flag of The Netherlands
Linda Williams Het Is Een Wonder 051 09
12 Ireland

Flag of Ireland
Sheeba Horoscopes 105 05
13 Norway

Flag of Norway
Finn Kalvik Aldri I Livet 000 20
14 United Kingdom

Flag of United Kingdom
Bucks Fizz Making Your Mind Up 136 01
15 Portugal

Flag of Portugal
Carlos Paião Play-back 009 18
16 Belgium

Flag of Belgium
Emly Starr Samson 040 13
17 Greece

Flag of Greece
Yiannis Dimitras Feggari Kalokerino 055 08
18 Cyprus

Flag of Cyprus
Island Monika 069 06
19 Switzerland

Flag of Switzerland
Peter, Sue and Marc Io Senza Tei 121 04
20 Sweden

Flag of Sweden
Björn Skifs Fångad I En Dröm 050 10

Returning artists

Artist Country Previous year(s)
Marty Brem  Austria 1980 (part of Blue Danube)
Tommy Seebach  Denmark 1979
Maxi (part of Sheeba)  Ireland 1973
Jean Claude Pascal  Luxembourg 1961 (winner)
Bjorn Skifs  Sweden 1978
Peter,Sue and Marc  Switzerland 1971,1976,1979
Cheryl Baker (part of Bucks Fizz)  United Kingdom 1978 (part of Co-Co)

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