Eurovision Song Contest 1977

Eurovision Song Contest 1977
Final 7 May 1977
Venue Wembley Conference Centre
London, United Kingdom
Presenter(s) Angela Rippon
Conductor Ronnie Hazlehurst
Directed by Stewart Morris
Executive supervisor Clifford Brown
Host broadcaster British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
Opening act An aerial tour of the four constituent countries of the United Kingdom
Interval act Mr. Acker Bilk and his Paramount Jazz Men
Number of entries 18
Debuting countries none
Returning countries
Withdrawing countries
Voting system Each country awarded 12, 10, 8-1 points to their 10 favourite songs
Nul points None
Winning song  France
"L'oiseau et l'enfant"

The Eurovision Song Contest 1977 was the 22nd edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest, and was held in London, United Kingdom on 7 May 1977. The presenter was Angela Rippon.

The contest was won by Marie Myriam, representing France, with the song "L'oiseau et l'enfant" (The Bird and the Child). This was France's fifth victory, a record at the time (since equalled by Luxembourg and the United Kingdom, and surpassed by Ireland and Sweden). It was also France's second victory on English soil, as well as its most recent victory to date.


Located on the River Thames, London is the capital city of England and the United Kingdom, the largest metropolitan area in the United Kingdom, and the largest urban zone in the Europe by most measures. London has been a major settlement for two millennia, its history going back to its founding by the Romans, who named it Londinium.[1] Wembley Conference Centre, which opened in 1977, was the first purpose-built conference centre in the United Kingdom. The centre was chosen as host venue for the song contest, which was presented by Angela Rippon.


The language rule was brought back in this contest, four years after it had been dropped in 1973. However Germany and Belgium were allowed to sing in English, because they had already chosen the songs they were going to perform before the rule was reintroduced.

As noted in The Eurovision Song Contest – The Official History by author and historian John Kennedy O'Connor, the contest was originally planned to be held on 2 April 1977, but because of a strike of BBC cameramen and technicians, it had to be postponed for a month. As a result, this was the first Eurovision Song Contest to be staged in May, which still continues today. [2]

Participating countries

At one point before the contest Tunisia was going to participate but it withdrew. Had Tunisia gone ahead they would have appeared fourth on stage.[2] Yugoslavia also withdrew, and did not return until 1981.

The Belgian act Dream Express had created some controversy in the press with reports that the three female members would wear transparent tops; this did not materialise for the actual event.[3]

The British conductor Ronnie Hazlehurst used an umbrella and wore a bowler hat during the UK entry.[4][5]


Each performance had a conductor who maestro the orchestra.[6]

Returning artists

Several artists returned to the 1977 Contest. Beatrix Neundlinger and Günter Grosslercher from the group Schmetterlinge both represented Austria in 1972 as part of the band The Milestones. Patricia Maessen, Bianca Maessen, and Stella Maessen had previously represented the Netherlands in 1970 as part of the group Hearts of Soul, in 1977 they represented Belgium under the band name Dream Express.

Ireland's participant The Swarbriggs returned after their previous appearance back in 1975. Ilanit from Israel returned after previously representing the nation in 1973. Michèle Torr, Luxembourg's 1966 entrant participated for Monaco. And finally Fernando Tordo and Paulo de Carvalho (part of Os Amigos) returned once more after they previously represented the nation as solo acts back in 1973 and 1974 respectively.


The following tables reflect the final official scores, verified after the contest transmission. During the voting sequence of the live show, several errors were made in the announcement of the scores, which were then adjusted after the broadcast. Both Greece and France duplicated scores, awarding the same points to multiple countries. From the Greek scores, The UK, Netherlands, Austria & Finland all had 1 point deducted after the contest and from the French scores, Austria, Germany, Israel, Italy & Portugal all had 1 point deducted. None of the adjustments affected the placing of any of the songs.

Draw Country Artist Song Language[7] Place Points
01  Ireland The Swarbriggs Plus Two "It's Nice to Be in Love Again" English 3 119
02  Monaco Michèle Torr "Une petite française" French 4 96
03  Netherlands Heddy Lester "De mallemolen" Dutch 12 35
04  Austria Schmetterlinge "Boom Boom Boomerang" Germana 17 11
05  Norway Anita Skorgan "Casanova" Norwegian 14 18
06  Germany Silver Convention "Telegram" English 8 55
07  Luxembourg Anne-Marie B "Frère Jacques" French 16 17
08  Portugal Os Amigos "Portugal no coração" Portuguese 14 18
09  United Kingdom Lynsey de Paul & Mike Moran "Rock Bottom" English 2 121
10  Greece Paschalis, Marianna, Robert & Bessy "Mathima solfege" (Μάθημα σολφέζ) Greek 5 92
11  Israel Ilanit "Ahava Hi Shir Lishnayim"
(אהבה היא שיר לשניים)
Hebrew 11 49
12   Switzerland Pepe Lienhard Band "Swiss Lady" German 6 71
13  Sweden Forbes "Beatles" Swedish 18 2
14  Spain Micky "Enséñame a cantar" Spanish 9 52
15  Italy Mia Martini "Libera" Italian 13 33
16  Finland Monica Aspelund "Lapponia" Finnish 10 50
17  Belgium Dream Express "A Million in One, Two, Three" English 7 69
18  France Marie Myriam "L'oiseau et l'enfant" French 1 136


a. ^ Contains some words in English.


Ireland 1198151258112101281248310
Monaco 965816167122610812525
Netherlands 353311171108
Austria 115231
Norway 18322155
Germany 551132288855561
Luxembourg 17278
Portugal 18221436
United Kingdom 121127127101212883241212
Greece 9210104446105317121663
Israel 4977535103612
Switzerland 7161010544644108
Sweden 22
Spain 526177343777
Italy 3386332227
Finland 501246827524
Belgium 694126847105643
France 1361048731210567101261010124
The table is ordered by appearance

12 points

Below is a summary of all 12 points in the final:

N.ContestantVoting nation
6United KingdomAustria, Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Monaco, Portugal
4IrelandIsrael, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom
3FranceFinland, Germany, Switzerland
2MonacoGreece, Italy

International broadcasts and voting

The table below shows the order in which votes were cast during the 1977 contest along with the spokesperson who was responsible for announcing the votes for their respective country.

Voting and spokespersons

  1.  Ireland - Brendan Balfe
  2.  Monaco - Carole Chabrier
  3.  Netherlands - Ralph Inbar
  4.  Austria - Jenny Pippal
  5.  Norway - Sverre Christophersen[8]
  6.  Germany - Ekkehard Böhmer
  7.  Luxembourg - Jacques Harvey
  8.  Portugal – Ana Zanatti[9]
  9.  United Kingdom - Colin Berry
  10.  Greece - Naki Agathou[10]
  11.  Israel - Yitzhak Shim'oni[11]
  12.   Switzerland - Michel Stocker[12]
  13.  Sweden - Sven Lindahl[13]
  14.  Spain - Isabel Tenaille[14]
  15.  Italy - Mariolina Cannuli
  16.  Finland - Kaarina Pönniö[15]
  17.  Belgium - An Ploegaerts
  18.  France - Marc Menant[16]

Each national broadcaster [with the exception of Israel] also sent a commentator to the contest, in order to provide coverage of the contest in their own native language.


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