Eurovision Song Contest 1983

Eurovision Song Contest 1983
Final 23 April 1983
Venue Rudi-Sedlmayer-Halle,
Munich, West Germany
Presenter(s) Marlene Charell
Conductor Dieter Reith
Directed by Rainer Bertram
Executive supervisor Frank Naef
Executive producer Christian Hayer
Gunther Lebram
Host broadcaster Arbeitsgemeinschaft Rundfunkanstalten Deutschland (ARD)
Opening act Marlene Charell introducing each act and calling all of them on stage together.
Interval act Marlene Charell
Number of entries 20
Debuting countries None
Returning countries  France
Withdrawing countries  Ireland
Voting system Each country awarded 12, 10, 8-1 point(s) to their 10 favourite songs
Nul points  Spain
Winning song  Luxembourg
"Si la vie est cadeau"

The Eurovision Song Contest 1983 was the 28th edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. It was held in Munich, then West Germany, on 23 April 1983. The presenter was Marlene Charell. Corinne Hermes was the winner of this Eurovision with the song, "Si la vie est cadeau". This was Luxembourg's fifth victory in the contest which equalled the record set by France in 1977. It was also the second year in a row where the winning entry was performed last on the night and the second year in a row in which Israel won 2nd place.

The set that year was a quite small, arc-shaped stage surrounding the orchestra section, and a large background resembling giant electric heaters, which lit up in different sequences and combinations depending on the nature and rhythm of the songs. The 1983 contest was the first to be televised in Australia, via Channel 0/28 (now SBS Television) in Sydney and Melbourne. The contest went to become a very popular show in Australia, leading to an intended one-off participation in the 60th anniversary contest in 2015, and their invitation to return to the 2016 contest. Ireland was not in the contest because RTÉ was in strike action at that time.[1]


Munich is a German city and capital of the Bavarian state. As capital, Munich houses the parliament and state government. Rudi-Sedlmayer-Halle was chosen to host the contest. It was initially named after the president of the Bavarian State Sport Association. The 6,700-seat hall opened in 1972 to host basketball events for the 1972 Summer Olympics.


Toward the end of the voting, it became evident that Luxembourg was going to win, but early on, Germany, Sweden, and Yugoslavia all threatened to take Luxembourg's lead, which they earned halfway through the jury vote. At one point, murmurs and boos arose from the crowd at the Greek jury's decision to give host country Germany only one point. This was the only occasion in which Greece didn't award any point to Cyprus.

Language troubles

Due to Charell's choice to announce points in three languages instead of two, the voting went on for nearly an hour, stretching the Eurovision contest past three hours for the second time ever, after 1979.[2] In addition, Charell made 13 language mistakes throughout the voting,[2] some as innocuous as mixing up the words for "points" between the three languages, some as major as nearly awarding points to "Schweden" (Sweden) that were meant for "Schweiz" (Switzerland).

The language problems also occurred during the contest introductions, as Charell introduced the Finnish singer Ami Aspelund as "Ami Aspesund", furthermore she introduced the Norwegian conductor Sigurd Jansen as "...Johannes...Skorgan...",[3] having been forced to make up a name on the spot after forgetting the conductor's name.

Song success

Ofra Haza from Israel, who took the second place, had an enduring success with her song "Hi" (חי) which became a hit in Europe, launching her career. This year also marked the first performance of Sweden's Carola Häggkvist, who took the third place, went on to win the contest in 1991 and represented her country again in 2006 (coming fifth). Her song, "Främling", became very popular in Sweden and in various other European countries. In the Netherlands, the song reached the top five, coupled with a Dutch-language version ("Je ogen hebben geen geheimen") which was performed by Carola herself. The 4th placed "Džuli", also became a hit in Europe. Singer Daniel released an English-language version as "Julie".

Nul points

This year's nul points were shared by Spain and Turkey. Spain's Remedios Amaya presented a song which was a stark departure from pop tastes and conventional perception of melody and harmony as it was a flamenco one, a style traditionally tied with the international image of Spain. Additionally, she sang her song barefoot. Some olés were heard from the present audience when she ended her performance. Turkey's entry, Opera, performed by Çetin Alp & the Short Waves, could on the other hand be said to fit in well with the spirit of Eurovision of that time. Nevertheless, the overinterpretation of the theme of the song, as well as the fact that the lyrics of the song consisted for the most part of the often-repeated word "opera" and names of well-known operas and composers, and Çetin's breaking into operatic "lay lay la", prompted extensive derision of the song, including the usual sardonic words from BBC commentator Terry Wogan ("a nicely understated performance there").

Interval act

The interval show was a dance number set to a medley of German songs which had become internationally famous, including "Strangers in the Night". The host, Marlene Charell, was the lead dancer.


Host conductor in bold

Returning artists

Artist Country Previous year(s)
Guy Bonnet  France 1970
Jahn Teigen  Norway 1978, 1982
Anita Skorgan (with Jahn Teigen) 1977, 1979, 1982


Draw Country Artist Song Language[4] Place Points
01  France Guy Bonnet "Vivre" French 8 56
02  Norway Jahn Teigen "Do Re Mi" Norwegian 9 53
03  United Kingdom Sweet Dreams "I'm Never Giving Up" English 6 79
04  Sweden Carola Häggkvist "Främling" Swedish 3 126
05  Italy Riccardo Fogli "Per Lucia" Italian 11 41
06  Turkey Çetin Alp & the Short Waves "Opera" Turkish 19 0
07  Spain Remedios Amaya "¿Quién maneja mi barca?" Spanish 19 0
08   Switzerland Mariella Farré "Io così non ci sto" Italian 15 28
09  Finland Ami Aspelund "Fantasiaa" Finnish 11 41
10  Greece Christie Stasinopoulou "Mou les" (Μου λες) Greek 14 32
11  Netherlands Bernadette "Sing Me a Song" Dutch 7 66
12  Yugoslavia Daniel "Džuli" Serbo-Croatian 4 125
13  Cyprus Stavros & Constantina "I agapi akoma zi" (Η αγάπη ακόμα ζει) Greek 16 26
14  Germany Hoffmann & Hoffmann "Rücksicht" German 5 94
15  Denmark Gry Johansen "Kloden drejer" Danish 17 16
16  Israel Ofra Haza "Hi" (חי) Hebrew 2 136
17  Portugal Armando Gama "Esta balada que te dou" Portuguese 13 33
18  Austria Westend "Hurricane" German 9 53
19  Belgium Pas de Deux "Rendez-vous" Dutch 18 13
20  Luxembourg Corinne Hermès "Si la vie est cadeau" French 1 142

Voting structure

Each country had a jury who awarded 12, 10, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 point(s) for their top ten songs.

Score sheet

France 5631010672344133
Norway 5353681846372
United Kingdom 795512258556352106
Sweden 12661288725101031712108485
Italy 417243128167
Turkey 0
Spain 0
Switzerland 281717615
Finland 411263487721
Greece 32312512
Netherlands 6627164212355243424
Yugoslavia 1258121121012678612101128
Cyprus 264165154
Germany 94101078624110387612
Denmark 1627142
Israel 1368610536773121010710121010
Portugal 3341562627
Austria 533451044436253
Belgium 13481
Luxembourg 1421210128738121121082121258

12 points

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

N.ContestantVoting nation
6LuxembourgFrance, Greece, Israel, Italy, Portugal, Yugoslavia
5YugoslaviaBelgium, Denmark, Finland, Turkey, United Kingdom
2 GreeceCyprus, Spain
IsraelAustria, Netherlands
SwedenGermany, Norway
1 GermanyLuxembourg
United KingdomSweden



Each country announced their votes in the order of performance. The following is a list of spokespersons who announced the votes for their respective country.[20]

National jury members

  •  United Kingdom – Michael Wells, Nancy McLardie
  •  Spain – María del Carmen Campos (administrative assistant), Luis Fernando Reyes (economist), Paloma Pérez (stewardess), Bautista Serra (industrialist), María Rosario Cano (student), Marcial Pereira (student), Gloria Moro (housewife), Virginia Mataix (actress), Adelardo Cano (teacher), Antonio Hipólito Romero (taxi driver), Antonio Prieto (athlete)[26]


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