Eurovision Song Contest 1984

Eurovision Song Contest 1984
Final 5 May 1984
Venue Grand Theatre
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Presenter(s) Désirée Nosbusch
Conductor Pierre Cao
Directed by Rene Steichen
Executive supervisor Frank Naef
Host broadcaster RTL Télévision (RTL)
Opening act In an introductory video, Pierre Cao and the RTL orchestra performed instrumental versions of all the past Eurovision winners from Luxembourg and L'amour est bleu, one of Luxembourg's most popular entries.
Interval act Prague Theatre of Illuminated Drawings
Number of entries 19
Debuting countries None
Returning countries  Ireland
Withdrawing countries  Greece
Voting system Each country awarded 12, 10, 8-1 point(s) to their 10 favourite songs
Nul points None
Winning song  Sweden
"Diggi-Loo Diggi-Ley"

The Eurovision Song Contest 1984, the 29th event of its kind, was held on 5 May 1984 in Luxembourg. The presenter, Désirée Nosbusch, only 19 years old at the time, hosted the show in a lax manner, which was quite unusual for the show at the time. She manifested her fluency in four languages by switching between a strong transatlantic English, French, German and Luxembourgish in the course of talking, often in the same sentence.

Sweden's the Herreys were the winners of this contest with the song, "Diggi-Loo Diggi-Ley". This was the Nordic country's second win, and the first song performed in Swedish. The previous Swedish winner, ABBA, ten years ago had performed their song "Waterloo" in English.

Israel withdrew from the contest due to Yom Hazikaron (Day of Remembrance for the Fallen Soldiers of Israel and Victims of Terrorism) being commemorated on the same date. Iceland was going to participate but withdrew due to lack of financial support.[1] 1984 is also a notable for the audible booing that could be heard from the audience, particularly at the end of the UK's performance. It was said that the booing was due to English football hooligans having rioted in Luxembourg in November 1983 after being knocked out of the UEFA European Football Championship. However, the song itself managed a pretty good showing, reaching seventh place.


The city of Luxembourg, also known as Luxembourg City, is a commune with city status, and the capital of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. It is located at the confluence of the Alzette and Pétrusse Rivers in southern Luxembourg. The city contains the historic Luxembourg Castle, established by the Franks in the Early Middle Ages, around which a settlement developed.

The Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg, inaugurated in 1964 as the Théâtre Municipal de la Ville de Luxembourg, became the venue for the 1984 contest. It is the city's major venue for drama, opera and ballet.[2][3] It also hosted the 1973 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.


Host conductor in bold

Returning artists

Artist Country Previous year(s)
Mary Roos  Germany 1972
Izolda Barudžija  Yugoslavia 1982 (part of Aska), 1983 (part of Danijel's back vocals)


Draw Country Artist Song Language[4] Place Points
01  Sweden Herreys "Diggi-Loo Diggi-Ley" Swedish 1 145
02  Luxembourg Sophie Carle "100% d'amour" French 10 39
03  France Annick Thoumazeau "Autant d'amoureux que d'étoiles" French 8 61
04  Spain Bravo "Lady, Lady" Spanish1 3 106
05  Norway Dollie de Luxe "Lenge leve livet" Norwegian 17 29
06  United Kingdom Belle and the Devotions "Love Games" English 7 63
07  Cyprus Andy Paul "Anna Maria Lena" (Άννα Μαρία Λένα) Greek 15 31
08  Belgium Jacques Zegers "Avanti la vie" French2 5 70
09  Ireland Linda Martin "Terminal 3" English 2 137
10  Denmark Hot Eyes "Det' lige det" Danish 4 101
11  Netherlands Maribelle "Ik hou van jou" Dutch 13 34
12  Yugoslavia Vlado & Isolda "Ciao, amore" Serbo-Croatian2 18 26
13  Austria Anita "Einfach weg" German 19 5
14  Germany Mary Roos "Aufrecht geh'n" German 13 34
15  Turkey Beş Yıl Önce, On Yıl Sonra "Halay" Turkish 12 37
16  Finland Kirka "Hengaillaan" Finnish 9 46
17   Switzerland Rainy Day "Welche Farbe hat der Sonnenschein?" German 16 30
18  Italy Alice & Franco Battiato "I treni di Tozeur" Italian3 5 70
19  Portugal Maria Guinot "Silêncio e tanta gente" Portuguese 11 38


1.^ Contains some words in English.
2.^ Contains some words in Italian.
3.^ Contains some words in German.

Voting structure

Before the contest, Sweden was not expected to win or even achieve a high placing. In the run-up to the Contest, bookmakers Ladbrokes had the lowest odds on songs from Ireland, Italy, and the United Kingdom. Sweden was considered a "dark horse" entry with high odds.

Each country had a jury that awarded one to eight, 10 and 12 points for their top ten songs.

At the close of the penultimate jury's votes, there was only a difference of six points between Sweden and Ireland, at 141 and 135 respectively. However, Yugoslavia was the only country who had not given any points to Ireland, and Portugal, the last jury, gave that western country only two points, crushing their chances. Portugal's voting also cost Denmark, who had been holding at a strong third position, even leading the scoreboard for a short time, in that place, when Portugal's 12 lifted Spain from 94 to 106 points. Portugal at the same time had only given Denmark one point making Denmark's total 101 points. Despite this, this was latter country's best position in over 20 years.

Halfway through the voting, the scoreboard turned blue and remained so until the end of the voting. This was visible only to television viewers.

Score sheet

Sweden 14566410712712121041212381064
Luxembourg 397755843
France 61226310128477
Spain 10610810646377226123812
Norway 298713262
United Kingdom 6331382281412714106
Cyprus 314141012
Belgium 70121223834510110
Ireland 13712531048101237101010712122
Denmark 101538612125810364525151
Netherlands 342781655
Yugoslavia 26238382
Austria 514
Germany 34472625125
Turkey 37654211036
Finland 4675154635163
Switzerland 3011015814
Italy 70101217671278
Portugal 38456788

12 points

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

N.ContestantVoting nation
5SwedenAustria, Cyprus, Denmark, Germany, Ireland
4IrelandBelgium, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland
2 BelgiumFrance, Luxembourg
DenmarkNorway, United Kingdom
ItalySpain, Finland
SpainPortugal, Turkey
1 CyprusYugoslavia



National jury members

  •  Spain – Francisco Guardón (lab employee and photography expert), Carmen González (translator), Rafael Rullán (basketball player), Mayte Sancho (actress), Victoriano Valencia (former bullfighter and businessman), Andrés Magdaleno (actor and theatre businessman), Eva Nasarre (ballet and gymnastics teacher), Luis del Val (playwright), Carmen Garrido (public relations), Luis Fernando Abad (industrialist), Conchita Mínguez (horsewoman)[25]


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