Eurovision Song Contest 1985

Eurovision Song Contest 1985
Final 4 May 1985
Venue Scandinavium
Gothenburg, Sweden
Presenter(s) Lill Lindfors
Conductor Curt-Eric Holmquist
Directed by Steen Priwin
Executive supervisor Frank Naef
Host broadcaster Sveriges Television (SVT)
Opening act Lill Lindfors singing "My Joy is Building Bricks of Music"
Interval act Guitars Unlimited with Swedish Evergreens
Number of entries 19
Debuting countries None
Returning countries  Greece
Withdrawing countries  Netherlands
Voting system Each country awarded 12, 10, 8-1 point(s) to their 10 favourite songs
Nul points None
Winning song  Norway
"La det swinge"

The Eurovision Song Contest 1985 was the 30th edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. It was held on 4 May 1985 in Gothenburg, Sweden. The presenter was entertainer Lill Lindfors, whose jokey dress rip after the interval act (seemingly revealing her knickers before unfolding another dress) was said to have not amused the wife of EBU scrutineer Frank Naef. Norwegian duo Bobbysocks! were the winners with the song "La det swinge".

Bobbysocks!' win for Norway was the country's first. Host Lill Lindfors congratulated the duo, Hanne Krogh and Elisabeth Andreassen, following their victory by saying, "I must say I am honestly very happy that this happened because Norway has been last on so many times that you really deserve it!" Krogh replied, "You're happy? What do you think we are?!" After an energetic reprise, the two women embraced to a standing ovation from the audience.

During the voting, it was not immediately evident that Norway would win the Contest. Germany took a commanding lead in the first half, with Norway fifth place behind Germany, Sweden, Italy and the United Kingdom around the end of the first half of voting. Finally, with five juries left, Germany, Sweden and Norway were tightly wrapped around the pole positions with 87, 86, and 85 points respectively. At that point, Sweden briefly took the lead away from Germany (who received no points from Switzerland). Sweden was the fourth-to-last jury, conceding their brief lead by awarding Germany eight points and Norway the maximum twelve. With only three countries left to vote, Norway kept the lead, in one of the shortest winning stretches during voting in the contest's history.


Gothenburg is the second-largest city in Sweden and the fifth-largest in the Nordic countries. Construction of the arena began in 1969 after decades of setbacks, and was inaugurated on 18 May 1971. Scandinavium is the home arena for Frölunda HC of Swedish Hockey League, and venue for the annual Göteborg Horse Show.

Contest overview

The Netherlands and Yugoslavia did not participate in this Contest, due to the national Remembrance of the Dead in the Netherlands, and the anniversary of the death of Josip Broz Tito in Yugoslavia. Despite this Yugoslavia did choose its song: "Pokora" ("Penance") (music by Ivo Pupačić and lyrics by Zvonimir Pupačić), a duet sung by Zorica Kondža and Josip Genda.

1985 was also the year when no less than thirteen previous Eurovision artists made a comeback. This also applied to the winners, Bobbysocks! who had attended once before as soloists: Hanne Krogh performed for Norway in 1971, while Elisabeth Andreassen for Sweden (where she is originally from) in 1982 in a duet, Chips, with Kikki Danielsson. Kikki herself also returned this year for host country Sweden, and was thus competing against Elisabeth Andreassen and Bobbysocks!.

Lys Assia, the winner of the first ever Eurovision Song Contest in 1956, was the guest of honour of this thirtieth edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. She was introduced by the presenter Lill Lindfors. The camera zoomed close to Lys, who rose to greet the audience, while the orchestra played the song "Refrain", her winning song.


Host conductor in bold

Returning artists

Artist Country Previous year(s)
Gary Lux  Austria 1983 (member of Westend, 1984 (backing vocal of Anita)
Lia Vissi  Cyprus 1979 (member of Elpida), 1980 (backing vocal of Anna Vissi), both times for Greece
Hot Eyes  Denmark 1984
Izhar Cohen  Israel 1978 (winner)
Al Bano & Romina Power  Italy 1976
Ireen Sheer  Luxembourg 1974, 1978 (for Germany)
Hanne Krogh (part of Bobbysocks!)  Norway 1971
Elisabeth Andreassen (part of Bobbysocks!)  Norway 1982 (for Sweden, part of Chips)
Kikki Danielsson  Sweden 1982 (part of Chips)
Pino Gasparini   Switzerland 1977 (part of Pepe Lienhard Band)
Mariella Farré   Switzerland 1983


Draw Country Artist Song Language[1] Place Points
01  Ireland Maria Christian "Wait Until the Weekend Comes" English 6 91
02  Finland Sonja Lumme "Eläköön elämä" Finnish 9 58
03  Cyprus Lia Vissi "To katalava arga" (Το κατάλαβα αργά) Greek 16 15
04  Denmark Hot Eyes "Sku' du spørg' fra no'en?" Danish 11 41
05  Spain Paloma San Basilio "La fiesta terminó" Spanish 14 36
06  France Roger Bens "Femme dans ses rêves aussi" French 10 56
07  Turkey MFÖ "Didai didai dai" Turkish 14 36
08  Belgium Linda Lepomme "Laat me nu gaan" Dutch 19 7
09  Portugal Adelaide "Penso em ti, eu sei" Portuguese 18 9
10  Germany Wind "Für alle" German 2 105
11  Israel Izhar Cohen "Olé, Olé" (עולה, עולה) Hebrew 5 93
12  Italy Al Bano & Romina Power "Magic Oh Magic" Italian 7 78
13  Norway Bobbysocks! "La det swinge" Norwegian 1 123
14  United Kingdom Vikki "Love Is…" English 4 100
15   Switzerland Mariella Farré & Pino Gasparini "Piano, piano" German 12 39
16  Sweden Kikki Danielsson "Bra vibrationer" Swedish 3 103
17  Austria Gary Lux "Kinder dieser Welt" German 8 60
18  Luxembourg Margo, Franck Olivier, Diane Solomon,
Ireen Sheer, Chris & Malcolm Roberts
"Children, Kinder, Enfants" French 13 37
19  Greece Takis Biniaris "Miazoume" (Μοιάζουμε) Greek 16 15


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

The voting itself was exciting, the German favourites looked to be cruising to an early victory. However both Sweden and Norway did their best to keep up and by the time the UK jury delivered their votes (only 1 point for Germany and 12 for Norway), Germany had seen its lead smashed.

Lill Lindfors had a wardrobe malfunction (though technically this is a misnomer, as the stunt was deliberate) as she proceeded to the stage for the voting procedure. As she walked on stage, the skirt of her dress came away, leaving her in just her underwear and the top half of her dress. After a few seconds of pretending to be shocked, Lindfors unfastened the flaps of her dress across her shoulders, to reveal a full-length white gown, much to raucous audience applause.[2] Lill then took her seat to start calling in the votes, and nonchalantly said, "I just wanted to wake you up a little."

Score sheet

Ireland 91173435884812335710
Finland 58666317721010
Cyprus 151338
Denmark 413103162655
Spain 36281122416
France 5654133102463312
Turkey 36723121812
Belgium 77
Portugal 927
Germany 1054101210108107781810
Israel 9385481257510572762
Italy 78610112582124612
Norway 12312412121212126126121271
United Kingdom 1005755610665287104284
Switzerland 39326654151123
Sweden 103101282747864126845
Austria 60371410102101345
Luxembourg 37241035148
Greece 1587

12 points

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

N.ContestantVoting nation
8NorwayAustria, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Sweden, United Kingdom
3ItalyLuxembourg, Portugal, Spain
2SwedenFinland, Norway
1 FranceGreece



National jury members


  • A ^ However the Eurovision Song Contest was not broadcast on Dutch television due to the Remembrance of the Dead, it was broadcast the next morning via satellite project Olympus.


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