Eurovision Song Contest 1987

Eurovision Song Contest 1987
Final 9 May 1987
Venue Palais du Centenaire
Brussels, Belgium
Presenter(s) Viktor Lazlo
Conductor Jo Carlier
Directed by Jacques Bourton
Executive supervisor Frank Naef
Host broadcaster Radio Télévision Belge Francophone (RTBF)
Opening act Viktor Lazlo singing "Breathless"
Interval act Mark Grauwels
Number of entries 22
Debuting countries None
Returning countries  Greece
Withdrawing countries None
Voting system Each country awarded 12, 10, 8–1 point(s) to their 10 favourite songs
Nul points  Turkey
Winning song  Ireland
"Hold Me Now"

The Eurovision Song Contest 1987 was the 32nd Eurovision Song Contest and was held on 9 May 1987 in Brussels, Belgium after Sandra Kim's win the previous year. The presenter was Viktor Lazlo. She agreed to present the Eurovision Song Contest, on the condition she was allowed to open with a song of her own, "Breathless". Johnny Logan was the winner for Ireland with the song "Hold Me Now". That made him the first performer to win the contest twice, as he had won also in 1980.


Brussels is the capital city of Belgium. The Brussels Capital Region is part of both the French Community of Belgium[1] and the Flemish Community,[2] but separate from the regions of Flanders and Wallonia.[3][4]

The contest took place at the Palais du Centenaire, a set of exhibition halls built from 1930 to celebrate the centenary of the independence of Belgium in Heysel Plateau (Heysal Park). The Centenary Palace (French: Palais du Centenaire, Dutch: Eeuwfeestpaleis) is one of the remaining buildings of the World's Fair of 1935. Currently it is still being used for trade fairs.


Host broadcaster

Initially, the competition was to be jointly organized by the two Belgian public broadcasters: the French-speaking Radio Télévision Belge Francophone (RTBF) and the Dutch-speaking Belgische Radio- en Televisieomroep (BRT). The aim was to give Belgium the image of a united country. But quickly, disagreements appeared between the two broadcasters, especially on the place, the presenters or transmission. Finally, the BRT withdrew from the project and the RTBF decided to assume the organization of the contest alone.[5] The necessary budget was so important that a new law had to be adopted, allowing the use of advertising to finance the Belgian public channels. This was the first time that sponsors helped to make the contest and appeared on screen.[6] BRT was in charge of the selection of the Belgian entry for the contest.

Contest overview

The 1987 Eurovision was the biggest contest at that time, with 22 countries taking part. Only Malta, Monaco and Morocco failed to compete out of all the countries which had entered the contest in the past. Due to the number of countries, and the time it took for the contest to be held, the EBU set the limit of competing countries to 22. This became problematic over the next few years as new and returning nations indicated an interest in participating, but could not be accommodated.[7]

Controversy erupted in Israel after their song was selected, "Shir Habatlanim" by the Lazy Bums. The comedic performance was criticised by the country's culture minister, who threatened to resign should the duo proceed to Brussels. They went on to perform for Israel, placing eighth; however the culture minister's threat was left unfulfilled.[7]


Host conductor in bold


Draw Country Artist Song Language[8] Place Points
01  Norway Kate Gulbrandsen "Mitt liv" Norwegian 9 65
02  Israel Lazy Bums "Shir Habatlanim" (שיר הבטלנים) Hebrew 8 73
03  Austria Gary Lux "Nur noch Gefühl" German 20 8
04  Iceland Halla Margrét "Hægt og hljótt" Icelandic 16 28
05  Belgium Liliane Saint-Pierre "Soldiers of Love" Dutch1 11 56
06  Sweden Lotta Engberg "Boogaloo" Swedish 12 50
07  Italy Umberto Tozzi & Raf "Gente di mare" Italian 3 103
08  Portugal Nevada "Neste barco à vela" Portuguese 18 15
09  Spain Patricia Kraus "No estás solo" Spanish 19 10
10  Turkey Seyyal Taner & Lokomotif "Şarkım Sevgi Üstüne" Turkish 22 0
11  Greece Bang "Stop" (Στοπ) Greek 10 64
12  Netherlands Marcha "Rechtop in de wind" Dutch 5 83
13  Luxembourg Plastic Bertrand "Amour, amour" French 21 4
14  United Kingdom Rikki "Only the Light" English 13 47
15  France Christine Minier "Les mots d'amour n'ont pas de dimanche" French 14 44
16  Germany Wind "Lass die Sonne in dein Herz" German 2 141
17  Cyprus Alexia "Aspro-mavro" (Άσπρο-μαύρο) Greek 7 80
18  Finland Vicky Rosti & Boulevard "Sata salamaa" Finnish 15 32
19  Denmark Anne-Cathrine Herdorf & Bandjo "En lille melodi" Danish 5 83
20  Ireland Johnny Logan "Hold Me Now" English 1 172
21  Yugoslavia Novi fosili "Ja sam za ples" Serbo-Croatian 4 92
22   Switzerland Carol Rich "Moitié, moitié" French 17 26


1.^ Contains some phrases in English.

Score sheet

Norway 6547107344735326
Israel 73215641034108758
Austria 817
Iceland 28444610
Belgium 56523674584534
Sweden 501281372377
Italy 103363511212841121412127
Portugal 15852
Spain 1010
Turkey 0
Greece 64126857571265
Netherlands 8352105738312226810
Luxembourg 422
United Kingdom 4710535331214325
France 4414541125102
Germany 141381012107451610610661012771
Cyprus 806621226536108104
Finland 321034218211
Denmark 83767782118678843
Ireland 172841212121281010121012168125612
Yugoslavia 9212781086612221081
Switzerland 2612573413

12 points

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

N.ContestantVoting nation
8IrelandAustria, Belgium, Finland, Italy, Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom
5ItalyGermany, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Yugoslavia
2GermanyDenmark, Iceland
YugoslaviaNorway, Turkey

Returning artists

Artist Country Previous year(s)
Gary Lux  Austria 1983 (member of Westend), 1985
Alexia  Cyprus 1981 (member of Island)
Wind  Germany 1985
Johnny Logan  Ireland 1980 (winner)



National jury members

  •  Iceland - Ása María Ásgeirsdóttir, Einar Már Ríkharðsson, Guðmunda Ingimundardóttir, Hildur Karen Aðalsteinsdóttir, Jóhannes Guðlaugsson, Nanna Lind Svavarsdóttir, Oddrún Kristjánsdóttir, Óskar Ingimar Örlygsson, Steingrímur Guðjónsson, Þorsteinn Pétursson, Þóra Sigurjónsdóttir[30]
  •  Spain – José Fernández (waiter), María Rosa Sánchez (telephone operator), José Miguel García (underground driver), Francisco Ortega "Ayo" (businessman), María Laínz (yachtswoman), Feliciano Castañares (taxi driver and poet), Pilar Zanca (businesswoman), Raúl Díaz (student), Concepción Meller (housewife), Fran de Gonari (fashion designer), Miguel Durán (president of ONCE)[37]
  •  Greece - Giorgos Ikonomou
  •  Netherlands - Ruud van den Bosch, Rixt Hilverda, Chantal Keijzer, Mylène Höhle, Fred Jonker, Simone Albers, John van Suijlekom, Ton Snijders, Arend van der Werf, René Pauli, Ditta de Vroed[38]
  •  Yugoslavia - Fedor Janušić, Valentina Miovska, Ljubiša Terzić, Vera Županić, Ljiljana Ljolja, Mirjana Vukčević, Karolina Savić, Branislav Kitanović, Dušan Cincar, Dimitrije Savić, Slobodanka Veselinović[39]

Possible Soviet Union participation

In 2009 Eduard Fomin, a former employee of the Ministry of Education of the RSFSR, revealed that in 1987 George Veselov, the Minister of Education for the Soviet Union, brought forward the idea of a participation of the Soviet Union at the Eurovision Song Contest due to the number of political reforms made by the President of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev during the late 1980s. The idea was mainly a political one, with the thought that a win in the contest for the Soviet Union would impact on the relationships between the Soviet Union and the capitalist countries of the west. Valery Leontyev was suggested as a name for the Soviet Union's first participation, however Veselov's ideas were not shared by the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, or by Gorbachev himself, believing it to be too radical a step to take, and so no Soviet participation was ever made.[40] Ten former republics of the Soviet Union would later compete in the contest on their own in the 1990s and 2000s: Russia, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Armenia, Georgia, and Azerbaijan, with five of the countries going on to win the contest.

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