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The Eurovision Song Contest 1978 was the 23rd edition series, and was held on 22 April 1978 in Parismarker. With Denise Fabre and Léon Zitrone as the presenters - the first time two presenters hosted the contest - the contest was won by Izhar Cohen & the Alphabeta who represented Israel, with their song "A-Ba-Ni-Bi".

The winning entry is a love song sung in the Hebrew equivalent of Ubbi dubbi. Translating the translation of the title it's rendered "I love you" in English. This was Israel's first Eurovision win. The win caused problems for several North African and Middle-Eastern nations that were televising the contest, even though they were not participating. According to author and historian John Kennedy O'Connor in his book The Eurovision Song Contest - The Official History, when Israel became the clear winners during the voting, most of the Arabic stations ended their transmission of the contest. Jordanian TV finished the show with a photo of a bunch of daffodils on screen , later announcing that the Belgian entry (which finished second) was the winner. Norwaymarker finished last for the fifth time, gaining the first nul points during the current voting system was implemented in 1975.

Denmarkmarker returned to the contest this year, for the first time since 1966.

Along with the 20 participating countries, the show was also broadcast live in Yugoslavia, Tunisiamarker, Algeriamarker, Moroccomarker, Jordanmarker, East Germanymarker, Polandmarker, Hungarymarker, Czechoslovakiamarker, Dubaimarker, Hong Kongmarker, the Soviet Unionmarker and Japanmarker.



Individual Entries

Results

Draw Country Language Artist Song English translation Place Points
01 English Colm C. T. Wilkinson "Born to Sing" 5 86
02 Norwegian Jahn Teigen "Mil etter mil" Mile after mile 20 0
03 Italian Ricchi e Poveri "Questo amore" This love 12 53
04 Finnish Seija Simola "Anna rakkaudelle tilaisuus" Give love a chance 18 2
05 Portuguese Gemini "Dai li dou" 17 5
06 French Joël Prévost "Il y aura toujours des violons" There will always be violins 3 119
07 Spanish José Vélez "Bailemos un vals" Let's dance a waltz 9 65
08 English Co-Co "The Bad Old Days" 11 61
09 French Carole Vinci "Vivre" Living 9 65
10 French Jean Vallée "L'amour ça fait chanter la vie" Love, it makes life sing 2 125
11 Dutch Harmony "'t Is OK" It's OK 13 37
12 Turkish Nilüfer & Nazar "Sevince" When someone loves... 18 2
13 German Ireen Sheer "Feuer" Fire 6 84
14 French Caline & Olivier Toussaint "Les jardins de Monaco" The gardens of Monaco 4 107
15 Greek Tania Tsanaklidou "Charlie Chaplin"
(Τσάρλυ Τσάπλιν)
8 66
16 Danish Mabel "Boom Boom" 16 13
17 French Baccara "Parlez-vous français?" Do you speak French? 7 73
18 Hebrew Izhar Cohen & the Alphabeta "A-Ba-Ni-Bi" (א-ב-ני-בי) I love you 1 157
19 German Springtime "Mrs. Caroline Robinson" 15 14
20 Swedish Björn Skifs "Det blir alltid värre framåt natten" It always becomes worse
when the night comes
14 26


Voting structure

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

Score sheet

   
  Results
Ireland   12 0 3 0 5 0 0 7 10 0 10 5 0 10 0 10 0 6 8
Norway 0   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Italy 10 6   0 1 4 8 6 1 1 0 1 2 8 2 0 3 0 0 0
Finland 0 2 0   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Portugal 0 0 4 0   0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
France 6 3 10 2 2   5 8 6 8 6 4 10 5 8 8 1 5 12 10
Spain 0 0 0 7 0 0   0 8 2 4 7 0 4 6 12 2 6 7 0
United Kingdom 3 0 0 0 6 2 3   2 4 2 6 8 7 3 0 5 2 5 3
Switzerland 0 5 1 1 0 7 4 2   7 8 0 6 2 0 3 8 1 10 0
Belgium 12 7 6 6 4 12 2 12 10   5 0 3 12 12 0 7 7 4 4
Netherlands 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 3 0 0   0 4 1 0 5 6 12 0 1
Turkey 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Germany 1 0 3 12 7 0 10 0 3 5 7 8   10 7 1 0 3 0 7
Monaco 4 4 7 8 5 1 0 10 5 6 10 5 7   4 10 0 8 1 12
Greece 7 0 2 5 8 10 7 0 4 0 0 0 0 0   4 4 10 3 2
Denmark 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0   0 4 2 0
Luxembourg 2 0 12 0 12 0 12 7 0 3 3 2 0 6 1 7   0 0 6
Israel 8 8 8 10 10 8 6 5 12 12 12 12 12 3 5 6 12   8 0
Austria 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 2 0 0   5
Sweden 5 10 0 4 0 3 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0  
THE TABLE IS ORDERED BY APPEARANCE


12 points

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

N. Recipient nation Voting nation
6 Israelmarker Belgiummarker, Germanymarker, Luxembourgmarker, Netherlandsmarker, Switzerlandmarker, Turkeymarker
5 Belgiummarker Francemarker, Greecemarker, Irelandmarker, Monacomarker, United Kingdommarker
3 Luxembourgmarker Italymarker, Portugalmarker, Spainmarker
1 Francemarker Austriamarker
Germanymarker Finlandmarker
Irelandmarker Norwaymarker
Monacomarker Swedenmarker
Netherlandsmarker Israelmarker
Spainmarker Denmarkmarker


Commentators

  • Ireland - Larry Gogan
  • Norway - TBD
  • Italy - Tullio Grazzini
  • Finland - Erkki Toivanen
  • Portugal - Eládio Clímaco
  • France - Léon Zitrone & Denise Fabre
  • Spain - Miguel de los Santos
  • United Kingdom - Terry Wogan
  • Switzerland - Theodor Haller (SRG), Georges Hardy (SSR), Giovanni Bertini (TSI)
  • Belgium - Paule Herreman (RTBF), Luc Appermont (BRT)
  • The Netherlands - Willem Duys
  • Turkey - Bülent Özveren
  • Germany - Werner Veigel
  • Monaco - TBD
  • Greece - Mako Georgiadou
  • Denmark - Jørgen de Mylius
  • Luxembourg - Jacques Navadic
  • Israel - No commentator
  • Austria - Ernst Grissemann
  • Sweden - Ulf Elfving


Spokespersons

  • Ireland - John Skehan
  • Norway - Sverre Kristoffersen
  • Italy - TBC
  • Finland - Kaarina Pönniö
  • Portugal - TBC
  • France - TBC
  • Spain - Matías Prats
  • United Kingdom - Colin Berry
  • Switzerland - Michel Déneriaz
  • Belgium - Georges Moucheron
  • The Netherlands - TBC
  • Turkey - Meral Savcı
  • Germany - TBC
  • Monaco - TBC
  • Greece - TBC
  • Denmark - Bent Henius
  • Luxembourg - Jean Octave
  • Israel - Daniel Pe'er
  • Austria - TBC
  • Sweden - Sven Lindahl


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