Eurovision Song Contest 1985

The Eurovision Song Contest 1985 was the 30th edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Gothenburg, Sweden, following the country's victory at the 1984 contest with the song "Diggi-Loo Diggi-Ley" by Herreys. Organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and host broadcaster Sveriges Television (SVT), the contest was held at the Scandinavium on 4 May 1985 and was hosted by previous Swedish contestant Lill Lindfors.

Eurovision Song Contest 1985
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Final4 May 1985
Gothenburg, Sweden
Presenter(s)Lill Lindfors
Musical directorCurt-Eric Holmquist
Directed bySteen Priwin
Executive supervisorFrank Naef
Executive producerSteen Priwin
Host broadcasterSveriges Television (SVT)
Opening act"My Joy is Building Bricks of Music" performed by Lill Lindfors
Interval actGuitars Unlimited with Swedish Evergreens Edit this at Wikidata
Number of entries19
Debuting countriesNone
Returning countries
Non-returning countries
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         Participating countries     Countries that participated in the past but not in 1985
Voting systemEach country awarded 12, 10, 8-1 point(s) to their 10 favourite songs
Nul points in finalNone
Winning song Norway
"La det swinge"
1984 ← Eurovision Song Contest → 1986

Nineteen countries took part in the contest, with the Netherlands and Yugoslavia deciding not to participate.

The winner was Norway with the song "La det swinge" by Bobbysocks!. This was Norway's first victory in the contest, after a long period of low scores, including 3 "nul points".


Scandinavium, Gothenburg – host venue of the 1985 contest.

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.


1985 was 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 Andreasson 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 Andreasson and Bobbysocks!.

The presenter was entertainer Lill Lindfors (herself a former participant in 1966), who 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, to much raucous audience applause.[1] Lill then took her seat to start calling in the votes, and nonchalantly said, "I just wanted to wake you up a little."

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

The video postcards broadcast in between each song to introduce the competing nations were the first in the contest history to feature only the song writers and composers, none of the performing artists (unless they had composed their own song). All the song writers were filmed in various locations in and around Gothenburg during the week of rehearsals. Once the video concluded, hostess Lill Lindfors introduced the song, the artist and the conductor from a seat on the stage, reading from cards represented by the flag of each nation.[2]

Host Lill Lindfors congratulated the duo, Hanne Krogh and Elisabeth Andreasson, 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 reprise the last verse of the winning entry was sung in English.

Participating countriesEdit

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 still held their annual preselection contest, which was won by "Pokora" ("Penance") (music by Ivo Pupačić and lyrics by Zvonimir Pupačić), a duet sung by Zorica Kondža and Josip Genda. However, Yugoslavia had already withdrawn before the song won, and therefore it was never set to compete in Eurovision.


Each performance had a conductor who directed the orchestra.[3][4] 1985 was the only year to feature a conductor for multiple entries that wasn't the host conductor: Greek conductor Haris Andreadis led the orchestra for both the Cypriot and Greek entries.

Returning artistsEdit

Bold indicates a previous winner.

Artist Country Previous year(s)
Gary Lux   Austria 1983 (member of Westend), 1984 (backing vocal of Anita)
Rhonda Heath (backing singer) 1977 (member of Silver Convention for   Germany)
Lia Vissi   Cyprus 1979 (backing vocal of Elpida), 1980 (backing vocal of Anna Vissi and The Epikouri), both times for   Greece
Hot Eyes   Denmark 1984
Izhar Cohen   Israel 1978 (along with the Alphabeta)
Al Bano & Romina Power   Italy 1976
Ireen Sheer   Luxembourg 1974, 1978 (for   Germany)
Hanne Krogh (part of Bobbysocks!)   Norway 1971
Elisabeth Andreasson (part of Bobbysocks!) 1982 (for   Sweden, as part of Chips)
Kikki Danielsson   Sweden 1982 (as part of Chips)
Pino Gasparini [de]    Switzerland 1977 (part of Pepe Lienhard Band)
Mariella Farré 1983

Participants and resultsEdit

Order Country Artist Song Language[5][6] Place[7] 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 and 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 and 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, Malcolm Roberts and Chris 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.

During the voting, 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.

Voting results[8][9]
Total score
United Kingdom
Ireland 91 1 7 3 4 3 5 8 8 4 8 12 3 3 5 7 10
Finland 58 6 6 6 3 1 7 7 2 10 10
Cyprus 15 1 3 3 8
Denmark 41 3 10 3 1 6 2 6 5 5
Spain 36 2 8 1 12 2 4 1 6
France 56 5 4 1 3 3 10 2 4 6 3 3 12
Turkey 36 7 2 3 1 2 1 8 12
Belgium 7 7
Portugal 9 2 7
Germany 105 4 10 12 10 10 8 10 7 7 8 1 8 10
Israel 93 8 5 4 8 12 5 7 5 10 5 7 2 7 6 2
Italy 78 6 10 1 12 5 8 2 12 4 6 12
Norway 123 12 4 12 1 2 12 12 12 6 12 6 12 12 7 1
United Kingdom 100 5 7 5 5 6 10 6 6 5 2 8 7 10 4 2 8 4
Switzerland 39 3 2 6 6 5 4 1 5 1 1 2 3
Sweden 103 10 12 8 2 7 4 7 8 6 4 12 6 8 4 5
Austria 60 3 7 1 4 10 10 2 10 1 3 4 5
Luxembourg 37 2 4 10 3 5 1 4 8
Greece 15 8 7

12 pointsEdit

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

N. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
8   Norway   Austria,   Belgium,   Denmark,   Germany,   Ireland,   Israel,   Sweden,   United Kingdom
3   Italy   Luxembourg,   Portugal,   Spain
2   Sweden   Finland,   Norway
1   France   Greece
  Germany   Cyprus
  Ireland   Italy
  Israel   France
  Spain   Turkey
  Turkey    Switzerland


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.


National broadcasters were able to send a commentary team to the contest, in order to provide coverage of the contest in their own native language.

Broadcasters and commentators in participating countries
Country Broadcaster(s) Commentator(s) Ref(s)
  Austria FS1 Ernst Grissemann [de] [17]
Hitradio Ö3 Walter Richard Langer [de]
  Belgium BRT TV1 Dutch: Luc Appermont [18]
RTBF1 French: Jacques Mercier [19]
BRT Radio 2 Dutch: Paul De Meulder [nl]
RTBF La Première French: Jacques Olivier
  Cyprus RIK Themis Themistokleous [11]
RIK Deftero Neophytos Taliotis
  Denmark DR TV Jørgen de Mylius [20]
DR P3 Poul Birch Eriksen [dk]
  Finland YLE TV1 Heikki Harma and Kari Lumikero [fi] [21]
YLE Rinnakkaisohjelma TBC
  France Antenne 2 Patrice Laffont [19]
France Inter Julien Lepers
  Germany Erstes Deutsches Fernsehen Ado Schlier [de] [22]
Deutschlandfunk/hr3 Roger Horné [de]
  Greece ERT Mako Georgiadou [el] [23]
Proto Programma Dimitris Konstantaras [el]
  Ireland RTÉ 1 Linda Martin
RTÉ Radio 1 Larry Gogan
  Israel Israeli Television No commentator
Reshet Gimel Daniel Pe'er
  Italy Rai Due Rosanna Vaudetti
Rai Radio 1 Franco Fabbri
  Luxembourg RTL Télévision Valérie Sarn [fr] [19]
RTL plus Oliver Spiecker
RTL André Torrent [fr]
  Norway NRK Veslemøy Kjendsli [no] [24]
NRK P1 Jahn Teigen and Erik Heyerdahl [no]
  Portugal RTP1 Eládio Clímaco [25]
  Spain TVE 2 Antonio Gómez Mateo [26]
  Sweden TV1 Fredrik Belfrage [16]
SR P3 Jan Ellerås [sv] and Rune Hallberg [sv] [16]
   Switzerland TV DRS German: Bernard Thurnheer [de]
TSR French: Serge Moisson [fr]
TSI Italian: Ezio Guidi [it]
  Turkey TRT Başak Doğru
TRT Radyo 3 Bülent Osma
  United Kingdom BBC1 Terry Wogan [27][4]
British Forces Radio Richard Nankivell [4]
Broadcasters and commentators in non-participating countries
Country Broadcaster(s) Commentator(s) Ref(s)
  Australia SBS TV Unknown
  Iceland Sjónvarpið Hinrik Bjarnason
  Netherlands Olympus TV[a] Gerrit den Braber [28][29]
  Poland TP1 Bogusław Brelik
  Yugoslavia TVS 1 Snežana Lipkovska-Hadžinaumova (delayed broadcast)


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