|Eurovision Song Contest 1984|
|Final||5 May 1984|
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
|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|
|Withdrawing countries|| Greece|
|Voting system||Each country awarded 12, 10, 8-1 point(s) to their 10 favourite songs|
|Winning song|| Sweden|
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. Richard and Luis Herrey became the first teenage males to win Eurovision and remain the youngest ever male winners, being 19 years and 260 days and 18 years and 184 days of age respectively.
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. 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. It also hosted the 1973 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.
|Izolda Barudžija||Yugoslavia||1982 (part of Aska), 1983 (part of Danijel's back vocals)|
|02||Luxembourg||Sophie Carle||"100% d'amour"||French||10||39|
|03||France||Annick Thoumazeau||"Autant d'amoureux que d'étoiles"||French||8||61|
|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|
|14||Germany||Mary Roos||"Aufrecht geh'n"||German||13||34|
|15||Turkey||Beş Yıl Önce, On Yıl Sonra||"Halay"||Turkish||12||37|
|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|
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.
Below is a summary of all 12 points in the final:
|5||Sweden||Austria, Cyprus, Denmark, Germany, Ireland|
|4||Ireland||Belgium, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland|
|Denmark||Norway, United Kingdom|
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Eurovision Song Contest 1984.|