Eurovision Song Contest 1987

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Eurovision Song Contest 1987
ESC 1987 logo.png
Dates
Final 9 May 1987
Host
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
Participants
Number of entries 22
Debuting countries None
Returning countries  Greece
 Italy
Vote
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. 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.

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.[1]

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.[1]

Conductors[edit]

Host conductor in bold

Results[edit]

Draw Country Artist Song Language[2] 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" Croatian 4 92
22   Switzerland Carol Rich "Moitié, moitié" French 17 26

Notes

1.^ Contains some phrases in English.

Score sheet[edit]

Juries
Total Score Norway Israel Austria Iceland Belgium Sweden Italy Portugal Spain Turkey Greece Netherlands Luxembourg United Kingdom France Germany Cyprus Finland Denmark Ireland Yugoslavia Switzerland
Contestants Norway 65 4 7 10 7 3 4 4 7 3 5 3 2 6
Israel 73 2 1 5 6 4 10 3 4 10 8 7 5 8
Austria 8 1 7
Iceland 28 4 4 4 6 10
Belgium 56 5 2 3 6 7 4 5 8 4 5 3 4
Sweden 50 12 8 1 3 7 2 3 7 7
Italy 103 3 6 3 5 1 12 12 8 4 1 12 1 4 12 12 7
Portugal 15 8 5 2
Spain 10 10
Turkey 0
Greece 64 1 2 6 8 5 7 5 7 12 6 5
Netherlands 83 5 2 10 5 7 3 8 3 12 2 2 6 8 10
Luxembourg 4 2 2
United Kingdom 47 10 5 3 5 3 3 1 2 1 4 3 2 5
France 44 1 4 5 4 1 12 5 10 2
Germany 141 3 8 10 12 10 7 4 5 1 6 10 6 10 6 6 10 12 7 7 1
Cyprus 80 6 6 2 12 2 6 5 3 6 10 8 10 4
Finland 32 10 3 4 2 1 8 2 1 1
Denmark 83 7 6 7 7 8 2 1 1 8 6 7 8 8 4 3
Ireland 172 8 4 12 12 12 12 8 10 10 12 10 12 1 6 8 12 5 6 12
Yugoslavia 92 12 7 8 10 8 6 6 12 2 2 10 8 1
Switzerland 26 1 2 5 7 3 4 1 3

12 points[edit]

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

N. Contestant Voting nation
8 Ireland Austria, Belgium, Finland, Italy, Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom
5 Italy Germany, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Yugoslavia
2 Germany Denmark, Iceland
Yugoslavia Norway, Turkey
1 Cyprus Greece
France Luxembourg
Greece Cyprus
Netherlands France
Sweden Israel

Returning artists[edit]

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)

Commentators[edit]

Spokespersons[edit]

National jury members[edit]

Possible Soviet Union participation[edit]

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.[30] 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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