|Eurovision Song Contest 1979
|Final date||31 March 1979|
|Venue||International Convention Center, Jerusalem, Israel|
|Executive supervisor||Frank Naef|
|Host broadcaster||Israeli Broadcasting Authority (IBA)|
|Interval act||Shalom '79 (Peace '79)|
|Number of entries||19|
|Voting system||Each country awarded 12, 10, 8-1 points to their 10 favourite songs|
|Winning song|| Israel
|Eurovision Song Contest|
The Eurovision Song Contest 1979 was the 24th Eurovision Song Contest. It was held on 31 March 1979 in Jerusalem, Israel, following the country's win at the 1978 contest. The presenters were Daniel Pe'er and Yardena Arazi, and the event was staged at the International Convention Center. The winner was Israel with the song "Hallelujah", performed by Gali Atari and Milk and Honey. Therefore, this was Israel's consecutive second win, and overall second win, in the contest.
19 countries participated, the 20 countries that took part at the previous 1978 Contest, except for Turkey which was also going to participate but eventually withdrew its entry for political reasons. Yugoslavia, that missed the 1978 Contest, also didn't want to take part nor transmit the 1979 show for political reasons. As well as being broadcast live in the 19 competing countries, the contest was broadcast in Turkey, Romania, Hong Kong and Iceland.
Each country had a jury who awarded 12, 10, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 points for their top ten songs. This was the last year in which the points were announced via order of appearance, as opposed to order of preference.
The voting was extremely close. Israel gained a good lead in the early stages of the voting, but Spain eventually caught up and took a good lead themselves. At the close of the penultimate jury's votes, Israel were one point behind Spain, and only the Spanish jury had yet to give their votes. Spain ended up giving Israel 10 points, causing the crowd to erupt into enormous cheers.
At one point before the contest Turkey was going to participate. The country would have appeared 11th on stage (between Israel and France), represented by Maria Rita Epik and 21. Peron with the song "Seviyorum" ("I'm Loving"). However Turkey was forced to retire from the contest under pressure from Arab states who objected to a predominantly Muslim country taking part in a contest held in Israel.
Yugoslavia didn't take part with the contest being held in Israel and also didn't want to transmit it from Israel. This contest was the first that was not broadcast in Yugoslavia since their début.
The contest saw the return of four artists who had participated in previous editions of the contest: France's representative Anne-Marie David was the winner for Luxembourg in 1973, Netherlands' Xandra represented the country in 1972 and 1976, Norway's Anita Skorgan represented the country in 1977, and Switzerland's Peter, Sue and Marc represented the country in 1971 and 1976.
For each nation's performance, the orchestra was conducted by the following:
|01||Portugal||Portuguese||Manuela Bravo||"Sobe, sobe, balão sobe"||Rise, rise, balloon, rise||9||64|
|02||Italy||Italian||Matia Bazar||"Raggio di luna"||Moonbeam||15||27|
|03||Denmark||Danish||Tommy Seebach||"Disco Tango"||—||6||76|
|04||Ireland||English||Cathal Dunne||"Happy Man"||—||5||80|
|05||Finland||Finnish||Katri Helena||"Katson sineen taivaan"||I'm looking into the blue of the sky||14||38|
|06||Monaco||French||Laurent Vaguener||"Notre vie c'est la musique"||Our life is music||16||12|
|08||Switzerland||German||Peter, Sue, Marc, Pfuri, Gorps and Kniri||"Trödler und Co"||Second-handers and Co.||10||60|
|09||Germany||German||Dschinghis Khan||"Dschinghis Khan"||Genghis Khan||4||86|
|10||Israel||Hebrew||Gali Atari and Milk and Honey||"Hallelujah" (הללויה)||—||1||125|
|11||France||French||Anne-Marie David||"Je suis l'enfant soleil"||I'm the sun-child||3||106|
|12||Belgium||Dutch||Micha Marah||"Hey Nana"||—||19||5|
|13||Luxembourg||French||Jeane Manson||"J'ai déjà vu ça dans tes yeux"||I've already seen that in your eyes||13||44|
|17||United Kingdom||English||Black Lace||"Mary Ann"||—||7||73|
|18||Austria||German||Christina Simon||"Heute in Jerusalem"||Today in Jerusalem||18||5|
|19||Spain||Spanish||Betty Missiego||"Su canción"||Your song||2||116|
|The table is ordered by appearance|
Below is a summary of all 12 points in the final:
|6||Israel||Finland, Ireland, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, United Kingdom|
|4||Germany||Denmark, France, Monaco, Spain|
|Spain||Belgium, Germany, Italy, Switzerland|