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The show

Final
Saturday, 3 April, 1971, 19:00
Location
Gaiety Theatre, Dublin, Ireland
Host broadcaster
RTÉ
Presented by
Bernadette Ní Ghallchoir
EBU Supervisor
Clifford Brown
Interval Act
Shannon Castle Entertainers

The show

Final
Saturday, 3 April, 1971, 19:00
Location
Gaiety Theatre, Dublin, Ireland
Host broadcaster
RTÉ
Presented by
Bernadette Ní Ghallchoir
EBU Supervisor
Clifford Brown
Interval Act
Shannon Castle Entertainers

After Dana's victory in 1970, the Eurovision Song Contest moved to the Emerald Isle, Ireland, and the number of participants rose again.

Groups allowed for the first time

For the first time in the history of the Eurovision Song Contest, Ireland hosted the event at the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin. Compared to 1970, the number of participants rose to 18 as Finland, Norway, Sweden and Portugal all returned to the contest after a year of absence. Malta also made its debut. The contest was broadcast in 29 countries.
The rule of performing either as single or duet was abolished: now groups of up to six people were allowed to perform.
In this year's Eurovision Song Contest, a new voting system was created: two jury members - one of them had to be younger than 25 - had to award between 1 and 5 points to each song. This created some problems because some juries gave fewer points than others. For example, Luxembourg awarded 43 points altogether compared to France's 107! In theory this meant that jury members could vote tactically, awarding few points and hoping to gain many.

About the winner

The small principality of Monaco won for the first time in 1971 with the song Un Banc, Un Abre, Une Rue by French-born Séverine, who then went on to have a successful career, especially in Germany.

Facts & figures

  • Malta's participant Joe Grech ended up in last place;
  • Norwegian singer Hanne Krogh would return to the contest as half of the Eurovision Song Contest winner duo Bobbysocks in 1985. But in 1971, she came only 17th.

Participants & Results

R/O
Country
Artist
Song
Points
Ranking
01AustriaMarianne MendtMusik6616
02MaltaJoe GrechMarija L-maltija5218
03MonacoSéverineUn Banc, Un Arbre, Une Rue1281
04SwitzerlandPeter, Sue and MarcLes Illusions De Nos Vingt Ans7812
05GermanyKatja EbsteinDiese Welt1003
06SpainKarinaEn Un Mundo Nuevo1162
07FranceSerge LamaUn Jardin Sur La Terre8210
08LuxembourgMonique MelsenPomme, Pomme, Pomme7013
09United KingdomClodagh RodgersJack In The Box984
10BelgiumLily Castel and Jacques RaymondGoeie Morgen, Morgen6814
11ItalyMassimo RanieriL'amore è Un Attimo915
12SwedenFamily FourVita Vidder856
13IrelandAngela FarrellOne Day Love7911
14The NetherlandsSaskia and SergeDe Tijd856
15PortugalTonichaMenina Do Alto Da Serra839
16YugoslaviaKrunoslav SlabinacTvoj Djecak Je Tuzan6814
17FinlandMarkku Aro and Koivisto SistersTie Uuteen Päivään848
18NorwayHanne KroghLykken Er...6517
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