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The show

Final
Saturday, 4 April, 1981, 19:00
Location
Simmonscourt Pavillion, Royal Dublin Society, Dublin, Ireland
Host broadcaster
RTÉ
Presented by
Doireann Ní Bhríain
EBU Supervisor
Frank Naef
TV Director
Ian McGarry
Interval Act
Planxty with "Timedance"

The show

Final
Saturday, 4 April, 1981, 19:00
Location
Simmonscourt Pavillion, Royal Dublin Society, Dublin, Ireland
Host broadcaster
RTÉ
Presented by
Doireann Ní Bhríain
EBU Supervisor
Frank Naef
TV Director
Ian McGarry
Interval Act
Planxty with "Timedance"

Ireland's capital Dublin hosted the 1981 Eurovision Song Contest after Johnny Logan won the contest in the preceding year with What's Another Year. Bucks Fizz won the 1981 contest for the United Kingdom with the song Making Your Mind Up. 

For the second time, the Eurovision champion winner, Ireland, was the host for the event which took place in Dublin. In 1981, the total amount of participating countries was 20 once again equalling the record set three years earlier in Paris. Morocco withdrew after their first participation, and Italy decided to stay at home as well because the interest in the country had diminished. Yugoslavia returned to the contest after five years of absence, so did Israel after the county had missed out on one contest. Finally, Cyprus made its Eurovision debut. It was also the first year Egypt's television viewers could follow the contest live on television.
The opening sequence of the 1981 Eurovision Song Contest showed 'old Ireland' blending into 'modern Ireland'. The sequence ended with a map of Europe on a globe which span round to reveal the Eurovision logo.

About the winner

The United Kingdom's entry, Making Your Mind Up, by the group Bucks Fizz won the 1981 contest after a close race with Germany's entry, Johnny Blue, performed by Lena Valaitis. Bucks Fizz was formed especially for the Eurovision Song Contest and created one of the most memorable moments in Eurovision history when the two guys in the group ripped off the skirts of the two girls, revealing a shorter skirt underneath. Bucks Fizz continued their career all over Europe with many hit songs during the 1980s, like The Land Of Make Believe and My Camera Never Lies.

Participants & Results

R/O
Country
Artist
Song
Points
Ranking
01AustriaMarty BremWenn Du Da Bist2017
02TurkeyModern Folk Trio and AysegülDönme Dolap918
03GermanyLena ValaitisJohnny Blue1322
04LuxembourgJean-Claude PascalC'est Peut-être Pas L'amérique4111
05IsraelHabibiHalaylah567
06DenmarkDebbie Cameron and Tommy SeebachKrøller Eller Ej4111
07YugoslaviaSeid-Memic VajtaLeila3515
08FinlandRiki SorsaReggae O.k.2716
09FranceJean GabilouHumanahum1253
10SpainBacchelliY Solo Tú3814
11The NetherlandsLinda WilliamsHet Is Een Wonder519
12IrelandSheebaHoroscopes1055
13NorwayFinn KalvikAldri I Livet20
14United KingdomBucks FizzMaking Your Mind Up1361
15PortugalCarlos PaiãoPlay-back918
16BelgiumEmly StarrSamson4013
17GreeceGreeceYiannis DimitrasFeggari Kalokerino558
18CyprusIslandMonika696
19SwitzerlandPeter, Sue and MarcIo Senza Tei1214
20SwedenBjörn SkifsFångad I En Dröm5010
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