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The show

Final
Saturday, 31 March, 1979, 19:00
Location
Binyanei Ha'ouama Centre, Jerusalem, Israel
Host broadcaster
IBA
Presented by
Yardena Arazi & Daniel Peer
EBU Supervisor
Frank Naef
Interval Act
Shalom'79

The show

Final
Saturday, 31 March, 1979, 19:00
Location
Binyanei Ha'ouama Centre, Jerusalem, Israel
Host broadcaster
IBA
Presented by
Yardena Arazi & Daniel Peer
EBU Supervisor
Frank Naef
Interval Act
Shalom'79

The 24th Eurovision Song Contest was held outside the geographical area of Europe for the first time. Jerusalem played the proud host of the annual event in 1979.

Familar faces 

Jerusalem was this year's host city that welcomed 19 different delegations. Turkey withdrew from the contest because it took place in Israel and many Arab countries put pressure on Turkey not to go to Jerusalem.
There were lots of familiar faces in 1979. Peter, Sue & Marc returned for Switzerland after representing the country in 1976. Anne-Marie David, the 1973 winner for Luxembourg, represented France, and Anita Skorgan sang again for Norway. 
The German entry, performed by band Dschinghis Khan also went on to become a hit in several European countries, despite being heavily criticised in Germany itself. The Swiss contestants Peter, Sue & Marc had difficulties getting into the country and had to explain to customs exactly why they needed so many watering cans, hoses, bin bags and bottle openers which were needed for their unique performance on the Jerusalem stage.
The Belgian singer Micha Marah was very unhappy with her song Hey Nana as this was selected against her will in the Belgian pre-selection. She refused to record the song and it remains one of the few songs in Eurovision Song Contest that does not have a studio-version. Monaco decided to withdraw from the contest after their singer Laurent Vaguener only reached 16th place. The principality would only return again 25 years later, in 2004.

About the winner

Israel won for the second time in a row with the song Hallelujah which became a Europe-wide hit. Spain was the last country to cast its votes. At that moment Spain was in the lead with 1 point ahead of Israel, but the Spanish 10 points gave Israel its second victory.

Participants & Results

R/O
Country
Artist
Song
Points
Ranking
01PortugalManuela BravoSobe, Sobe, Balão Sobe649
02ItalyMatia BazarRaggio Di Luna2715
03DenmarkTommy SeebachDisco Tango766
04IrelandCathal DunneHappy Man805
05FinlandKatri-HelenaKatso Sineen Taivaan3814
06MonacoLaurent VaguenerNotre Vie, C'est La Musique1216
07GreeceGreeceElpidaSocrates698
08SwitzerlandPeter, Sue and Marc and Pfuri, Gorps and KniriTrödler Und Co.6010
09GermanyDschinghis KhanDschinghis Khan864
10IsraelMilk and HoneyHallelujah1251
11FranceAnne-Marie DavidJe Suis L'enfant-soleil1063
12BelgiumMicha MarahHey Nana518
13LuxembourgJeane MansonJ'ai Déjà Vu ça Dans Tes Yeux4413
14The NetherlandsXandraColorado5112
15SwedenTed GärdestadSatellit817
16NorwayAnita SkorganOliver5711
17United KingdomBlack LaceMary Ann737
18AustriaChristina SimonHeute In Jerusalem518
19SpainBetty MissiegoSu Canción1162
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