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The show

Final
Saturday, 3 April, 1976, 19:00
Location
Nederlands Congresgebouw, The Hague, The Netherlands
Host broadcaster
NOS
Presented by
Corry Brokken
EBU Supervisor
Frank Naef
Interval Act
The Dutch Swing College Band

The show

Final
Saturday, 3 April, 1976, 19:00
Location
Nederlands Congresgebouw, The Hague, The Netherlands
Host broadcaster
NOS
Presented by
Corry Brokken
EBU Supervisor
Frank Naef
Interval Act
The Dutch Swing College Band

For the third time in the history of the Eurovision Song Contest, the Netherlands organised the musical highlight of the year. After having hosted the event in Hilversum and Amsterdam, The Hague was chosen as host city for the 1976 event.

Sweden withdraws!

After being host of the 1975 Eurovision Song Contest, Sweden withdrew from the contest as Swedish TV thought that the contest had become too commercial. They were also afraid of winning again and having to host the expensive show so soon. Turkey and Malta withdrew as well, but Greece and Austria returned. 18 countries participated in the 1976 song contest altogether. Former Dutch Eurovision Song Contest winner Corry Brokken hosted the contest.
The orchestra rules changed this year. For the first time, instrumental playback was allowed if certain passages in the music could not be reproduced by the live orchestra. Most of the countries decided to sing in English hoping that they might earn a better placing with this. The Yugoslav entry was sung by Ambassadori and it marked the last Yugoslav entry for five years - the country would only come back in 1981.

About the winner

Just as the Netherlands did the previous year, the United Kingdom succeeded in winning after performed first in the running order. The UK winner, Save Your Kisses For Me, became a big international hit selling almost six million copies making it one of the most successful winning songs ever. The winning group, Brotherhood of Man, still perform together today.

Facts & figures

  • Italy sent the daughter of US actor Tyrone Power to the contest, Romina Power, who sang with her husband, Al Bano;
  • Luxembourg looked abroad again to find its entry. Winning the Luxembourg national final, Jürgen Marcus from Germany beat the equally popular German singer Marianne Rosenberg who then went on to have a big hit with her unsuccessful Eurovision Song Contest song. 

Participants & Results

R/O
Country
Artist
Song
Points
Ranking
01United KingdomBrotherhood of ManSave Your Kisses For Me1641
02SwitzerlandPeter, Sue and MarcDjambo, Djambo914
03GermanyLes Humphries SingersSing, Sang, Song1215
04IsraelChocolate, Menta, MastikEmor Shalom776
05LuxembourgJürgen MarcusChansons Pour Ceux Qui S'aiment1714
06BelgiumPierre RapsatJudy Et Cie.688
07IrelandRed HurleyWhen5410
08The NetherlandsSandra ReemerThe Party's Over Now569
09NorwayAnne-Karine StrömMata Hari718
10GreeceGreeceMariza KochPanaghia Mou, Panaghia Mou2013
11FinlandFredi and The FriendsPump-pump4411
12SpainBraulioSobran Las Palabras1116
13ItalyRomina and Al BanoWe'll Live It All Again697
14AustriaWaterloo and RobinsonMy Little World805
15PortugalCarlos do CarmoUma Flor De Verde Pinho2412
16MonacoMary ChristyToi, La Musique Et Moi933
17FranceCatherine FerryUn, Deux, Trois1472
18YugoslaviaAmbasadoriNe Mogu Skriti Svoju Bol1017
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