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The show

Final
Saturday, 19 April, 1980, 19:00
Location
Nederlands Congresgebouw, The Hague, The Netherlands
Host broadcaster
NOS
Presented by
Marlous Fluitsma
EBU Supervisor
Frank Naef
Interval Act
The Dutch Rhythm Steel and Show Band

The show

Final
Saturday, 19 April, 1980, 19:00
Location
Nederlands Congresgebouw, The Hague, The Netherlands
Host broadcaster
NOS
Presented by
Marlous Fluitsma
EBU Supervisor
Frank Naef
Interval Act
The Dutch Rhythm Steel and Show Band

Israeli TV declined the opportunity to host the 1980 Song Contest again after Israel won in Jerusalem in 1979. After much discussion, it was decided that the contest would be arranged by Dutch TV NOS in The Hague.

Do we have any volunteers?

The Hague was once again the host city for the song contest after both Israel and the United Kingdom declined to stage the contest after Israel declined the opportunity to host the show twice in succession. As a result of these delays, the 1980 contest was hastily arranged and Dutch TV NOS had to re-use most of the stage from 1976, the last time they hosted the contest. NOS picked 19th April as the date for the song contest, but as this was the Holocaust Memorial Day in Israel, the defending champion decided not to participate which marked the only time when the winner of one Eurovision Song Contest did not participate in the next.

Merhaba Morocco

For the first time in the history of the song contest, an African country - Morocco -  participated with Samira, a star in the Arabic world. When her entry Bitakat Hob ended up at 18th position with just 7 points altogether, Moroccan TV decided that the country should not participate in the contest again. Turkey returned to the contest after one year's absence and Monaco stayed home which meant that the total amount of participating countries amounted to 19 - just as in 1979.  Each country brought along a presenter of its own choice to introduce the song in their native language.

What's another year

Johnny Logan, who would later be called "Mr. Eurovision", secured Ireland's second victory. The Australian-born singer who only became an Irish citizen after he sang for Ireland in the 1980 contest, would later return and win the contest again in 1987. His 1980 victory brought him a number one hit in the UK and numerous television appearances across Europe. What's another year was awarded the maximum 12 points by seven countries, ending up with 143 points in total.

Participants & Results

R/O
Country
Artist
Song
Points
Ranking
01AustriaBlue DanubeDu Bist Musik648
02TurkeyAjda PekkanPetr'oil2315
03GreeceGreeceAnna Vishy and the EpikouriAutostop3013
04LuxembourgSophie and MagalyPapa Pingouin569
05MoroccoSamira BensaïdBitakat Hob718
06ItalyAlan SorrentiNon So Che Darei876
07DenmarkBamses VennerTænker Altid På Dig2514
08SwedenTomas LedinJust Nu!4710
09SwitzerlandPaolaCinéma1044
10FinlandVesa-Matti LoiriHuilumies619
11NorwaySverre Kjellsberg and Mattis HættaSámiid Ædnan1516
12GermanyKatja EbsteinTheater1282
13United KingdomPrima DonnaLove Enough For Two1063
14PortugalJosé CidUm Grande, Grande Amor717
15The NetherlandsMaggie MacNealAmsterdam935
16FranceProfilHé, Hé M'sieurs Dames4511
17IrelandJohnny LoganWhat's Another Year1431
18SpainTrigo LimpioQué Date Esta Noche3812
19BelgiumTelexEuro-vision1417
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