Eurovision Song Contest 1971
| Eurovision Song Contest 1971|
|Final||3 April 1971|
|Venue|| Gaiety Theatre|
|Presenter(s)||Bernadette Ní Ghallchóir|
|Executive supervisor||Clifford Brown|
|Host broadcaster||Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ)|
|Interval act||Bunratty Castle Entertainers|
|Number of entries||18|
|Returning countries|| |
|Voting system||Each country had two jury members, one aged between 16 and 25 and another aged between 26 and 55. They each awarded 1 to 5 points for each song immediately after it was performed (other than the song from their own country) and the votes were collected and counted as soon as they were cast. The juries watched the show on TV from a backstage area of the theatre and then appeared on stage to confirm their scores.|
|Winning song|| Monaco|
"Un banc, un arbre, une rue"
|Eurovision Song Contest|
Monaco's win was their first and only victory. The song was performed by a French singer, living in France, sung in French, conducted by a French native and written by a French team. Séverine later claimed she never visited Monaco before or after her victory – a claim easily disproved by the preview video submitted by Télé-Monte-Carlo featuring the singer on location in the Principality.
For the first time, each participating broadcaster was required to televise all the songs in "previews" prior to the live final. Belgium's preview video featured Nicole & Hugo performing the song "Goeiemorgen, morgen", but Nicole was struck with a sudden illness days before the contest final, with Jacques Raymond & Lily Castel stepping in at short notice to perform the entry in their place. Reports suggested that Castel had not even had enough time to buy a suitable dress for the show.
The BBC were worried about the possible audience reaction to the UK song due to the hostilities raging in Northern Ireland. They specifically selected a singer from Northern Ireland, Clodagh Rodgers, who was popular in both the UK and the Republic of Ireland, to ease any ill-feeling from the Dublin audience. However, Rodgers still received death threats from the IRA for representing the UK.
A new voting system was introduced in this year's contest: each country sent two jury members, one aged over 25 and the other under 25 (with at least ten years' difference between their ages), with both awarding each country (except their own) a score of between one and five points.
While this meant that no country could score fewer than 34 points (and in the event all eighteen scored at least 52), it had one major problem: some jury members tended to award only one or two points. Whether this was done to increase their respective countries' chances of winning is not known for sure, but this shortcoming was nonetheless plain. However, the system remained in place for the 1972 and 1973 contests.
Each performance had a conductor who directed the orchestra.
- Austria - Robert Opratko
- Malta - Twanny Chircop
- Monaco - Jean-Claude Petit
- Switzerland - Hardy Schneiders
- Germany - Dieter Zimmermann
- Spain - Waldo de los Rios
- France - Franck Pourcel
- Luxembourg - Jean Claudric
- United Kingdom - Johnny Arthey
- Belgium - Francis Bay
- Italy - Enrico Polito
- Sweden - Claes Rosendahl
- Ireland - Noel Kelehan
- Netherlands - Dolf van der Linden
- Portugal - Jorge Costa Pinto
- Yugoslavia - Miljenko Prohaska
- Finland - Ossi Runne
- Norway - Arne Bendiksen
Below is a summary of all perfect 10 scores that were given during the voting.
|6||Monaco||Belgium, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Yugoslavia|
|2||Finland||Belgium, United Kingdom|
International broadcasts and voting
The table below shows the order in which votes were cast during the 1971 contest, along with the spokespeople who were responsible for announcing the votes for their respective country. Each national broadcaster also sent a commentator to the contest, in order to provide coverage of the contest in their own native language. Details of the commentators and the broadcasting station for which they represented are also included in the table below.
|Voting order||Country||Jury members||Commentator||Broadcaster|
|01||Austria||Beatrix Neundlinger and Jochen Lieben||Ernst Grissemann||FS1|
|Hubert Gaisbauer||Hitradio Ö3|
|02||Malta||Spiro Sillato and Gaetan Abela||Victor Aquilina||MTV|
|03||Monaco||TBC||Georges de Caunes||Télé Monte Carlo|
|04||Switzerland||TBC||Theodor Haller||TV DRS|
|05||Germany||TBC||Hanns Verres||ARD Deutsches Fernsehen|
|Wolf Mittler||Deutschlandfunk/Bayern 2|
|06||Spain||Noelia Afonso and Francisco Madariaga||Joaquín Prat||TVE1|
|Miguel de los Santos||Primer Programa RNE|
|07||France||TBC||Georges de Caunes||Deuxième Chaîne ORTF|
|Camillo Felgen||RTL Radio|
|09||United Kingdom||Gay Lowe and Jeremy Patterson-Fox||Dave Lee Travis||BBC1|
|Terry Wogan||BBC Radio 1|
|John Russel||British Forces Radio|
|Nand Baert||BRT Radio 1|
|André Hagon||RTB La Première|
|11||Italy||TBC||Renato Tagliani||Programma Nazionale|
|Renato Tagliani||Secondo Programma Radio|
|12||Sweden||Eva Blomqvist and Putte Wickman||Åke Strömmer||SR TV1|
|Ursula Richter||SR P3|
|13||Ireland||TBC||Noel Andrews||RTÉ Television|
|Kevin Roche||Radio Éireann|
|14||Netherlands||Jos Cléber||Pim Jacobs||Nederland 1|
|15||Portugal||Pedro Albergaria and Luís Filipe Costa||Henrique Mendes||RTP1|
|TBC||RDP Antena 1|
|16||Yugoslavia||Miso Kukic and Zoran Krzisnik||Milovan Ilić||Televizija Beograd|
|Oliver Mlakar||Televizija Zagreb|
|Tomaž Terček||Televizija Ljubljana|
|17||Finland||Markku Veijalainen and Vieno Kekkonen||Heikki Seppälä||TV-ohjelma 1|
|Poppe Berg||YLE Radio 1|
|18||Norway||Sten Fredriksen and Liv Usterud||Sverre Christophersen||NRK|
|Erik Heyerdahl||NRK P1|
|-||Greece||(Non-participating country)||Mako Georgiadou||EIRT|
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