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1981
VENUE

RDS, Dublin

Bucks Fizz ENTRIES

20

HOST

Doireann Ni Bhriain

DEBUTS

Cyprus

Marty Brem of Austria becomes only the second person to perform first at two different contests, solo this time a year after singing with Blue Danube (Finland's Marion Rung was the other, kicking off proceedings in 1962 and 1973). One of his backing group sported an American football helmet for no apparent reason.

1961 winner Jean-Claude Pascal struck a note for the wrinklies with a surprise return to the contest twenty years after his victory. Even though male-sung Francophone ballads had recently done well in Eurovision, Pascal was just too much of a time-warp.

Buck's Fizz set new standards for raggedness when they reprised the dire "Making Your Mind Up". However, it is always nice when a Euro veteran finally hits the jackpot and Cheryl Baker certainly qualified as a past member of Coco (1976/78) and The Main Event (1980).

 
Austria Wenn Du Da Bist Marty Brem 17
Turkey Donme Dolap Modern Folk Trio & Aysegul 18
Germany Johnny Blue Lena Valaitis 2
Luxembourg C'est Peut-tre Pas L'Amrique Jean-Claude Pascal 11
Israel Layla Habibi 7
Denmark Krller Eller Ej Debbie Cameron & Tommy Seebach 11
Yugoslavia Leila Seid Memich-Vajta 15
Finland  Reggae OK Riki Sorsa 16
France Humanahum Jean Gabilou 3
Spain Y Slo T Bacchelli 14
Netherlands  Het Is Een Wonder Linda Williams 9
Ireland Horoscopes Sheeba 5
Norway Aldri I Livet Finn Kalvik 20
United Kingdom Making Your Mind Up Bucks Fizz 1
Portugal Playback Carlos Paio 18
Belgium Samson Emly Starr 13
Greece Fengri Kalokerino Yiannis Dimitrias 8
Cyprus Monica Island 6
Switzerland Io Senza Te  Peter, Sue & Marc 4
Sweden Fngad I En Drm Bjrn Skifs 10

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