The Eurovision Song Contest 1978 was the 23rd Eurovision Song Contest and was held on 22 april 1978 in ParisFrance. The program was presented by Denise Fabre and Léon Zitrone. Of the 20 participating countries Israel won with the song "Abanibi", performed by Izhar Cohen & The Alpha Beta. This song gained 157 points, 13.5% of the total number of points. Belgium was second with 125 points, followed by France in third place with 119 points.


[hide]*Interlude 1


The interludes came on behalf of Stéphane Grappelli and Oscar PetersonYehudi MenuhinKenny Clarke and Nils Henning Ørsted Pedersen.

Points Count[Edit]Edit

Voice Structure[Edit]Edit

As in 1977 were in the national jury awarded points to each song. The song with the most number of votes, had twelve points. The second choice got 10 points and the third place to tenth place were given eight to one points. Votes on one's own country is not allowed. [1]

Score keeping[Edit]Edit

The score was kept on a scoreboard that hung in the Hall. The participating countries were French on the Board. Behind each country was the total number of points the given items were equal to the total of the country totaled. The presenters were on the stage. After a country had given all the points, blinked the score of the leader on the leader board.


The juries were called up in order of occurrence. Giving the points happened in order of participation, instead of in ascending order. The representative of the country called the country and the number of points in the English or French. One of the presenters repeated the country and the points in the language (French or English) in which they were given. It was in English as well as French points used. During the broadcast showed the direction, between the call by top left, three images in the scoreboard screen: with next to it a box to the presenters and at the bottom of a broad picture of the green room.


Belgium and Israel were both ceded the lead, where Israel no longer leader. To go with three juries gave Israel was the deciding factor: Luxembourg after their votes on 149 and Belgium on 110. Despite that Israel itself had yet to vote, was no longer to bridge the difference of 39 points.

Truncated broadcast[Edit]Edit

As the points count progressed in Jordan that Israel would win the Eurovision song contest, broadcast and therefore one broke it was said later that there was a failure and that Belgium had won. [1]


Place Country Artist Title Points
1 [1]


Izhar Cohen & The Alphabeta A-ba-ni-bi 157
2 [2]


Jean Vallée L'amour ça fait chanter la vie 125
3 [3]


Joël Prévost Il y aura toujours des violons 119
4 [4]


Caline & Olivier Toussaint Les jardins de Monaco 107
5 [5]


Colm Wilkinson Born to sing 86
6 [6]


Ireen Sheer Feuer 84
7 [7]


Baccara Parlez-vous français? 73
8 [8]


Tania Tsanaklidou Charlie Chaplin 66
9 [9]


José Vélez Bailemos un vals 65


Carole Vinci Vivre 65
11 [11]

United Kingdom

Co-Co The bad old days 61
12 [12]


Ricchi e Poveri Questo amore 53
13 [13]


Harmony 't Is Ok 37
14 [14]


Björn Skifs Det blir alltid värre framåt natten 26
15 [15]


Springtime Mrs. Caroline Robinson 14
16 [16]


Mabel Boom-Boom 13
17 [17]


Gemini Dai-li-dou 5
18 [18]


Seija Simola Anna rakkaudelle tilaisuus 2


Nilüfer & Nazar Sevince 2
20 [20]


Jahn Teigen Mil etter mil 0

Old acquaintances[Edit]Edit

Jean Vallée was also ever in 1970 . Ireen Sheer did 4 years ago for Luxembourg with it. Norbert Niedermayer of the Austrian group Springtime sang in 1972 in the group Milestones.

National choices[Edit]Edit

In Ireland did Maxi (Eurovision Song Contest 1973) with it as a member of the group SheebaAnita Skorgan joined Norway in 1977 before, now it was the turn of her husband Jahn Teigen. In Portugal trad Tonicha(Eurovision Song Contest 1971) with 4 songs to, her best place was 4th. Noëlle Cordier (Eurovision Song Contest 1967) was 4th in the French preselection. Pierra Martell ([[ESF ' 74) was shared last in Switzerland.Jacques Hustin had already represented Belgium in 1974 but now could not win. Also from ' 74 were Cindy & Bert who tried again in Germany, like Peter, Sue & Marc in ' 71 and ' 76 all took office for Switzerland. After 12 years absence Denmark again took part, ex-winner Grethe Ingmann ventured again her chance but was only 5th. Gitte Haenning did In Luxembourg (Eurovision Song Contest 1973|ESF ' 73]]) and Liliane Saint Pierre- with it, they would represent Belgium at a later date. Gidi Gov of the group Poogy (ESF ' 74) tried it now solo, but was second last.

Returning countries[Edit]Edit

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