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The Eurovision Song Contest 1977 was the 22nd in the long running series, and was held on 7 May 1977 in London. With Angela Rippon as the presenter, the contest was won by Marie Myriam who represented France, with her song L'oiseau et l'enfant. This was the country's fifth victory and most recent victory, a record, which was equalled by Luxembourg in 1983, the United Kingdom in 1997, and most recently Sweden in 2012. It was equalled and beaten by Ireland in 1993 and 1994, bringing Ireland's total to six wins in 1994.

The language rule was brought back in this contest, four years after it had been dropped in 1973. However Germany and Belgium were allowed to sing in English, because they had already chosen the songs they were going to perform before the rule was reintroduced. As noted in The Eurovision Song Contest - The Official History by author and historian John Kennedy O'Connor, the contest was originally planned to be held on 2 April 1977. According to reports in Dutch media the contest was cancelled mid-season following the BBC camera crew/technician strike of 1977. Dutch broadcaster AVRO were noted to intend reviving the contest in a minimised format featuring video clips instead of live performances. None of this eventually came to fruition, as subsequently the BBC announced that the contest was instead postponed and eventually held on 7 May 1977.

Returning Artists

Quite a few artists from previous years returned to the contest in 1977

Country Artist Previous year(s)
Flag of Israel Israel Ilanit 1973
Flag of Belgium Belgium Stella Maessen (Dream Express)

1970

Flag of Austria Austria Beatrix Neundlinger (Schmetterlinge) 1972
Günter Grosslercher (Schmetterlinge)
Flag of Ireland Ireland The Swarbriggs 1975
Flag of Monaco Monaco Michèle Torr 1966
Flag of Portugal Portugal Fernando Tordo (Os Amigos) 1973
Paulo de Carvalho (Os Amigos) 1974

Participants

Draw Country Artist Song Language Translation Place Points
01 Flag of Ireland Ireland The Swarbriggs Plus Two It's Nice to Be in Love Again English -- 3 119
02 Flag of Monaco Monaco Michèle Torr Une petite française French A little French girl 4 96
03 Flag of the Netherlands The Netherlands Heddy Lester De mallemolen Dutch The merry-go-round 12 35
04 Flag of Austria Austria Schmetterlinge Boom Boom Boomerang German, English -- 17 11
05 Norway Norway Anita Skorgan Casanova Norwegian -- 15 18
06 Flag of Germany Germany Silver Convention Telegram English -- 8 55
07 Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg Anne-Marie B Frère Jacques French Brother John 16 17
08 Flag of Portugal Portugal Os Amigos Portugal no coração Portuguese Portugal in my heart 14 18
09 Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom Lynsey de Paul & Mike Moran Rock Bottom English -- 2 121
10 Flag of Greece Greece Paschalis, Marianna, Robert & Bessy Mathima Solfege Greek Music Lesson 5 92
11 Flag of Israel Israel Ilanit Ahava Hi Shir Lishnayim Hebrew Love is a song for two 11 49
12 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland Pepe Lienhard Band Swiss Lady German -- 6 71
13 Flag of Sweden Sweden Forbes Beatles Swedish -- 18 2
14 Flag of Spain Spain Micky Enséñame a cantar Spanish Teach me to sing 9 52
15 Flag of Italy Italy Mia Martini Libera Italian Free 13 33
16 Flag of Finland Finland Monica Aspelund Lapponia Finnish Lapland 10 50
17 Flag of Belgium Belgium Dream Express A Million in One, Two, Three English -- 7 69
18 France France Marie Myriam L'Oiseau et l'enfant French The bird and the child 1 136

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