The Eurovision Song Contest 1980 was the Silver Anniversary edition and was held on 19 April 1980 in The Hague, Netherlands. The presenter was Marlous Fluitsma, although each song was introduced by a presenter from the participating country in their native language. In some cases, this was the same person providing the commentary.
Israel, winners in 1979, declined to host the show for the second time in a row, as the IBA could not fund another international production, and the Israeli government turned down a request to extend the IBA budget. Moreover, the date that was eventually set for the 1980 contest by the European Broadcasting Union coincided with Israel's Day of Remembrance for their casualties of war, so Israel decided not to participate at all. Spain (who finished runner-up in 1979) and the United Kingdom also declined to host, but the Dutch broadcaster NOS volunteered to put on the show provided that they had the ability to scale down the production. Some of the footage from the opening sequence was actually recycled from the opening of the 1976 contest, which was also held in The Hague.
Morocco joined the Eurovision family for the first (and so far only) time. It is rumoured that they were only brought in to replace Israel. Monaco also withdrew, and would not return until the 2004 semi final.
|01||Austria||Blue Danube||Du bist Musik||German||You are music||8||64|
|03||Greece||Anna Vissi & The Epikouri||Autostop||Greek||Hitch-hiking||13||30|
|04||Luxembourg||Sophie & Magaly||Papa Pingouin||French||Papa Penguin||9||56|
|05||Morocco||Samira Bensaïd||Bitaqat Hob||Arabic||Love card||18||7|
|06||Italy||Alan Sorrenti||Non so che darei||Italian||I don't know what to give||6||87|
|07||Denmark||Bamses Venner||Tænker altid på dig||Danish||Always thinking of you||14||25|
|08||Sweden||Tomas Ledin||Just nu!||Swedish||Right now!||10||47|
|09||Switzerland||Paola del Medico||Cinéma||French||Cinema||4||104|
|10||Finland||Vesa-Matti Loiri||Huilumies||Finnish||A Flute Man||19||6|
|11||Norway||Sverre & Mattis||Sámiid Ædnan||Norwegian||Lapland||16||15|
|13||United Kingdom||Prima Donna||Love Enough For Two||English||--||3||106|
|14||Portugal||José Cid||Um grande, grande amor||Portuguese||A big, big love||7||71|
|15||The Netherlands||Maggie MacNeal||Amsterdam||Dutch||--||5||93|
|16||France||Profil||Hé, hé, m'sieurs dames||French||Hey, hey, ladies and gentlemen||11||45|
|17||Ireland||Johnny Logan||What's Another Year||English||--||1||143|
|18||Spain||Trigo Limpio||Quédate esta noche||Spanish||Stay tonight||12||38|
- This was the first year the points were read in ascending numerical order. This was to increase the excitement factor for the audience as to which country would get the 12 points.
- Katja Ebstein became the only artist to finish in the top three on three different occasions without having won the contest.
- Israel became the first country to not defend its title after winning in 1979.