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The 1985 Eurovision Song Contest was the 30th in the series, and was held on May 4, 1985 in Gothenburg, Sweden, due to the victory made the previous year by the Herreys. The contest was won by duo Bobbysocks! who represented Norway.

Bobbysocks!' win was the first of three for Norway, and host Lill Lindfors (who herself represented Sweden in 1966) congratulated the duo, following their victory by saying "I must say I am honestly happy that this happened because Norway has been last on so many times that you really deserve it!". Hanne Krogh, one of the duo, responded with "You're happy? What do you think we are?"

Before the voting, presenter Lill Lindfors, had a misnomic "wardrobe malfunction" (the stunt was deliberate) where as she went up the stage for the voting procedure, the skirt part of her dress came away, leaving her in just her underwear and top part of her dress. She pretended to be shocked, before revealing a full length white gown after unfastening the flaps of her dress across the shoulders much to raucous applause by the audience. Lill then took her seat to call in the votes, and nonchalantly said "I just wanted to wake you up a little".  According to The Eurovision Song Contest: The Official History, executive supervisor Frank Naef wasn't amused, and his wife was reportedly shocked as well.

Returning Artists

Artist Country Previous year(s)
Gary Lux Austria 1983 (Westend member)
Lia Vissi Cyprus 1980 (For Epikouri, the Greek entry)
Hot Eyes Denmark 1984
Izhar Cohen Israel 1978 (Winner)
Al Bano & Romina Power Italy 1976
Ireen Sheer Luxembourg 1974, 1978 (for Germany)
Hanne Krogh (Part of Bobbysocks!) Norway 1971
Elisabeth Andreassen (Part of Bobbysocks!) 1982 (For Sweden, part of Chips)
Kikki Danielsson Sweden 1982 (Part of Chips)
Pino Gasparini Switzerland 1977 (Part of Pepe Lienhard Band)
Mariella Farre 1983

Voting and Results

Voting

The 1985 voting was an exciting one, with Wind, being the favourites to win for Germany. They had a pretty early lead, with Sweden and Norway keeping their lead, but by the time the United Kingdom delivered their votes (1 for Germany, 12 for Norway), Germany's lead was broken.

The voting in this contest was one of the most exciting at the time, with favourites Germany expected to win, but coming in at second place. It was very close, too, as there was a 20-point difference between Bobbysocks! and Kikki Danielsson of Sweden, in third place. Germany took a commanding lead during the first half of the voting, with Norway fifth behind the United Kingdom at the end of that half. Finally, with five juries left to cast their votes, Germany, Sweden and Norway had 87, 86 and 85 points respectively.

At that point, Sweden took their lead away from Germany, who received no points from Switzerland. Sweden was the fourth-to-last jury, and they conceded their brief lead by awarding Germany 8 points and Norway the maximum 12. With only three juries left to cast their votes, Norway kept the lead, in one of the shortest winning stretches during voting in history.

Participants

Draw Country Artist Song Language Translation Place Points
01 Flag of Ireland Ireland Maria Christian Wait Until the Weekend Comes English -- 6 91
02 Flag of Finland Finland Sonja Lumme Eläköön elämä Finnish Long Live Life 9 58
03 Flag of Cyprus Cyprus Lia Vissi To Katalava Arga Greek I Realised It Too Late 16 15
04 Flag of Denmark Denmark Hot Eyes Sku' du spørg' fra no'en? Danish What Business Is It Of Yours? 11 41
05 Flag of Spain Spain Paloma San Basilio La fiesta termino Spanish The Party's Over 14 36
06 France France Roger Bens Femme Dans Ses Rêves, Aussi French Woman In Her Dreams, Too 10 56
07 Flag of Turkey Turkey MFO Didai Didai Dai Turkish -- 14 36
08 Flag of Belgium Belgium Linda Lepomme Laat me nu gaan Dutch Let me go now 19 7
09 Flag of Portugal Portugal Adelaide Penso em tei, eu sei Portuguese Thinking of You, I Know 18 9
10 Flag of Germany Germany Wind Für Alle German For Everyone 2 105
11 Flag of Israel Israel Izhar Cohen Ole, Ole! Hebrew Going Up, and Up 5 93
12 Flag of Italy Italy Al Bano & Romina Power Magic, oh, Magic Italian -- 7 78
13 Norway Norway Bobbysocks! La Det Swinge Norwegian Let It Swing 1 123
14 Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom Vikki Love Is English -- 4 100
15 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland Mariella Farre & Pino Gasparini Piano, Piano German Slowly, Slowly 12 39
16 Flag of Sweden Sweden Kikki Danielsson Bra Vibrationer Swedish Good Vibrations 3 103
17 Flag of Austria Austria Gary Lux Kinder dieser Welt German Children of this World 8 60
18 Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg Annemieke Verdoorn, Franck Olivier, Diane Solomon, Ireen Sheer, Chris & Malcolm Roberts Children, Kinder, Enfants French Children 13 37
19 Flag of Greece Greece Takis Biniaris Miazume Greek We are alike 16 15

Non-Participants

The Netherlands and Yugoslavia withdrew from this contest, as the Netherlands had the national "Remembrance of the Dead" on that date, and Yugoslavia had the anniversary of Josip Broz Tito's death. Both countries wanted to put these events first, rather than take part in the contest. However, Yugoslavia did choose their song, but then didn't enter. The song was "Pokora" by Josip Genda and Zorica Kondza.

Trivia

  • United Kingdom commentator Terry Wogan was not in Sweden due to him recovering from illness.  He did all the commentary from the BBC headquarters in London.
  • Norway's victory was the lowest winning score under the current 12-point scoring system.
  • Germany was such a hot favorite going into the contest that bookmakers were only offering odds against them winning.

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