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The Eurovision Song Contest 1987 was the 32nd Eurovision Song Contest and was held on 9 May 1987 in Brussels, Belgium after Sandra Kim's win the previous year with J'aime La Vie. The presenter was Viktor Lazlo, who is most notable for her massive earrings. Johnny Logan was the winner for Ireland with the song Hold Me Now. That made him the first performer to win the contest twice, as he had won also in 1980 with What's Another Year.

It was the largest contest at that time, with 22 countries taking part. Only Malta, Monaco and Morocco failed to compete out of all the countries which had entered the contest in the past. Due to the number of countries, and the time it took for the contest to be held, the EBU set the limit of participating countries to 22. This became a great problem over the next few years as new and returning nations had an interest in participating, but could not enter.

Each country that year had a conductor, as was usual at the time, except for Switzerland. The host conductor was Jo Carlier, but conducted for Cyprus as the host entry was selected by Belgium's Flemish broadcaster, BRT.

Turkey had a nul point entry again, with Seyyal Taner & Locomotif, singing Şarkım Sevgi Üstüne. It was the second time in 4 years that a Turkish entry had failed to score.

Format

Soviet Union

In 2009 Eduard Fomin, a former employee of the Ministry of Education of the RSFSR, revealed that in 1987 George Veselov, the Minister of Education for the Soviet Union, brought forward the idea of a participation of the Soviet Union at the Eurovision Song Contest due to the number of political reforms made by the President of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev during the late 1980s. The idea was mainly a political one, with the thought that a win in the contest for the Soviet Union would impact on the relationships between the Soviet Union and the capitalist countries of the west.

Valery Leontyev was suggested as a name for the Soviet Union's first participation, however Veselov's ideas were not shared by the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, or by Gorbachev himself, believing it to be too radical a step to take, and so no Soviet participation was ever made.

Ten former republics of the Soviet Union would later compete in the contest on their own in the 1990s and 2000s: Russia, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Armenia, Georgia, and Azerbaijan, with five of the countries going on to win the contest.

Returning Artists

Artist(s) Previous Year(s)
Gary Lux 1983 (with Westend), 1985
Wind 1985
Alexia 1981 (with Island)
Johnny Logan 1980 (winner)

Participants

Draw Country Artist Song Language Translation Place Points
01 Norway Norway Kate Gulbrandsen Mitt liv Norwegian My life 9 65
02 Flag of Israel Israel Datner and Kushnir Shir Habatlanim Hebrew The lazy bums' song 8 73
03 Flag of Austria Austria Gary Lux Nur noch Gefühl German Only feelings 20 8
04 Flag of Iceland Iceland Halla Margrét Hægt og hljótt Icelandic Slowly and quietly 16 28
05 Flag of Belgium Belgium Liliane Saint-Pierre Soldiers of Love Dutch -- 11 56
06 Flag of Sweden Sweden Lotta Engberg Boogaloo Swedish -- 12 50
07 Flag of Italy Italy Umberto Tozzi & Raf Gente di Mare Italian People of the sea 3 103
08 Flag of Portugal Portugal Nevada Neste barco à vela Portuguese In this sailing boat 18 15
09 Flag of Spain Spain Patricia Kraus No estás solo Spanish You're not alone 19 10
10 Flag of Turkey Turkey Seyyal Taner & Locomotif Şarkım Sevgi Üstüne Turkish My song is about love 22 0
11 Flag of Greece Greece Bang Stop Greek -- 10 64
12 Flag of the Netherlands The Netherlands Marcha Rechtop in de wind Dutch Upright in the wind 5 83
13 Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg Plastic Bertrand Amour, Amour French Love, Love 21 4
14 Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom Rikki Only the Light English -- 13 47
15 France France Christine Minier Les mots d'amour n'ont pas de dimanche French The words of love don't have a Sunday 14 44
16 Flag of Germany Germany Wind Laß die Sonne in dein Herz German Let the sun into your heart 2 141
17 Flag of Cyprus Cyprus Alexia Aspro Mavro Greek White black 7 80
18 Flag of Finland Finland Vicky Rosti & Boulevard Sata salamaa Finnish A hundred lightnings 15 32
19 Flag of Denmark Denmark Anne-Cathrine Herdorf & Bandjo En lille melodi Danish A little melody 5 83
20 Flag of Ireland Ireland Johnny Logan Hold Me Now English -- 1 172
21 Flag of SFR Yugoslavia Yugoslavia Novi Fosili Ja sam za ples Croatian I wanna dance 4 92
22 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland Carol Rich Moitié-Moitié French Half and half 17 26

Trivia

  • The Israeli culture minister threatened to resign if "Shir Habatlanim" went to Eurovision. His promise was left unfulfilled.
  • 1986 winner Sandra Kim was featured in many of the postcard videos.
  • The postcard images featured art from many well-known Belgian cartoonists including Hergé (Tintin) and Peyo (The Smurfs).
  • The 1987 contest was held on the day of the 30th anniversary of the formation of the European Community. The interval act reflected the importance of the occasion.
  • Flemish broadcaster BRT (now VRT) offered to co-produce the event, but the Wallonian broadcaster RTBF decided to go it alone. BRT supplied the entry for the host nation.
  • This contest was the last to use a manually-operated scoreboard.
  • Wind became the first act to place second on two different occasions without winning.
  • Both of Johnny Logan's wins had a German entry finish second behind him (Katja Ebstein in 1980, and Wind in 1987).

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