Here are my choices for the 1983 Eurovision Song Contest; I’d only heard the entry from Luxembourg before watching the entire contest online, and brief excerpts from the Spanish and Turkish entries.
|My Rank||Country||Title, Artist||Eurovision Final Ranking|
|1||Luxembourg||“Si La Vie Est Cadeau”, Corinne Hermès||1|
|2||Israel||“Hi”, Ofra Haza||2|
|3||Netherlands||“Sing Me A Song”, Bernadette||7|
|4||Switzerland||“Io così non ci sto”, Mariella Farré||15|
|5||France||“Vivre”, Guy Bonnet||8|
|6||Spain||“¿Quién maneja mi barca?”, Remedios Amaya||19 (tied)|
|7||Belgium||“Rendez-vous”, Pas de Deux||18|
|8||Finland||“Fantasiaa”, Ami Aspelund||11 (tied)|
|9||Cyprus||“I Agapi Akoma Zi” , Stavros & Constantina||16|
|10||Italy||“Per Lucia”, Riccardo Fogli||11 (tied)|
The audience seemed particularly enthusiastic this year! I know Spain’s entry got a lot of flack (in fact, it scored the dreaded “nul points”) but besides the fact I enjoy traditional music from around the world, that bass line just grabbed me and wouldn’t let me go! Belgium’s entry seemed at first listen like a lot of nothing: the singers sing the same line over and over and the orchestra did most of the work. But I challenge my readers to listen again more carefully; besides sounding more contemporary than most of the other songs in the contest that year, “Rendez-vous” manages to blend minimalism with a funky orchestral arrangement. A song like this wouldn’t have seemed out of place on MTV back in 1983.