Johnny Logan at Eurovision 1980

Europe’s favourite retro watch-a-long TV show is back. On Saturday, #EurovisionAgain returned for its July 2021 edition. This time, Eurovision 1980 was the classic song contest of choice.

The original competition held in The Hague saw Ireland come out on top.

As with every #EurovisionAgain, today’s fans watching online were able to vote for their favourites…and the winner was exactly the same – Ireland’s Johnny Logan with “What’s Another Year”.

Johnny Logan wins #EurovisionAgain 1980

Listed below are the results for #EurovisionAgain 1980. The rankings are based on the votes of all those who decided to vote for their favourites while rewatching the Eurovision 1980 grand final on Saturday 17 July.

In brackets, we’ve included the differences between the new fan vote and the original result from 41 years ago.

#EurovisionAgain 1980 results

  1. Ireland: Johnny Logan – “What’s Another Year” (=)
  2. Netherlands: Maggie MacNeal – “Amsterdam” (+3)
  3. Morocco: Samira Bensaïd – “Bitaqat Hub” (+15)
  4. Germany: Katja Ebstein – “Theater” (-2)
  5. Belgium: Telex – “Euro-Vision” (+12)
  6. Turkey: Ajda Pekkan – “Pet’r Oil” (+9)
  7. Luxembourg: Sophie & Magaly – “Papa pingouin” (+2)
  8. Norway: Sverre Kjelsberg & Mattis Hætta – “Sámiid ædnan” (+8)
  9. Switzerland: Paola – “Cinéma” (-5)
  10. Greece: Anna Vissi and the Epikouri – “Autostop” (+3)
  11. Portugal: José Cid – “Um grande, grande amor” (-4)
  12. France: Profil – “Hé, hé, m’sieurs dames” (-1)
  13. United Kingdom: Prima Donna – “Love Enough For Two” (-10)
  14. Spain: Trigo Limpio – “Quédate esta noche” (-2)
  15. Sweden: Tomas Ledin – “Just nu!” (-5)
  16. Italy: Alan Sorrenti – “Non so che darei” (-10)
  17. Denmark: Bamses Venner – “Tænker altid på dig” (-3)
  18. Finland: Vesa-Matti Loiri – “Huilumies” (+1)
  19. Austria: Blue Danube – “Du bist Musik” (-11)

Watch Eurovision 1980 online

#EurovisionAgain may be over for now, but the Eurovision 1980 grand final remains online… for now. You can watch the full show on the official Eurovision YouTube channel. However, it is only available for one month.

But why? Before 2004, the copyright for each show belonged to the respective broadcasters. In the case of 1980, that’s the Netherland’s NOS. For now, the Dutch network has opted to make the show available only temporarily.

From 2004, the rules changed with the EBU taking over ownership of the rights. Hence, the uploads of contests from 2004 onwards have remained online.

#EurovisionAgain is scheduled to return on Saturday 21 August at 21:00 CEST for another rewatch of a classic song contest.

What is #EurovisionAgain?

Throughout the first 15 weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic, the #EurovisionAgain team organised mass rewatchings of classic contests on Saturday evenings. The EBU soon came on board and began publishing previously unavailable entire show uploads on its YouTube channel.

The rewatches have since switched to monthly affairs, now taking place on the third Saturday of each month.

As well as organising rewatches, the #EurovisionAgain team has also added a fundraising element for various LGBTQ+ charities.

For further details about the rewatches, check out the #EurovisionAgain Twitter page.

What do you think? Did Johnny Logan deserve to win the rewatch? Let us know in the comments.

Read more #EurovisionAgain news here

Subscribe
Notify of
guest
20 Comments
Newest
Oldest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Alvaro
Alvaro
1 month ago

Liking the fact that a song supposedly written to finish last (Belgium’s “Euro-Vision”) ended up as high as top 5

sam
sam
2 months ago

why does denmark have the flag of yugoslavia on the scoreboard picture

Last edited 2 months ago by sam
Thijn
Thijn
2 months ago

So no one’s going to talk about how the contest was in The Hague, while the Dutch entry was a love song to Amsterdam? I find that hilarious

ROXELANA
ROXELANA
2 months ago

So?

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago

Shay Healy, the songwriter, died only three months ago – so I would have been sad if Ireland had not won this. A sad song about grief, it deserved to.

Sot
Sot
2 months ago

My top5

1. Luxembourg – Iconic troll entry
2. Greece – Vibey AND funny
3. Morocco – Absolutely robbed irl
4. Austria – Absolutely robbed here
5. Belgium – It was fun, ok!?

MyName
MyName
2 months ago

The chidlish entry from Luxembourg ahead of the great entries from Sweden and Portugal? Well, I can only say each to his / her own….

Michael crosse
Michael crosse
2 months ago

UK entry was a nice tune it didn’t deserve to loose ground in this repeat competition

Gurl
Gurl
2 months ago

Morocco and Turkey are the best <3

Mr X
Mr X
2 months ago

My voting for ESC 1980 is as follows:

1 point Greece
2 points Portugal
3 points Norway
4 points Germany
5 points Switzerland
6 points Italy
7 points Ireland
8 points Turkey
10 points Spain
12 points Netherlands

Last edited 2 months ago by Mr X
L’oiseau
L’oiseau
2 months ago

And justice was served for Morroco, Belgium and Turkey! Specially for Samira Bensaïd! Morroco, join again!

Jake
Jake
2 months ago

A much stronger top 3 🙂

jercle
jercle
2 months ago

I love the work of the Reorderboard but I don’t agree with the decision to insert his scoreboard into the 1980 broadcast. For me, Eurovision Again is about original, but remastered, broadcasts of archive contests. I really hope it wasn’t done to appease those fans who think Eurovision started in 2012 and can’t deal with a static scoreboard.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
2 months ago
Reply to  jercle

Seriously, they were placed the original score footage with a new one because it moves? Someone posted in the comments, they did a George Lucas. Was it credited or did they just steal it so that Fancy fonts in recent contestants won’t get bored watching a still scoreboard? They didn’t change it up Broadcasting other older contests

jercle
jercle
2 months ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

Since last summer, a fan has been re-imagining scoreboards of the past (pre-2003) and posting them on YouTube. As I understand it, he imagines how these old scoreboards might have looked if modern technology (like the dynamic re-ordering) had been available at the time. It’s a great idea, but I don’t think it should have been inserted into the 1980 contest. Nothing was stolen, the people behind Eurovision Again reached out to him for permission.

Stephanie
2 months ago

For those who were wondering about the scoreboards in today’s airing, it was taken from the Reorder Board YouTube channel, to make the scoring a little easier to follow.
Original Reorder Board video for 1980: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GC9Gyuyun1s

WestMids
2 months ago

What’s another Year was definitely the best song that year. The only down side was that it set the template for the run of boring Irish ballads that won in the 1990s (plus Norway’s rather Irish sounding dirge Nocturne)

Darren
2 months ago
Reply to  WestMids

Must have done something right though, considering they all won like

Charles
Charles
2 months ago
Reply to  Darren

Being sung in English was a major factor… But Westminds is assessing pre-2000 Eurovision under current musical stereotypical patterns “ballads are boring” and “uptempo gets the party started.” After all most fans expect one big party and listening to deeper songs bores them to death. I am just in complete and utter disagreement on his views on Nocturne … there is a close bond btween irish music and scandinavian folk one with Nocturne being a result of such closeness. Maybe if it had been remixed by Robert Miles or any other 90s club dj, Westmind would be singing a different… Read more »

fionn
fionn
2 months ago

yessss finally justice for morocco, hope to see them return someday