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1980 Overview

HOST COUNTRY: Netherlands HOST CITY: The Hague HOST VENUE: Nederlands Congresgebouw HOST BROADCASTER: NOS HOST PRESENTERS: Marlous Fluitsma; Hans van Willigenburg (green room) INTERVAL ACTS: The Dutch Rhythm Steel and Show Band
GRAND FINAL: 19th April
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: 19 DEBUT(S): Morocco

Who Won in 1980?


1980 Facts

The previous years winner Israel chose not to host the contest due to financial implications. 2nd placed Spain also said no, and the UK who regualrly stepped up to host when needed also said no. Eventually the Netherlands aggreed to host a smaller show, spending just $750,000 on the entire project.

The one and only time, so far, an African country has entered the contest.