The 1979 contest took place in Jerusalem and also saw Israel take the grand prix two times in a row with the song Hallelujah performed by Gali Atari with Milk and Honey. It built slowly and surely and was subtle in comparison to its predecessor the year before. However the song with its intonations of peace and harmony allowed us to reflect on a decade that had been in contrast brash and audacious yet undeniably revolutionary. Hallelujah captured the Eurovision audience’s hearts. As we said a fond goodbye to the 70’s a new era was dawning. The contest had ushered in the formidable decade of the 80’s which equally promised to be an era that would continue to thrill and entertain Europe.
As we close the 70’s with Israel’s call for peace, stay tuned to esctoday.com for a look back at how the 80’s influenced a decade of the Eurovision Song Contest!