Luxembourg in the Eurovision Song Contest 1983

Eurovision Song Contest 1983
Country  Luxembourg
National selection
Selection process Internal Selection
Selected entrant Corinne Hermès
Selected song "Si la vie est cadeau"
Finals performance
Final result 1st, 142 points
Luxembourg in the Eurovision Song Contest
◄1982 1984►

Luxembourg was represented by French singer Corinne Hermès, with the song '"Si la vie est cadeau", at the 1983 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 23 April in Munich. The song was chosen internally by broadcaster RTL and went on to bring Luxembourg their fifth and final Eurovision victory, tying them with France for the record of most victories until both were overtaken by Ireland in 1994.

"Si la vie est cadeau" was the first Eurovision winner since the early 1960s to fail to achieve significant commercial success in any part of Europe following its victory.

At Eurovision

On the night of the final Hermès performed last in the running order, following Belgium. Clad in a striking all-pink oufit, she gave a powerful performance of the traditional Eurovision-style big ballad. Observers had noted that while there were several relatively strong songs in the 1983 line-up, it was likely to be a closely fought contest as no one song stood out as an obvious winner. "Si la vie est cadeau" got off to a slow start in the voting when Norway and the United Kingdom, voting second and third, both failed to award the song any points at all. They proved however to be the only two juries of the night to snub the Luxembourgian song completely, and by the time six juries had voted "Si la vie est cadeau" had taken over the lead, which it held throughout the rest of the voting. At the close "Si la vie est cadeau" had picked up 142 points (including six maximum 12 points votes from France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Portugal and Yugoslavia), winning the contest by a 6-point margin over runners-up Israel. The Luxembourgian jury awarded its 12 points to Germany.[1]

"Si la vie est cadeau" was the twelfth French-language winner in 28 contests; however only two French-language songs have won since, the last in 1988.

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