Ladies and gentlemen, please give a warm welcome to the tanned and lovely vision that is Baccara, representing Luxembourg.
73 points (seventh)
WHAT ABOUT THE CONTEST?
As a result of France winning the year before with the MOR charmer L’Oiseau Et L’ Enfant, the twenty-third Eurovision came from the very white and extremely large stage of the Palaise des Congres in Paris in 1978.
For the contest, the orchestra sat in an enormous egg-cup that was spun around the stage whenever the director got bored and in-between each song the performers were shown getting into the lift that would take them to the stage.
Impossibly, infuriatingly French, and a little bit formal.
AND THE GROUP (OR ARTISTE)?
They came from Spain, were soft disco stars the world over (especially in Western Europe), and had already had two huge chart hits with Yes Sir, I Can Boogie and Sorry, I'm a Lady.
If it had been a disco contest they would have danced off with the prize.
So, ladies and gentlemen, please give a warm welcome to the tanned and lovely vision that is Baccara, representing Luxembourg
WHAT ABOUT THE SONG?
Sung in French (naturellement), Parlez-vous français? tells the story of a romantic encounter at the beach over dancing strings and a slightly madcap Mediterranean guitar.
Cynics may have complained that it was pre-programmed for the contest and had a certain resemblance to Baccara's other hits, but it galloped along on the night without too much sniggering from the wings.
Plus, it has maracas in it.
Not bad at all.
There’s a way too long spoken intro, and, despite the relatively fast pace and vague nods to the dance floor, it remains a cheerful charabanc ride of a song, though at least Baccara is distracting enough.