The German entrant, Nicole, was winner with the song "Ein bißchen Frieden". Germany received 1.61 times as many points as runner-up Israel, which was a record under the current scoring system until 2009, when Norway received 1.78 times as many points as Iceland. The song also cemented Ralph Siegel and Bernd Meinunger, the song's composers, into German Eurovision tradition, writing 18 Eurovision songs between them before and after "Ein bißchen Frieden", 13 of which were for Germany.
This was the first time that Germany won the contest. They have competed in the finals every year (with exception of 1996) since the contest's inception. Germany won again in 2010, twenty-eight years after their first win.
The opening of the contest showed a map of Europe, with the translation "Where is Harrogate?" popping up on-screen from the languages of the various countries. The question was always in the language in which the respective country's song was performed, with the exception of Ireland. The Irish entry was sung in English, but the translation of the question in the map was in Irish. Then the map zoomed into Harrogate's location in Yorkshire, followed by an introduction video spotlighting the town.
Greece was due to participate in the contest with the song "Sarantapente Kopelies" performed by Themis Adamantidis. Although drawn to perform in second place, ERT withdrew the entry a few weeks before the contest.
In November 1981, France's national broadcaster, TF1, declined to enter the Eurovision Song Contest for 1982, with the head of entertainment, Pierre Bouteiller, saying, "The absence of talent and the mediocrity of the songs were annoyance set in. [Eurovision is] a monument to insanity [sometimes translated as "drivel"]." Antenne 2 became the new broadcaster for Eurovision after public outcry, returning the country to the Contest in 1983.
The tradition of previous year's winners handing over the prize to current winners was not followed by Bucks Fizz, winners in 1981, but they were shown during the opening act, on the TV screen of a Harrogate music shop. Eurovision 1982 Opening Act
Each country had a jury who awarded 12, 10, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 points for their top ten songs.
Germany had the advantage of performing last. After coming second in 1980 and second in Dublin the year previously, Ralph Siegel and Bernd Meinunger took the first Grand Prix for Germany. The winner, Nicole, beat the nearest competition by 61 points and over 13 million West Germans watched her victory on television. Germany was the commanding leader for nearly the entire voting process.
Nicole went on to sing the reprise of her song in English, French and Dutch, as well as German, to the delight of the invited audience in Harrogate Conference Centre who stood to applaud her. The English version of her Eurovision winner, A Little Peace, subsequently shot to No1 in the UK Singles Chart.
Below is a summary of all 12 points in the final:
|9||Germany||Cyprus, Denmark, Ireland, Israel, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Yugoslavia|
|Switzerland||Belgium, United Kingdom|
|United Kingdom||Austria, Luxembourg|
Host conductor in bold
|Stella Maessen||Belgium||1970 (for the Netherlands, part of Hearts of Soul), 1977 (part of Dream Express)|
|Anna Vissi||Cyprus||1980 (for Greece)|
|Anita Skorgan||Norway||1977, 1979|
|Fatima Padinha (part of Doce)||Portugal||1978 (part of Gemini)|
|Teresa Miguel (part of Doce)||Portugal||1978 (part of Gemini)|
|Sally Ann Triplett (part of Bardo)||United Kingdom||1980 (part of Prima Donna)|
- Portugal - Margarida Andrade
- Luxembourg - Jacques Harvey
- Norway - Erik Diesen
- United Kingdom - Colin Berry
- Turkey - Başak Doğru
- Finland - Solveig Herlin
- Switzerland - Michel Stocker
- Cyprus - Anna Partelidou
- Sweden - Arne Weise
- Austria - Tilia Herold
- Belgium - Jacques Olivier
- Spain - Marisa Naranjo
- Denmark - Hans Otto Bisgaard
- Yugoslavia - Miša Molk
- Israel - Yitzhak Shim'oni
- Netherlands - Flip van der Schalie
- Ireland - John Skehan
- Germany - Gabi Schnelle
- Turkey – Mine Ant, Jale Özkasım, Fariz Acar, Hakan Şerafettinoğlu, Haluk Günuğur, Taner Acar, Muammer Tosun, Sezer Öktem, Gülsen Nas, Dilek Abışgil, Belma Eşiyok
- Spain – Marisa Cofiño (painter), Luis González (hairdresser), Estela Alcaraz (student), Colomán Trabado (athlete), María Ángeles Toledano (dancer), Eusebio Poncela (actor), María Teresa Portal(landlady), Leandro Martín (jeweller), Miriam Ruiz (law graduate), Miguel Martínez (florist), Asunción López (student)