Israel wind Eurovision song contest for the first time. Izhar Cohen & the Alpha Beta were the singer In Paris in 1978 for the first time in the history of the competition two presenters on the stage! DENISE FABRE and LEON ZITRONE. Both were very successful and popular journalists. Two were noteworthy in 1978. The first was back in Denmark after 11 years! The second was that we had record entries for the first time after twenty countries took part in the competition!