Eurovision Song Contest 1970

The Netherlands hosted the Eurovision Song Contest once again in 1970. The contest took place in the capital, Amsterdam, however only 12 delegations made the trip to the Dutch capital due to what was referred to as "the voting scandal" of the year before.

Where to go?

There were plenty of host countries to choose from as a result of the four-way tie in 1969; the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, France and Spain. Eventually, Amsterdam was chosen to host the fifteenth Eurovision Song Contest by the drawing of lots. For the second year in a row, the number of participants went down.

Finland, Norway, Sweden and Portugal were all dissatisfied about the voting in the 1969 contest when 4 countries were declared winners and withdrew from the contest. To ensure that a similar incident did not happen again a tie rule was created. The rule stated that if two or more songs gained the same number of points, each song had to be performed once more. After these performances, the juries (with the exception of the countries that had tied) had to select their favourite song. This had to be done by the showing of hands. If entries still were to tie, both of them would share the first position.

Irish eyes were smiling

Ireland had its first victory in the history of the Eurovision Song Contest with Dana's All Kinds Of Everything. The teenager went on to score a major international hit with her entry.

Facts & figures

  • Brazil, the Soviet Union, Hungary, Czechoslovakia and Chile broadcast the contest live by satellite;
  • Of the singers who competed on the stage this year a number were already established performers. Notably, the United Kingdom sent Mary Hopkin while David Alexandre Winter represented Luxembourg;
  • The contest also featured an appearance of the then unknown Julio Iglesias, singing for Spain.

Facts & Figures

Date

Saturday 21 March 1970

Location

RAI Congrescentrum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Winner

Dana from Ireland

Broadcaster

NOS

Hosts

Willy Dobbe

Executive Producer

Warner van Kampen

EBU Scrutineer

Clifford Brown

Director

Theo Ordeman

Interval Act

Don de Lurio Dancers

The Participants

# Representing country Performer(s) Song title, writer(s) and composer(s) Points Place
01 The Netherlands
Flag of The NetherlandsNOS
Patricia and Hearts of Soul Waterman
Pieter Goemans
007 07
02 Switzerland
Flag of SwitzerlandSSR SRG
Henri Dès Retour
Henri Dès Henri Des
008 04
03 Italy
Flag of ItalyRAI
Gianni Morandi Occhi Di Ragazza
Lucio Dalla Gianfranco Baldazzi, Sergio Ba...
005 08
04 Yugoslavia
Flag of YugoslaviaJRT
Eva Sršen Pridi, Dala Ti Bom Cvet
Mojmir Sepe Dusan Velkaverh
004 11
05 Belgium
Flag of BelgiumRTB
Jean Vallée Viens L'oublier
Jean Vallée jean Vallee
005 08
06 France
Flag of FranceORTF
Guy Bonnet Marie Blanche
Guy Bonnet Pierre-André Dousset
008 04
07 United Kingdom
Flag of United KingdomBBC
Mary Hopkin Knock, Knock (who's There?)
John Carter, Geoff Stephens
026 02
08 Luxembourg
Flag of LuxembourgCLT
David-Alexandre Winter Je Suis Tombé Du Ciel
Yves de Vriendt Eddy Marnay
000 12
09 Spain
Flag of SpainTVE
Julio Iglesias Gwendolyne
Julio Iglesias
008 04
10 Monaco
Flag of MonacoTMC
Dominique Dussault Marlène
Eddie Barclay, Jimmy Walter Henri Dijan
005 08
11 Germany
Flag of GermanyARD
Katja Ebstein Wunder Gibt Es Immer Wieder
Christian Bruhn Günter Loose
012 03
12 Ireland
Flag of IrelandRTÉ
Dana All Kinds Of Everything
Derry Lindsay, Jackie Smith
032 01

Scoreboard

Participant Belgium France Germany Ireland Italy Luxembourg Monaco Spain Switzerland The Netherlands United Kingdom Yugoslavia Points Place
The Netherlands The Netherlands
313 7 7
Switzerland Switzerland
22121 8 4
Italy Italy
221 5 8
Yugoslavia Yugoslavia
4 4 11
Belgium Belgium
311 5 8
France France
3122 8 4
United Kingdom United Kingdom
243224234 26 2
Luxembourg Luxembourg
- 12
Spain Spain
323 8 4
Monaco Monaco
1211 5 8
Germany Germany
213141 12 3
Ireland Ireland
91223654 32 1