Eurovision Song Contest 1972

Host Broadcaster BBC decided to arrange the 1972 Eurovision Song Contest outside of London and the honour of hosting it went to the Scottish capital Edinburgh. The contest resulted in two big hits all over the continent: Après Toi by winner Vicky Leandros and Beg, Steal Or Borrow by The New Seekers who ended up in second place.

"We don't have a venue!"

Despite the victory of Monaco the previous year, the 1972 Eurovision Song Contest took place in Edinburgh. The reason that the contest did not take place in Monaco was because the small Mediterranean nation could not provide a decent venue. However, it was later rumoured that the real reason was that Monaco was not in a financial position to host the contest. The BBC took over and chose a venue outside of London for the first time. The contest was broadcast live to Asia for the first time with viewers in Japan, Taiwan, The Philippines, Hong Kong and Thailand, all able to watch the show. It also was the first year that a video wall was used to present song titles and artists.

About the winner

For the third time already, Luxembourg won the song contest with the entry Aprés Toi performed by Vicky Leandros. The writer of the winning song, Yves Desca, also wrote the winning song of 1971 by Séverine. It was the first time in the history of the Song Contest that the same song writer won twice in a row and for two different countries.

Greek-born singer Vicky Leandros also took part in the contest for the second time and won for Luxembourg thanks to a well-planned PR campaign. This time she also used her surname, something she had avoided the first time when she participated just as "Vicky" in 1967. The winning song Après toi sold míllions of copies all over Europe, and Vicky Leandros appeared in TV-shows all over Europe. She would try to enter the Eurovision Song Contest again in 2006, but only came 3rd in the German national final for the contest.

Facts & figures

  • The Irish entry Ceol An Ghrá by Sandie Jones was sung in the Irish language and until now, it remains the only song ever to be sung in Irish in the Eurovision Song Contest;
  • Malta took part in the contest for the second time and came last again with Helen & Joseph's L' imhabba.

Facts & Figures

Date

Saturday 25 March 1972

Location

Usher Hall, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Winner

Vicky Leandros from Luxembourg

Broadcaster

BBC

Hosts

Moira Shearer

Executive Producer

Bill Cotton

EBU Scrutineer

Clifford Brown

Director

Terry Hughes

Interval Act

Tatto at Edinburgh Castle

The Participants

# Representing country Performer(s) Song title, writer(s) and composer(s) Points Place
01 Germany
Flag of GermanyARD
Mary Roos Nur Die Liebe Läßt Uns Leben 107 03
02 France
Flag of FranceORTF
Betty Mars Comé-comédie 081 11
03 Ireland
Flag of IrelandRTÉ
Sandie Jones Ceol On Ghrá 072 15
04 Spain
Flag of SpainTVE
Jaime Morey Amanece 083 10
05 United Kingdom
Flag of United KingdomBBC
The New Seekers Beg, Steal Or Borrow 114 02
06 Norway
Flag of NorwayNRK
Grethe Kausland and Benny Borg Småting 073 14
07 Portugal
Flag of PortugalRTP
Carlos Mendes A Festa Da Vida 090 07
08 Switzerland
Flag of SwitzerlandSSR SRG
Véronique Müller C'est La Chanson De Mon Amour 088 08
09 Malta
Flag of MaltaMTPBS
Helen and Joseph L-imhabba 048 18
10 Finland
Flag of FinlandYLE
Päivi Paunu and Kim Floor Muistathan 078 12
11 Austria
Flag of AustriaORF
The Milestones Falter Im Wind 100 05
12 Italy
Flag of ItalyRAI
Nicola di Bari I Giorni Dell' Arcobaleno 092 06
13 Yugoslavia
Flag of YugoslaviaJRT
Tereza Muzika I Ti 087 09
14 Sweden
Flag of SwedenSR
Family Four Härliga Sommardag 075 13
15 Monaco
Flag of MonacoTMC
Anne-Marie Godart and Peter MacLane Comme On S'aime 065 16
16 Belgium
Flag of BelgiumRTBF
Serge and Christine Ghisoland À La Folie Ou Pas Du Tout 055 17
17 Luxembourg
Flag of LuxembourgCLT
Vicky Leandros Après Toi 128 01
18 The Netherlands
Flag of The NetherlandsNOS
Sandra and Andres Als Het Om De Liefde Gaat 106 04

Scoreboard

Participant Austria Belgium Finland France Germany Ireland Italy Luxembourg Malta Monaco Norway Portugal Spain Sweden Switzerland The Netherlands United Kingdom Yugoslavia Points Place
Germany Germany
57586774866985655 107 3
France France
27455385672223695 81 11
Ireland Ireland
44334366564453543 72 15
Spain Spain
53457535488673532 83 10
United Kingdom United Kingdom
747986782910426889 114 2
Norway Norway
34734626545542445 73 14
Portugal Portugal
472437910542776544 90 7
Switzerland Switzerland
84754657467254545 88 8
Malta Malta
22523422322232462 48 18
Finland Finland
38343363564643854 78 12
Austria Austria
446666555556107938 100 5
Italy Italy
66654366667289534 92 6
Yugoslavia Yugoslavia
38347528494584265 87 9
Sweden Sweden
47535535455432537 75 13
Monaco Monaco
34534434562332554 65 16
Belgium Belgium
24324365423223352 55 17
Luxembourg Luxembourg
8868999478728691010 128 1
The Netherlands The Netherlands
62966837358586699 106 4