Eurovision Song Contest 1973

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After hosting the Eurovision Song Contest already in 1962 and 1966, it was Luxembourg's third occasion to show the best of Europe's music to millions of viewers. The big favourite to win was yet again Cliff Richard representing the United Kingdom, but the country that managed to get the highest number of points was the host nation.

Israel joins the family

For the third time in the 18-year-old history of the Eurovision Song Contest, Luxembourg had the honour of hosting the event with 17 nations being present. After ending up in last position two years in a row, Malta decided to withdraw from the contest. Austria decided not to participate either. Instead, a new country joined the song contest, Israel. It was the first non-European country to enter the contest. Israel was allowed to do so because the country was already a member of the European Broadcasting Union. With the Israelis participating, the security control was unusually tight and there were special security measures for the Israeli delegation.

Another important rule change for the 1973 Eurovision Song Contest was that the participants could choose the language in which they wanted to sing their songs. This rule remained valid till 1976, and has been put in effect from 1999 onwards again.

About the winner

The event was marked by a scandal: the Spanish entry Eres Tu by Mocedades was accused of plagiarism. It was suggested by critics that the song was merely a copy of the Yugoslav entry of 1966, Brez Besed performed by Berta Ambroz. The Spanish entry was not sanctioned though and became a huge hit internationally - it even outsold the winner Tu Te Reconnaitras by Anne-Marie David which marked the fourth victory for the Grand Duchy and the second one in a row after Vicky Leandros won the preceding year. Anne-Marie David tried her luck again in 1979 when she competed for France and came third. She is one of the few artists who ended up in the top-3 with all appearances in the Eurovision Song Contest.

Facts & figures

  • Cliff Richard sang for the United Kingdom for the second time and came in third, one place worse than in 1968 and his last try ever on the Eurovision Song Contest stage;
  • Sweden's Monique Dominique became the first woman to conduct the orchestra. Nurit Hirsch, the female conductor for Israel, followed her a few minutes later.

Facts & Figures

Date

Saturday 7 April 1973

Location

Nouveau Théâtre, Luxembourg, Luxembourg

Winner

Anne-Marie David from Luxembourg

Broadcaster

CLT

Hosts

Helga Guitton

Interval Act

Charlie Rivel

The Participants

# Representing country Performer(s) Song title, writer(s) and composer(s) Points Place
01 Finland
Flag of FinlandYLE
Marion Rung Tom Tom Tom 093 06
02 Belgium
Flag of BelgiumBRT
Nicole and Hugo Baby, Baby 058 17
03 Portugal
Flag of PortugalRTP
Fernando Tordo Tourada 080 10
04 Germany
Flag of GermanyARD
Gitte Junger Tag 085 08
05 Norway
Flag of NorwayNRK
Bendik Singers It's Just A Game 089 07
06 Monaco
Flag of MonacoTMC
Marie Un Train Qui Part 085 08
07 Spain
Flag of SpainTVE
Mocedades Eres Tú 125 02
08 Switzerland
Flag of SwitzerlandSSR SRG
Patrick Juvet Je Me Vais Marier, Marie 079 12
09 Yugoslavia
Flag of YugoslaviaJRT
Zdravko Colic Gori Vatra 065 15
10 Italy
Flag of ItalyRAI
Massimo Ranieri Chi Sarà Con Te 074 13
11 Luxembourg
Flag of LuxembourgCLT
Anne-Marie David Tu Te Reconnaîtras 129 01
12 Sweden
Flag of SwedenSR
The Nova and The Dolls You're Summer 094 05
13 The Netherlands
Flag of The NetherlandsNOS
Ben Cramer De Oude Muzikant 069 14
14 Ireland
Flag of IrelandRTÉ
Maxi Do I Dream? 080 10
15 United Kingdom
Flag of United KingdomBBC
Cliff Richard Power To All Our Friends 123 03
16 France
Flag of FranceORTF
Martine Clémenceau Sans Toi 065 15
17 Israel
Flag of IsraelIBA
Ilanit Ey-sham 097 04

Scoreboard

Participant Belgium Finland France Germany Ireland Israel Italy Luxembourg Monaco Norway Portugal Spain Sweden Switzerland The Netherlands United Kingdom Yugoslavia Points Place
Finland Finland
9465526565676597 93 6
Belgium Belgium
4244224633624354 58 17
Portugal Portugal
6465453445828556 80 10
Germany Germany
5276437546967554 85 8
Norway Norway
5866395775637336 89 7
Monaco Monaco
3654648632645599 85 8
Spain Spain
8399108108949781049 125 2
Switzerland Switzerland
3424734657373876 79 12
Yugoslavia Yugoslavia
3544542452382644 65 15
Italy Italy
5255445553557455 74 13
Luxembourg Luxembourg
6610788978868109109 129 1
Sweden Sweden
4845555658479676 94 5
The Netherlands The Netherlands
4465524745253535 69 14
Ireland Ireland
7344456662755655 80 10
United Kingdom United Kingdom
698799510876498108 123 3
France France
3445223542554557 65 15
Israel Israel
6657778755466657 97 4