Eurovision Song Contest 1974

For the second time in three years the United Kingdom staged the Eurovision Song Contest without having won the contest in the preceding year. Due to the fact that the broadcaster in Luxembourg, RTL, did not wish to host the event again for financial reasons, the BBC embraced the possibility once more. The 1974 Eurovision Song Contest was held at The Dome, in the seaside resort of Brighton.

Winners become legends

1974 saw the first participation of Greece who sent their national star Marinella. France was to enter the song contest with the entry La Vie A Vingt-cinq Ans by Dani, but the French singer never got the chance to perform though as the French president, Georges Pompidou, died in the week of the contest and France withdrew.

The voting system changed once more: 10 jury members in every country each awarded one point to their favourite song. For the first time, a draw of lots was used to decide the order in which countries would give the results of their juries. However, it was the last time this method was used to cast the votes - from 1975 onwards, a new voting system would be implemented where the order of the jury votes followed the order of performance.

About the winner

Sweden won the song contest for the first time with the entry Waterloo, performed by ABBA. The song became a huge international hit and was the starting point of their legendary international career. Over 30 years after it won, Waterloo was even voted the best Eurovision Song Contest song ever at the 50-year anniversary show Congratulations, in Copenhagen in autumn 2005. ABBA had actually tried to enter the 1973 Eurovision Song Contest with the song Ring Ring, which later became a hit for them in many European countries - but they only reached the third place in the Swedish national selection. For their 1974 entry, the group hesitated a while before choosing Waterloo as they thought their other option Hasta Mañana would be a more suitable song for the contest. However, Hasta Mañana was only really sung by only one of the girls, Agnetha Fältskog, and ABBA wanted a song where all four members could give their vocals to.

Facts & figures

  • Some years before she starred in the American movie Grease, the Australian pop singer Olivia Newton-John sang Long Live Love, representing the United Kingdom. Olivia Newton-John actually wanted to sing a different song, but Long Live Love was chosen by a public postal vote.
  • The winner from 1964, Gigliola Cinquetti, returned to the contest and finished second with her song, Si.
  • Katie Boyle presented the contest for the fourth and final time. She holds the record for hosting the Eurovision Song Contest the most times.

Facts & Figures


Saturday 6 April 1974


The Dome, Brighton, United Kingdom


ABBA from Sweden




Catherine (Katie) Boyle

Executive Producer

Bill Cotton

EBU Scrutineer

Clifford Brown


Michael Hurll

Interval Act

The Wombles

The Participants

# Representing country Performer(s) Song title, writer(s) and composer(s) Points Place
01 Finland
Flag of FinlandYLE
Carita Äla Mene Pois (keep Me Warm)
Eero Koivistoinen Hector
004 13
02 United Kingdom
Flag of United KingdomBBC
Olivia Newton-John Long Live Love
Valerie Avon, Harold Spiro
014 04
03 Spain
Flag of SpainTVE
Peret Canta Y Se Feliz
Pedro Pubill Calaf
010 09
04 Norway
Flag of NorwayNRK
Anne-Karine Ström and the Bendik Singers The First Day Of Love
Frode Thingnæs Philip Kruse
003 14
05 Greece
Flag of GreeceERT
Marinella Krassi, Thalassa Ke T'agori Mou
George Katsaros Pythagoras
007 11
06 Israel
Flag of IsraelIBA
Poogy Natati La Khaiai
Dani Sanderson Dani Sanderson, Alon Oleartchick
011 07
07 Yugoslavia
Flag of YugoslaviaJRT
Korni Generacija 42
Kornelije Kovac
006 12
08 Sweden
Flag of SwedenSR
ABBA Waterloo
Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvæus Stig Anderson
024 01
09 Luxembourg
Flag of LuxembourgCLT
Ireen Sheer Bye, Bye, I Love You
Ralph Siegel Michael Kunze, Humbert Ibach
014 04
10 Monaco
Flag of MonacoTMC
Romuald Celui Qui Reste Et Celui Qui S'en Va
Jean-Pierre Bourtayre Michael Jourdan
014 04
11 Belgium
Flag of BelgiumRTB
Jacques Hustin Fleur De Liberté
Jacques Hustin Franck F. Gérald
010 09
12 The Netherlands
Flag of The NetherlandsNOS
Mouth and MacNeal I See A Star
Hans van Hemert
015 03
13 Ireland
Flag of IrelandRTÉ
Tina Cross Your Heart
Paul Lyttle
011 07
14 Germany
Flag of GermanyARD
Cindy und Bert Die Sommermelodie
Werner Scharfenberger Kurt Feltz
003 14
15 Switzerland
Flag of SwitzerlandSSR SRG
Piera Martell Mein Ruf Nach Dir
Pepe Ederer
003 14
16 Portugal
Flag of PortugalRTP
Paulo de Carvalho E Depois Do Adeus
José Calvário José Niza
003 14
17 Italy
Flag of ItalyRAI
Gigliola Cinquetti Si
Mario Panzeri, Danielle Pace, ...
018 02


Participant Belgium Finland Germany Greece Ireland Israel Italy Luxembourg Monaco Norway Portugal Spain Sweden Switzerland The Netherlands United Kingdom Yugoslavia Points Place
Finland Finland
121 4 13
United Kingdom United Kingdom
11211314 14 4
Spain Spain
113221 10 9
Norway Norway
111 3 14
Greece Greece
124 7 11
Israel Israel
132122 11 7
Yugoslavia Yugoslavia
11211 6 12
Sweden Sweden
52121211531 24 1
Luxembourg Luxembourg
111322112 14 4
Monaco Monaco
2211211211 14 4
Belgium Belgium
532 10 9
The Netherlands The Netherlands
1112111133 15 3
Ireland Ireland
1212221 11 7
Germany Germany
111 3 14
Switzerland Switzerland
111 3 14
Portugal Portugal
12 3 14
Italy Italy
121114125 18 2