Eurovision Song Contest 1974

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For the second year in three, the United Kingdom and its national broadcaster BBC held the Eurovision Song Contest without having won in the preceding year. Due to the fact that the Luxembourg broadcaster RTL did not wish to host the song contest again because of financial reasons, British BBC embraced the possibility once more. This year, the 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 favorite 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 which basically is still in use today.

About the winner

Sweden won the song contest for the first time with the entry Waterloo, performed by pop legends ABBA. The song became a huge international hit and was the starting point of the outstanding career of the Swedish four. 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 the autumn of 2005. ABBA had actually tried to enter the 1973 Eurovision Song Contest already 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 also be a suitable song for the contest. However, Hasta Mañana was basically sung by only one of the girls, Agnetha Fältskog, but 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 popsinger 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.

Facts & Figures

Date

Saturday 6 April 1974

Location

The Dome, Brighton, United Kingdom

Winner

ABBA from Sweden

Broadcaster

BBC

Hosts

Catherine (Katie) Boyle

Executive Producer

Bill Cotton

EBU Scrutineer

Clifford Brown

Director

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) 004 13
02 United Kingdom
Flag of United KingdomBBC
Olivia Newton-John Long Live Love 014 04
03 Spain
Flag of SpainTVE
Peret Canta Y Se Feliz 010 09
04 Norway
Flag of NorwayNRK
Anne-Karine Ström and the Bendik Singers The First Day Of Love 003 14
05 Greece
Flag of GreeceERT
Marinella Krassi, Thalassa Ke T'agori Mou 007 11
06 Israel
Flag of IsraelIBA
Poogy Natati La Khaiai 011 07
07 Yugoslavia
Flag of YugoslaviaJRT
Korni Generacija 42 006 12
08 Sweden
Flag of SwedenSR
ABBA Waterloo 024 01
09 Luxembourg
Flag of LuxembourgCLT
Ireen Sheer Bye, Bye, I Love You 014 04
10 Monaco
Flag of MonacoTMC
Romuald Celui Qui Reste Et Celui Qui S'en Va 014 04
11 Belgium
Flag of BelgiumRTB
Jacques Hustin Fleur De Liberté 010 09
12 The Netherlands
Flag of The NetherlandsNOS
Mouth and MacNeal I See A Star 015 03
13 Ireland
Flag of IrelandRTÉ
Tina Cross Your Heart 011 07
14 Germany
Flag of GermanyARD
Cindy und Bert Die Sommermelodie 003 14
15 Switzerland
Flag of SwitzerlandSSR SRG
Piera Martell Mein Ruf Nach Dir 003 14
16 Portugal
Flag of PortugalRTP
Paulo de Carvalho E Depois Do Adeus 003 14
17 Italy
Flag of ItalyRAI
Gigliola Cinquetti Si 018 02

Scoreboard

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