Eurovision Song Contest 1975

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The Eurovision Song Contest moved northwards for its 20th anniversary: It's 20th edition was held in Stockholm on the 22nd March.

Stockholm calling!

Sweden and its capital Stockholm were the frame for the 1975 Eurovision Song Contest, and yet again, another voting system was implemented which is still in use today. Juries in every country would give 1 - 12 points to their 10 favourite songs, starting with 12 points to their top favourite, then 10 to the second favourite, 8 to their third favourite, 7 to their fourth favorite and ending with 1 point for their tenth favourite. The votes were cast in the order the songs were performed.A record of 19 participating countries took part in the 1975 Eurovision Song Contest. After its debut in the preceding year, Greece withdrew from the contest again. On the other hand, Turkey sent its first entry to the song contest and France and Malta returned.

Ellen Nikolaysen from Norway performed for the third consecutive year on the Eurovision Song Contest stage which was only preceded in the 1950s by Lys Assia and Corry Brokken and in the 1960s by Udo Jürgens, but was never repeated afterwards. Portugal's entry was a highly political one. Singer Duarte Mendes dedicated his song to the country's peaceful revolution the previous year. 1975 saw a disappointing result for the German entry Ein Lied Kann Eine Brücke Sein, which was performed by Joy Fleming. The song ended up 17th with just 15 points altogether, but is nowadays seen as a highlight in Eurovision Song Contest history.

About the winner

The first entry of the night was the one of the Netherlands. The Dutch performers gave a magnificent perfomance and ended up with the trophy singing Ding-A-Dong. It was the fourth time that the Netherlands won the event.

Facts & figures

  • The host of the 1975 Eurovision Song Contest, Karin Falck, charmingly presented the show but got confused during the voting at one point, when she exclaimed "How much is 7 in French?".

Facts & Figures

Date

Saturday 22 March 1975

Location

St. Eriks Mässan Alvsjö, Stockholm, Sweden

Winner

Teach-In from The Netherlands

Broadcaster

SR

Hosts

Karin Falck

Interval Act

The World of John Bauer

The Participants

# Representing country Performer(s) Song title, writer(s) and composer(s) Points Place
01 The Netherlands
Flag of The NetherlandsNOS
Teach-In Ding-A-Dong 152 01
02 Ireland
Flag of IrelandRTÉ
The Swarbriggs That's What Friends Are For 068 09
03 France
Flag of FranceTF1
Nicole Rieu Et Bonjour à Toi L'artiste 091 04
04 Germany
Flag of GermanyARD
Joy Fleming Ein Lied Kann Eine Brücke Sein 015 17
05 Luxembourg
Flag of LuxembourgCLT
Géraldine Toi 084 05
06 Norway
Flag of NorwayNRK
Ellen Nikolaysen You Touched My Life With Summer 011 18
07 Switzerland
Flag of SwitzerlandSSR SRG
Simone Drexel Mikado 077 06
08 Yugoslavia
Flag of YugoslaviaJRT
Pepel In Kri Dan Ljubezni 022 13
09 United Kingdom
Flag of United KingdomBBC
The Shadows Let Me Be The One 138 02
10 Malta
Flag of MaltaMTPBS
Renato Singing This Song 032 12
11 Belgium
Flag of BelgiumBRT
Ann Christy Gelukkig Zijn 017 15
12 Israel
Flag of IsraelIBA
Shlomo Artzi At Ve'ani 040 11
13 Turkey
Flag of TurkeyTRT
Semiha Yanki Seninle Bir Dakika 003 19
14 Monaco
Flag of MonacoTMC
Sophie Une Chanson C'est Une Lettre 022 13
15 Finland
Flag of FinlandYLE
Pihasoittajat Old Man Fiddle 074 07
16 Portugal
Flag of PortugalRTP
Duarte Mendes Madrugada 016 16
17 Spain
Flag of SpainTVE
Sergio y Estíbaliz Tú Volverás 053 10
18 Sweden
Flag of SwedenSR
Lars Berghagen and the Dolls Jennie, Jennie 072 08
19 Italy
Flag of ItalyRAI
Wess and Dori Ghezzi Era 115 03

Scoreboard

Participant Belgium Finland France Germany Ireland Israel Italy Luxembourg Malta Monaco Norway Portugal Spain Sweden Switzerland The Netherlands Turkey United Kingdom Yugoslavia Points Place
The Netherlands The Netherlands
310588121101210127121264128 152 1
Ireland Ireland
121644443107661 68 9
France France
212787712883818 91 4
Germany Germany
834 15 17
Luxembourg Luxembourg
5310610586412537 84 5
Norway Norway
722 11 18
Switzerland Switzerland
8410621226512775 77 6
Yugoslavia Yugoslavia
524173 22 13
United Kingdom United Kingdom
1071210310312812751058412 138 2
Malta Malta
781524122 32 12
Belgium Belgium
7253 17 15
Israel Israel
13111215621061 40 11
Turkey Turkey
3 3 19
Monaco Monaco
23254132 22 13
Finland Finland
12586810131245 74 7
Portugal Portugal
2212 16 16
Spain Spain
48574643534 53 10
Sweden Sweden
6737268651876 72 8
Italy Italy
612446531016107110101010 115 3