Eurovision Song Contest 1975
The Eurovision Song Contest moved northwards for its 20th anniversary: It's 20th edition was held in Stockholm on the 22nd March.
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?".