Eurovision Song Contest 1975

The Eurovision Song Contest moved northwards for its 20th anniversary. The 1975 Eurovision Song Contest was held in Stockholm, Sweden on 22nd March.

Stockholm calling!

In 1975 another voting system was implemented. 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 favourite and ending with 1 point for their tenth favourite. This formula is still in place today. 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. 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. More recently, San Marino's Valentina Monetta took to the stage in 2012, 2013 and 2014. 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 nowadays it is a big favourite among fans.

About the winner

The winning country, the Netherlands, was also the first entry to be performed in 1975. The group, Teach-In, performed Ding-A-Dong. It was the fourth, and to date, the last time, that the Netherlands won the Eurovision Song Contest.

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
Dick Bakker Will Luikinga, Eddy Ouwens
152 01
02 Ireland
Flag of IrelandRTÉ
The Swarbriggs That's What Friends Are For
Jimmy Swarbrigg, Tommy Swarbrigg
068 09
03 France
Flag of FranceTF1
Nicole Rieu Et Bonjour à Toi L'artiste
Pierre Delanoë, Jeff Barnel
091 04
04 Germany
Flag of GermanyARD
Joy Fleming Ein Lied Kann Eine Brücke Sein
Rainer Pietsch Michael Holm
015 17
05 Luxembourg
Flag of LuxembourgCLT
Géraldine Toi
Bill Martin, Phil Coulter Pierre Cour, Bill Martin, Phil...
084 05
06 Norway
Flag of NorwayNRK
Ellen Nikolaysen You Touched My Life With Summer
Svein Hundnes
011 18
07 Switzerland
Flag of SwitzerlandSSR SRG
Simone Drexel Mikado
Simone Drexel
077 06
08 Yugoslavia
Flag of YugoslaviaJRT
Pepel In Kri Dan Ljubezni
Tadej Hrusovar Dusan Velkaverh
022 13
09 United Kingdom
Flag of United KingdomBBC
The Shadows Let Me Be The One
Paul Curtis
138 02
10 Malta
Flag of MaltaMTPBS
Renato Singing This Song
Sammy Galea M. Idris Misfud
032 12
11 Belgium
Flag of BelgiumBRT
Ann Christy Gelukkig Zijn
Mary Boduin
017 15
12 Israel
Flag of IsraelIBA
Shlomo Artzi At Ve'ani
Shlomo Artzi Ehud Manor
040 11
13 Turkey
Flag of TurkeyTRT
Semiha Yanki Seninle Bir Dakika
Kemal Ebcioglu Hikmet Munir Ebcioglu
003 19
14 Monaco
Flag of MonacoTMC
Sophie Une Chanson C'est Une Lettre
André Popp Boris Bergman
022 13
15 Finland
Flag of FinlandYLE
Pihasoittajat Old Man Fiddle
Kim Kuusi Hannu Karlsson
074 07
16 Portugal
Flag of PortugalRTP
Duarte Mendes Madrugada
José Luis Tinoco
016 16
17 Spain
Flag of SpainTVE
Sergio y Estíbaliz Tú Volverás
Juan Carlos Calderón
053 10
18 Sweden
Flag of SwedenSR
Lars Berghagen and the Dolls Jennie, Jennie
Lars Berghagen
072 08
19 Italy
Flag of ItalyRAI
Wess and Dori Ghezzi Era
Shel Shapiro Andrea lo Vecchio
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