eurovision 1974

all time rank: the position that the country and the song have between all the eurovision songs

chart from the game vote for the best eurovision song.

Eurovision Song Contest 1974
ESC 1974 logo.png
Dates
Final date 6 April 1974
Host
Venue The Dome
Brighton,United Kingdom
Presenter(s) Katie Boyle
Conductor Ronnie Hazlehurst
Host broadcaster United Kingdom BBC
Interval act The Wombles
Participants
Number of entries 17
Debuting countries
Returning countries None
Withdrawing countries


participating countries

History

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.
Katie Boyle came back to host her fourth Eurovision Song Contest (she also hosted the contest in 1960, 1963 and 1968).
ABBA sang the song “Waterloo”, and the group went to become one of the most popular singing groups of all time. Along with 1988 winner Celine Dion, ABBA are among the few Eurovision winners to achieve international superstar status. Sweden’s win was their first. “Waterloo” itself was later voted the best song in the competition’s history in the programme Congratulations: 50 Years of the Eurovision Song Contest.
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 United Kingdom was represented in the contest by the (British born) Australian pop singer Olivia Newton-John, who came fourth with the song “Long Live Love”. As noted by author and historian John Kennedy O’Connor in his book The Eurovision Song Contest – The Official History, Olivia disliked this song and preferred others from the UK heat, but “Long Live Love” was chosen as the UK’s entry by a public postal vote.
Malta withdrew from the contest for unknown reasons, but had selected Enzo Guzman with the song “Paċi Fid Dinja” (Peace in the World) to represent them.Italy refused to broadcast the televised contest on the state television channel RAI because of a song sung by Gigliola Cinquetti which coincided with the intense political campaigning for the 1974 Italian referendum on divorce which was held a month later in May. Despite the Eurovision contest taking place more than a month before the planned vote and despite Cinquetti going as far as winning second place, Italian censors refused to allow the contest and song to be shown or heard. RAI censors felt the song which was titled “Sì”, and which contained lyrics constantly repeating the word “SI” (yes)[3] could be accused of being a subliminal message and a form of propaganda to influence the Italian voting public to vote “YES” in the referendum. The song remained censored on most Italian state TV and radio stations for over a month.
Portugal’s entry “E depois do adeus” was used as one of the two signals to launch the Carnation Revolution against the Estado Novo regime. The song alerted the rebel captains and soldiers to begin the coup and the tanks of the left-wing military coup to move in. John Kennedy O’Connor describes it as “the only Eurovision entry to have actually started a revolution”, while Des Mangan suggests that other Portuguese entries (he mentions 1998’s “Se Eu Te Pudesse Abraçar”) would not be likely to inspire coups.
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.

# Representing country Performer(s) Song title, writer(s) and composer(s) Points Place
01 Finland

Flag of Finland
Carita Äla Mene Pois (keep Me Warm) 004 13
02 United Kingdom

Flag of United Kingdom
Olivia Newton-John Long Live Love 014 04
03 Spain

Flag of Spain
Peret Canta Y Se Feliz 010 09
04 Norway

Flag of Norway
Anne-Karine Ström and the Bendik Singers The First Day Of Love 003 14
05 Greece

Flag of Greece
Marinella Krassi, Thalassa Ke T’agori Mou 007 11
06 Israel

Flag of Israel
Poogy Natati La Khaiai 011 07
07 Yugoslavia

Flag of Yugoslavia
Korni Generacija 42 006 12
08 Sweden

Flag of Sweden
ABBA Waterloo 024 01
09 Luxembourg

Flag of Luxembourg
Ireen Sheer Bye, Bye, I Love You 014 04
10 Monaco

Flag of Monaco
Romuald Celui Qui Reste Et Celui Qui S’en Va 014 04
11 Belgium

Flag of Belgium
Jacques Hustin Fleur De Liberté 010 09
12 Netherlands

Flag of The Netherlands
Mouth and MacNeal I See A Star 015 03
13 Ireland

Flag of Ireland
Tina Cross Your Heart 011 07
14 Germany

Flag of Germany
Cindy und Bert Die Sommermelodie 003 14
15 Switzerland

Flag of Switzerland
Piera Martell Mein Ruf Nach Dir 003 14
16 Portugal

Flag of Portugal
Paulo de Carvalho E Depois Do Adeus 003 14
17 Italy

Flag of Italy
Gigliola Cinquetti Si 018 02

Returning artists

Artist Country Previous year(s)
Gigliola Cinquetti  Italy 1964 (winner)
Romuald  Monaco 1964, 1969 (for Luxembourg)
Bendik Singers  Norway 1973
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