Eurovision Song Contest 1975

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Eurovision Song Contest 1975
ESC 1975 logo.png
Dates
Final date 22 March 1975
Host
Venue Stockholm International Fairs
Sweden
Presenter(s) Karin Falck
Conductor Mats Olsson
Executive supervisor Clifford Brown
Host broadcaster Sveriges Radio (SR)
Interval act The World of John Bauer
Participants
Number of entries 19
Debuting countries  Turkey
Returning countries
Withdrawing countries  Greece
Vote
Voting system Each country awarded 12, 10, 8-1 points to their 10 favourite songs
Nul points None
Winning song  Netherlands
"Ding-a-dong"
Eurovision Song Contest
◄1974 1975 1976►

The Eurovision Song Contest 1975 was the 20th edition of the contest hosted by SR and held in Stockholm, Sweden. The arena for the event was the newly built Stockholm International Fairs in Älvsjö in southern Stockholm. ABBA's victory in Brighton the previous year gave Sweden the right to host the contest for the first time. The Contest was won by Teach-In, who sang "Ding-a-dong" in English, representing the Netherlands.[1]

Location[edit]

For more details on the host city, see Stockholm.
Stockholm International Fairs in Älvsjö, Stockholm. Host venue of the 1975 Eurovision Song Contest.

Stockholm is the capital and the largest city of Sweden and constitutes the most populated urban area in Scandinavia.[2][3] Founded no later than c. 1250, possibly as early as 1187, Stockholm has long been one of Sweden's cultural, media, political, and economic centres. Its strategic location on 14 islands on the south-central east coast of Sweden at the mouth of Lake Mälaren, by the Stockholm archipelago, has been historically important. Stockholm has been nominated by GaWC as a global city, with a ranking of Alpha-.[4]

Stockholmsmässan (or Stockholm International Fairs in English) was the venue for the twentieth edition of Eurovision. The main building is in Älvsjö – a southern suburb of Stockholm Municipality for which the building got its nickname – and was constructed in 1971, and holds 4,000 people.

Format[edit]

This year a new scoring system was implemented, one which is still used today. Each jury would now give 12 points to the best song, 10 to the second best, then 8 to the third, 7 to the fourth, 6 to the fifth and so forth until the tenth best song (in the jury's opinion) received a single point. The host Karin Falck several times confused the new system with questions like "How much is seven in France?" Unlike today, the points were not given in order (from 1 up to 12), but in the order the songs were performed. The current procedure was not established until 1980.

Participating countries[edit]

Teach-In leaving from Amsterdam Airport for the European Song Contest 1975

Greece withdrew from this contest in response to the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus, in protest of Turkey's participation. Despite this, a record of nineteen countries took part. Turkey made their début, while France and Malta returned to the contest.[1]

The Portuguese entry "Madrugada" was an unabashed celebration of the Carnation Revolution, during which the country's 1974 Eurovision entry had played a pivotal practical role. According to author and historian John Kennedy O'Connor in his book The Eurovision Song Contest - The Official History, the Portuguese performer had to be dissuaded from wearing his Portuguese army uniform and carrying a gun onto the stage.[5] Some competitors (notably Portugal and Yugoslavia) opted to perform their songs in English for the rehearsals heard by the judges, but in their native tongue at the final. Others, such as Belgium and Germany, opted for a mix of their own language and English.

Conductors[edit]

Each performance had a conductor who maestro the orchestra.[6]

Returning artists[edit]

Norway's Ellen Nikolaysen was the only participant to return to the contest this year. Ellen's previous participations where with the band Bendik Singers in 1973 and 1974.[1]

Results[edit]

Draw Country Language[7] Artist Song English translation Place Points
01  Netherlands English Teach-In "Ding-a-dong" - 1 152
02  Ireland English The Swarbriggs "That's What Friends Are For" - 9 68
03  France French Nicole Rieu "Et bonjour à toi l'artiste" And Hello To You, The Artist 4 91
04  Germany German, English Joy Fleming "Ein Lied kann eine Brücke sein" A Song Can Be A Bridge 17 15
05  Luxembourg French Geraldine "Toi" You 5 84
06  Norway English Ellen Nikolaysen "Touch My Life (With Summer)" - 18 11
07  Switzerland German Simone Drexel "Mikado" Mikado 6 77
08  Yugoslavia Slovene Pepel In Kri "Dan ljubezni" A Day Of Love 13 22
09  United Kingdom English The Shadows "Let Me Be The One" - 2 138
10  Malta English Renato "Singing This Song" - 12 32
11  Belgium Dutch, English Ann Christy "Gelukkig zijn" Being Happy 15 17
12  Israel Hebrew Shlomo Artzi "At Va'Ani" (את ואני) You And Me 11 40
13  Turkey Turkish Semiha Yankı "Seninle Bir Dakika" One Minute With You 19 3
14  Monaco French Sophie "Une chanson c'est une lettre" A Song Is A Letter 14 22
15  Finland English Pihasoittajat "Old Man Fiddle" - 7 74
16  Portugal Portuguese Duarte Mendes "Madrugada" Dawn 16 16
17  Spain Spanish Sergio y Estíbaliz "Tú volverás" You'll Return 10 53
18  Sweden English Lasse Berghagen "Jennie, Jennie" - 8 72
19  Italy Italian Wess & Dori Ghezzi "Era" It Was 3 115

Scoreboard[edit]

Results
Total Score Netherlands Ireland France Germany Luxembourg Norway Switzerland Yugoslavia United Kingdom Malta Belgium Israel Turkey Monaco Finland Portugal Spain Sweden Italy
Contestants Netherlands 152 8 5 8 10 12 6 8 12 12 3 12 4 10 10 7 12 12 1
Ireland 68 6 6 4 7 1 6 4 12 1 4 3 10 4
France 91 8 12 3 8 7 2 7 1 7 12 8 8 8
Germany 15 8 3 4
Luxembourg 84 12 10 3 7 3 5 6 5 5 8 6 4 10
Norway 11 2 2 7
Switzerland 77 7 2 10 6 2 1 5 6 8 7 5 4 2 12
Yugoslavia 22 3 4 2 5 1 7
United Kingdom 138 4 3 12 10 12 7 8 12 8 10 10 12 7 5 10 5 3
Malta 32 1 8 5 2 4 2 7 1 2
Belgium 17 5 7 3 2
Israel 40 10 1 1 1 1 5 2 1 1 6 3 6 2
Turkey 3 3
Monaco 22 3 4 2 1 2 2 3 5
Finland 74 5 12 6 10 12 5 4 8 8 1 3
Portugal 16 2 12 2
Spain 53 7 5 3 5 4 4 4 3 4 8 6
Sweden 72 7 7 8 1 6 7 2 3 8 6 6 6 5
Italy 115 6 4 4 3 6 10 10 10 10 6 5 10 1 12 10 7 1

12 points[edit]

Below is a summary of all 12 points in the final:

N. Contestant Voting nation
6 Netherlands Israel, Malta, Norway, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom
4 United Kingdom France, Luxembourg, Monaco, Yugoslavia
2 Finland Germany, Switzerland
France Ireland, Portugal
1 Ireland Belgium
Italy Finland
Luxembourg Netherlands
Portugal Turkey
Switzerland Italy

International broadcasts and voting[edit]

The table below shows the order in which votes were cast during the 1975 contest along with the spokesperson who was responsible for announcing the votes for their respective country. Each national broadcaster also sent a commentator to the contest, in order to provide coverage of the contest in their own native language. Details of the commentators and the broadcasting station for which they represented are also included in the table below.[1]

Voting order Country Spokesperson Commentator Broadcaster
01  Netherlands Dick van Bommel Willem Duys Nederland 2[8]
02  Ireland Brendan Balfe Mike Murphy RTÉ Television
Liam Devally RTÉ Radio 1
03  France Michel Drucker Georges de Caunes TF1[9]
04  Germany TBC Werner Veigel ARD Deutsches Fernsehen[10]
Wolf Mittler Deutschlandfunk
05  Luxembourg TBC Jacques Navadic RTL Télé Luxembourg[9]
Camillo Felgen RTL Radio
06  Norway Sverre Christophersen[11] John Andreassen NRK[11]
Erik Heyerdahl NRK P1
07  Switzerland Michel Stocker[12] Theodor Haller TV DRS
Georges Hardy TSR
Giovanni Bertini TSI
08  Yugoslavia Dragana Marković Milovan Ilić TVB1
Oliver Mlakar TVZ 2
Tomaž Terček TVL2
09  United Kingdom Ray Moore Pete Murray BBC1[13]
Terry Wogan BBC Radio 2
Richard Astbury British Forces Radio[14]
10  Malta TBC Norman Hamilton
11  Belgium Staf Van Berendoncks Herman Verelst BRT
Paule Herreman RTB
Nand Baert & Jan Theys BRT Radio 1
Jacques Bauduin RTB La Première
12  Israel Yitzhak Shim'oni[15] No commentator Israeli Television
13  Turkey Bülent Osma Bülend Özveren TRT
Şebnem Savaşçı TRT Radyo 1
14  Monaco Carole Chabrier Georges de Caunes Télé Monte Carlo
15  Finland Kaarina Pönniö[16] Heikki Seppälä YLE TV1[16]
Jertta Blomstedt YLE Radio 1
16  Portugal Ana Zanatti Júlio Isidro RTP1[17]
Amadeu Meireles RDP Antena 1
17  Spain José María Íñigo José Luis Uribarri TVE1[18]
18  Sweden Sven Lindahl[19] Åke Strömmer SR TV1[19]
Ursula Richter SR P3[19]
19  Italy Anna Maria Gambineri Silvio Noto Programma Nazionale

Non-participating countries[edit]

Notable incidents[edit]

Intelligence reports at the time pointed out the festival as a possible target for a terrorist attack by the Red Army Faction which forced the organizers to tighten security considerably. The attack struck the West German embassy in Stockholm instead about a month later (see West German embassy siege).

The Swedish left movement protested against the contest and its commercial aspect. At first the criticism was directed towards SR for the huge amount of money they spent on the contest but soon the protests developed into a movement against commercial music overall. When the Eurovision Song Contest took place an alternative festival was organized in another part of Stockholm where anybody who wanted could perform a song. Most popular became Sillstryparn's entry "Doing the omoralisk schlagerfestival" (Doing the immoral Eurovision festival). In the autumn of 1975 SR informed that Sweden would not participate in the 1976 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest due to the high costs that came with hosting the show. The rules later changed so that the costs were split more equally between the participating broadcasters. In the end, SR did not broadcast the 1976 Contest.

References[edit]

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  12. ^ Baumann, Peter Ramón (OGAE Switzerland)
  13. ^ Eurovision Song Contest 1975 BBC Archives
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