I See a Star

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Netherlands "I See A Star"
Mouth & MacNeal - I See a Star.jpg
Eurovision Song Contest 1974 entry
Country Netherlands
Artist(s) Sjoukje Smit-van 't Spijker,
Willem Duyn
As Mouth & MacNeal
Language English
Composer(s) Hans van Hemert
Lyricist(s) Gerrit den Braber
Conductor Harry van Hoof
Finals performance
Final result 3rd
Final points 15
Appearance chronology
◄ "De oude muzikant" (1973)   
"Ding-A-Dong" (1975) ►

"I See a Star" (original Dutch title: "Ik zie een ster") was the Dutch entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1974, performed in English (the first time the Dutch entry was not entirely in Dutch) by Mouth & MacNeal.

The song was composed by Hans van Hemert and written by Gerrit den Braber, a duo with several previous entries to their credit. Lyrically, the song is a love duet, with the singers telling each other that their love has helped them see the world in a new way. The "star" of the title is in other words to be found in one's lover's eyes. A second explanation of the lyrics was later revealed by Mouth when he stated in an interview that the song was about the similarities between falling in love and using cannabis. Musically, it is based around a simple melody which is embellished by a number of different instruments, including a barrel organ with a collection of puppets on it.

The brightly coloured performance has become a favourite among Contest fans, with the song being selected as one of the non-winning "classics" to appear on the double-CD and double-DVD sets produced to support the Congratulations special of late 2005. At one point in the performance, Mouth in fact played the barrel organ himself - something referenced in the Dutch lyrics ("Dan speel ik er een stukkie orgel bij" - "Then I'll add some organ"). Contest historian and author John Kennedy O'Connor argues in his book The Eurovision Song Contest - The Official History that the "antics" involved in the presentation may ultimately have hurt the song's chances of winning. The winning song at this Contest was "Waterloo" by Sweden's ABBA.

Besides the Dutch and English versions, Mouth & MacNeal also recorded the song in German and French, entitled "Ein goldner Stern" and "L'amour au pas" respectively.

The song was performed twelfth on the night, following Belgium's Jacques Hustin with "Fleur de liberté" and preceding Ireland's Tina Reynolds with "Cross Your Heart". At the close of voting, it had received 15 points, placing third in a field of 17.

It was succeeded as Dutch representative at the 1975 Contest by Teach-In with "Ding-A-Dong". Maggie MacNeal returned to the Contest as a solo artist in 1980 with "Amsterdam".

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