The MGP was held at the studios of broadcaster NRK in Oslo, hosted by Vidar Lønn-Arnesen. Five songs were presented in the final with each song sung twice by different singers, once with a small combo and once with a full orchestra. The winning song was chosen by voting from a 14-member public jury who each awarded between 1 and 5 points per song.. "The First Day of Love" was performed in Norwegian as "Hvor er du" at MGP and was translated into English before going to Brighton.
On the night of the final Strøm performed 4th in the running order, following Spain and preceding Greece. The voting for 1974 reverted to the one-point-per-jury-member system and at the close of voting "The First Day of Love" had picked up only 3 points (from Belgium, Monaco and Sweden), placing Norway joint last (with Germany, Portugal and Switzerland) of the 17 entries, the third time the country ended the evening at the foot of the scoreboard.