Eurovision Song Contest 1975

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Eurovision Song Contest 1975
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Final22 March 1975
Stockholm, Sweden
Presenter(s)Karin Falck
Musical directorMats Olsson
Directed byBo Billtén
Executive supervisorClifford Brown
Executive producerRoland Eiworth
Host broadcasterSveriges Radio (SR) Edit this at Wikidata
Number of entries19
Debuting countries Turkey
Returning countries
Non-returning countries Greece
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Voting systemEach country awarded 12, 10, 8-1 points to their 10 favourite songs
Nul points in finalNone
Winning song Netherlands
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The Eurovision Song Contest 1975 was the 20th edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Stockholm, Sweden, following the country's victory at the 1974 contest with the song "Waterloo" by ABBA. Organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and host broadcaster Sveriges Radio (SR), the contest was held at Stockholmsmässan on 22 March 1975, and was hosted by Swedish television director Karin Falck. It was the first time that the contest had taken place in Sweden.

Nineteen countries participated in the contest, beating the previous record of eighteen, that was first set in the 1965 edition. France and Malta returned after their one-year and two-year absences, respectively. Turkey made its debut, while Greece decided not to enter after its debut the year prior.[1]

The winner of the contest was the Netherlands who won with the song "Ding-a-dong", performed by Teach-In, written by Will Luikinga and Eddy Ouwens, and composed by Dick Bakker. The country would not win again until 2019.


Stockholmsmässan, Stockholm – host venue of the 1975 contest.

The contest took place in Stockholm, the capital and largest city of Sweden, which has long been one of the country's cultural, media, political, and economic centres as well as the most populated urban area in Scandinavia.[2][3]

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


To introduce each song, all the artists were recorded on videotape painting a portrait of themselves during the rehearsal period, incorporating their nation's flag into the illustration. Some artists included their backing artists in the painting, others chose only to paint the lead singer.

This year a new scoring system was implemented. Each country would be represented by a jury of 11 members, at least half of whom had to be under the age of 26. Each jury member had to award every song a mark of between 1 and 5 points, but could not vote for their own nation's entry. The votes were cast immediately after the song was performed and collected by the adjudicator straight away. After the last song was performed, the jury secretary added up all the votes cast and awarded 12 points to the song with the highest score, 10 to the second highest score, then 8 to the third, and so forth down to 1 point for the song ranked 10th. The 12–1 points system remained in use until 2015. The jury spokesperson then announced the ten scores in the order the songs were presented when called upon by the hostess. The hostess 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 of announcing the scores in ascending order, beginning with 1 point, was not established until 1980. This scoring system remained in use until 1996, although the number of jurors varied (it was 11 from 1975 to 1987, and 16 from 1988 to 1997) and the scores they awarded each song increased to 10 rather than 5. In from 1997, some juries were replaced by televotes and from 1998, all countries were encouraged to televote when possible.

In the 2009 final and the 2010 semi-finals, the juries were reintroduced to provide 50% of the scores. Despite these changes in how the points were decided, the 'douze points' scoring system remained in place from 1975–2015. In 2016 it was altered to each country providing two separate sets of points, however, modelled after the former model.[4]

Participating countries[edit]

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

Nineteen countries took part in the contest; As a result of Turkey competing in the competition for the very first time, Greece decided not to enter after its 1974 debut in protest at the Turkish participation due to the Turkish invasion of Cyprus that had occurred the year before. Meanwhile, France and Malta returned to the contest after having been absent for one and two years, respectively .[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.


Each performance had a conductor who conducted the orchestra.[6][7]

Returning artists[edit]

Artist Country Previous year(s)
Ellen Nikolaysen  Norway 1973 (as part of Bendik Singers)
1974 (as part of Bendik Singers)
John Farrar (as part of The Shadows)  United Kingdom 1973 (as backing singer for Cliff Richard)

Participants and results[edit]

R/O Country Artist Song Language[8][9] Points Place[10]
1  Netherlands Teach-In "Ding-a-dong" English 152 1
2  Ireland The Swarbriggs "That's What Friends Are For" English 68 9
3  France Nicole Rieu "Et bonjour à toi l'artiste" French 91 4
4  Germany Joy Fleming "Ein Lied kann eine Brücke sein" German, English 15 17
5  Luxembourg Géraldine "Toi" French 84 5
6  Norway Ellen Nikolaysen "Touch My Life (with Summer)" English 11 18
7  Switzerland Simone Drexel "Mikado" German 77 6
8  Yugoslavia Pepel in kri "Dan ljubezni" Slovene 22 13
9  United Kingdom The Shadows "Let Me Be the One" English 138 2
10  Malta Renato "Singing This Song" English 32 12
11  Belgium Ann Christy "Gelukkig zijn" Dutch, English 17 15
12  Israel Shlomo Artzi "At Va'Ani" (את ואני) Hebrew 40 11
13  Turkey Semiha Yankı "Seninle Bir Dakika" Turkish 3 19
14  Monaco Sophie "Une chanson c'est une lettre" French 22 13
15  Finland Pihasoittajat "Old Man Fiddle" English 74 7
16  Portugal Duarte Mendes "Madrugada" Portuguese 16 16
17  Spain Sergio and Estíbaliz "Tú volverás" Spanish 53 10
18  Sweden Lasse Berghagen and the Dolls "Jennie, Jennie" English 72 8
19  Italy Wess and Dori Ghezzi "Era" Italian 115 3

Detailed voting results[edit]

Detailed voting results[11][12]
Total score
United Kingdom
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 Nation(s) giving 12 points
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


Listed below is 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.

  1.  Netherlands – Dick van Bommel
  2.  Ireland – Brendan Balfe
  3.  France – Marc Menant
  4.  Germany – Hans-Joachim Scherbening [de]
  5.  Luxembourg – TBC
  6.  Norway – Sverre Christophersen [no]
  7.  Switzerland – Michel Stocker
  8.  Yugoslavia – Dragana Marković
  9.  United Kingdom – Ray Moore[7]
  10.  Malta – TBC
  11.  Belgium – Ward Bogaert [nl]
  12.  Israel – Yitzhak Shim'oni [he]
  13.  Turkey – Bülent Osma
  14.  Monaco – Carole Chabrier
  15.  Finland – Kaarina Pönniö
  16.  Portugal – Ana Zanatti
  17.  Spain – José María Íñigo
  18.  Sweden – Sven Lindahl
  19.  Italy – Anna Maria Gambineri [it]


Each national broadcaster also sent a commentator to the contest, in order to provide coverage of the contest in their own native language.[1] In addition to the participating countries, the contest was also reportedly broadcast via Intervision to Eastern European countries, and in Chile, Hong Kong, Iceland, Japan, Jordan and South Korea.[7][13]

Broadcasters and commentators in participating countries
Country Broadcaster(s) Commentator(s) Ref(s)
 Belgium BRT Dutch: Jan Theys [nl]
RTB French: Paule Herreman
BRT Radio 1 Dutch: Nand Baert [nl]
RTB La Première French: Jacques Bauduin [fr]
 Finland Yle TV1 Heikki Seppälä [fi] [14][15]
Rinnakkaisohjelma [fi] Erkki Melakoski [fi]
 France TF1 Georges de Caunes [16]
 Germany Deutsches Fernsehen Werner Veigel
Deutschlandfunk Wolf Mittler
 Ireland RTÉ Mike Murphy
RTÉ Radio Liam Devally
 Israel Israeli Television No commentator
 Italy Rete 1 Silvio Noto
 Luxembourg RTL Télé Luxembourg Jacques Navadic
RTL Camillo Felgen
 Malta MTV Norman Hamilton
 Monaco Télé Monte Carlo Georges de Caunes
 Netherlands Nederland 2 Willem Duys [17]
 Norway NRK John Andreassen
NRK P1 Erik Heyerdahl [no]
 Portugal I Programa Júlio Isidro
Emissora Nacional Programa 1 Amadeu Meireles [pt]
 Spain Primera Cadena José Luis Uribarri
 Sweden SR TV1 Åke Strömmer [14]
SR P3 Ursula Richter [sv]
 Switzerland TV DRS German: Theodor Haller [de]
TSR French: Georges Hardy [fr] [16]
TSI Italian: Giovanni Bertini
RSR 1 French: Robert Burnier [18]
 Turkey Ankara Television Bülend Özveren
Radyo 1 Şebnem Savaşçı
 United Kingdom BBC1 Pete Murray [7][19]
BBC Radio 2 Terry Wogan [7]
BFBS Radio Richard Astbury [7]
 Yugoslavia TVB 1 Serbo-Croatian: Milovan Ilić
TVZ 1 Serbo-Croatian: Oliver Mlakar
TVL 1 Slovene: Tomaž Terček [sl]
Broadcasters and commentators in non-participating countries
Country Broadcaster(s) Commentator(s) Ref(s)
 Austria FS2 Ernst Grissemann [de]
 Denmark DR TV Claus Toksvig
 Greece EIRT Mako Georgiadou [el]
 Hong Kong RTV RTV-1 (delayed broadcast on 20 April and 4 August 1975) Unknown [20][21]
RTV RTV-2 (delayed broadcast on 14 June 1975) Unknown [22]
 Iceland Sjónvarpið Dóra Hafsteinsdóttir [7][13][23]

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. Sillstryparn's entry "Doin' the omoralisk schlagerfestival" (Doin' the immoral Eurovision festival) with lyrics criticizing the commercialised nature and lacking moral integrity of Eurovision, was the most popular song from the alternative event. 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. A concert film starring Cornelis Vreeswijk aired in its place.

Swedish TV technicians refused to broadcast the festival to Chile, where Canal 13 (an associate member of the EBU) had plans to air it. The refusal was in protest to the military dictatorship that has been ruling the country since the 1973 Chilean coup d'etat led by Augusto Pinochet.[24]


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