Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest 1974

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Eurovision Song Contest 1974
Country Sweden
National selection
Selection processMelodifestivalen 1974
Selection date(s)9 February 1974
Selected entrantABBA
Selected song"Waterloo"
Finals performance
Final result1st, 24 points
Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest
◄1973 1974 1975►

The Swedish national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest was called Melodifestivalen 1974. It was, by far, won by the group ABBA, consisting of Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Agnetha Fältskog, Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus. Their song was called "Waterloo", which was written by Björn and Benny. It was originally written in Swedish, but for the ESC final, it was translated into English, which the rules allowed the years 1973-1976.

ABBA was one of the favorites to win ESC, held in Brighton, United Kingdom. They sang as #08. In the voting, they received high points from the first jury to vote (Finland), but it was a close race until the second last jury, Switzerland, which gave Sweden enough points to practically secure victory. Sweden got a total of 24 points, compared to runner-up Italy's 18. This was Sweden's first victory. In 2005, in the 50th anniversary show Congratulations, Waterloo was chosen the best Eurovision song ever.

At Eurovision[edit]

Voting[edit]

Every country had a jury of ten people. Every jury member could give one point to his or her favourite song.[1]

Points awarded to Sweden[edit]

Points awarded to Sweden[1]
10 points 9 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point

Points awarded by Sweden[edit]

10 points
9 points
8 points
7 points
6 points
5 points
4 points
3 points  Netherlands
2 points  Greece
 Ireland
1 point  Israel
 Monaco
 Norway

Congratulations: 50 Years of the Eurovision Song Contest[edit]

"Waterloo" was one of fourteen Eurovision songs chosen by fans to compete in the Congratulations 50th anniversary special in 2005. The contest was broadcast on SVT with commentary by Pekka Heino. It was the only Swedish entry featured in the show, although several Swedish entrants were featured (including Swedish winners Carola and Richard Herrey of Herreys). "Waterloo" appeared seventh in the running order, following "Nel blu dipinto di blu" by Domenico Modugno and preceding "Fly on the Wings of Love" by the Olsen Brothers. At the end of the first round, it was announced that "Waterloo" had advanced to the second round along with four other songs. It was later revealed that "Waterloo" won the first round with 331 points. This included 18 sets of the maximum twelve points, including from Sweden (who, unlike in usual contests, were allowed to vote for their own entry). Coincidentally, the first proper competing Eurovision song to receive a record 18 top marks was a Swedish entry: "Euphoria" by Loreen, the winning song of the 2012 contest.

"Waterloo" went on to win the second round and the anniversary contest as a whole, scoring 329 points.

Points awarded to "Waterloo" (Congratulations)[edit]

Points awarded to "Waterloo" (Round 1)
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point
Points awarded to "Waterloo" (Round 2)
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points

Points awarded by Sweden (Congratulations)[edit]

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