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The Eurovision Song Contest 1975 was the 20th edition of the contest hosted by SR Sveriges Radio (Swedish radio) and held in Stockholmmarker, capital of Swedenmarker. The arena for the event was the newly built Stockholmsmässan in southern Stockholm. ABBA's victory in Brightonmarker 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 Netherlandsmarker.

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 Germanmarker embassy in Stockholm instead about a month later (see West German embassy siegemarker).

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. . 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.

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.

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. First in 1980, this changed.

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 19 countries took part.

The Netherlands' victory was their fourth. To date, they have not managed to take any more.

Individual Entries

Results

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


Score sheet

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
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Netherlands   8 5 8 10 12 6 8 12 12 3 12 4 10 10 7 12 12 1
Ireland 6   6 0 0 4 7 1 6 4 12 0 0 0 1 4 3 10 4
France 8 12   0 0 0 3 0 8 7 2 7 1 7 0 12 8 8 8
Germany 0 0 0   8 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0
Luxembourg 12 10 3 0   0 0 7 3 5 0 6 5 0 5 8 6 4 10
Norway 2 0 0 0 0   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 7
Switzerland 7 2 10 6 2 1   0 5 6 8 0 7 5 4 2 0 0 12
Yugoslavia 3 4 0 2 0 0 0   0 0 5 0 0 0 0 1 0 7 0
United Kingdom 4 3 12 10 12 7 8 12   8 10 10 0 12 7 5 10 5 3
Malta 1 0 8 0 5 2 4 2 0   7 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Belgium 5 0 0 7 0 0 0 3 0 0   0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Israel 10 1 1 1 1 5 2 0 1 0 1   6 0 3 0 0 6 2
Turkey 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   3 0 0 0 0 0
Monaco 0 0 0 3 4 0 0 0 2 1 0 2 0   2 3 0 0 5
Finland 0 5 0 12 6 10 12 5 4 0 0 8 0 8   0 1 3 0
Portugal 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 0 0   2 0 0
Spain 0 7 0 5 0 3 5 4 0 0 4 4 3 4 8 0   0 6
Sweden 0 0 7 0 7 8 1 6 7 2 0 3 8 6 6 6 5   0
Italy 0 6 4 4 3 6 10 10 10 10 6 5 10 1 12 10 7 1  
THE TABLE IS ORDERED BY APPEARANCE


12 points

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

N. Recipient nation Voting nation
6 Netherlandsmarker Israelmarker, Maltamarker, Norwaymarker, Spainmarker, Swedenmarker, United Kingdommarker
4 United Kingdommarker Francemarker, Luxembourgmarker, Monacomarker, Yugoslavia
2 Finlandmarker Germanymarker, Switzerlandmarker
Francemarker Irelandmarker, Portugalmarker
1 Irelandmarker Belgiummarker
Italymarker Finlandmarker
Luxembourgmarker Netherlandsmarker
Portugalmarker Turkeymarker
Switzerlandmarker Italymarker


Commentators

  • Netherlands - Willem Duys
  • Ireland - Mike Murphy
  • France - Georges de Caunes
  • Germany - Werner Veigel
  • Luxembourg - Jacques Navadic
  • Norway - TBD
  • Switzerland - Theodor Haller (SRG), Georges Hardy (SSR), Giovanni Bertini (TSI)
  • Yugoslavia - No commentator
  • United Kingdom - Pete Murray
  • Malta - TBD
  • Belgium - Jan Theys (BRT), Paule Herreman (RTB)
  • Israel - No commentator
  • Turkey - Bülent Özveren
  • Monaco - TBD
  • Finland - Heikki Seppälä
  • Portugal - Eládio Clímaco
  • Spain - José Luis Uribarri
  • Sweden - Åke Strömmer
  • Italy - Silvio Noto


Spokespersons

  • Netherlands - TBC
  • Ireland - John Skehan
  • France - TBC
  • Germany - TBC
  • Luxembourg - TBC
  • Norway - Sverre Kristoffersen
  • Switzerland - Michel Dénériaz
  • Yugoslavia - TBC
  • United Kingdom - Ray Moore
  • Malta - TBC
  • Belgium - Walter De Meyere
  • Israel - Daniel Pe'er
  • Turkey - TBC
  • Monaco - TBC
  • Finland - Kaarina Pönniö
  • Portugal - TBC
  • Spain - TBC
  • Sweden - Sven Lindahl
  • Italy - TBC


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