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The show

Final
Saturday, 22 March, 1975, 19:00
Location
St. Eriks Mässan Alvsjö, Stockholm, Sweden
Host broadcaster
SR
Presented by
Karin Falck
EBU Supervisor
Frank Naef
Interval Act
The World of John Bauer

The show

Final
Saturday, 22 March, 1975, 19:00
Location
St. Eriks Mässan Alvsjö, Stockholm, Sweden
Host broadcaster
SR
Presented by
Karin Falck
EBU Supervisor
Frank Naef
Interval Act
The World of John Bauer

The Eurovision Song Contest moved northwards for its 20th anniversary. The 1975 Eurovision Song Contest was held in Stockholm, Sweden on 22nd March.

Stockholm calling!

In 1975 another voting system was implemented. Juries in every country would give 1 - 12 points to their 10 favourite songs, starting with 12 points to their top favourite, then 10 to the second favourite, 8 to their third favourite, 7 to their fourth favourite and ending with 1 point for their tenth favourite. This formula is still in place today. A record of 19 participating countries took part in the 1975 Eurovision Song Contest. After its debut in the preceding year, Greece withdrew from the contest. On the other hand, Turkey sent its first entry to the song contest and France and Malta returned.
Ellen Nikolaysen from Norway performed for the third consecutive year on the Eurovision Song Contest stage which was only preceded in the 1950s by Lys Assia and Corry Brokken and in the 1960s by Udo Jürgens. More recently, San Marino's Valentina Monetta took to the stage in 2012, 2013 and 2014. Portugal's entry was a highly political one. Singer Duarte Mendes dedicated his song to the country's peaceful revolution the previous year. 1975 saw a disappointing result for the German entry Ein Lied Kann Eine Brücke Sein, which was performed by Joy Fleming. The song ended up 17th with just 15 points altogether, but nowadays it is a big favourite among fans.

About the winner

The winning country, the Netherlands, was also the first entry to be performed in 1975. The group, Teach-In, performed Ding-A-Dong. It was the fourth, and to date, the last time, that the Netherlands won the Eurovision Song Contest. 

Facts & figures 

  • The host of the 1975 Eurovision Song Contest, Karin Falck, charmingly presented the show but got confused during the voting at one point, when she exclaimed "How much is 7 in French?".

Participants & Results

R/O
Country
Artist
Song
Points
Ranking
01The NetherlandsTeach-InDing-A-Dong1521
02IrelandThe SwarbriggsThat's What Friends Are For689
03FranceNicole RieuEt Bonjour à Toi L'artiste914
04GermanyJoy FlemingEin Lied Kann Eine Brücke Sein1517
05LuxembourgGéraldineToi845
06NorwayEllen NikolaysenYou Touched My Life With Summer1118
07SwitzerlandSimone DrexelMikado776
08YugoslaviaPepel In KriDan Ljubezni2213
09United KingdomThe ShadowsLet Me Be The One1382
10MaltaRenatoSinging This Song3212
11BelgiumAnn ChristyGelukkig Zijn1715
12IsraelShlomo ArtziAt Ve'ani4011
13TurkeySemiha YankiSeninle Bir Dakika319
14MonacoSophieUne Chanson C'est Une Lettre2213
15FinlandPihasoittajatOld Man Fiddle747
16PortugalDuarte MendesMadrugada1616
17SpainSergio y EstíbalizTú Volverás5310
18SwedenLars Berghagen and the DollsJennie, Jennie728
19ItalyWess and Dori GhezziEra1153
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