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39 years ago today - Luxembourg complete back to back wins

07 April 2012 at 02:30 CEST

Although Spain had won the contest outright in 1968, they finished in a four way tie for the title in 1969, hence Luxembourg became the first back to back outright winners.

Vicky Leandros had won the 1972 contest with Apres Toi, which meant that the honour of hosting in 1973 fell upon the Grand Duchy.

Helga Guitton was the presenter of the show, which was held in the Nouveau Theatre Municipal in Luxembourg.

1973 facts and figures

  • Each country had a two person jury, one under 25 and one over 25 who voted each song on a scale from 1 to 5 points.
  • Israel made their debut in Europe's Favourite TV Show, with Ilanit's Ey Sham finishing in a respectable 4th place.
  • Cliff Richard represented the United Kingdom for the second time with Power To All Our Friends, but he could not emulate the success of Congratulations in 1968, finishing in third place.
  • Spain narrowly finished in second place with Mocedades and Eres Tu, a song which was shortlisted as one of the best Eurovision songs ever in the 2005 50th anniversary show Congratulations.
  • Finland achieved their highest ever position of sixth place with Marion Rung and Tom Tom Tom, a feat which would only ever be bettered when Lordi won Europe's Favourite TV Show in 2006.

Check out the full scoreboard and statistics from 1973 here in our history section

About the winner

Anne Marie David  beat off stiff competition from Mocedades of Spain and Cliff Richard from the United Kingdom in 1973.

She returned to the Eurovision stage once again in 1979, but this time representing France in Jerusalem, finishing in third place with Je Suis L'Enfant Soleil. She enjoyed success all over the world until 1987 when she announced her retirement from music. It wasn't until 2003 that Anne Marie decided to relaunch her career. In 2011, with the collaboration of German producer Mave O'Rick she re released a dance version of the 1973 winner Tu Te Reconnaitras.