The Eurovision Song Contest 1973 was the 18th Eurovision Song Contest since the beginning in 1956 and was held in Luxembourg. It was won by the host country. Tu Te Reconnaîtras was the winning song performed by Anne Marie David.

The voting was a very close one, with Spain finishing only 4 points behind and Cliff Richard of the United Kingdom (who came second in 1968) another 2 points after. Even last-place Belgium had at least 50 points, which is a rare thing!

According to The Eurovision Song Contest: The Official History by John Kennedy O'Connor, the winning song by Anne Marie David, scored the highest score ever achieved in Eurovision under any voting format, recording 129 points out of a possible 160; scoring just under 81% of the possible maximum, but partly due to a scoring system which guaranteed all countries at least two points from each other country.  

The senior Swiss juror was highly remembered for the "flamboyant" way he presented his votes, and this voting system was eventually retired along with jurors being shown on camera. The 1973 contest is also the second time that Finnish participant Marion Rung performed first on the night, having performed first in 1962 with Tipi-tii.

With the atrocity of the 1972 Munich Massacre, the venue was placed under a high level of security to allow Israel, who was making its debut, to participate comfortably, and audience members and commentators, (as stated by Terry Wogan from the BBC in 2005) were warned not to get out of their seats during the show, at the risk of being shot by security personnel.


Draw Country Artist Song Language Translation Place Points
01 IconFinland Finland Marion Rung Tom Tom Tom English -- 6 93
02 IconBelgium Belgium Nicole & Hugo Baby, Baby Dutch, English, Spanish, French -- 17 58
03 IconPortugal Portugal Fernando Tordo Tourada Portuguese Bullfight 10 80
04 IconGermany Germany Gitte Junger Tag German Young day 8 85
05 IconNorway Norway Bendik Singers It's Just A Game English, French -- 7 89
06 IconMonaco Monaco Marie Un train qui part French A train that leaves 8 85
07 IconSpain Spain Mocedades Eres tú Spanish It's you 2 125
08 IconSwitzerland Switzerland Patrick Juvet Je vais me marier, Marie French I'm getting married, Marie 12 79
09 IconYugoslavia Yugoslavia Zdravko Čolić Gori vatra Bosnian The fire is burning 15 65
10 IconItaly Italy Massimo Ranieri Chi sarà con te Italian Who will be with you 13 74
11 IconLuxembourg Luxembourg Anne Marie David Tu Te Reconnaîtras French You will recognise yourself 1 129
12 IconSweden Sweden The Nova You're Summer English -- 5 94
13 IconThe Netherlands The Netherlands Ben Cramer De oude muzikant Dutch The old musician 14 69
14 IconIreland Ireland Maxi Do I Dream English -- 10 80
15 IconUnited Kingdom United Kingdom Cliff Richard Power To All Our Friends -- 3 123
16 IconFrance France Martine Clémenceau Sans toi French Without You 15 65
17 IconIsrael Israel Ilanit Ey Sham Hebrew Somewhere 4 97
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