The Eurovision Song Contest 1974 was the 19th in the series, held on 6 April 1974. Luxembourg, who had won the previous year with Anne Marie David, declined to host again due to financial concerns, and also it was the funeral of Georges Pompidou, so the BBC agreed to stage the event, which took place at The Dome in Brighton.
Katie Boyle acted as presenter once again, marking her record fourth appearance as a Eurovision host. This time, she had to remove her underwear two minutes before the show after having problems with her dress, hence holding her prompt cards uncomfortably low.
Greece made its debut in this edition, but France withdrew as a mark of respect following the death of their president, Georges Pompidou (the funeral was held on the day of the contest). Their chosen singer, Dani, was in attendance. Though they did not participate, Turkey, Austria, France, Malta, Denmark and Iceland all broadcast the contest with their own commentators.
Several interesting occurrences came up in this edition: for example, Italy did not broadcast the contest due to a referendum on divorce being held at the time and with the Italian entry's title called Sì ("Yes"), RAI felt it would affect the outcome of the vote, thus it wasn't played on TV or radio for over a month.
The Portuguese entry was actually the first signal for the start of the Carnation Revolution that would overthrow the government. As noted in The Eurovision Song Contest: The Official History, it was "the only Eurovision entry to have actually started a revolution".
|01||Finland||Carita Holmström||Keep me warm||English||--||13||4|
|02||United Kingdom||Olivia Newton-John||Long Live Love||English||--||4||14|
|03||Spain||Peret||Canta y sé feliz||Spanish||Sing and be happy||9||10|
|04||Norway||Anne-Karine Strøm ft. Bendik Singers||The first day of love||English||--||14||3|
|05||Greece||Marinella||Krasí, thálassa ke t' agóri mu||Greek||Wine, sea and my boyfriend||7||11|
|06||Israel||Poogy||Natati La Khayay||Hebrew||I gave her my life||12||6|
|07||Yugoslavia||Korni Grupa||Generacija '42 (Moja generacija)||Serbian||Generation '42 (My generation)||12||6|
|09||Luxembourg||Ireen Sheer||Bye Bye I Love You||French||--||4||14|
|10||Monaco||Romuald||Celui qui reste et celui qui s'en va||French||The one who stays and the one who goes||4||14|
|11||Belgium||Jacques Hustin||Fleur de liberté||French||Flower of liberty||9||10|
|12||The Netherlands||Mouth & MacNeal||I See A Star||English||--||3||15|
|13||Ireland||Tina Reynolds||Cross Your Heart||English||--||7||11|
|14||Germany||Cindy & Bert||Die Sommermelodie||German||The summer melody||14||3|
|15||Switzerland||Piera Martell||Mein Ruf nach dir||German||My call to you||14||3|
|16||Portugal||Paulo de Carvalho||E depois do adeus||Portuguese||And after the goodbye||14||3|