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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, MaltaDenmark 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 ("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".

Sweden earned its first win when ABBA stormed to victory with the song Waterloo, which was their launching point to international superstardom.

Participants

Draw Country Artist Song Language Translation Place Points
01 IconFinland Finland Carita Holmström Keep me warm English -- 13 4
02 IconUnited Kingdom United Kingdom Olivia Newton-John Long Live Love English -- 4 14
03 IconSpain Spain Peret Canta y sé feliz Spanish Sing and be happy 9 10
04 IconNorway Norway Anne-Karine Strøm ft. Bendik Singers The first day of love English -- 14 3
05 IconGreece Greece Marinella Krasí, thálassa ke t' agóri mu Greek Wine, sea and my boyfriend 7 11
06 IconIsrael Israel Poogy Natati La Khayay Hebrew I gave her my life 12 6
07 IconYugoslavia Yugoslavia Korni Grupa Generacija '42 (Moja generacija) Serbian Generation '42 (My generation) 12 6
08 IconSweden Sweden ABBA Waterloo English -- 1 24
09 IconLuxembourg Luxembourg Ireen Sheer Bye Bye I Love You French -- 4 14
10 IconMonaco Monaco Romauld Celui qui reste et celui qui s'en va French The one who stays and the one who goes 4 14
11 IconBelgium Belgium Jacques Hustin Fleur de liberté French Flower of liberty 9 10
12 IconThe Netherlands The Netherlands Mouth & MacNeal I See A Star English -- 3 15
13 IconIreland Ireland Tina Reynolds Cross Your Heart English -- 7 11
14 IconGermany Germany Cindy & Bert Die Sommermelodie German The summer melody 14 3
15 IconSwitzerland Switzerland Piera Martell Mein Ruf nach dir German My call to you 14 3
16 IconPortugal Portugal Paulo de Carvalho E depois do adeus Portuguese And after the goodbye 14 3
17 IconItaly Italy Gigliola Cinquetti Italian Yes 2 18
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