Only twelve countries participated in 1970, 25% less than the previous year, including no Scandinavian countries. This was in protest at the result in 1969 when four countries ‘won’. What the contest lacked in quantity, it made up for in Eurovision ‘names’. Stella, who went on to represent Belgium in Harrogate in 1982, was one of Patricia’s Hearts of Soul. For many years, Julio Iglesias denied singing in the contest, but now admits his participation in the face of incontrovertible video evidence. Jean Vallée returned to the contest for the second time, while Guy Bonnet made his first appearance as a singer, although he had written the French entry the year before. Katja Ebstein made the first of three appearances for Germany. Gianni Morandi is still a big star in Italy almost 40 years later.
The set was very high-tech for its day. It featured baubles and semi-circular bars hanging from the back of the stage which formed different patterns for each act.
Each country had a jury of ten people, who each gave one point to their favourite song.
Patricia and Hearts of Soul
Occhi di Ragazza
Pridi, Dala Ti Bom Cvet
Knock, Knock, Who’s There?
Je Suis Tombé Du Ciel
Wunder Gibt Es Immer Wieder
All Kinds of Everything
|The Netherlands - Patricia and Hearts of Soul - Waterman (Dutch)
Music/Lyrics: Pieter Goemans/Pieter Goemans
Conductor: Dolf van der Linden
The Netherlands got the contest off to a melodic, if slightly lacklustre start. There were good harmonies throughout this calming song.
|Switzerland - Henri Dès - Retour (French)
Music/Lyrics: Henri Dès/Henri Dès
Conductor: Bernard Gérard
Injecting a bit of bounce into the contest, Henri, with no hint of shame, sang to his lady about all the fun he would have while he was away from her. He even did a silly dance for good measure.
Italy - Gianni Morandi - Occhi di Ragazza (Italian)
Music/Lyrics: Lucio Dalla/Gianfranco Baldazzi & Sergio Bardotti
Conductor: Mario Capuano
Italy diverted from their usual way of selecting their singer, through the Sanremo festival. Super confident Gianni wasn’t even in the festival in 1970, never mind win it. Occhi di Ragazza is very melodic and has a relaxed feel to it.
|Yugoslavia - Eva Srsen - Pridi, Dala Ti Bom Cvet (Serbo-Croat)
Music/Lyrics: Mojmir Sepe/Dusan Velkaverh
Conductor: Mojmir Sepe
The youngest singer in the contest gave the understated performance the song needed and showed a maturity beyond her 16 years.
Belgium - Jean Vallée - Viens L'oublier (French)
Music Lyrics: Jean Vallée/Jean Vallée
Conductor: Jack Say
A big intro leads into a quiet verse. When the chorus of this French ballad arrives, the drama returns.
|France - Guy Bonnet - Marie Blanche (French)
Music/Lyrics: Guy Bonnet/Pierre André Dousset
Conductor: Frank Pourcel
This was the first of two appearances by Guy. He sat at the piano to sing this gentle, flowing ballad.
|United Kingdom - Mary Hopkin - Knock, Knock, Who’s There? (English)
Music/Lyrics: John Carter & Geoff Stephens/ John Carter & Geoff Stephens
Conductor: Johnny Arthey
Mary’s pure voice gave the song a sense of innocence. Knock, Knock, Who’s There? Moves along freely and almost lives up to its tag of pre-contest favourite.
|Luxembourg - David-Alexandre Winter - Je Suis Tombé Du Ciel (French)
Music Lyrics: Yves de Vriendt/Eddy Marnay
Conductor: Raymond Lefèvre
Possibly one of the least deserving members of the ‘nul points’ club, even if it does break from its French ballad style into la, la, la towards the end.
|Spain - Julio Iglesias - Gwendolyne (Spanish)
Music/Lyrics: Julio Iglesias/ Julio Iglesias
Conductor: Augusto Augueró
The future international superstar represented his homeland with a song which wouldn’t have been out of place on his greatest hits album.
Monaco - Dominique Dussault - Marlène (French)
Music/Lyrics: Eddie Barclay & Jimmy Walter/Henri Dijan
Conductor: Jimmy Walter
Dominique certainly sounded just like the subject of her song, and Marlene herself could certainly have sung this, if it wasn’t for the song being about her.
Germany - Katja Ebstein - Wunder Gibt Es Immer Wieder (German)
Music/Lyrics: Christian Bruhn/Gunther Loose
Conductor: Christian Bruhn
Also appearing for the first time, Katja sings a song which is tinged with a touch of jazz, and isn’t as lively as the intro leads you to believe.
Ireland - Dana - All Kinds of Everything (English)
Music/Lyrics: Derry Lindsay & Jackie Smith/ Derry Lindsay & Jackie Smith
Conductor: Dolf van der Linden
A young Dana sat alone on stage to sing a very gentle ode to everything that is nice about the world, and how they remind her of the one she loves.