After the exodus of 1970, normality was restored as 18 countries travelled to Dublin, the first time the Irish capital hosted the contest. The number of participants was boosted by the entrance of Malta for the first time. Five of the artists were appearing for the first time, while Katja Ebstein competed for the second successive year. Among the debutants were Peter, Sue and Marc, who sang in four contests, each time in a different language.
The rules were changed to allow more performers on stage. Previously, only a maximum of two were allowed, but as from 1971, six were allowed.
A new voting system was introduced. Instead of ten jurors from each country voting for one song each, two people from each country gave all the songs (except their own) a score out of five. It could be argued that this was a strange system as it meant that Europe’s favourite song was chosen by 38 people. On the other hand, it could be argued that, in the three years it was used, it produced three winners that would feature in the top ten of most fans winners list.
Un Banc, Un Arbre, Une Rue
Peter, Sue and Marc
Les Illusions De Nos Vingt Ans
En Un Mundo Nuevo
Un Jardin Sur La Terre
Pomme, Pomme, Pomme
Jack in the Box
Lily Castel and Jacques Raymond
Goeie Morgen, Morgen
L'amore è Un Attimo
One Day Love
Saskia and Serge
Menina Do Alto Da Serra
Tvoj Djecak Je Tuzan
Markku Aro and the Koivisto Sisters
Tie Uuteen Päivään
Austria - Marianne Mendt - Musik (German)
Music/Lyrics: Richard Schönherz & Manuel Rigoni/ Richard Schönherz Manuel Rigoni
Conductor: Robert Opratko
A big brass intro set the scene as Marianne started with restraint and then belted out the big chorus. The busy arrangement keeps the attention of the listener until the end.
|Malta - Joe Grech - Marija L-maltija (Maltese)
Music/Lyrics: Joe Grech/Charles Misfud
Conductor: Twanny Chircop
Malta’s debut song in the contest is a cheesy affair sung in Maltese. As was not uncommon at that time, brass is very evident in the arrangement. At least finishing last didn’t put them off.
|Monaco - Séverine - Un Banc, Un Arbre, Une Rue (French)
Music/Lyrics: Jean-Pierre Bourtayre/Yves Dessca
Conductor: Jean-Claude Petit
Severine gave Monaco its first and only victory with a very classy ballad. It stands out from its competitors as being the best of the bunch. She also gave a performance worthy of the song.
|Switzerland - Peter, Sue and Marc - Les Illusions De Nos Vingt Ans (French)
Music/Lyrics: Peter Reber/Maurice Téz
Conductor: Jean-Claude Vannier
This was the Swiss trios first of four appearances. Sue did most of the vocal duties for a song which is gentle and reflective.
|Germany - Katja Ebstein - Diese Welt (German)
Music/Lyrics: Dieter Zimmermann/Fred Jay
Conductor: Dieter Zimmermann
Katja’s second successive visit to the contest is a song which has a quiet verse and builds into the chorus. She sings with feeling for the duration of the song.
|Spain - Karina - En Un Mundo Nuevo (Spanish)
Music/Lyrics: Rafael Trabucchelli/Tony Luz
Conductor: Waldo de los Rios
The song starts quite softly and builds gradually towards the chorus. It’s the style similar to the two songs which brought Spain victory, and it very nearly did so again.
|France - Serge Lama - Un Jardin Sur La Terre (French)
Music/Lyrics: Alice Dona/Henri Djian & Jacques Demarny
Conductor: Franck Pourcel
A traditional ‘chanteur’ in voice and style of performance, Serge gave a solid interpretation of a song which plods along at times.
|Luxembourg - Monique Melsen - Pomme, Pomme, Pomme (French)
Music/Lyrics: Hubert Giraud/Pierre Cour
Conductor: Jean Claudric
This is an unremarkable song which could come from a children’s television programme. The tempo and melody change little, although Monique sells it well.
|United Kingdom - Clodagh Rodgers - Jack in the Box (English)
Music/Lyrics: John Worsley/David Myers
Conductor: Johnny Arthey
The intro immediately grabs the listeners attention and the rest of the song is interesting enough to maintain it before ending with a bang. Dressed in pink hot pants, Clodagh gave a lively performance.
|Belgium - Lily Castel and Jacques Raymond - Goeie Morgen, Morgen (Flemish)
Music/Lyrics: Paul Quintens/Philippe van Cauwenbergh
Conductor: Francis Bay
Lily and Jacques represented Belgium after the original choices, Nicole and Hugo, had to withdraw after Nicole suffered an injury. Lily and Jacques were dressed quite formally for this mid tempo ditty which possibly deserved its low placing.
|Italy - Massimo Ranieri - L'amore è Un Attimo (Italian)
Music/Lyrics: Enrico Polito/Gaetano Savio & Giancarlo Bigazzi
Conductor: Enrico Polito
A young Massimo gave a mature performance, showing the potential that led to a successful career which continues today. L'amore è Un Attimo has echoes of his native Neopolitan tradition.
Sweden - Family Four - Vita Vidder (Swedish)
Music/Lyrics: Hakan Elmquist/Hakan Elmquist
Conductor: Claes Rosendahl
The quality of the harmonies was always going to be crucial to the success or otherwise of the Swedish entry. Fortunately, the four voices worked well together. If they hadn’t……….
Ireland - Angela Farrell - One Day Love (English)
Music/Lyrics: Donald Martin & Ita Flynn/ Donald Martin & Ita Flynn
Conductor: Noel Kelehan
Pure voiced Angela almost went soprano at times. One Day Love moves along steadily, the pace never faltering.
The Netherlands - Saskia and Serge - De Tijd (Dutch)
Music/Lyrics: Joop Stokkermans/Gerrit den Braber
Conductor: Dolf van der Linden
The recorders lend a medieval feel to the song, and the melody is also medieval in style. Saskia does most of the singing, leaving Serge to be little more than a backing musician.
Portugal - Tonicha - Menina Do Alto Da Serra (Portuguese)
Music/Lyrics: Nuno Nazareth Fernandes/Josė Carlos Ary dos Santos
Conductor: Jorge Costa Pinto
If such a thing exists, Menina… could come from a Portuguese western. The tempo stays brisk throughout the song, which manages to keep the listeners attention.
Yugoslavia - Krunoslav Slabinac - Tvoj Djecak Je Tuzan (Serbo-Croat)
Music/Lyrics: Ivica Krajac/Zvonimir Golob
Conductor: Miljenko Prohaska
There is a jazz feel to the intro, but once Krunoslav starts singing, it turns into a big ballad.
Finland - Markku Aro and the Koivisto Sisters - Tie Uuteen Päivään (Finnish)
Music/Lyrics: Rauno Lehtinen/ Rauno Lehtinen
Conductor: Ossi Runne
This song can’t decide what it wants to be. The verses are slow and the chorus follows smoothly, but then there is a bridge which totally changes the direction of the song. The result is slightly messy.
Norway - Hanne Krogh - Lykken Er... (Norwegian)
Music/Lyrics: Arne Bendiksen/Arne Bendiksen
Conductor: Arne Bendiksen
A very young Hanne was dressed for a summers day and looked a bit too sweet. Quite suitable for a song which is very twee.