||Germany - Mary Roos - Nur Die Liebe Läßt Uns Leben (German)
Music/Lyrics: Joachim Heider/ Joachim Heider
Conductor: Paul Kuhn
Mary made her contest debut with the type of song which, lyrically at least, would be come typical of German entries.
| Betty Mars
||France - Betty Mars - Comé-comédie (French)
Music/Lyrics: Frédéric Botton/Frédéric Botton
Conductor: Franck Pourcel
Is it Betty or Edith Piaf singing? The distinctive vocal warble is definitely there and Comé-comédie could come from a 1940’s French film. The song is quite plain and not very memorable.
| Sandie Jones
||Ireland - Sandie Jones - Ceol On Ghrá (Gaelic)
Music/Lyrics: Joe Burkett/Liam MacUistin
Conductror: Colman Pearce
Irelands only entry in Gaelic is otherwise not very Irish. It’s soft and melodic and while there is nothing to dislike, there is also nothing to really like about it.
| Jaime Morey
||Spain - Jaime Morey - Amanece (Spanish)
Music/Lyrics: Augusto Algueró/Ramon Arcusa
Conductor: Augusto Algueró
Spain had already started to prove that the dramatic ballad was what they did best and Amanece is certainly that.
| The New Seekers
United Kingdom - The New Seekers - Beg, Steal Or Borrow (English)
Music/Lyrics: Tony Cole, Graeme Hall, Steve Wolfe/Tony Cole, Graeme Hall, Steve Wolfe
Conductor: David MacKay
For trivia buffs, The New Seekers was the first band to perform ant the Eurovision Song Contest. The song was a mid tempo number along the lines of the commercially successful I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing.
| Grethe Kausland and Benny Borg
Norway - Grethe Kausland and Benny Borg - Småting (Norwegian)
Music/Lyrics: Kare Grottum, Ivar Borsum/ Kare Grottum, Ivar Borsum
Conductor: Carsten Klouman
With a song which could have been written for one of the 1960's contests, Norway’s hopes surely wouldn’t have been high. Grethe and Benny did their best, though.
| Carlos Mendes
||Portugal - Carlos Mendes - A Festa Da Vida (Portuguese)
Music/Lyrics: Josè Calvário/Josè Nisa
Conductor: Richard Hill
Drama, passion and emotion are all over the Portuguese entry. Carlos gave a good performance and deserved his place in the top ten.
| Véronique Müller
Switzerland - Véronique Müller - C'est La Chanson De Mon Amour (French)
Music/Lyrics: Véronique Müller/Catherine Desage
Conductor: Jean-Pierre Festi
Gentle songs were the dominant style of the 1972 contest. Switzerland’s was one of the most gentle.
| Helen and Joseph
Malta - Helen and Joseph - L-imhabba (Maltese)
Music/Lyrics: Charles Camilleri/Albert Cassola
Conductor: Charles Camilleri
Not put off by finishing last on their debut the year before, Malta chose to sing in Maltese again. Early disco undertones feature in thearrangement, but there is nothing disco about the rest of the song or the performance. This was to be Malta's last appearance until 1976.
| Päivi Paunu and Kim Floor
Finland - Päivi Paunu and Kim Floor - Muistathan (Finnish)
Music/Lyrics: Juha Flinck/Juha Flinck, Nacke Johansson
Conductor: Ossi Runne
The musical influences of one of Finland’s neighbours, Russia, are more than evident. One of six duos in the contest, Pavi’s deep voice and Kim’s higher voice (naturally) contrast, but still harmonise well.
| The Milestones
Austria - The Milestones - Falter Im Wind (German)
Music/Lyrics: Richard Schönherz, Manual Rigoni/Heinz Unger
Conductor: Erich Kleinschuster
Acoustic guitar and the flute feature heavily in the arrangement. The three men and one woman band returned for Austria in 1977 under a different name.
| Nicola di Bari
Italy - Nicola di Bari - I Giorni Dell' Arcobaleno (Italian)
Music/Lyrics: Piero Pintucci, Nicola di Bari/Dalmazio Masini
Conductor: Gianfranco Reverberi
RAI once more turned to the Sanremo to find Italy’s representative. The gentle, melodic nature of the song suits Nicola’s voice perfectly.
||Yugoslavia - Tereza - Muzika I Ti (Serbo-Croat)
Music/Lyrics: Nikica Kalogjera/Ivan Krajac
Conductor: Nikica Kalogjera
Possibly a bit overdramatic for a song called Music and You, it is nevertheless a strong effort which never lets the drama drop.
| Family Four
||Sweden - Family Four - Härliga Sommardag (Swedish)
Music/Lyrics: Hakan Elmquist/Hakan Elmquist
Conductor: Mats Olsson
Preceding Abba, Family Four were a two male, two female group from Sweden. As they demonstrated the previous year, their style was more folk than pop.
| Anne-Marie Godart and Peter MacLane
Monaco - Anne-Marie Godart and Peter MacLane - Comme On S'aime (French)
Music/Lyrics: Raymond Bernard/Jean Drejac
Conductor: Raymond Bernard
To defend the crown, Monaco sent an inoffensive, understated ballad. Anne-Marie and Peter gave a suitably quiet performance.
| Serge and Christine Ghisoland
Belgium - Serge and Christine Ghisoland - À La Folie Ou Pas Du Tout (French)
Music/Lyrics: Daniel Nelis, Bob Milan/Daniel Nelis
Conductor: Henri Segers
Serge and Christine sung a rather non-descript ballad which is rather twee, but doesn’t really go anywhere.
| Vicky Leandros
||Luxembourg - Vicky Leandros - Après Toi (French)
Music/Lyrics: Klaus Munro, Mario Panas/ Klaus Munro, Yves Dessca
Conductor: Klaus Munro
Greek born Vicky represented Luxembourg for the second time, having enjoyed a big international hit with L’amour est Bleu. This time, she belted out a big ballad.
| Sandra and Andres
||The Netherlands - Sandra and Andres - Als Het Om De Liefde Gaat (Dutch)
Music/Lyrics: Hans van Hemert/Dries Holten
Conductor: Harry van Hoof
The most fun song of the contest without doubt. Sandra and Andres are clearly enjoyed themselves, and there is plenty of reason for the listener to sing along with and tap their feet to.