||The Netherlands - Teach-In - Ding-a-Dong (English)
Writer/Lyrics: Dick Bakker, Eddy Ouwens/Will Luikinga
Conductor: Harry van Hoof
The second Dutch winner has an international flavour with its simple lyrics and cheery melody. There is a belief that being first in the running order is a disadvantage. The birth of a new voting system was clearly not to the disadvantage of the Netherlands.
| The Swarbriggs 1975
||Ireland - The Swarbriggs - That's What Friends Are For (English)
Writer/Lyrics: Tommy Swarbrigg, Jimmy Swarbrigg/ Tommy Swarbrigg, Jimmy Swarbrigg
Conductor: Colman Pearce
The Swarbrigg brothers wrote as well as performed the Irish song, which lyrically is a poor man’s ‘He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother’. They would represent Ireland again two years later.
| Nicole Rieu
||France - Nicole Rieu - Et Bonjour à Toi L'artiste (French)
Writer/Lyrics: Pierre Delanoë, Jeff Barnel/ Pierre Delanoë, Jeff Barnel
Conductor: Jean Muzy
Such is the softness of the song, it’s almost as if the writers didn’t want anyone to hear it. As well as soft, it’s also very melodic.
| Joy Fleming
||Germany - Joy Fleming - Ein Lied Kann Eine Brücke Sein (German)
Music/Lyrics: Rainer Pietsch/Michael Holm
Conductor: Rainer Pietsch
No-one could fail to notice Joy! The big woman with the big voice belted out Germany’s entry, with lots of help from the brass section.
||Luxembourg - Géraldine - Toi (Luxembourg)
Writer/Lyrics: Bill Martin, Phil Coulter/ Bill Martin, Phil Coulter, Pierre Cour
Conductor: Phil Coulter
The lilting melody of the verses, which Géraldine almost whispers, gives way to a more impassioned chorus.
| Ellen Nikolaysen
||Norway - Ellen Nikolaysen - You Touched My Life With Summer (English)
Writer/Lyrics: Sven Hundsnes/Johnny Saeussen
Conductor: Carsten Klouman
The chorus is let down by the verses. While the chorus is quite strong, the listener might not make it beyond the first verse.
| Simone Drexel
||Switzerland - Simone Drexel - Mikado (German)
Writer/Lyrics: Simone Drexel/ Simone Drexel
Conductor: Peter Jacques
This is a pleasant, jolly song whose melody, in the chorus at least, is very much in the style of the circus.
| Pepel In Kri
||Yugoslavia - Pepel In Kri - Dan Ljubezni (Serbo-Croat)
Writer/Lyrics: Tadej Hrusovar/Dusan Velkaverh
Conductor: Mario Rijavic
If Dan Ljubezni was as memorable as it is pleasant, it could have won. As it is, the likeability factor doesn’t quite go far enough for this folk song.
| The Shadows
||United Kingdom - The Shadows - Let Me Be the One (English)
Writer/Lyrics: Paul Curtis/Paul Curtis
Conductor: Alyn Ainsworth
Having long since stepped out of Cliff Richard’s ‘shadow’, this was a rare excursion into lyrics for a band better known for instrumentals. Bruce Welch had lead vocal duties, and let the world know when he forgot a couple of words when he turned to his colleagues and said “I knew it” in range of his microphone.
||Malta - Renato - Singing This Song (English)
Writer/Lyrics: Sammy Galea/Iris Misfud
Conductor: Vince Tempera
After a two year break, Malta returned with a song whose lyrics are inane and melody childish. Amazingly, this did a lot better than the two previous Maltese entries.
| Ann Christy
||Belgium - Ann Christy - Gelukkig Zijn (Flemish/English)
Writer/Lyrics: Mary Boduin/ Mary Boduin
Conductor: Francis Bay
This is a steady tune which is easy to remember and sing along with. She seemed indecisive as to which language to sing in, chosing to sing half the song in Flemish and half in English.
| Shlomo Artzi
||Israel - Shlomo Artzi - At Ve'ani (Hebrew)
Writer/Lyrics: Shlomo Artzi/Ehud Manor
Conductor: Eldad Shrem
The third Israeli entry was the first up-tempo song from it. It showed a glimpse of the delights of Israeli pop that would delight fans in later years.
| Semiha Yanki
||Turkey - Semiha Yanki - Seninle Bir Dakika (Turkish)
Music/Lyrics: Kemal Ebcioglu/Hikmet Munir Ebcioglu
Conductor: Timor Selcuk
As with many Turkish entries, this, their contest debut, didn’t make the impression on the scoreboard it deserved to. It’s not one of the foot tapper that fans would become used to, more a melodic, captivating song which has stood the test of time.
||Monaco - Sophie - Une Chanson C'est Une Lettre (French)
Writer/Lyrics: André Popp/Boris Bergman
Conductor: André Popp
Making good use of the accordion, Sophie’s eyes barely look away from the camera during the close ups. The song moves along quite freely and easily.
||Finland - Pihasoittajat - Old Man Fiddle (English)
Music/Lyrics: Kim Kuusi/Hannu Karlsson
Conductor: Ossi Runne
Unsurprisingly, there is a lot of fiddle playing as Finland turned to folk music. More surprising was that it finished as high as seventh.
| Duarte Mendes
||Portugal - Duarte Mendes - Madrugada (Portuguese)
Music/Lyrics: José Luis Tinoco/ José Luis Tinoco
Conductor: Pedro Osório
Having been prevented by the EBU from dressing in full military regalia complete with loaded pistol, Duarte instead wore a sober (by 1970’s standards!) suit. A shame in a way, because the uniform would have suited this dramatic song quite well.
| Sergio y Estíbaliz
||Spain - Sergio y Estíbaliz - Tú Volverás (Spain)
Music/Lyrics: Juan Carlos Calderón/ Juan Carlos Calderón
Conductor: Juan Carlos Calderón
Estíbaliz’s voice is the louder of the duo. Sergio is virtually a backing singer in one of the less Spanish of 1970’s Spanish entries.
| Lars Berghagen
||Sweden - Lars Berghagen and the Dolls - Jennie, Jennie (English)
Writer/Lyrics: Lars Berghagen/ Lars Berghagen
Conductor: Lars Samuelson
The possibility of a second successive victory for the host nation couldn’t be ruled out. Jennie, Jennie is a sad ballad about a girl for whom life is becoming too difficult.
| Wess & Dori Ghezzi
||Italy - Wess and Dori Ghezzi - Era (Italian)
Writer/Lyrics: David Shapiro/Andrea lo Vecchio
Conductor: Pier Natale Massara
Era is a very laid back song which winds its way steadily from the beginning to the end. Wess’ voice has a naturally rough tinge to it, but it still harmonises well with Dori’s more smooth vocal.