Eurovision Song Contest 1972

The Eurovision Song Contest 1972 was the 17th edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom, and was held at the Usher Hall on Saturday 25 March 1972. The show was hosted by Moira Shearer.

Eurovision Song Contest 1972
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Dates
Final25 March 1972
Host
VenueUsher Hall
Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Presenter(s)Moira Shearer
ConductorMalcolm Lockyer
Directed byTerry Hughes
Executive supervisorClifford Brown
Executive producerBill Cotton
Host broadcasterBritish Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
Interval actTattoo at Edinburgh Castle
Websiteeurovision.tv/event/edinburgh-1972 Edit this at Wikidata
Participants
Number of entries18
Debuting countriesNone
Returning countriesNone
Non-returning countriesNone
Vote
Voting systemTwo-member juries (one aged 16 to 25 and the other 25 to 55) rated songs between one and five points.
Nul pointsNone
Winning song Luxembourg
"Après toi"

Following Séverine's win for Monaco at the 1971 contest in Dublin, Ireland with the song "Un banc, un arbre, une rue", the principality were unable to meet the demands of hosting the event. Rainier III of Monaco received a letter from the European Broadcasting Union about hosting the 1972 contest in the principality, but he was unable to provide a venue, the props and the remainder of the requirements. The BBC stepped in, and chose to stage the contest in Edinburgh. This was the fourth time the UK played host, after the 1960, 1963, and 1968 editions, however, this is the first (and, so far, only) time that the UK hosted the contest in a venue outside England.

The winner was Luxembourg with the song "Après toi", performed by Vicky Leandros, written by Klaus Munro and Yvess Dessca, and composed by Munro and Mario Panas. Munro also conducted the song at the contest. This was Luxembourg's third victory in the contest, following their wins in 1961, and 1965. Yves Dessca also wrote for "Un Banc, Un Arbre, Une Rue" that won the previous edition, and other than conductors of the winning song, became the second person to win the Contest twice, the first person to win for two different countries and the first person to win two years in a row.[1] Germany finished in third place for the third consecutive year, equalling their highest placement from the previous two editions.

Séverine made the trip to Edinburgh to pass on the 'Grand Prix' to Vicky Leandros. However, she looked thoroughly uninterested in the Monegasque entry when seen by viewers checking her watch before the song was performed.[1]

LocationEdit

 
Usher Hall, Edinburgh – host venue of the 1972 contest.

The 1972 Eurovision Song Contest was hosted by Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland. The Usher Hall, the venue for the 1972 contest, is a concert hall, situated on Lothian Road, in the west end of Edinburgh, Scotland. It has hosted concerts and events since its construction in 1914 and can hold approximately 2,900[2] people in its recently restored auditorium, which is well loved by performers due to its acoustics. The Hall is flanked by The Royal Lyceum Theatre on the right and The Traverse Theatre on the left. Historic Scotland has registered the Hall with Category A listed building status.

FormatEdit

The stage design included a screen to introduce and accompany the on stage competing performances, and to show an interval act and voting sequence that were done at Edinburgh Castle. Before each country's performance, a picture of each song's performers along with their names and the song's title were projected on the screen, and during each performance, animated spiral shapes were projected as additional visual effect. The interval act was performed at the outside vast Esplanade of the Great Hall of Edinburgh Castle. The jurors were stationed in the safety of the castle, and watched the competing performances at Usher Hall on TV.

Each country had two jury members, one aged between 16 and 25 and one aged between 26 and 55. They each awarded 1 to 5 points for each song, other than the song of their own country. They cast their votes immediately after each song was performed and the votes were then collected and counted. For the public voting sequence after the interval act, the jury members were shown on the stage's screen with each lifting a signboard with the number between 1 and 5 for each song, as a visual verification of the scores they had awarded earlier. The eventual winner, Luxembourg, remained in a strong scoring position throughout the voting.

1972 was the first year that had no ties in the voting. Every year prior to 1972, at least two countries had received the same score.

Participating countriesEdit

All countries that participated in the 1971 contest were present this year.

ConductorsEdit

Each performance had a musical director who conducted the orchestra.[3][4]

Returning artistsEdit

Four artists returned to the competition this year. Luxembourg's Vicky Leandros who last performed for the nation in 1967; Carlos Mendes for Portugal who last participated in 1968; Swedish entry Family Four who returned for a second consecutive year; and Yugoslavia's Tereza Kesovija who previously represented Monaco in 1966.

ResultsEdit

Draw Country Artist Song Language[5] Place Points
01   Germany Mary Roos "Nur die Liebe läßt uns leben" German 3 107
02   France Betty Mars "Comé-comédie" French 11 81
03   Ireland Sandie Jones "Ceol an Ghrá" Irish 15 72
04   Spain Jaime Morey "Amanece" Spanish 10 83
05   United Kingdom The New Seekers "Beg, Steal or Borrow" English 2 114
06   Norway Grethe Kausland & Benny Borg "Småting" Norwegian 14 73
07   Portugal Carlos Mendes "A festa da vida" Portuguese 7 90
08    Switzerland Véronique Müller "C'est la chanson de mon amour" French 8 88
09   Malta Helen and Joseph "L-imħabba" Maltese 18 48
10   Finland Päivi Paunu & Kim Floor "Muistathan" Finnish 12 78
11   Austria Milestones "Falter im Wind" German 5 100
12   Italy Nicola Di Bari "I giorni dell'arcobaleno" Italian 6 92
13   Yugoslavia Tereza Kesovija "Muzika i ti" Croatian 9 87
14   Sweden Family Four "Härliga sommardag" Swedish 13 75
15   Monaco Anne-Marie Godart & Peter MacLane "Comme on s'aime" French 16 65
16   Belgium Serge & Christine Ghisoland "À la folie ou pas du tout" French 17 55
17   Luxembourg Vicky Leandros "Après toi" French 1 128
18   Netherlands Sandra & Andres "Als het om de liefde gaat" Dutch 4 106

ScoreboardEdit

Results
Total score
Germany
France
Ireland
Spain
United Kingdom
Norway
Portugal
Switzerland
Malta
Finland
Austria
Italy
Yugoslavia
Sweden
Monaco
Belgium
Luxembourg
Netherlands
Contestants
Germany 107 8 6 9 5 6 6 5 4 5 5 7 5 8 8 7 7 6
France 81 5 5 2 9 7 2 3 5 4 2 3 5 2 6 7 8 6
Ireland 72 4 3 4 4 6 4 3 6 3 4 3 3 5 5 4 6 5
Spain 83 7 5 5 3 8 6 3 4 4 5 3 2 7 8 3 5 5
United Kingdom 114 8 9 6 2 10 4 8 2 7 7 7 9 6 9 4 8 8
Norway 73 4 3 6 5 4 5 2 5 7 3 2 5 4 4 4 6 4
Portugal 90 3 4 7 7 4 2 6 5 2 4 9 4 7 4 7 10 5
Switzerland 88 4 5 6 5 4 7 2 4 7 8 5 5 4 6 4 7 5
Malta 48 3 2 4 2 6 2 2 2 5 2 2 2 3 3 2 2 4
Finland 78 4 3 3 6 5 6 4 3 3 3 3 4 4 5 8 6 8
Austria 100 6 6 6 6 3 5 5 7 5 4 6 8 10 5 4 5 9
Italy 92 4 5 3 2 3 6 7 9 6 6 6 4 8 6 6 6 5
Yugoslavia 87 7 4 5 8 5 4 5 2 4 3 3 2 4 9 8 8 6
Sweden 75 5 3 5 3 3 5 4 2 4 5 4 3 7 5 7 5 5
Monaco 65 4 3 4 3 5 6 2 2 5 5 3 3 4 3 4 4 5
Belgium 55 2 3 4 2 5 2 3 3 5 4 2 3 2 2 4 6 3
Luxembourg 128 9 8 9 2 10 8 7 6 4 6 8 9 10 8 7 8 9
Netherlands 106 6 6 8 8 9 8 5 6 3 9 6 3 9 6 5 2 7

10 pointsEdit

Below is a summary of all perfect 10 scores that were given during the voting.

N. Contestant Voting nation
2 Luxembourg United Kingdom, Yugoslavia
1 Austria Sweden
Portugal Luxembourg
United Kingdom Norway

Broadcasters, commentators and jury membersEdit

Jury membersEdit

Listed below is the order in which votes were cast during the 1972 contest along with the names of the two jury members who voted for their respective country. Each country announced their results in groups of three.

  1.   GermanyUnknown
  2.   FranceUnknown
  3.   IrelandUnknown
  4.   Spain – Emma Cohen and Luis María Ansón[6]
  5.   United Kingdom – Doreen Samuels and Robert Walker[4][7][8]
  6.   Norway – Rachel Nord and Signe Abusdal[9]
  7.   Portugal – Pedro Sousa Macedo and Maria João Aguiar[10]
  8.    SwitzerlandUnknown
  9.   Malta – Mary Rose Mallia and Joe Zerafa[11]
  10.   Finland – Merita Merikoski and Åke Granholm[12]
  11.   AustriaUnknown
  12.   ItalyUnknown
  13.   Yugoslavia – Vera Zlokovic and Veljko Bakasun[13]
  14.   SwedenTitti Sjöblom and Arne Domnérus[14]
  15.   MonacoUnknown
  16.   BelgiumUnknown
  17.   LuxembourgUnknown
  18.   Netherlands – Jennifer Baljet and Cornelis Wagter

Broadcasters and commentatorsEdit

Each national broadcaster also sent a commentator to the contest, in order to provide coverage of the contest in their own native language.

Country Broadcaster(s) Commentator(s) Ref(s)
Participating countries
  Austria FS1 Ernst Grissemann [de] [15]
Hitradio Ö3 Hubert Gaisbauer [de]
  Belgium RTB French: Arlette Vincent [fr] [15]
BRT Dutch: Herman Verelst [nl] [15]
RTB La Première André Hagon
BRT Radio 1 Nand Baert [nl]
  Finland YLE TV1 Heikki Seppälä [fi] [15]
Yleisohjelma Matti Paalosmaa [fi]
  France Deuxième Chaîne ORTF Pierre Tchernia [15][16]
  Germany Deutsches Fernsehen Frank Elstner [15]
Deutschlandfunk/Bayern 2 Wolf Mittler
  Ireland RTÉ Frank Hall [15]
RTÉ Radio Kevin Roche
  Italy Programma Nazionale and
Secondo Programma Radio
Renato Tagliani [it]
  Luxembourg Télé-Luxembourg Jacques Navadic
RTL Camillo Felgen
  Malta MTV Norman Hamilton [17]
  Monaco Télé Monte Carlo and
Radio Monte-Carlo
José Sacré
  Netherlands Nederland 1 Pim Jacobs [15][18]
  Norway NRK Roald Øyen [15]
NRK P1 Erik Heyerdahl [no]
  Portugal I Programa Henrique Mendes [15]
Emissora Nacional Programa 1 Amadeu Meireles [pt]
  Spain Primera Cadena Julio Rico [15]
Primer Programa RNE Miguel de los Santos [es]
  Sweden SR TV1 Bo Billtén [sv] [14]
SR P3 Björn Bjelfvenstam [14]
   Switzerland TV DRS German: Theodor Haller [de] [19]
TSR French: Georges Hardy [fr] [20]
TSI Italian: Giovanni Bertini
2e Programme French: Robert Burnier [21]
  United Kingdom BBC1 Tom Fleming [4][15]
BBC Radio 2 Pete Murray [4]
BFBS Radio Terry James [4]
  Yugoslavia TVB 1 Serbo-Croatian: Milovan Ilić
TVZ 1 Serbo-Croatian: Oliver Mlakar
TVL 1 Slovene: Tomaž Terček [sl]
Non-participating countries
  Brazil Rede Tupi Unknown
  Greece EIRT Mako Georgiadou [el]
  Hong Kong TBC Unknown
  Iceland Sjónvarpið Björn Matthíasson
  Israel Israeli Television No commentator
  Japan TBC Unknown
  Philippines ABS-CBN No commentator
  Taiwan TBC Unknown
  Thailand TBC Unknown

ReferencesEdit

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  13. ^ Vladimir Pinzovski
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