ESC EDIMBURGH 1972 (17ª)

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  • Dates – Grand Final: Saturday, 25 March 1972 – 20:00 CET
  • Host – Venue & Location: Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
  • Presenter (s): Moira Shearer
  • Musical Director: Malcolm Lockyer
  • Director: Terry Hughes
  • Executive Producer: Bill Cotton
  • Executive Supervisor: Clifford Brown
  • Multicamera Director: Terry Hughes
  • Host broadcaster: British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
  • Interval Act: Military Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle
  • Participants – Number of entries: 18 [🇧🇪 Belgium (17ª), 🇫🇷 France (17ª), 🇩🇪 Germany (17ª), 🇮🇹 Italy (17ª), 🇳🇱 The Netherlands (17ª), 🇨🇭 Switzerland (17ª), 🇬🇧 United Kingdom (15ª), Monaco (14ª), 🇪🇸 Spain (12ª),  Yugoslavia (12ª), 🇮🇪 Ireland (8ª), 🇱🇺 Luxembourg (16ª), 🇫🇮 Finland (11ª), 🇳🇴 Norway (12ª), 🇵🇹 Portugal (8ª), 🇸🇪 Sweden (13ª), 🇲🇹 Malta (2ª), 🇦🇹 Austria (15ª)]
  • Debuting countries:
  • Return:
  • Non-returning countries:
  • Nil Points:
  • Vote – Voting system: Two-member juries (one aged 16 to 25 and the other 25 to 55) rated songs between one and five points.
  • Winning song: 1f3c6 “Après toi” – Vicky Leandros 🇱🇺 Luxembourg (3ª)

Logo ESC 1972

AboutHost Broadcaster BBC arranged the 1972 Eurovision Song Contest outside London for the first time. The honour of hosting went to the Scottish capital Edinburgh after Monaco, which won the year before, was unable to provide a suitable venue. The contest resulted in two big hits all over the continent: Après Toi by winner Vicky Leandros and Beg, Steal Or Borrow by The New Seekers who ended up in second place.

Eurovision travels to Scotland. The BBC stepped in to host the Eurovision Song Contest in 1972 and chose a venue outside of London for the first time. The contest was broadcast live to Asia for the first time with viewers in Japan, Taiwan, The Philippines, Hong Kong and Thailand, all able to watch the show. It also was the first year that a video wall was used to present song titles and artists.

About the winner. Luxembourg won the song contest for the third time with the entry Aprés Toi performed by Vicky Leandros. The writer of the winning song, Yves Desca, also wrote the winning song of 1971 by Séverine. It was the first time in the history of the Song Contest that the same songwriter won twice in a row and for two different countries. Greek-born singer Vicky Leandros also took part in the contest for the second time and won for Luxembourg thanks to a well-planned PR campaign. This time she also used her surname, something she had avoided the first time when she participated just as “Vicky” in 1967. The winning song, Après Toi, sold míllions of copies all over Europe, and Vicky Leandros appeared in TV-shows all over Europe. She would try to enter the Eurovision Song Contest again in 2006, but only came 3rd in the German national final for the contest.

Facts & figures. The Irish entry “Ceol An Ghrá” by Sandie Jones was sung in the Irish language and until now, it remains the only song ever to be sung in Irish in the Eurovision Song Contest; Malta took part in the contest for the second time and came last again with Helen & Joseph’s “L’ imhabba”.

o/r country participant (s) song – translate – Language Points  rank
01 🇩🇪 Germany ARD Mary Roos Nur die liebe läßt uns leben (Only love lets us live) German 107 03
02 🇫🇷 France ORTF Betty Mars Comé-comédie (Comic comedy) French 081 11
03 🇮🇪 Ireland RTÉ Sandie Jones Ceol an ghrà (The music of love) Irish 072 15
04 🇪🇸 Spain  TVE Jaime Morey Amanece (It’s dawning) Spanish 083 10
05 🇬🇧 United Kindom BBC The New Seekers Beg, steal or borrow English 114 02
06 🇳🇴 Norway NRK Grethe Kausland & Benny Borg Småting (Little things) Norwegian 073 14
07 🇵🇹 Portugal RTP Carlos Mendes A festa da vida (The party of life) Portuguese 090 07
08 🇨🇭 Switzerland SSR SRG Véronique Müller C’est la chanson de mon amour (This is the song of my love) French 088 08
09 🇲🇹 Malta MTPBS Helen & Joseph L-Imħabba (Love) Maltese 048 18
10 🇫🇮 Finland YLE Päivi Paunu & Kim Floor Muistathan (Remember) Finnish 078 12
11 🇦🇹 Austria ÖRF Milestones (The Milestones)  Falter im wind (Butterfly in the Wind) German 100 05
12 🇮🇹 Italy  RAI Nicola di Bari I giorni dell’ arcobaleno (The Rainbow Days) Italian 092 06
13  Yugoslavia JRT Tereza Kesovija (Тереза Кесовија) Muzika i ti (Музика и ти, Music and you) Serbo-Croatian 087 09
14 🇸🇪 Sweden SR Family Four Härliga sommardag (Lovely summer day) Swedish 075 13
15 Monaco TMC Anne-Marie Godart & Peter McLane Comme on s’aime (How we love each other) French 065 16
16 🇧🇪 Belgium RTBF Serge & Christine Ghisoland À la folie ou pas du tout (Madly or not at all) French 055 17
17 🇱🇺 Luxembourg CLT Vicky Leandros Après toi (After you) French 128 01
18 🇳🇱 The Netherlands NOS Sandra & Andres Als het om de liefde gaat (When It’s All About Love) Dutch 106 04

Participation map

A coloured map of the countries of Europe

Transmitirá a 2º semifinal noutro horário. Participating countries  Transmitirá a 1º semifinal em direto. Countries that participated in the past but not in 1972

ESC 1972 Scoreboard Ι Detailed voting results:

Scoreboard - Eurovision Song Contest 1972

The Eurovision Song Contest 1972 was the 17th edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Edinburgh, United Kingdom and was organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and host broadcaster British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), who agreed to stage the event after Monaco, who won in 1971, were unable to meet the demands of hosting the event and could not find a suitable venue. The contest was held at the Usher Hall on 25 March 1972 and was hosted by Scottish ballet dancer Moira Shearer.

Eighteen countries took part in the contest, the same countries as the previous year.

The winner was Luxembourg with the song “Après toi”, performed by Vicky Leandros, with lyrics by Yves Dessca, and music composed by Mario Panas (which was the writing pseudonym of Vicky’s father Leo Leandros). “Après toi” became the winner with the lowest percentage of the total vote, winning with just 8.30% of the points available. Yves Dessca also wrote “Un Banc, Un Arbre, Une Rue” that had won the previous edition, and 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. Germany finished in third place for the third consecutive year, equalling their highest placement from the previous two editions.

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

1.Location. 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. Therefore the BBC from the United Kingdom stepped in, and chose to stage the contest in Edinburgh, making it the first of four times that the BBC had chosen a venue outside London with the 1974, 1982 and 1998 contests held in Brighton, Harrogate and Birmingham respectively. It is also the only time that the contest has been held in Scotland. The Usher Hall, the venue for the 1972 contest, is a concert hall, situated on Lothian Road, in the west end of the city. It has hosted concerts and events since its construction in 1914 and can hold approximately 2,900 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.

2.Format. 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 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.

Séverine made the trip to Edinburgh to pass on the winning trophy to Vicky Leandros. However, she looked thoroughly uninterested in the Monegasque entry when seen by viewers checking her watch before the song was performed.

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.

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

3.1.Conductors. Each performance had a musical director who conducted the orchestra.

  • 🇩🇪 Germany – Paul Kuhn
  • 🇫🇷 France – Franck Pourcel
  • 🇮🇪 Ireland – Colman Pearce
  • 🇪🇸 Spain – Augusto Algueró
  • 🇬🇧 United Kindom – David Mackay
  • 🇳🇴 Norway – Carsten Klouman
  • 🇵🇹 Portugal – Richard Hill
  • 🇨🇭 Switzerland – Jean-Pierre Festi
  • 🇲🇹 Malta – Charles Camilleri
  • 🇫🇮 Finland – Ossi Runne
  • 🇦🇹 Austria – Erich Kleinschuster
  • 🇮🇹 Italy – Gian Franco Reverberi
  •  Yugoslavia – Nikica Kalogjera 
  • 🇸🇪 Sweden – Mats Olsson
  •  Monaco – Raymond Bernard
  • 🇧🇪 Belgium – Henri Segers
  • 🇱🇺 Luxembourg – Klaus Munro
  • 🇳🇱 The Netherlands – Harry van Hoof

3.2.Returning artists.

Artist Country Previous year(s)
Tereza Kesovija  Yugoslavia 1966 (for  Monaco)
Vicky Leandros 🇱🇺 Luxembourg 1967
Carlos Mendes 🇵🇹 Portugal 1968
Family Four 🇸🇪 Sweden 1971

3.3.Participants and results.

3.4.All the national selections for Eurovision Song Contest 1972: 

• National Selections in 1972:

COUNTRY EVENT WINNER
🇧🇪 Belgium Eurosong 1972 (song selection) [a] Serge & Christine Ghisoland – “À la folie ou pas du tout
🇫🇮 Finland (Finnish Selection 1972) Päivi Paunu & Kim Floor – “Muistathan
🇩🇪 Germany Ein Lied für Edinburgh Mary Roos – “Nur die Liebe läßt uns leben
🇮🇪 Ireland (Irish Selection 1972) Sandie Jones – “Ceol an Ghrá
🇮🇹 Italy Sanremo 1972 Nicola Di Bari – “I giorni dell’arcobaleno
🇲🇹 Malta (Maltese Selection 1972) Joseph Cutajar (Helen and Joseph) – “L-imħabba
🇳🇱 The Netherlands Nationaal Songfestival 1972 (song selection) [b] Sandra & Andres – “Als het om de liefde gaat
🇳🇴 Norway Melodi Grand Prix 1972 Grethe Kausland & Benny Borg – “Småting
🇵🇹 Portugal Grande Prémio TV da Canção 1972 Carlos Mendes – “A festa da vida
🇸🇪 Sweden Melodifestival 1972 Family Four – “Härliga sommardag
🇨🇭 Switzerland Concours Eurovision 1972 Véronique Müller – “C’est la chanson de mon amour
🇬🇧 United Kindom A Song for Europe 1972 (song selection) [c] The New Seekers – “Beg, Steal or Borrow”
 Yugoslavia Jugovizija 1972 Tereza Kesovija – “Muzika i ti” (Музика и ти)

• Internal Selections in 1972: 

🇦🇹 Austria The Milestones – “Falter im Wind
🇫🇷 France Betty Mars – “Comé-comédie
🇱🇺 Luxembourg Vicky Leandros – “Après toi
Monaco Anne-Marie Godart and Peter MacLane – “Comme on s’aime
🇪🇸 Spain Jaime Morey – “Amanece
3.5.Connections:

4.Voting.

Voting results
Total score
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🇩🇪 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 Kindom 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
🇳🇱 The Netherlands 106 6 6 8 8 9 8 5 6 3 9 6 3 9 6 5 2 7

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

N. Contestant Nation(s) giving 10 points
2 🇱🇺 Luxembourg 🇬🇧 United Kindom,  Yugoslavia
1 🇦🇹 Austria 🇸🇪 Sweden
🇵🇹 Portugal 🇱🇺 Luxembourg
🇬🇧 United Kindom 🇳🇴 Norway

4.2.Jury members. 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. 🇩🇪 Germany – Unknown
  2. 🇫🇷 France – Unknown
  3. 🇮🇪 Ireland – Unknown
  4. 🇪🇸 Spain – Emma Cohen and Luis María Ansón
  5. 🇬🇧 United Kindom – Doreen Samuels and Robert Walker
  6. 🇳🇴 Norway – Rachel Nord and Signe Abusdal
  7. 🇵🇹 Portugal – Pedro Sousa Macedo and Maria João Aguiar
  8. 🇨🇭 Switzerland – Unknown
  9. 🇲🇹 Malta – Mary Rose Mallia and Joe Zerafa
  10. 🇫🇮 Finland – Merita Merikoski and Åke Granholm
  11. 🇦🇹 Austria – Unknown
  12. 🇮🇹 Italy – Unknown
  13.  Yugoslavia – Vera Zlokovic and Veljko Bakasun
  14. 🇸🇪 Sweden – Titti Sjöblom and Arne Domnérus
  15.  Monaco – Unknown
  16. 🇧🇪 Belgium – Unknown
  17. 🇱🇺 Luxembourg – Unknown
  18. 🇳🇱 The Netherlands – Jennifer Baljet and Cornelis Wagter

5.Broadcasts. Each national broadcaster also sent a commentator to the contest, in order to provide coverage of the contest in their own native language. This contest marked the first to feature unique commentators for every Francophone country, as prior to this year the French commentary was simulcast in Monaco as well (and for several years in Belgium, Luxembourg, and Switzerland).

Broadcasters and commentators in participating countries
Country Broadcaster(s) Commentator(s)
🇦🇹 Austria FS1 Ernst Grissemann
Hitradio Ö3 Hubert Gaisbauer 
🇧🇪 Belgium RTB French: Arlette Vincent 
BRT Dutch: Herman Verelst 
RTB La Première French: André Hagon
BRT Radio 1 Dutch: Nand Baert
🇫🇮 Finland YLE TV1 Heikki Seppälä 
Yleisohjelma Matti Paalosmaa 
🇫🇷 France Deuxième Chaîne ORTF Pierre Tchernia
🇩🇪 Germany Deutsches Fernsehen Hanns Verres
Deutschlandfunk/Bayern 2 Wolf Mittler
🇮🇪 Ireland RTÉ Frank Hall
RTÉ Radio Kevin Roche
🇮🇹 Italy Programma Nazionale and
Secondo Programma Radio
Renato Tagliani
🇱🇺 Luxembourg Télé-Luxembourg Jacques Navadic
RTL Camillo Felgen
🇲🇹 Malta MTV Norman Hamilton
 Monaco Télé Monte Carlo, Radio Monte-Carlo José Sacré
🇳🇱 The Netherlands Nederland 1 Pim Jacobs
🇳🇴 Norway NRK Roald Øyen
NRK P1 Erik Heyerdahl 
🇵🇹 Portugal I Programa Henrique Mendes
Emissora Nacional Programa 1 Amadeu Meireles 
🇪🇸 Spain Primera Cadena Julio Rico
Primer Programa RNE Miguel de los Santos 
🇸🇪 Sweden SR TV1 Bo Billtén 
SR P3 Björn Bjelfvenstam
🇨🇭 Switzerland TV DRS German: Theodor Haller 
TSR French: Georges Hardy 
TSI Italian: Giovanni Bertini
2e Programme French: Robert Burnier
🇬🇧 United Kindom BBC1 Tom Fleming
BBC Radio 2 Pete Murray
BFBS Radio Terry James
 Yugoslavia TVB 1 Serbo-Croatian: Milovan Ilić
TVZ 1 Serbo-Croatian: Oliver Mlakar
TVL 1 Slovene: Tomaž Terček
Broadcasters and commentators in non-participating countries
Country Broadcaster(s) Commentator(s)
 Brazil Rede Tupi Unknown
 Greece EIRT Mako Georgiadou 
 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

6.Notes.

  • [a] Serge & Christine Ghisoland were internally selected to represent Belgium at Eurovision 1972. The song “À La Folie Ou Pas Du Tout” that Serge & Christine performed at Eurovision was selected through a national final with ten songs.
  • [b] Sandra & Andres were internally selected to represent Netherlands at Eurovision 1972. The song “Als Het Om De Liefde Gaat” that they performed at Eurovision was selected through the Nationaal Songfestival 1972 with three songs.
  • [c] The group The New Seekers was internally selected to represent United Kingdom at Eurovision 1972. The song “Beg, Steal or Borrow” that the group performed at Eurovision was selected through A Song for Europe 1972 decided by postcard voting. The result from the show was announced one week later.

7.Trivial / Fun facts.

  • The contest was broadcast live in Asia for the first time to Japan, Taiwan, The Philippines, Hong Kong and Thailand.
  • It also was the first year that a video wall was used to present song titles and artists.
  • Malta took part in the contest for the second time and came last again with Helen & Joseph’s L’ imhabba.

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Countries (in order of appearance)

Final Germany ⦁ France ⦁ Ireland ⦁ Spain ⦁ United Kingdom ⦁ Norway ⦁ Portugal ⦁ Switzerland ⦁ Malta ⦁ Finland • Austria ⦁ Italy ⦁ Yugoslavia ⦁ Sweden ⦁ Monaco ⦁ Belgium ⦁ Luxembourg (winner) ⦁ The Netherlands

Artists (in order of appearance)

Final Mary Roos ⦁ Betty Mars ⦁ Sandie Jones ⦁ Jaime Morey ⦁ The New Seekers ⦁ Grethe Kausland and Benny Borg ⦁ Carlos Mendes ⦁ Véronique Müller ⦁ Helen and Joseph • Päivi Paunu and Kim Floor ⦁ Milestones • Nicola Di Bari ⦁ Tereza Kesovija ⦁ Family Four ⦁ Anne-Marie Godart and Peter MacLane ⦁ Serge and Christine Ghisoland • Vicky Leandros (winner) ⦁ Sandra and Andres

Songs (in order of appearance)

Final “Nur die Liebe läßt uns leben“ ⦁ “Comé-comédie” ⦁ “Ceol an Ghrá” ⦁ “Amanece” ⦁ “Beg, Steal or Borrow” ⦁ “Småting” ⦁ “A festa da vida” ⦁ “C’est la chanson de mon amour” • “L-imħabba” ⦁ “Muistathan” ⦁ “Falter im Wind” ⦁ “I giorni dell’arcobaleno”  ⦁ “Muzika i ti” (Музика и ти) ⦁ “Härliga sommardag” • “Comme on s’aime” ⦁ “À la folie ou pas du tout” ⦁ “Après toi” (winner) ⦁ “Als het om de liefde gaat