- 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: “Après toi” – Vicky Leandros 🇱🇺 Luxembourg (3ª)
About. Host 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|
Participating countries Countries that participated in the past but not in 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.
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
|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:
|🇧🇪 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“|
|🇬🇧 United Kindom||114||8||9||6||2||10||4||8||2||7||7||7||9||6||9||4||8||8|
|🇳🇱 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.
- 🇩🇪 Germany – Unknown
- 🇫🇷 France – Unknown
- 🇮🇪 Ireland – Unknown
- 🇪🇸 Spain – Emma Cohen and Luis María Ansón
- 🇬🇧 United Kindom – Doreen Samuels and Robert Walker
- 🇳🇴 Norway – Rachel Nord and Signe Abusdal
- 🇵🇹 Portugal – Pedro Sousa Macedo and Maria João Aguiar
- 🇨🇭 Switzerland – Unknown
- 🇲🇹 Malta – Mary Rose Mallia and Joe Zerafa
- 🇫🇮 Finland – Merita Merikoski and Åke Granholm
- 🇦🇹 Austria – Unknown
- 🇮🇹 Italy – Unknown
- Yugoslavia – Vera Zlokovic and Veljko Bakasun
- 🇸🇪 Sweden – Titti Sjöblom and Arne Domnérus
- 🇲🇨 Monaco – Unknown
- 🇧🇪 Belgium – Unknown
- 🇱🇺 Luxembourg – Unknown
- 🇳🇱 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).
|🇦🇹 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|
|🇫🇷 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
|🇱🇺 Luxembourg||Télé-Luxembourg||Jacques Navadic|
|🇲🇹 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|
|🇬🇷 Greece||EIRT||Mako Georgiadou|
|🇮🇸 Iceland||Sjónvarpið||Björn Matthíasson|
|🇮🇱 Israel||Israeli Television||No commentator|
- [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”|