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Grand Final: 1970

The fifteenth annual Eurovision Song Contest broadcast from RAI Congrescentrum in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.Lots were drawn for a host nation after the 1969 contest in Spain ended in a four-way tie. A new voting system was introduced for this year which meant any countries which tied would have to perform again for the judges for a second round of voting. Unhappy with this and with the previous year's outcome, several countries including Austria, Finland, Norway, Portugal and Sweden boycotted the competition, resulting in the smallest number of competitors in over a decade.This forced Dutch producers to pad out the show with extra material, including the now famous introductory video sequence known as the Eurovision postcard.Several of the twelve contestants were already established performers in their own countries including the UK's Mary Hopkin and Luxembourg's David Alexandre Winter. However the actual winner was an unknown Derry schoolgirl, Dana, who represented Ireland with the song "All Kinds of Everything". Both Dana and the song would go on to be hugely successful.

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1 hour, 30 minutes

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Sat 21 Mar 1970 20:00

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