Grand Final: 1973

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Duration: 1 hour, 52 minutes

The eighteenth annual Eurovision Song Contest, broadcast from the Nouveau Theatre, Luxembourg.Luxembourg retained their title, winning for a fourth time with Anne Marie David and "Tu te reconnaitras". Only six points separated the top three.The rule which only allowed countries to perform in one of their national languages was dropped this year meaning some performers sang in English instead.Several entries provoked controversy including Spanish entry "Eres tu" which was alleged to be a rewritten version of Yugoslavia's entry in 1966. However the song was not disqualified and went on to become a huge hit internationally. In addition Portugal's entry was seen as being a barely disguised attack on their dictatorship, Sweden's song used the word "breasts" and Ireland had to send over another singer as back-up when it looked as though their performer might pull out at the last minute.There were also concerns about the threat of terrorism in the wake of the 1972 Munich Olympics, particularly as Israel was competing in Eurovision for the first time. This led to unusually tight security for the contest and audiences members were advised by the floor manager to stay seated when applauding, otherwise they risked being shot by security forces. This is an anecdote often recalled by legendary UK commentator Terry Wogan, who made his first Eurovision commentary for BBC TV this year (having cut his teeth in '71 and '72 for Radio 2's Eurovision coverage). Wogan would again provide TV commentary in 1978, before taking over duties every year between 1980 and 2008.

Credits

Commentator
Terry Wogan
Participant
Marion Rung
Participant
Nicole and Hugo
Participant
Fernando Tordo
Participant
Gitte
Participant
Bendik Singers
Participant
Marie
Participant
Mocedades
Participant
Patrick Juvet
Participant
Zdravko Colic
Participant
Massimo Ranieri
Participant
Anne-Marie David
Participant
The Nova and The Dolls
Participant
Ben Cramer
Participant
Maxi
Participant
Cliff Richard
Participant
Martine Clemenceau
Participant
Ilanit

Broadcasts

The Grand Final

Molly (United Kingdom): 'Children of the Universe'

Watch highlights from the Grand Final in Copenhagen

All the acts from Semi-Final Two

Conchita Wurst (Austria): ‘Rise Like A Phoenix’

Videos of all of the songs from the second semi-final

All the acts from Semi-Final One

All the acts from Semi-Final One

Watch clips of all of the performances from the first semi-final

Children Of The Universe (Official Video)

Children Of The Universe (Official Video)

Watch Molly's official entry for the UK at the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest

The top 10 ESC Controversies

Conchita Union Jack

What was Eurovision's most controversial moment?

Are these the top 10 Eurovision songs of all time?

Are these the 10 Eurovision songs of all time?

Dr Eurovision investigates

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