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DanaJulio IglesiasFinland, Norway, Portugal and Sweden decided not to take part in the 1970 contest, thus reducing the number of participating countries to twelve only. Since four countries had won the previous year, lots were drawn to decide which of the winning organizations would host the Grand Prix. The Netherlands won the draw and hosted the contest. A change was made in the voting system to avoid possible ties. If two or more songs were awarded the same number of votes, the winning songs would be immediately performed again and all of the juries, except for those of the countries concerned, had to state by show of hands which song they preferred. In the unlikely event of an ongoing tie where the voting could not decide between songs, then, and only then, would the Grand Prix be awarded jointly to both. Performer Dana, representing Ireland, won the Grand Prix with “All kinds of everything”, outshining stars such as David Alexandre Winter, placed 8th with “Je suis tombé du ciel”, representing Luxembourg; Julio Iglesias, placed 4th with the song “Gwendolyne”, representing Spain; Henri Dès, who tied with Spain in 4th place with “Retour”, representing Switzerland; Mary Hopkin, placed 2nd with “Knock, knock (Who’s there?)” representing the United Kingdom, and Katja Ebstein, who took 3rd place with “Wunder gibt es immer wieder”, representing Germany.
SéverineKatja EbsteinIn 1971, the four countries which had withdrawn the year before returned, accompanied by Malta who joined the contest, thus restoring the number of participating countries to 18. Some of the rules were modified, including one concerning the number of performers allowed on stage which was limited to six. The voting system was completely revised, each participant now being allowed to appoint only two jury members, one under 25 and the other over 25. They were allocated ten points per song and could award from 1 to 10 votes to each. The winning country was Monaco, represented by Séverine with “Un banc, un arbre, une rue”. Star performer Serge Lama finished 9th with “Un jardin sur la terre”, representing France; Katja Ebstein, returning for a second year, was placed 3rd with “Diese welt”, representing Germany, and Peter, Marc and Sue came 11th with “Les illusions de nos 20 ans”, representing Switzerland.
Vicky LeandrosMonaco renounced staging the 1972 contest, thus giving United Kingdom another opportunity to be the host broadcaster and this time it decided to hold the contest in Edinburgh, Scotland. The winner of the contest was Luxembourg, represented by Vicky Leandros with the song “Après toi”. The Irish entrant made quite an impression, performing a song in Gaelic.
Anne-Marie DavidPatrick JuvetIn 1973, Malta and Austria decided to withdraw from the contest and Israel joined, thus requiring reinforced security. The rule on the language in which songs were performed was changed to allow participants to choose the language in which they wanted to sing. Luxembourg again finished in 1st place with “Tu te reconnaîtras” performed by Anne-Marie David. Well-known singer Patrick Juvet, representing Switzerland, came 12th with “Je vais me marier, Marie”, and Cliff Richard was placed 3rd with “Power to all our friends”, representing the United Kingdom.
ABBAOlivia Newton-JohnIn 1974 Greece joined the contest, while France had to withdraw a few days before due to the death of President Georges Pompidou. This brought the number of participants down to 17. The rules on juries were changed to put the number of jurors back to 10 per country. For national juries a rule was introduced stating that an equal number of men and women was preferable, including five members over 25 and five under 25, the minimum age being 16 and the maximum 60, with not less than 10 years between the two age ranges. They were allocated five points per song and could award from 1 to 5 votes to each song. Sweden won the Grand Prix that year with the song “Waterloo” performed by ABBA, who became the most popular group in all of the contest’s history. Among the runners-up were well-known artists such as Gigliola Cinquetti, representing Italy, placed 2nd with “Si”, Mouth and MacNeal, representing the Netherlands, who came 3rd with “I see a star”, Olivia Newton-John representing United Kingdom, placed 4th with “Long live love”, and Tina Reynolds, representing Ireland, who came 7th with “Cross your heart”.
Teach-Inthe ShadowsIn 1975, all seventeen countries from the previous year participated  in the contest along with France, Malta and Turkey. However, for reasons that were unclear, Greece decided to withdraw just before the contest and this brought the total down to 19. The number of jurors in each national jury was increased to eleven and these jury members could award 1 to 5 points per song. However, the final votes to be given on TV were as follows: 12 points for the song gaining most votes, 10 points for the song with the second largest number of votes, 8 points to the third song and so on down to 1 point for the song coming tenth in terms of votes. The Netherlands won the Grand Prix with the song “Ding Dinge Dong” by the group Teach-In. Second place was awarded to the United Kingdom with the song “Let me be the one” interpreted by the Shadows, who became chart toppers in many European countries.
Brotherhood of ManPeter, Sue and MarcSweden, Malta and Turkey withdrew from the 1976 contest but Austria and Greece joined, thus bringing the number of participants to 18. There was a noticeable increase in the number of non-English speaking countries, such as Austria, Finland, the Netherlands, Norway and Switzerland, opting to perform songs in English. The United Kingdom won the Grand Prix with the song “Save your kisses for me”, which was performed by the Brotherhood of Man and became a smash commercial hit, selling over 6 million copies around the world. Top group Les Humphries came 12th with “Sing, sang, song”, representing Germany, and Peter, Sue and Marc, participating in the contest for the second time, were placed 4th with “Djambo Djambo”, representing Switzerland.
Marie MyriamMichele TorrIn 1977 Yugoslavia withdrew from the contest and Sweden returned. The language rule was reinstated: all participants had to performed in the language or one of the languages of their country. However, both Belgium and Germany were allowed to enter an English-language song since they had already chosen their entries before the rule was re-established. France won the Grand Prix with “L’oiseau et l’enfant” performed by Marie Myriam, who became a big star in France. Monaco finished 4th with the song “Une petite Française” by the celebrity performer Michèle Torr, who was participating for the second time.
Ihzar Cohen and the AlphabetaBaccaraIn the 1978 contest, Denmark and Turkey joined the 18 countries of the previous year, bringing  the number of participants to 20. Israel won the Grand Prix with the song “A-Ba-Ni-Bi”, which was performed by Ihzar Cohen and the Alphabeta and became a big hit across Europe. Other star performers participated in the contest, such as disco queen Baccara, who came 7th with “Parlez-vous français”, representing Luxembourg, and Colm C.T. Wilkinson who was placed 5th with “Born to sing” representing Ireland. Norway finished last, scoring zero points.
Gali Atari & Milk and HoneyJeanne MasonTurkey withdrew from the 1979 contest, bringing the number of participants down to 19. Due to political problems in the city of Jerusalem, where the contest was held, all the delegates and performers were kept under tight security at all times, although nothing untoward occurred. That year everyone scored and Israel won the Grand Prix for the second year in a row with the song “Hallelujah”, performed by Gali Atari & Milk and Honey. Celebrity entrants included Sandra, placed 12th with “Colorado”, representing the Netherlands; Jeanne Mason, placed 13th with “J’ai déjà vu ça dans tes yeux”, representing Luxembourg, and – participating for the third time – Peter, Sue and Marc placed 10th with “Troedler und Co.”, representing Switzerland.
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