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Eurovision Song Contest 1970
ESC 1970 logo.png
Final 21 March 1970
Presenter(s) Willy Dobbe
Conductor Dolf van der Linden
Director Theo Ordeman
Host broadcaster Netherlands NOS
Venue RAI Congrescentrum
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Winning song  Ireland
"All Kinds of Everything"
Voting system
Each country had 10 jury members who each cast one vote for their favourite song.
Number of entries 12
Debuting countries None
Returning countries None
Withdrawing countries  Finland
Nul points  Luxembourg
Interval act The Don Lurio Dancers from Amsterdam
Eurovision Song Contest
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The Eurovision Song Contest 1970 was the 15th Eurovision Song Contest, held on 21 March 1970 at the RAI Congrescentrum in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The Amsterdam contest is regarded as one of the most significant in Eurovision history for a number of reasons.

Due to the four-way tie in 1969, lots were drawn to choose which country would host this Eurovision. Austria (who had not taken part in 1969), Finland, Norway, Portugal and Sweden boycotted this contest as they were not pleased with the result of 1969 and the voting structure.[1]

The Dutch producers were forced to pad out the show as only 12 nations decided to make the trip to Amsterdam. The result was a format which has endured almost to the present day. An extended opening sequence set the scene, while every entry was introduced by a short video 'postcard'.[1]

The set design was devised by Roland de Groot; a simple design was composed of a number of curved horizontal bars and silver baubles which could be moved in a variety of different ways.

Of the participating singers, a number were already established performers. Notably, the UK sent Mary Hopkin while David Alexandre Winter represented Luxembourg. The contest is also notable for the appearance of the then unknown Julio Iglesias, singing for Spain. Ireland won the contest with "All Kinds of Everything", penned by Derry Lindsay and Jackie Smith and sung by another unknown, Dana, an 18 year-old Derry schoolgirl. The song became a million-seller and the singer an international star. As the contest was held in the Netherlands this year, and the country was one of the four winners in 1969, Dana received her awards from joint winner Lenny Kuhr.

To avoid an incident like in 1969, a tie rule was created. It stated that, if two or more songs gained the same number of votes, each song would have to be performed again. After that every jury except the juries of the countries concerned would have a show of hands of which they thought was the best. If the countries tied again, then they would share first place.

Ireland's win was their first. It is notable that 9 of the ten Belgian jury members awarded their votes to Ireland. The UK were second, 6 votes behind Ireland. Luxembourg received zero votes for the only time.


Individual Entries


Draw Country Language Artist Song English translation Place Votes
01  Netherlands Dutch Hearts of Soul "Waterman" Aquarius 7 7
02  Switzerland French Henri Dès "Retour" Return 4 8
03  Italy Italian Gianni Morandi "Occhi di ragazza" Eyes of a Girl 8 5
04  Yugoslavia Slovene Eva Sršen "Pridi, dala ti bom cvet" Come, I'll Give You a Flower 11 4
05  Belgium French Jean Vallée "Viens l'oublier" Come, Forget Him 8 5
06  France French Guy Bonnet "Marie-Blanche" - 4 8
07  United Kingdom English Mary Hopkin "Knock Knock, Who's There?" - 2 26
08  Luxembourg French David Alexandre Winter "Je suis tombé du ciel" I Fell From Heaven 12 0
09  Spain Spanish Julio Iglesias "Gwendolyne" - 4 8
10  Monaco French Dominique Dussault "Marlène" - 8 5
11  Germany German Katja Ebstein "Wunder gibt es immer wieder" Miracles Keep Happening Again And Again 3 12
12  Ireland English Dana "All Kinds of Everything" - 1 32

Score sheet

Total Score Netherlands Switzerland Italy Yugoslavia Belgium France United Kingdom Luxembourg Spain Monaco Germany Ireland
Contestants Netherlands 7 0 3 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Switzerland 8 2 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 2 1
Italy 5 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0
Yugoslavia 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0
Belgium 5 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 1
France 8 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 3
United Kingdom 26 3 2 2 4 0 2 2 0 4 4 3
Luxembourg 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Spain 8 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 2 3 0 0
Monaco 5 0 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 1 0 0
Germany 12 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 3 4 1 2
Ireland 32 5 6 0 0 9 1 4 2 3 0 2


  • Ireland - Valerie McGovern
  • Italy - Renato Tagliani
  • Spain - Miguel de los Santos
  • United Kingdom - David Gell (BBC TV), Tony Brandon (BBC Radio 1)

Interesting Facts

  • Seconds before her winning performance, Dana told herself not to "screw this up".
  • Each performance was introduced by a video of the performers sightseeing around the capital cities of their home nations. During Dana's video, RTÉ commentator Valerie McGovern, who gave short speeches about the backgrounds of the rest of the performers, simply said, "And now, the moment we've all been waiting for. Dana, the little girl from Ireland, on whom all our hopes are pinned. What can I say about Dana? You know everything already. So let's just watch the film."
  • "This is a very cheerful Dublin calling", said the Irish jury spokesman John Skehan before giving their votes. Being the last country to vote meant they already knew Dana had won.
  • Julio Iglesias' suit jacket had no pockets, and was purposely a vibrant blue colour, so it would stand out on a black and white TV set (as Spain did not yet have colour TV).
  • Eurovision sites state that during the rehearsals, one of the marbles from the set came tumbling down. No one was hurt, and it was repaired before the final.
  • Dolf van der Linden directed the orchestra for Ireland's winning song as well as the Dutch entry.
  • Despite not participating in 1970, Portugal still held its annual national song contest which was won by Sergio Borges with the song "Onde vais rio que eu canto".
  • Despite having never participated at Eurovision up to this point, this year's contest was also broadcast in the Soviet Union, Hungary and Czechoslovakia. The contest was also broadcasted in Brazil and Chile through satellite.[2]


  1. ^ a b O'Connor, John Kennedy. The Eurovision Song Contest - The Official History. Carlton Books, UK. 2007 ISBN 978-1-84442-994-3
  2. ^ Bakker, Sietse (2008-12-25). "Do you remember... Amsterdam 1970?". Retrieved 2008-12-25. 

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