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The Eurovision Song Contest 1973 was the 18th Eurovision Song Contest since the beginning in 1956 and was held in Luxembourg. It was won by the host country. Tu Te Reconnaîtras was the winning song performed by Anne Marie David.

The voting was a very close one, with Spain finishing only 4 points behind and Cliff Richard of the United Kingdom (who came second in 1968) another 2 points after. Even last-place Belgium had at least 50 points, which is a rare thing!

According to The Eurovision Song Contest: The Official History by John Kennedy O'Connor, the winning song by Anne Marie David, scored the highest score ever achieved in Eurovision under any voting format, recording 129 points out of a possible 160; scoring just under 81% of the possible maximum, but partly due to a scoring system which guaranteed all countries at least two points from each other country.  

The senior Swiss juror was highly remembered for the "flamboyant" way he presented his votes, and this voting system was eventually retired along with jurors being shown on camera. The 1973 contest is also the second time that Finnish participant Marion Rung performed first on the night, having performed first in 1962 with Tipi-tii.

With the atrocity of the 1972 Munich Massacre, the venue was placed under a high level of security to allow Israel, who was making its debut, to participate comfortably, and audience members and commentators, (as stated by Terry Wogan from the BBC in 2005) were warned not to get out of their seats during the show, at the risk of being shot by security personnel.

Participants

Draw Country Artist Song Language Translation Place Points
01 Flag of Finland Finland Marion Rung Tom Tom Tom English -- 6 93
02 Flag of Belgium Belgium Nicole & Hugo Baby, Baby Dutch, English, Spanish, French -- 17 58
03 Flag of Portugal Portugal Fernando Tordo Tourada Portuguese Bullfight 10 80
04 Flag of Germany Germany Gitte Junger Tag German Young day 8 85
05 Norway Norway Bendik Singers It's Just A Game English, French -- 7 89
06 Flag of Monaco Monaco Marie Un train qui part French A train that leaves 8 85
07 Flag of Spain Spain Mocedades Eres tú Spanish It's you 2 125
08 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland Patrick Juvet Je vais me marier, Marie French I'm getting married, Marie 12 79
09 Flag of SFR Yugoslavia Yugoslavia Zdravko Čolić Gori vatra Bosnian The fire is burning 15 65
10 Flag of Italy Italy Massimo Ranieri Chi sarà con te Italian Who will be with you 13 74
11 Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg Anne Marie David Tu Te Reconnaîtras French You will recognise yourself 1 129
12 Flag of Sweden Sweden The Nova You're Summer English -- 5 94
13 Flag of the Netherlands The Netherlands Ben Cramer De oude muzikant Dutch The old musician 14 69
14 Flag of Ireland Ireland Maxi Do I Dream English -- 10 80
15 Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom Cliff Richard Power To All Our Friends -- 3 123
16 France France Martine Clémenceau Sans toi French Without You 15 65
17 Flag of Israel Israel Ilanit Ey Sham Hebrew Somewhere 4 97

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