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