19º Eurovision Song Contest
Waterloo (ABBA) - Sweden
The Eurovision Song Contest 1974 was the nineteenth Eurovision Song Contest. It was held in the seaside resort of Brighton on the south coast of the United Kingdom. The BBC agreed to stage the contest after Luxembourg, having won in both 1972 and 1973, declined on the grounds of expense to host the contest for a second consecutive year.
The winner was a Swedish quartet named ABBA (singing the song "Waterloo") who went to become one of the most popular singing groups of all time. Along with 1988 winner Celine Dion, they are among the few Eurovision winners to achieve international superstar status. Representing the United Kingdom in the contest was the British/Australian pop singer Olivia Newton-John, who came in fourth with the song "Long Live Love". She had wanted to perform a different song in the contest but "Long Live Love" was chosen as the UK's entry by a public postal vote. France had been going to enter this Eurovision with the song "La vie à vingt-cinq ans" by Dani, but they withdrew after the French president, Georges Pompidou, died in the week of the contest. On April 25, 1974, the Portuguese entry "E depois do adeus" was used as the signal for the tanks of the left-wing military coup that overthrew the fascist government to move in. Sweden's win was their first.