52 Weeks of Eurovision: Week 5 -1974, Olivia Newton-John and ABBA

Welcome to another edition of ’52 Weeks of Eurovision’, If you missed last week’s article on Gina G, you can find it here.

This week we have a very special treat, and a double-whammy, as we celebrate a very ‘camp’ 1974 Eurovision Song Contest at the Brighton Dome Theatre.  Against normal tradition, the winning country from the previous year (Luxembourg) declined to host the contest for a second consecutive year…so the UK politely picked up the mantle.

The UK was represented by (British Born) Australian singer, Olivia Newton- John, who despite not warming  to the song, sang her way to 4th place wearing a full length baby- blue dress (-ing gown) after the song ‘ Long Live Love’, was chosen by a British postal vote. Olivia went on to achieve success as a solo artist and is of course best -known for her role as Sandy in the iconic film -Grease.

However it was ABBA, who stole the show and earned the top spot. Representing Sweden with the legendary ‘Waterloo’, Agnetha, Bjorn, Benny and Anna-Frid, in their best 70’s clobber and platform boots, won by a clear victory which catapulted them into one of the most popular and successful groups of all time…..the power of Eurovision eh?

Unfortunately Im unable to fully comment on the whole experience as I wasn’t quite born in 1974 so if you have any questions, Im sure Hugh Roberts was there….Union Jack in tow.

Here are both videos….enjoy





12 thoughts on “52 Weeks of Eurovision: Week 5 -1974, Olivia Newton-John and ABBA

  1. Well you had me at Eurovision, ONJ and ABBA- all favourites of mine! I live in Australia so ONJ is pretty special to us. Thanks for the memories and Waterloo well I’m one of those ABBA fans that know all of their songs word for word. Ultimate was visiting the ABBA museum in Stockholm a few years ago – fabulous. – Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond.

    1. The ABBA museum??…Oh I need to go!! Thanks for commenting, glad you enjoyed it….this is now a weekly feature that I do as I love Eurovision …(this is the furthest back in time I’ve been so far…..but stay tuned for some more ‘euro-nostalgia’.)

  2. lol, I only wish I had been there. I do remember watching it on the TV, although I don’t remember that outfit that Olivia wore. Loved the fact that the conductor, who conducted for ABBA, came on dressed as Napoleon. Even in the early ’70s, it was still all very camp.

    1. I know right? It always had all the makings of an evening of ‘euro camp’, I just love some of the gay icons that have graced the Eurovision stage…Lulu, Dana International …..Cheryl Baker? Maybe Olivia should have sung ‘Physical’.

  3. Surely ONJ was best known for Xanadu… XD

    I’m old enough to remember this being on but the first Eurovision I remember watching was the year after, the UK entry inspiring the name of my Eurovision blog… 🙂

  4. If you are ever in Stockholm you should check out the ABBA museum. It’s awesome. I even had a go at singing Waterloo 🙂

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