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