Suède 1974

The Swedish national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest was called Melodifestivalen 1974. It was, by far, won by the group ABBA, consisting of Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Agnetha Fältskog, Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus. Their song was called « Waterloo« , which was written by Björn and Benny. It was originally written in Swedish, but for the ESC final, it was translated into English, which the rules allowed the years 1973-1976.

ABBA was one of the favorites to win ESC, held in Brighton, United Kingdom. They sang as #08. In the voting, they received high points from the first jury to vote (Finland), but it was a close race until the second last jury, Switzerland, which gave Sweden enough points to practically secure victory. Sweden got a total of 24 points, compared to runner-up Italy‘s 18. This was Sweden’s first victory, and ABBA got international superstar status, with a success second only to The Beatles. They have sold a reported 370 million records worldwide. In 2005, in the 50th anniversary show Congratulations, Waterloo was chosen the best Eurovision song ever.

At Eurovision

Voting

Every country had a jury of ten people. Every jury member could give one point to his or her favourite song.[1]

Points awarded to Sweden

Points awarded to Sweden[1]
10 points 9 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point

Points awarded by Sweden[1]

3 points  Netherlands
2 points  Greece
 Ireland
1 point  Israel
 Monaco
 Norway

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