Eurovision in Edinburgh: remembering when Scotland’s capital hosted the 1972 contest

The 1972 Eurovision song contest marked the only time the UK hosted the competition outside of England, and Edinburgh's Usher Hall was the chosen host concert venue.

Thursday, 9th May 2019, 11:34 am
The United Kingdom's entry The New Seekers, who finished second (Photo: TSPL)

Initially intended to be hosted in Monaco following Severine's win in Dublin in 1971, the principality was unable to provide a venue. The BBC stepped in, and the Usher Hall was chosen to host the fourth Eurovision in the UK. The competition was won by Luxembourg's Vicky Leandros with her song Apres Toi, with 128 points. The British entry, Beg, Steal or Borrow by The New Seekers, was popular with the judges and finished second with 114 points.

BBC producer/director Bill Cotton (right) in Edinburgh to arrange for the Eurovision Song Contest which was held in the city in 1972. Cotton holds a picture of the United Kingdom entry, The New Seekers.
BBC producer/director Terry Hughes with Clifford Hotts and Bill Cotton (right) in Edinburgh to make arrangements for the competition.

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Workmen preparing the Usher Hall in Edinburgh for the contest.
Workmen preparing the Usher Hall in Edinburgh for the contest.
The UK's entry The New Seekers at Waverley Station.
Interpreters representing various countries jump for joy during the contest.
Interpreters representing various countries jump for joy during the contest.
Terry Hughes, producer of the Eurovision Contest poses at the venue.
Producer Terry Hughes (third from right) and team run through a rehearsal.
Fans of the New Seekers with their autograph books, outside the Caledonian hotel at the West End of Princes Street in March 1972. The New Seekers were Britain's entry in the Eurovision song contest in Edinburgh.
Britain's entry The New Seekers, with their collection of gold discs and silver discs, backstage. Men l-r Paul Layton, Marty Kristian, Peter Doyle. Women l-r Lyn Paul & Eve Graham.
Vicky Leandros, the winner of the Eurovision song contest, held in the Usher Hall, Edinburgh in 1972. Her winning song was Apres Toi ('Come What May').
Winner of the Eurovision Song Contest, Vicky Leandros, representing Luxembourg, revels in attention from the press in Edinburgh.