Eurovision’s Greatest Hits takes place in London on 31 March. The one-off concert will see a host of past Eurovision stars take to the stage to mark 60 years of the contest. While the show itself will be purely celebratory, we’ve decided to add a little competition to proceedings by ranking and reviewing all 19 Eurovision entries sung by the 15 confirmed acts. Today the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of musical unprofessionals — go back to Luxembourg 1973, to watch as Anne-Marie David secured a back-to-back victory for the Grand Duchy with “Tu Te Reconnaîtras”. Did she deserve to defeat musical legends such as Cliff Richard and Mocedades? Read on to find out…
Robyn: Based on the music, I was expecting this to be a sassy love song, but it turns out it’s a “you can do it, I believe in you” kind of anthem. The jazzy flourishes are great, as are the soaring backing vocals. I can see why it won, but to me it’s more like a song to play over the closing credits of a film than something I’d listen to a lot.
Sopon: For me, this is the absolute best winner from the golden age of the contest. Anne-Marie sang so magically (and still does), and the song was romantic and jazzy and timeless, all at the same time. A deserved winner, and a deserved Eurovision anthem.
William: Passion in the eyes, drama in the mouth, anger and pain and hope and everything else in that voice. This is my vintage Eurovision jam! For the time period Anne-Marie is as fiery as her dress. When she drops her head at the end I want to get up and scream, “J’adore!”
Denise: This is way better than her 1979 entry. The melody is great and the orchestra sounds so beautiful. It was a deserved win and Anne-Marie did amazing, like always. It’s such a shame I don’t understand the lyrics.
Angus: A classic chanson of Luxembourg’s golden age at the contest. There’s a timeless quality to “Tu Te Reconnaîtres” which means it still resonates strongly today. Anne-Marie sounds just gorgeous paired with the orchestra.
James: If I told you that the instrumental to this song was my ringtone and my alarm noise, would you think of me any differently? No? Good. I don’t think I would have really been so interested in the Eurovision Song Contest were it not for the dramatic, brassy, chanson-like ballads in the ’60s and ’70s. That period was a treasure trove for them, and TTR is a song I know all the lyrics to, by heart, like a devotional prayer. The characteristic sing-along chorus and echoing trumpet fanfare are the signature components and it’s probably one of the few songs I wouldn’t mind having played regardless of the occasion.
Padraig: The words “timeless” and “classic” are thrown around far too often these days, but in the case of “Tu Te Reconnaîtras” it’s completely justified. This really has it all – sumptuous instrumentals, drama, a soaring chorus, and vocals to die for. All delivered with such simplicity. A wonderful showcase for Anne-Marie’s undeniable talent.
Kristín: I’m one of the many people who thinks that Spain’s “Eres Tu” is one of the best songs in ESC history. But “Tu te reconnetrais” is a close follow up. Anne Marie David was just the cutest, when she took Europe by storm that night, and the song ages well. It’s in my top ten list of best winning songs, and that’s not likely to change anytime soon.
Sami: This seems to have some kind of legendary status, but I don’t like it as much as other Eurovision fans seem to. Sure it’s catchy and she is a great artist, but I find her voice and the song all a bit annoying.
All 17 members of our jury rate each song. However, we don’t have room to share written reviews from everyone. Here are the remaining eight scores.
The highest and lowest scores are removed before calculating the final score. We have dropped a low of 5 and a high of 10.