Eurovision Song Contest 1963

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Eurovision Song Contest 1963
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Dates
Final date 23 March 1963
Host
Venue BBC Television Centre
London, United Kingdom
Presenter(s) Katie Boyle
Conductor Eric Robinson
Director Yvonne Littlewood[1]
Host broadcaster British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
Interval act Ola & Barbro
Participants
Number of entries 16
Debuting countries None
Returning countries None
Withdrawing countries None
Vote
Voting system Each country had 20 jury members who awarded their five favourite songs 5, 4, 3, 2, and 1 points in order. All those points would then be added up and the five song with the most points got 5, 4, 3, 2, and 1 votes in order.
Nul points
Winning song  Denmark
"Dansevise"
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The Eurovision Song Contest 1963 was the eighth annual Eurovision Song Contest. The contest was held in London, United Kingdom, after the British broadcaster BBC stepped in to organise the event. France had won the 1962 edition with the right to host this following one but were unable to, due to financial shortcomings.

The contest was won by Denmark with the song "Dansevise", performed by Grethe & Jørgen Ingmann. Denmark's win was their first. Four countries got nil points, with Finland, Norway and Sweden failing to score any points for the first time and The Netherlands for the second time, becoming the first country to go two years in a row without scoring a single point.[2]

Location[edit]

BBC Television Centre, London. Host venue of the 1963 Eurovision Song Contest.

Located on the River Thames, London is the capital city of England and the United Kingdom, the largest metropolitan area in the United Kingdom, and the largest urban zone in the Europe by most measures. London has been a major settlement for two millennia, its history going back to its founding by the Romans, who named it Londinium.[3] The BBC was willing to host the contest instead of the previous year's winner France, as was the case in 1960, 1972 and 1974 with previous winning broadcasters that could not afford to organise a contest.

The host venue was the BBC Television Centre, White City, London, which opened in 1960. It is one of the most readily recognisable facilities of its type having appeared as the backdrop for many BBC programmes. It remained to be one of the largest such facilities in the world until it closed in March 2013.[4]

Format[edit]

Two studios (TC3 and TC4) were used: one for the mistress of ceremonies Katie Boyle, the audience, and the scoreboard; the other for the performers and the orchestra accompanying them. Unusually, a boom microphone (normally used for drama and comedy shows) was employed - the viewer doesn't see this, so it appears as if the artists were miming to their vocals. This was not the case, but this innovation was to create a new look for the contest.[2]

Voting controversy[edit]

One controversy this year was during the voting. When it was Norway's turn to announce their votes, the spokesman in Oslo did not use the correct procedure in that the song number, followed by the name of the country, should have been announced before awarding the points. Katie Boyle asked Norway to repeat their results, but the Norwegian spokesman asked Katie to return to them after all the other results were in. When Katie went back to Norway again the votes had mysteriously altered, thus changing the outcome of the contest and giving the victory to Norway's neighbours Denmark at Switzerland's expense. In fact, there was some doubt as to whether the Norwegian spokesman gave the correct votes on the first occasion.

It has also been speculated as to whether the juries were indeed on the end of a telephone line or in the actual studio given how clearly their voices could be heard as opposed to sounding as though they were being redirected through a telephone line. It is also been stated that Luxembourg came sixth in the Monaco voting as Monaco give one point to both the United Kingdom and Luxembourg. However when Katie Boyle went back to Monaco to receive the votes again Monaco's one vote to Luxembourg was efficiently discarded.[2]

Participating countries[edit]

All countries who participated in the 1961 and 1962 contests, returned for a third consecutive year, with no new countries making a début, nor any returning or withdrawing nations this particular year.

Conductors[edit]

Returning artists[edit]

This year saw the return of just one artist, with Ronnie Carroll representing the United Kingdom for the second consecutive year.[2]

Results[edit]

Draw Country Language[21] Artist Song English translation Place Points
01  United Kingdom English Ronnie Carroll "Say Wonderful Things" 4 28
02  Netherlands Dutch Annie Palmen "Een speeldoos" A musical box 13 0
03  Germany German Heidi Brühl "Marcel" 9 5
04  Austria German, English Carmela Corren "Vielleicht geschieht ein Wunder" Maybe a miracle will happen 7 16
05  Norway Norwegian Anita Thallaug "Solhverv" Solstice 13 0
06  Italy Italian Emilio Pericoli "Uno per tutte" One for all 3 37
07  Finland Finnish Laila Halme "Muistojeni laulu" The song of my memories 13 0
08  Denmark Danish Grethe & Jørgen Ingmann "Dansevise" Dance ballad 1 42
09  Yugoslavia Croatian Vice Vukov "Brodovi" Ships 11 3
10   Switzerland French Esther Ofarim "T'en va pas" Don't go away 2 40
11  France French Alain Barrière "Elle était si jolie" She was so pretty 5 25
12  Spain Spanish José Guardiola "Algo prodigioso" Something marvellous 12 2
13  Sweden Swedish Monica Zetterlund "En gång i Stockholm" Once in Stockholm 13 0
14  Belgium Dutch Jacques Raymond "Waarom?" Why? 10 4
15  Monaco French Françoise Hardy "L'amour s'en va" Love goes away 5 25
16  Luxembourg French Nana Mouskouri "À force de prier" By the might of prayer 8 13

Scoreboard[edit]

Each country had 20 jury members who awarded their five favourite songs 5, 4, 3, 2, and 1 points in order. All those points would then be added up and the five song with the most points got 5, 4, 3, 2, and 1 votes in order.

Voting results
Total score United Kingdom Netherlands Germany Austria Norway Italy Finland Denmark Yugoslavia Switzerland France Spain Sweden Belgium Monaco Luxembourg
Contestants United Kingdom 28 3 5 3 3 3 3 5 2 1
Netherlands 0
Germany 5 2 3
Austria 16 4 4 1 2 3 2
Norway 0
Italy 37 2 1 3 2 5 4 5 3 3 5 4
Finland 0
Denmark 42 3 5 2 3 4 2 5 3 5 5 5
Yugoslavia 3 1 2
Switzerland 40 5 4 5 1 5 4 4 1 4 4 3
France 25 4 1 2 4 5 4 1 1 2 1
Spain 2 2
Sweden 0
Belgium 4 4
Monaco 25 1 2 5 1 3 1 1 5 4 2
Luxembourg 13 3 1 1 2 2 4
The table is ordered by appearance

5 points[edit]

Below is a summary of all 5 points in the final:

N. Recipient nation Voting nation
5 Denmark Belgium, Finland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Sweden
3 Italy Denmark, Monaco, Switzerland
Switzerland Austria, Italy, United Kingdom
2 United Kingdom Norway, Spain
Monaco France, Germany
1 France Yugoslavia

International broadcasts and voting[edit]

The table below shows the order in which votes were cast during the 1963 contest along with the spokesperson who was responsible for announcing the votes for their respective country. Each national broadcaster also sent a commentator to the contest, in order to provide coverage of the contest in their own native language. Details of the commentators and the broadcasting station for which they represented are also included in the table below.

Voting and spokesperson[edit]

  1.  United Kingdom - Nicholas Parsons
  2.  Netherlands - Pim Jacobs[22]
  3.  Germany - TBC
  4.  Austria - TBC
  5.  Norway - Roald Øyen[23]
  6.  Italy - Enzo Tortora
  7.  Finland - Poppe Berg[24]
  8.  Denmark - TBC
  9.  Yugoslavia - Miloje Orlović
  10.   Switzerland - Alexandre Burger
  11.  France - TBC
  12.  Spain - TBC
  13.  Sweden - Edvard Matz[25]
  14.  Belgium - TBC
  15.  Monaco - TBC
  16.  Luxembourg - TBC

Commentators[edit]

  1.  Austria - Emil Kollpacher (ORF)
  2.  Belgium - Herman Verelst and Denise Maes(BRT);[26] Pierre Delhasse (RTB)[26]
  3.  Denmark - Ole Mortensen (DR TV)[26]
  4.  Finland - Aarno Walli (Suomen Televisio)
  5.  France - Pierre Tchernia (RTF)[27]
  6.  Germany - Hanns Joachim Friedrichs (ARD Deutsches Fernsehen)[28]
  7.  Italy - Renato Tagliani (Programma Nazionale)
  8.  Luxembourg - Jacques Navadic (Télé-Luxembourg)
  9.  Monaco - Pierre Tchernia (Télé Monte Carlo)
  10.  Netherlands - Willem Duys (NTS)
  11.  Norway - Øivind Johnsen (NRK and NRK P1)
  12.  Spain - Federico Gallo (TVE)[29]
  13.  Sweden - Jörgen Cederberg (Sveriges Radio-TV and SR P1)[30]
  14.   Switzerland - Theodor Haller (TV DRS); Georges Hardy (TSR); Giovanni Bertini (TSI)
  15.  United Kingdom - David Jacobs (BBC TV); Michael Aspel (BBC Light Programme)
  16.  Yugoslavia - Ljubomir Vukadinović (Televizija Beograd); Gordana Bonetti (Televizija Zagreb); Tomaž Terček (Televizija Ljubljana)

References[edit]

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  23. ^ Dyrseth, Seppo (OGAE Norway)
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