Eurovision Song Contest 1966
|Eurovision Song Contest 1966
|Final date||5 March 1966|
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
|Executive supervisor||Clifford Brown|
|Host broadcaster||Compagnie Luxembourgeoise de Télédiffusion (CLT)|
|Interval act||Les Haricots Rouges|
|Number of entries||18|
|Voting system||Each country had 10 jury members who distributed three points among their one, two, or three favourite songs. The points were totalled and the first, second, and third placed songs were awarded 5, 3, and 1 votes in order. If only one song got every point within the jury it would get all 9 points. If only two songs were chosen, the songs would get 6 and 3 points in order.|
|Winning song|| Austria
|Eurovision Song Contest|
The Eurovision Song Contest 1966 was the 11th edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. It was held on 5 March 1966 in Luxembourg, Luxembourg, following the country's win at the previous 1965 edition. The host venue was Grand Auditorium de RTL in Villa Louvigny. The presenter was Josiane Chen.
The winner was Austria with the song "Merci, Chérie" performed and composed by Udo Jürgens, and written by Jürgens and Thomas Hörbiger. The rule stating that a country could only sing in any of its national languages was originally created in this year, possibly due to the 1965 edition's Swedish entry which was sung in English. Austria would not win again until 2014 when the singer Conchita Wurst won.
The city of Luxembourg, also known as Luxembourg City, is a commune with city status, and the capital of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. It is located at the confluence of the Alzette and Pétrusse Rivers in southern Luxembourg. The city contains the historic Luxembourg Castle, established by the Franks in the Early Middle Ages, around which a settlement developed.
Luxembourg City lies at the heart of Western Europe, situated 213 km (132 mi) by road from Brussels, 372 km (231 mi) from Paris, 209 km (130 mi) from Cologne, and 65 km (40 mi) from Metz in northeast France.
The venue chosen to host the 1966 contest was the Villa Louvigny, which has also hosted the Eurovision Song Contest 1962. The building served as the headquarters of Compagnie Luxembourgeoise de Télédiffusion, the forerunner of RTL Group. It is located in Municipal Park, in the Ville Haute quarter of the centre of the city.
During the voting process, the presenter (Josiane Chen) accidentally greeted United Kingdom by saying "Good night, London.", then, she realized the mistake and said "Good evening, London.", after Michael Aspel, who was the spokesperson for the United Kingdom, at that time, responded by saying "Good morning, Luxembourg."
1966 marked the year the first ever black singer graced the Eurovision stage, Milly Scott representing the Netherlands. She was also the first singer to use a portable microphone. This was also the last contest that Denmark participated in until 1978, more than a decade later.
- Germany - Willy Berking
- Denmark - Arne Lamberth
- Belgium - Jean Roderes
- Luxembourg - Jean Roderes
- Yugoslavia - Mojmir Sepe
- Norway - Øivind Bergh
- Finland - Ossi Runne
- Portugal - Jorge Costa Pinto
- Austria - Hans Hammerschmid
- Sweden - Gert Ove Andersson
- Spain - Rafael Ibarbia
- Switzerland - Jean Roderes
- Monaco - Alain Goraguer
- Italy - Angelo Giacomazzi
- France - Franck Pourcel
- Netherlands - Dolf van der Linden
- Ireland - Noel Kelehan
- United Kingdom - Harry Rabinowitz
Two artists returned for a third time in this year's contest. Udo Jürgens from Austria whose previous participations were in 1964 and 1965; and Domenico Modugno from Italy, who last participated in 1958 and 1959.
Below is a summary of all 5 points in the final:
|4||Austria||Belgium, Luxembourg, Monaco, Yugoslavia|
|3||Sweden||Denmark, Finland, Norway|
International broadcasts and voting
The table below shows the order in which votes were cast during the 1966 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.
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