Eurovision Song Contest 1963

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Eurovision Song Contest 1963
ESC 1963 logo.png
Final23 March 1963
VenueBBC Television Centre
London, United Kingdom
Presenter(s)Katie Boyle
Musical directorEric Robinson
Directed byYvonne Littlewood
Executive producerHarry Carlisle
Host broadcasterBritish Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Edit this at Wikidata
Number of entries16
Debuting countriesNone
Returning countriesNone
Non-returning countriesNone
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Voting systemTwenty-member juries awarded points to their five favourite songs.
Nul points in final
Winning song Denmark
1962 ← Eurovision Song Contest → 1964

The Eurovision Song Contest 1963 was the eighth edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest and took place in London, United Kingdom. It was organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and host broadcaster British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), who agreed to stage the event after France, who had won the 1962 edition, declined to host it due to financial shortcomings, also having hosted the competition in 1959 and 1961. The contest was held at the BBC Television Centre on Saturday 23 March 1963 and was hosted by Katie Boyle for a second time.

Sixteen countries participated in the contest, the same countries that had participated the previous year.

The contest this year was won by Denmark with the song "Dansevise", performed by Grethe & Jørgen Ingmann. This was the first victory for any of the Nordic countries. Four countries got nul 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.[1]


BBC Television Centre, London - host venue of the 1963 contest.

The BBC was willing to host the contest instead of the previous year's winner France, as was the case in 1960. They would do so again in 1972 and 1974 because the winning broadcasters from the year before could not afford to produce the 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 redeveloped in March 2013.[2]


Two studios (TC3 and TC4) were used: one for the mistress of ceremonies Katie Boyle, the audience, and the scoreboard (TC3); the other for the performers and the orchestra accompanying them (TC4). Unusually, a boom microphone (normally used for drama and comedy shows) was employed – the viewer could not see this, so it appeared 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.[1]

After the 1962 edition was the only one to be held on a Sunday, the contest was held on a Saturday again in 1963.

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, Roald Øyen, 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. Boyle asked Norway to repeat their results, but the Norwegian spokesman asked Boyle to return to them after all the other results were in. When Boyle 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, the Norwegian spokesman had not given the correct votes on the first occasion, because votes from the 20 jury members were still being tallied.[1]

Monaco was also asked to repeat their voting a second time as initially Monaco gave one point to both the United Kingdom and Luxembourg. However, when Boyle went back to Monaco to receive the votes again Monaco's one vote to Luxembourg was efficiently discarded (although this did not have any effect on the positions of the countries).[1]

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.[original research?]

Participating countries[edit]

All countries which participated in the 1962 edition also participated in the 1963 edition.


The participating conductors were:[3][4]

Returning artists[edit]

Artist Country Previous year(s)
Ronnie Carroll  United Kingdom 1962

Participants and results[edit]

R/O Country Artist Song Language[5][6] Points Place[7]
1  United Kingdom Ronnie Carroll "Say Wonderful Things" English 28 4
2  Netherlands Annie Palmen "Een speeldoos" Dutch 0 13
3  Germany Heidi Brühl "Marcel" German 5 9
4  Austria Carmela Corren "Vielleicht geschieht ein Wunder" German, English 16 7
5  Norway Anita Thallaug "Solhverv" Norwegian 0 13
6  Italy Emilio Pericoli "Uno per tutte" Italian 37 3
7  Finland Laila Halme "Muistojeni laulu" Finnish 0 13
8  Denmark Grethe and Jørgen Ingmann "Dansevise" Danish 42 1
9  Yugoslavia Vice Vukov "Brodovi" (Бродови) Serbo-Croatian 3 11
10  Switzerland Esther Ofarim "T'en va pas" French 40 2
11  France Alain Barrière "Elle était si jolie" French 25 5
12  Spain José Guardiola "Algo prodigioso" Spanish 2 12
13  Sweden Monica Zetterlund "En gång i Stockholm" Swedish 0 13
14  Belgium Jacques Raymond "Waarom?" Dutch 4 10
15  Monaco Françoise Hardy "L'amour s'en va" French 25 5
16  Luxembourg Nana Mouskouri "À force de prier" French 13 8

Detailed voting results[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. Errors in the Norwegian (see above) and the Monegasque votes meant their scores had to be announced twice, with an adjustment to the scores being made in each case before the final score was verified.

Detailed voting results[8][9]
Total score
United Kingdom
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

5 points[edit]

Below is a summary of all 5 points received:

N. Contestant Nation(s) giving 5 points
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


Listed below is 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.

  1.  United Kingdom – Pete Murray
  2.  Netherlands – Pim Jacobs[10]
  3.  Germany – Werner Veigel
  4.  Austria – Emil Kollpacher
  5.  Norway – Roald Øyen
  6.  Italy – Enzo Tortora
  7.  Finland – Poppe Berg [fi]
  8.  Denmark – TBC
  9.  Yugoslavia – Miloje Orlović [sr]
  10.  Switzerland – Alexandre Burger [fr]
  11.  France – Armand Lanoux
  12.  Spain – Julio Rico
  13.  Sweden – Edvard Matz [sv]
  14.  Belgium – Ward Bogaert
  15.  Monaco – TBC
  16.  Luxembourg – TBC


Each national broadcaster also sent a commentator to the contest, in order to provide coverage of the contest in their own native language.

Broadcasters and commentators in participating countries
Country Broadcaster(s) Commentator(s) Ref(s)
 Austria ORF Hanns Joachim Friedrichs [4]
 Belgium RTB French: Pierre Delhasse [4]
BRT Dutch: Herman Verelst [nl] and Denise Maes [4]
 Denmark Danmarks Radio TV Ole Mortensen [da] [4]
 Finland Suomen Televisio Aarno Walli [fi] [4][11]
Yleisradio Erkki Melakoski [fi]
 France Première Chaîne RTF Pierre Tchernia [4]
 Germany Deutsches Fernsehen Hanns Joachim Friedrichs [4]
 Italy Programma Nazionale Renato Tagliani [it] [4]
 Luxembourg Télé-Luxembourg Pierre Tchernia [4]
 Monaco Télé Monte Carlo
 Netherlands NTS Willem Duys [4]
 Norway NRK, NRK P1 Øivind Johnssen [4]
 Spain TVE Federico Gallo [es] [4]
 Sweden Sveriges TV, SR P1 Jörgen Cederberg [sv] [4][12]
 Switzerland TV DRS German: Theodor Haller [de] [4]
TSR French: Georges Hardy [fr] [4]
TSI Italian: Renato Tagliani [4]
 United Kingdom BBC TV David Jacobs [4]
BBC Light Programme Michael Aspel
 Yugoslavia Televizija Beograd Serbo-Croatian: Ljubomir Vukadinović [sr]
Televizija Zagreb Serbo-Croatian: Gordana Bonetti [hr] [13]
Televizija Ljubljana Slovene: Saša Novak [4]
Broadcasters and commentators in non-participating countries
Country Broadcaster(s) Commentator(s) Ref(s)
 Portugal RTP Federico Gallo [4][14]


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  6. ^ "Eurovision Song Contest 1963". Retrieved 16 September 2020.
  7. ^ "Final of London 1963". European Broadcasting Union. Archived from the original on 30 March 2021. Retrieved 30 March 2021.
  8. ^ "Results of the Final of London 1963". European Broadcasting Union. Archived from the original on 30 March 2021. Retrieved 30 March 2021.
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External links[edit]

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