Eurovision Song Contest 1967

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Eurovision Song Contest 1967
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Final8 April 1967
VenueGroßer Festsaal der Wiener Hofburg
Vienna, Austria
Presenter(s)Erica Vaal
Musical directorJohannes Fehring
Directed byHerbert Fuchs
Executive supervisorClifford Brown
Executive producerKarl Lackner
Host broadcasterÖsterreichischer Rundfunk (ORF)
Interval act"The Blue Danube" performed by Vienna Boys' Choir Edit this at Wikidata
Number of entries17
Debuting countriesNone
Returning countriesNone
Non-returning countries Denmark
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         Participating countries     Countries that participated in the past but not in 1967
Voting systemTen-member juries distributed ten points among their favourite songs.
Nul points  Switzerland
Winning song United Kingdom
"Puppet on a String"
1966 ← Eurovision Song Contest → 1968

The Eurovision Song Contest 1967 was the 12th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Vienna, Austria, following the country's victory at the 1966 contest with the song "Merci, Chérie" by Udo Jürgens. It was the first time the event took place in Austria. The contest was held at the Großer Festsaal der Wiener Hofburg on Saturday 8 April 1967, and was hosted by Erica Vaal.

Seventeen countries participated in the contest, one fewer than the record eighteen that competed in the 1965 and 1966 editions. Denmark did not enter after its 1966 participation, and left the contest at this point, not to return until 1978.[1]

The winner was the United Kingdom with the song "Puppet on a String", written and composed by Bill Martin and Phil Coulter, and performed by Sandie Shaw. This was the United Kingdom's first victory in the contest, and also the first winning song to be performed in English. The entry had one of the widest margins of victory ever witnessed in the competition; it garnered more than twice as many points as the second-placed song. (Only Italy has outdone this feat, in the 1964 Contest with a margin of 49 to 17, almost three times as many points as the second-placed entry). The presenter became confused whilst the voting was taking place, and declared the United Kingdom's entry to be the winner before the last country, Ireland, had announced its votes. Shaw intensely disliked the composition, though her attitude towards the song somewhat mellowed in later years, even releasing a new version in 2007.[1]

Until 2015, the 1967 Contest remained the only occasion when Austria hosted the event.


Großer Festsaal der Wiener Hofburg, Vienna – host venue of the 1967 contest

The 1967 Eurovision Song Contest was held in Vienna, the capital of Austria. The venue for the contest was the Hofburg Palace, which was the principal winter residence of the Habsburg dynasty, rulers of the Austro-Hungarian empire.[2] It currently serves as the official residence of the President of Austria.


The stage setup was a little unusual this year. There were two revolving mirrored walls on both ends of the stage; they began revolving at the start of each song, and stopped at its end. The hostess, Erica Vaal, ended the programme by congratulating the winning song and country, and saying "goodbye" in several different languages.[1] This was the last contest to be transmitted only in black and white.

Participating countries[edit]

The entry from Luxembourg, "L'amour est bleu", sung by Vicky Leandros, came in fourth; nonetheless, it went on to become the biggest international hit of the 1967 contest, and a year later would be a big instrumental hit for French musician, Paul Mauriat, under the English title, "Love is Blue". Denmark chose not to participate and left the contest at this point, only returning in 1978. The reason was that the new director for the TV entertainment department at DR thought that the money could be spent in a better way.[1]

The United Kingdom's win was its first. Television presenter, artist and musician Rolf Harris provided the commentary for BBC Television viewers. Switzerland received zero votes for the second time. Portugal was represented by Eduardo Nascimento, who was the first black male singer in the history of the Eurovision Song Contest, performing "O vento mudou" ("The wind changed"). Rumours claimed that Portuguese prime minister Salazar had chosen this particular singer to show the rest of Europe that he was not racist.[1]


Each performance had a conductor who was maestro of the orchestra.[3][4] This was the first contest to have a unique conductor for every entry, as prior contests usually had the host conductor conduct multiple entries in addition to their own country’s entry.

Returning artists[edit]

Artist Country Previous year(s)
Claudio Villa  Italy 1962
Kirsti Sparboe  Norway 1965
Raphael  Spain 1966


Draw Country Artist Song Language[5][6] Place[7] Points
01  Netherlands Thérèse Steinmetz "Ring-dinge-ding" Dutch 14 2
02  Luxembourg Vicky Leandros "L'amour est bleu" French 4 17
03  Austria Peter Horton [de] "Warum es hunderttausend Sterne gibt" German 14 2
04  France Noëlle Cordier "Il doit faire beau là-bas" French 3 20
05  Portugal Eduardo Nascimento "O vento mudou" Portuguese 12 3
06   Switzerland Géraldine "Quel cœur vas-tu briser?" French 17 0
07  Sweden Östen Warnerbring "Som en dröm" Swedish 8 7
08  Finland Fredi "Varjoon – suojaan" Finnish 12 3
09  Germany Inge Brück "Anouschka" German 8 7
10  Belgium Louis Neefs "Ik heb zorgen" Dutch 7 8
11  United Kingdom Sandie Shaw "Puppet on a String" English 1 47
12  Spain Raphael "Hablemos del amor" Spanish 6 9
13  Norway Kirsti Sparboe "Dukkemann" Norwegian 14 2
14  Monaco Minouche Barelli "Boum-Badaboum" French 5 10
15  Yugoslavia Lado Leskovar [sl] "Vse rože sveta" Slovene 8 7
16  Italy Claudio Villa "Non andare più lontano" Italian 11 4
17  Ireland Sean Dunphy "If I Could Choose" English 2 22


The voting sequence was one of the more chaotic in Eurovision history; the students from Vienna University who were operating the scoreboard made several errors during the telecast, which were corrected by the scrutineer. Hostess Erica Vaal also began to announce the winner before realising she had excluded the Irish jury.

Voting results[8][9]
Total score
United Kingdom
Netherlands 2 1 1
Luxembourg 17 4 2 1 2 1 1 1 3 2
Austria 2 1 1
France 20 1 2 1 1 4 2 2 2 4 1
Portugal 3 1 1 1
Switzerland 0
Sweden 7 1 1 2 1 2
Finland 3 1 1 1
Germany 7 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Belgium 8 1 3 1 1 1 1
United Kingdom 47 2 5 3 7 1 7 1 2 3 3 7 3 2 1
Spain 9 1 1 1 2 1 2 1
Norway 2 1 1
Monaco 10 2 1 1 5 1
Yugoslavia 7 1 1 1 1 2 1
Italy 4 1 1 1 1
Ireland 22 1 3 1 2 2 4 3 2 2 1 1


Listed below is the order in which votes were cast during the 1967 contest along with the spokesperson who was responsible for announcing the votes for their respective country.

  1.  Netherlands – Corry Brokken (Dutch representative in 1956 and 1958; winner of the 1957 contest; host of the 1976 contest)
  2.  Luxembourg – TBC
  3.  Austria – Walter Richard Langer [de]
  4.  France – André Claveau (Winner of the 1958 contest)
  5.  Portugal – Maria Manuela Furtado
  6.   Switzerland – Alexandre Burger [fr]
  7.  Sweden – Edvard Matz [sv]
  8.  Finland – Poppe Berg [fi]
  9.  Germany – Anaid Iplicjian (Host of the 1957 contest)
  10.  Belgium – Eugène Senelle
  11.  United Kingdom – Michael Aspel[4]
  12.  Spain – Margarita Nicola
  13.  Norway – Sverre Christophersen [no]
  14.  Monaco – TBC
  15.  Yugoslavia – Saša Novak
  16.  Italy – Mike Bongiorno
  17.  Ireland – Gay Byrne


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 FS1 Emil Kollpacher
 Belgium RTB French: Paule Herreman
BRT Dutch: Herman Verelst [nl]
 Finland TV-ohjelma 1 and Yleisohjelma Aarno Walli [fi]
 France Première Chaîne ORTF Pierre Tchernia [10]
 Germany Deutsches Fernsehen Hans-Joachim Rauschenbach [de] [11]
 Ireland RTÉ Brendan O'Reilly
RTÉ Radio Kevin Roche
 Italy Secondo Programma Renato Tagliani [it]
 Luxembourg Télé-Luxembourg Jacques Navadic
 Monaco Télé Monte Carlo Pierre Tchernia
 Netherlands Nederland 1 Leo Nelissen [nl] [12]
 Norway NRK and NRK P1 Erik Diesen
 Portugal RTP Henrique Mendes
 Spain Primera Cadena Federico Gallo [es]
 Sweden Sveriges TV and SR P3 Christina Hansegård [sv] [13]
  Switzerland TV DRS German: Theodor Haller [de]
TSR French: Robert Burnier [10]
TSI Italian: Giovanni Bertini
 United Kingdom BBC1 Rolf Harris [4]
BBC Light Programme Richard Baker
 Yugoslavia Televizija Beograd Serbo-Croatian: Miloje Orlović [sr]
Televizija Zagreb Serbo-Croatian: Mladen Delić
Televizija Ljubljana Slovene: Tomaž Terček [sl]
Broadcasters and commentators in non-participating countries
Country Broadcaster(s) Commentator(s) Ref(s)
 Czechoslovakia ČST Unknown [4]
 East Germany Deutscher Fernsehfunk Unknown [4]
 Poland TVP Unknown [4]
 Soviet Union CT USSR Unknown [4]


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  2. ^ Aeiou-Hofburg-English, "Hofburg, Wien" (history), Encyclopedia of Austria, Aeiou Project, 2006.
  3. ^ "And the conductor is..." Retrieved 10 July 2018.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Roxburgh, Gordon (2012). Songs for Europe: The United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest. Volume One: The 1950s and 1960s. Prestatyn: Telos Publishing. pp. 433–443. ISBN 978-1-84583-065-6.
  5. ^ "Eurovision Song Contest 1967". The Diggiloo Thrush. Retrieved 4 March 2012.
  6. ^ "Eurovision Song Contest 1967". Retrieved 16 September 2020.
  7. ^ "Final of Vienna 1967". European Broadcasting Union. Archived from the original on 7 April 2021. Retrieved 7 April 2021.
  8. ^ "Results of the Final of Vienna 1967". European Broadcasting Union. Archived from the original on 7 April 2021. Retrieved 7 April 2021.
  9. ^ "Eurovision Song Contest 1967 – Scoreboard". European Broadcasting Union. Archived from the original on 3 July 2015. Retrieved 14 June 2021.
  10. ^ a b "Programme TV du 8 au 14 avril". Radio TV - Je vois tout. Lausanne, Switzerland: Le Radio SA. 6 April 1967.
  11. ^ "Tag – TV-Programme".
  12. ^ "Nederlandse televisiecommentatoren bij het Eurovisie Songfestival". Eurovision Artists (in Dutch).
  13. ^ Thorsson, Leif (2006). Melodifestivalen genom tiderna [Melodifestivalen through time]. Stockholm: Premium Publishing AB. p. 66. ISBN 91-89136-29-2.

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