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) 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 in final 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 annual 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. Organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and host broadcaster Österreichischer Rundfunk (ORF), the contest was held at the Großer Festsaal der Wiener Hofburg on 8 April 1967, becoming the first contest held in the month of April, and was hosted by Austrian actress Erica Vaal.

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

The United Kingdom won the contest for the first time with the song "Puppet on a String", written and composed by Bill Martin and Phil Coulter, and performed by Sandie Shaw. 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. Shaw intensely disliked the composition, though her attitude towards the song somewhat mellowed in later years, even releasing a new version in 2007.[1]

This was the last contest to be transmitted only in black and white as it would begin to be transmitted in colour from the 1968 edition onwards.


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 Festival Hall of the Hofburg Palace,[2] which was the principal winter residence of the Habsburg dynasty, rulers of the Austro-Hungarian empire.[3] It currently serves as the official residence of the President of Austria.


The stage setup was a little unusual this year. There was a staircase in the middle of the stage as well as two revolving mirrored walls on both ends of the stage; they began revolving at the start of each song, and stopped at its end. A change in rule also required half of every nation's jury to be less than 30 years old.

The presenter Erica Vaal 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. She also ended the programme by congratulating the winning song and country, and saying "goodbye" in several different languages.[1]

Participating countries[edit]

Denmark chose not to participate this year and left the contest at this point, not to be returning again until 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 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". 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 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.[4][5] 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

Participants and results[edit]

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

Detailed voting results[edit]

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.

Detailed voting results[9][10]
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
  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][11]
  9.  Germany – Anaid Iplicjian
  10.  Belgium – Eugène Senelle
  11.  United Kingdom – Michael Aspel[5]
  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. In addition to the participating countries, the contest was also reportedly broadcast in Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Poland and the Soviet Union via Intervision.[5]

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, Yleisradio Aarno Walli [fi] [11][12]
 France Première Chaîne ORTF Pierre Tchernia [13]
 Germany Deutsches Fernsehen Hans-Joachim Rauschenbach [de] [14]
 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] [15]
 Norway NRK, NRK P1 Erik Diesen
 Portugal RTP Henrique Mendes
 Spain Primera Cadena Federico Gallo [es]
 Sweden Sveriges TV, SR P3 Christina Hansegård [sv] [12][16]
 Switzerland TV DRS German: Theodor Haller [de]
TSR French: Robert Burnier [13]
TSI Italian: Giovanni Bertini
 United Kingdom BBC1 Rolf Harris [5]
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]


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