Eurovision Song Contest 1967
|Eurovision Song Contest 1967|
|Final||8 April 1967|
|Venue||Großer Festsaal der Wiener Hofburg|
|Musical director||Johannes Fehring|
|Directed by||Herbert Fuchs|
|Executive supervisor||Clifford Brown|
|Executive producer||Karl Lackner|
|Host broadcaster||Österreichischer Rundfunk (ORF)|
|Interval act||"The Blue Danube" performed by Vienna Boys' Choir|
|Number of entries||17|
|Voting system||Ten-member juries distributed ten points among their favourite songs.|
|Winning song|| United Kingdom|
"Puppet on a String"
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.
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.
Until 2015, the 1967 Contest remained the only occasion when Austria hosted the event.
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. 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. This was the last contest to be transmitted only in black and white.
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.
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.
Each performance had a conductor who was maestro of the orchestra. 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.
- Netherlands – Dolf van der Linden
- Luxembourg – Claude Denjean
- Austria – Johannes Fehring
- France – Franck Pourcel
- Portugal – Armando Tavares Belo
- Switzerland – Hans Moeckel
- Sweden – Mats Olsson
- Finland – Ossi Runne
- Germany – Hans Blum
- Belgium – Francis Bay
- United Kingdom – Kenny Woodman
- Spain – Manuel Alejandro
- Norway – Øivind Bergh
- Monaco – Aimé Barelli
- Yugoslavia – Mario Rijavec
- Italy – Giancarlo Chiaramello
- Ireland – Noel Kelehan
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.
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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.
- Netherlands – Corry Brokken (Dutch representative in 1956 and 1958; winner of the 1957 contest; host of the 1976 contest)
- Luxembourg – TBC
- Austria – Walter Richard Langer
- France – André Claveau (Winner of the 1958 contest)
- Portugal – Maria Manuela Furtado
- Switzerland – Alexandre Burger
- Sweden – Edvard Matz
- Finland – Poppe Berg
- Germany – Anaid Iplicjian (Host of the 1957 contest)
- Belgium – Eugène Senelle
- United Kingdom – Michael Aspel
- Spain – Margarita Nicola
- Norway – Sverre Christophersen
- Monaco – TBC
- Yugoslavia – Saša Novak
- Italy – Mike Bongiorno
- Ireland – Gay Byrne
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Each national broadcaster also sent a commentator to the contest, in order to provide coverage of the contest in their own native language.
|East Germany||Deutscher Fernsehfunk||Unknown|||
|Soviet Union||CT USSR||Unknown|||
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