Eurovision Song Contest 1967

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Eurovision Song Contest 1967
ESC 1967 logo.png
Final8 April 1967
VenueGroßer Festsaal der Wiener Hofburg
Vienna, Austria
Presenter(s)Erica Vaal
ConductorJohannes Fehring
Directed byHerbert Fuchs
Executive supervisorClifford Brown
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
Voting systemTen-member juries distributed ten points among their favourite songs.
Nul points
Winning song United Kingdom
"Puppet on a String"

The Eurovision Song Contest 1967 was the 12th edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Vienna, Austria, following Udo Jürgens' win at the 1966 contest in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg with the song "Merci, Chérie". 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. This was 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 set to return until 1978.[1]

The winner was the United Kingdom with the song "Puppet on a String", performed by Sandie Shaw, and written/composed by Bill Martin and Phil Coulter. 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, in the 1964 contest, beats this record with a margin of 47 to 17, almost three times as many points). 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]

The contest long remained the only time Austria had hosted the event, until 2015.


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 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 and they started revolving at the start of each song and stopped revolving at the end of each song. The hostess, Erica Vaal ended the program by congratulating the winning song, country and saying good bye 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, to return 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 their 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 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 wasn't 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]

Three artists returned in this year's contest. Claudio Villa from Italy whose previous participations were in 1962; and Kirsti Sparboe from Norway, who last participated in 1965; and Raphael for Spain who last represented the Iberian nation in 1966.[1]


Draw Country Artist Song Language[5] Place 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 "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 "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, with students from Vienna University operating the scoreboard making 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.

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

Broadcasters, commentators and spokespersons[edit]


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.[6]

  1.  NetherlandsCorry Brokken (Dutch representative in 1956 and 1958; winner of the 1957 contest; host of the 1976 contest)
  2.  Luxembourg – TBC
  3.  AustriaWalter Richard Langer [de]
  4.  FranceAndré Claveau (Winner of the 1958 contest)
  5.  Portugal – Maria Manuela Furtado
  6.   SwitzerlandAlexandre Burger [fr]
  7.  SwedenEdvard Matz [sv]
  8.  FinlandPoppe Berg [fi]
  9.  GermanyAnaid Iplicjian (Host of the 1957 contest)
  10.  Belgium – Eugène Senelle
  11.  United KingdomMichael Aspel[4]
  12.  Spain – Margarita Nicola
  13.  NorwaySverre Christophersen [no]
  14.  Monaco – TBC
  15.  Yugoslavia – TBC
  16.  ItalyMike Bongiorno
  17.  IrelandGay Byrne

Broadcasters and commentators[edit]

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

Country Broadcaster(s) Commentator(s) Ref(s)
Participating countries
 Austria FS1 Emil Kollpacher
 Belgium RTB French: Paule Herreman
BRT Dutch: Herman Verelst [nl] [6]
 Finland TV-ohjelma 1 and Yleisohjelma Aarno Walli [fi] [6]
 France Première Chaîne ORTF Pierre Tchernia [6][7]
 Germany Deutsches Fernsehen Hans-Joachim Rauschenbach [de] [6][8]
 Ireland RTÉ Brendan O'Reilly [6]
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] [6][9]
 Norway NRK and NRK P1 Erik Diesen [6]
 Portugal RTP Henrique Mendes [6]
 Spain Primera Cadena Federico Gallo [es] [6]
 Sweden Sveriges TV and SR P3 Christina Hansegård [sv] [6][10]
  Switzerland TV DRS German: Theodor Haller [de] [6]
TSR French: Robert Burnier [7]
TSI Italian: Giovanni Bertini
 United Kingdom BBC1 Rolf Harris [6][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]
Non-participating countries
 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. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Eurovision 1967 - Cast and Crew". IMDb. Retrieved 19 July 2020.
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  8. ^ "Tag – TV-Programme".
  9. ^ "Nederlandse televisiecommentatoren bij het Eurovisie Songfestival". Eurovision Artists (in Dutch).
  10. ^ Thorsson, Leif (2006). Melodifestivalen genom tiderna ["Melodifestivalen through time"]. Stockholm: Premium Publishing AB. p. 66. ISBN 91-89136-29-2.

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