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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.

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 actThe Blue Danube by Vienna Boys' Choir
Number of entries17
Debuting countriesNone
Returning countriesNone
Withdrawing countries Denmark
Voting systemTen-member juries distributed ten points among their favourite songs.
Nul points
Winning song United Kingdom
"Puppet on a String"

Seventeen countries participated in the contest. This was one less, than the record eighteen that competed in the 1965 and 1966 editions. Denmark withdrew, 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. 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 bit unusual this year. There were two revolving mirrored walls on both ends of the stage and 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 countriesEdit

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]

Returning artistsEdit

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]



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

International broadcasts and votingEdit

The table below shows 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. Each national broadcaster also sent a commentator to the contest, in order to provide coverage of the contest in their own native language. Details of the commentators and the broadcasting station for which they represented are also included in the table below.[1]

Voting order Country Spokespersons Commentator Broadcaster
01   Netherlands Ellen Blazer Leo Nelissen Nederland 1[5]
02   Luxembourg TBC Jacques Navadic Télé-Luxembourg
03   Austria Walter Richard Langer Emil Kollpacher ORF
04   France Jean-Claude Massoulier[6] Pierre Tchernia Première Chaîne ORTF[7]
05   Portugal Maria Manuela Furtado Henrique Mendes RTP
06    Switzerland Alexandre Burger Theodor Haller TV DRS
Robert Burnier [8] TSR
Giovanni Bertini TSI
07   Sweden Edvard Matz[9] Christina Hansegård Sveriges Radio-TV and SR P3[10]
08   Finland Poppe Berg Aarno Walli TV-ohjelma 1 and
09   Germany Lia Wöhr Hans-Joachim Rauschenbach ARD Deutsches Fernsehen[12]
10   Belgium Ward Bogaert Herman Verelst BRT
Janine Lambotte RTB
11   United Kingdom Michael Aspel Rolf Harris BBC 1
Richard Baker BBC Light Programme
12   Spain Margarita Nicola Federico Gallo TVE1
13   Norway Sverre Christophersen[13] Erik Diesen NRK and NRK P1
14   Monaco TBC Pierre Tchernia Télé Monte Carlo
15   Yugoslavia TBC Miloje Orlović Televizija Beograd
Mladen Delić Televizija Zagreb
Tomaž Terček Televizija Ljubljana
16   Italy Mike Bongiorno Renato Tagliani Secondo Programma
17   Ireland Gay Byrne Brendan O'Reilly RTÉ Television
Kevin Roche Radio Éireann


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  2. ^ Aeiou-Hofburg-English, "Hofburg, Wien" (history), Encyclopedia of Austria, Aeiou Project, 2006.
  3. ^ "Conductors 1967". Retrieved 15 June 2012.
  4. ^ "Eurovision Song Contest 1967". The Diggiloo Thrush. Retrieved 4 March 2012.
  5. ^ "Nederlandse televisiecommentatoren bij het Eurovisie Songfestival". Eurovision Artists (in Dutch).
  6. ^ Tchernia, Pierre et al. (8 April 1967). 11ème Concours Eurovision de la Chanson 1967 [11th Eurovision Song Contest 1967] (Television production). Austria: ORF, ORTF (commentary).
  7. ^ Christian Masson. "1967 – Vienne". Retrieved 10 August 2012.
  8. ^ "Programme TV du 8 au 14 avril". Radio TV - Je vois tout. Lausanne, Switzerland: Le Radio SA. 6 April 1967.
  9. ^ "". Archived from the original on 18 July 2012. Retrieved 10 August 2012.
  10. ^ Leif Thorsson. Melodifestivalen genom tiderna ["Melodifestivalen through time"] (2006), p. 66. Stockholm: Premium Publishing AB. ISBN 91-89136-29-2
  11. ^ "The Eurovision Song Contest". 8 April 1967 – via IMDb.
  12. ^ "Tag – TV-Programme".
  13. ^ Dyrseth, Seppo (OGAE Norway)

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