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Eurovision Song Contest 1967

Eurovision Song Contest 1967
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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

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] 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

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[4] 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

International broadcasts and voting

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 Eugène Senelle Herman Verelst BRT
Paule Herreman 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
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  12. ^ "Tag – TV-Programme".
  13. ^ Dyrseth, Seppo (OGAE Norway)

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