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Eurovision Song Contest 1967

Eurovision Song Contest 1967
Final date 8 April 1967
Venue Großer Festsaal der Wiener Hofburg
Vienna, Austria
Presenter(s) Erica Vaal
Conductor Johannes Fehring
Director Herbert Fuchs
Executive supervisor Clifford Brown
Host broadcaster Österreichischer Rundfunk (ORF)
Interval act Wiener Sängerknaben
Number of entries 17
Debuting countries None
Returning countries None
Withdrawing countries  Denmark
Voting system Each country had 10 jury members who each cast one vote for their favourite song.
Nul points
Winning song  United Kingdom
"Puppet on a String"
Eurovision Song Contest
◄1966 1967 1968►

The Eurovision Song Contest 1967 was the 12th edition of Eurovision Song Contest. It took place on 8 April 1967 in Vienna, Austria following Udo Jürgens win at the 1966 contest. The presenter was Erica Vaal.

The winning entry "Puppet on a String", sung by Sandie Shaw 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.


  • Location 1
  • Format 2
  • Participating countries 3
    • Conductors 3.1
    • Returning artists 3.2
  • Results 4
  • Scoreboard 5
  • International broadcasts and voting 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


Großer Festsaal der Wiener Hofburg, Vienna. Host venue of the 1967 Eurovision Song 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, Erika Vaal ended the program by congratulating the winning song, country and saying good bye in several different languages.[1]

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 maestro the orchestra.[3]

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 Language[4] Artist Song English translation Place Votes
01  Netherlands Dutch Thérèse Steinmetz "Ring-dinge-ding" Ring-ding-a-ding 14 2
02  Luxembourg French Vicky Leandros "L'amour est bleu" Love is blue 4 17
03  Austria German Peter Horton "Warum es hunderttausend Sterne gibt" Why are there a hundred thousand stars 14 2
04  France French Noëlle Cordier "Il doit faire beau là-bas" The weather must be good there 3 20
05  Portugal Portuguese Eduardo Nascimento "O vento mudou" The wind changed 12 3
06   Switzerland French Géraldine "Quel cœur vas-tu briser?" Which heart are you going to break? 17 0
07  Sweden Swedish Östen Warnerbring "Som en dröm" Like a dream 8 7
08  Finland Finnish Fredi "Varjoon - suojaan" To the shadow – to safety 12 3
09  Germany German Inge Brück "Anouschka" 8 7
10  Belgium Dutch Louis Neefs " I have worries 7 8
11  United Kingdom English Sandie Shaw "Puppet on a String" 1 47
12  Spain Spanish Raphael "Hablemos del amor" Let's talk about love 6 9
13  Norway Norwegian Kirsti Sparboe "Dukkemann" Puppet man 14 2
14  Monaco French Minouche Barelli "Boum-Badaboum" 5 10
15  Yugoslavia Slovene Lado Leskovar "Vse rože sveta" All the flowers of this world 8 7
16  Italy Italian Claudio Villa "Non andare più lontano" Don't go far away anymore 11 4
17  Ireland English Sean Dunphy "If I Could Choose" 2 22


Total Score Netherlands Luxembourg Austria France Portugal Switzerland Sweden Finland Germany Belgium United Kingdom Spain Norway Monaco Yugoslavia Italy Ireland
Contestants 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 Ernst Grissemann Emil Kollpacher ORF
04  France TBC Pierre Tchernia Première Chaîne ORTF[6]
05  Portugal Maria Manuela Furtado Henrique Mendes RTP
06   Switzerland Alexandre Burger Theodor Haller TV DRS
Georges Hardy TSR
Giovanni Bertini TSI
07  Sweden Edvard Matz[7] Christina Hansegård Sveriges Radio-TV and SR P3[8]
08  Finland Poppe Berg[9] Aarno Walli TV-ohjelma 1[10]
09  Germany Lia Wöhr Hans-Joachim Rauschenbach ARD Deutsches Fernsehen[11]
10  Belgium Jan Theys Herman Verelst BRT
Janine Lambotte RTB
11  United Kingdom Michael Aspel Rolf Harris BBC 1
Richard Baker BBC Light Programme
12  Spain Margarita Nicola[12] Federico Gallo TVE1[13]
13  Norway Sverre Christophersen[14] 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. ^ Christian Masson. "1967 - Vienne". Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  7. ^ "". Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  8. ^ Leif Thorsson. Melodifestivalen genom tiderna ["Melodifestivalen through time"] (2006), p. 66. Stockholm: Premium Publishing AB. ISBN 91-89136-29-2
  9. ^ "Selostajat ja taustalaulajat läpi vuosien? • Viisukuppila". Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
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  12. ^ Línea, 2 April 1967
  13. ^ "FORO FESTIVAL DE EUROVISIÓN • Ver Tema - Uribarri comentarista Eurovision 2010". Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  14. ^ Dyrseth, Seppo (OGAE Norway)

External links

  • Official website

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