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Eurovision Song Contest 1966

Eurovision Song Contest 1966
Final date 5 March 1966
Venue Villa Louvigny
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Presenter(s) Josiane Chen
Conductor Jean Roderès
Executive supervisor Clifford Brown
Host broadcaster Compagnie Luxembourgeoise de Télédiffusion (CLT)
Interval act Les Haricots Rouges
Number of entries 18
Debuting countries None
Returning countries None
Withdrawing countries None
Voting system Each country had 10 jury members who distributed three points among their one, two, or three favourite songs. The points were totalled and the first, second, and third placed songs were awarded 5, 3, and 1 votes in order. If only one song got every point within the jury it would get all 9 points. If only two songs were chosen, the songs would get 6 and 3 points in order.
Nul points
Winning song  Austria
"Merci, Chérie"
Eurovision Song Contest
◄1965 1966 1967►

The Eurovision Song Contest 1966 was the 11th edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. It was held on 5 March 1966 in Luxembourg, Luxembourg, following the country's win at the previous 1965 edition. The host venue was Grand Auditorium de RTL in Villa Louvigny. The presenter was Josiane Chen.

The winner was Austria with the song "Merci, Chérie" performed and composed by Udo Jürgens, and written by Jürgens and Thomas Hörbiger.[1] This would remain Austria's only win in the contest until their second win in 2014. The rule stating that a country could only sing in any of its national languages was originally created in this year, possibly due to the 1965 edition's Swedish entry which was sung in English.[2]


  • Location 1
  • Format 2
  • Participating countries 3
    • Conductors 3.1
    • Returning artists 3.2
  • Results 4
  • Scoreboard 5
    • 5 points 5.1
  • International broadcasts and voting 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


Villa Louvigny, Luxembourg. Host venue of the 1966 Eurovision Song Contest.

The 1966 Eurovision Song Contest was hosted in Luxembourg City. The venue chosen to host the 1966 contest was the Villa Louvigny, which has also hosted the Eurovision Song Contest 1962. The building served as the headquarters of Compagnie Luxembourgeoise de Télédiffusion, the forerunner of RTL Group. It is located in Municipal Park, in the Ville Haute quarter of the centre of the city.


During the voting process, the presenter (Josiane Chen) accidentally greeted United Kingdom by saying "Good night, London.", then, she realized the mistake and said "Good evening, London.", after Michael Aspel, who was the spokesperson for the United Kingdom, at that time, responded by saying "Good morning, Luxembourg".

1966 marked the year the first ever black singer graced the Eurovision stage, Milly Scott representing the Netherlands. She was also the first singer to use a portable microphone. This was also the last contest that Denmark participated in until 1978, more than a decade later.[2]

Participating countries

Udo Jürgens with last year's winner France Gall

All countries which participated in the 1965 contest returned for a second consecutive year. There were no new nations, nor any returning, nor withdrawals.[2]


Each performance had a conductor who maestro the orchestra.[3]

Returning artists

Two artists returned for a third time in this year's contest. Udo Jürgens from Austria whose previous participations were in 1964 and 1965; and Domenico Modugno from Italy, who last participated in 1958 and 1959.


Draw Country Language[4] Artist Song English translation Place Points
01  Germany German Margot Eskens "Die Zeiger der Uhr" The hands of the clock 10 7
02  Denmark Danish Ulla Pia "Stop - mens legen er go'" Stop while the going's good 14 4
03  Belgium French Tonia "Un peu de poivre, un peu de sel" A bit of pepper, a bit of salt 4 14
04  Luxembourg French Michèle Torr "Ce soir je t'attendais" Tonight, I waited for you 10 7
05  Yugoslavia Slovene Berta Ambrož "Brez besed" Without words 7 9
06  Norway Norwegian Åse Kleveland "Intet er nytt under solen" Nothing is new under the sun 3 15
07  Finland Finnish Ann Christine "Playboy" 10 7
08  Portugal Portuguese Madalena Iglésias "Ele e ela" He and she 13 6
09  Austria German Udo Jürgens "Merci, Chérie" Thank you, darling 1 31
10  Sweden Swedish Lill Lindfors & Svante Thuresson "Nygammal vals" New, yet familiar, waltz 2 16
11  Spain Spanish Raphael "Yo soy aquél" I'm that one 7 9
12   Switzerland French Madeleine Pascal "Ne vois-tu pas?" Don't you see? 6 12
13  Monaco French Tereza Kesovija "Bien plus fort" Altogether Stronger 17 0
14  Italy Italian Domenico Modugno "Dio, come ti amo" God, how I love you 17 0
15  France French Dominique Walter "Chez nous" By us 16 1
16  Netherlands Dutch Milly Scott "Fernando en Filippo" Fernando and Filippo 15 2
17  Ireland English Dickie Rock "Come Back to Stay" 4 14
18  United Kingdom English Kenneth McKellar "A Man Without Love" 9 8
1.^ The song also contains phrases in French.


Voting results
Total score Germany Denmark Belgium Luxembourg Yugoslavia Norway Finland Portugal Austria Sweden Spain Switzerland Monaco Italy France Netherlands Ireland United Kingdom
Contestants Germany 7 1 5 1
Denmark 4 1 3
Belgium 14 5 3 1 5
Luxembourg 7 1 5 1
Yugoslavia 9 3 1 5
Norway 15 1 3 3 3 5
Finland 7 3 3 1
Portugal 6 1 5
Austria 31 5 5 5 1 1 3 5 3 3
Sweden 16 5 5 5 1
Spain 9 1 5 3
Switzerland 12 1 5 3 3
Monaco 0
Italy 0
France 1 1
Netherlands 2 1 1
Ireland 14 3 3 5 3
United Kingdom 8 3 5

5 points

Below is a summary of all 5 points in the final:

N. Contestant Voting nation
4 Austria Belgium, Luxembourg, Monaco, Yugoslavia
3 Sweden Denmark, Finland, Norway
2 Belgium Germany, Netherlands
1 Germany Switzerland
Ireland France
Luxembourg Sweden
Norway Italy
Portugal Spain
Spain Portugal
Switzerland Austria
United Kingdom Ireland
Yugoslavia United Kingdom

International broadcasts and voting

The table below shows the order in which votes were cast during the 1966 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.[2]

Voting order Country Spokespersons Commentator Broadcaster
01  Germany Werner Veigel Hans-Joachim Rauschenbach ARD Deutsches Fernsehen[5]
02  Denmark Bent Henius Skat Nørrevig DR TV
03  Belgium André Hagon Paule Herreman RTB
Herman Verelst BRT
04  Luxembourg Camillo Felgen Jacques Navadic Télé-Luxembourg[6]
05  Yugoslavia Dragana Marković Miloje Orlović Televizija Beograd
Mladen Delić Televizija Zagreb
Tomaž Terček Televizija Ljubljana
06  Norway Erik Diesen[7] Sverre Christophersen NRK and NRK P1[7]
07  Finland Poppe Berg[8] Aarno Walli TV-ohjelma 1
08  Portugal Maria Manuela Furtado Henrique Mendes RTP
09  Austria Ernst Grissemann Emil Kollpacher ORF
10  Sweden Edvard Matz[9] Sven Lindahl Sveriges Radio-TV and SR P1[10]
11  Spain Margarita Nicola Federico Gallo TVE[11]
12   Switzerland Alexandre Burger Theodor Haller TV DRS
Georges Hardy TSR
Giovanni Bertini TSI
13  Monaco TBC François Deguelt Télé Monte Carlo
14  Italy Enzo Tortora Renato Tagliani Secondo Programma
15  France Claude Darget François Deguelt Première Chaîne ORTF[6]
16  Netherlands Herman Brouwer[12] Teddy Scholten Nederland 1[13]
17  Ireland Frank Hall Brendan O'Reilly Telefís Éireann[14]
Kevin Roche Radio Éireann
18  United Kingdom Michael Aspel David Jacobs BBC1
John Dunn BBC Light Programme
-  Czechoslovakia (non-participating country) TBC ČST
-  East Germany (non-participating country) TBC Deutscher Fernsehfunk
-  Hungary (non-participating country) TBC RTV
-  Morocco (non-participating country) TBC SNRT
-  Poland (non-participating country) TBC TP
-  Romania (non-participating country) TBC TVR
-  Soviet Union (non-participating country) TBC CT USSR


  1. ^ "About Udo Jürgens".  
  2. ^ a b c d "Eurovision Song Contest 1966".  
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Eurovision Song Contest 1966". The Diggiloo Thrush. Retrieved 4 March 2012. 
  5. ^ Rau, Oliver (OGAE Germany)
  6. ^ a b Christian Masson. "1966 - Luxembourg". Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  7. ^ a b Dyrseth, Seppo (OGAE Norway)
  8. ^ "Selostajat ja taustalaulajat läpi vuosien? • Viisukuppila". Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  9. ^ "". Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  10. ^ Leif Thorsson. Melodifestivalen genom tiderna ["Melodifestivalen through time"] (2006), p. 60. Stockholm: Premium Publishing AB. ISBN 91-89136-29-2
  11. ^ "FORO FESTIVAL DE EUROVISIÓN • Ver Tema - Uribarri comentarista Eurovision 2010". Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  12. ^ "Teddy Scholten geeft commentaar op het Eurovisie Songfestival", Limburgsch Dagblad, 25 February 1966
  13. ^ "Nederlandse televisiecommentatoren bij het Eurovisie Songfestival". Eurovision Artists (in Dutch). 
  14. ^

External links

  • Official website
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