Eurovision Song Contest 1969

Eurovision Song Contest 1969
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Final29 March 1969
VenueTeatro Real
Madrid, Spain
Presenter(s)Laurita Valenzuela
ConductorAugusto Algueró
Directed byRamón Díez
Executive supervisorClifford Brown
Host broadcasterTelevisión Española (TVE)
Interval act"La España diferente" film
Number of entries16
Debuting countriesNone
Returning countriesNone
Withdrawing countries Austria
Voting systemTen-member juries distributed ten points among their favourite songs.
Nul pointsNone
Winning song

The Eurovision Song Contest 1969 was the 14th in the series.

Four countries (the United Kingdom, Spain, the Netherlands and France) won the contest, the first time ever a tie had occurred. However, there was no rule at the time to cover such an eventuality, so all four countries were declared joint winners.[1]

France's win was their fourth, thus making it the first country to win the contest four times. The Netherlands' win was their third. Spain and the United Kingdom each won for the second time. And it was the first time that any country (Spain, in this case) had a winning ESC entry two years in a row. This is so far the only occasion Spain has hosted the contest.


Teatro Real, Madrid – host venue of the 1969 contest.

The venue selected to host the 1969 contest was the Teatro Real, an opera house located in Madrid. The theatre reopened in 1966 as a concert theatre and the main concert venue of the Spanish National Orchestra and the RTVE Symphony Orchestra. The final featured an onstage metal sculpture created by surrealist Spanish artist, Salvador Dalí.[2]


The surrealist Spanish artist Salvador Dalí was responsible for designing the publicity material for the 1969 contest as well as the metal sculpture which was used on stage.[1]

It was the first time that the contest resulted in a tie for first place, with four countries each gaining 18 votes. Since there was at the time no rule to cover such an eventuality, all four countries were declared joint winners. This caused an unfortunate problem concerning the medals due to be distributed to the winners as there were not enough to go round, so that only the singers received their medals on the night: the songwriters, to some disgruntlement, were not awarded theirs until after the date of the contest.[1]

Had the later tie-break rule been in place (the country receiving the highest score from any other country, as used in 1991), the Netherlands would have won, having received 6 points from France. United Kingdom would then have been runner up, having received 5 points from Sweden. On the other hand, with the present tie-break rule been in place (i.e. the song receiving votes from the most countries, then the song receiving the most high votes in case of another tie), France would have been the overall winner, with Spain in 2nd place. Both countries received votes from 9 countries, but France received 4 points from 2 countries whereas Spain received 3 points as their highest vote.

Participating countries[edit]

Austria was absent from the contest,[1] officially because they could not find a suitable representative,[3] but it was rumoured that they refused to participate in a contest staged in Franco-ruled Spain.[4] Wales wanted to debut with Welsh language broadcaster BBC Cymru, and also made a national selection called Cân i Gymru, but in the end it was decided they would not participate in the competition – their participation was rejected because Wales is not a sovereign state. Only the BBC has the exclusive right to represent the United Kingdom.


Each performance had a conductor who led the orchestra.[5] These are listed below.

Returning artists[edit]

Five artists returned in this year's contest. Louis Neefs for Belgium who last represented the nation in 1967; Germany's Siw Malmkvist who was also the participant for Sweden in 1960. Romuald for Luxembourg who represented Monaco last time in 1964; Norway's Kirsti Sparboe who represented the Scandinavian nation twice before in 1965 and 1967; and finally Simone de Oliveira who also represented Portugal in 1965.[1]


Draw Country Artist Song Language[6] Place Points
01  Yugoslavia Ivan & 4M "Pozdrav svijetu" Serbo-Croatian 13 5
02  Luxembourg Romuald "Catherine" French 11 7
03  Spain Salomé "Vivo cantando" Spanish 1 18
04  Monaco Jean Jacques "Maman, Maman" French 6 11
05  Ireland Muriel Day & The Lindsays "The Wages of Love" English 7 10
06  Italy Iva Zanicchi "Due grosse lacrime bianche" Italian 13 5
07  United Kingdom Lulu "Boom Bang-a-Bang" English 1 18
08  Netherlands Lenny Kuhr "De troubadour" Dutch 1 18
09  Sweden Tommy Körberg "Judy, min vän" Swedish 9 8
10  Belgium Louis Neefs "Jennifer Jennings" Dutch 7 10
11   Switzerland Paola Del Medico "Bonjour, Bonjour" German 5 13
12  Norway Kirsti Sparboe "Oj, oj, oj, så glad jeg skal bli" Norwegian 16 1
13  Germany Siw Malmkvist "Primaballerina" German 9 8
14  France Frida Boccara "Un jour, un enfant" French 1 18
15  Portugal Simone de Oliveira "Desfolhada portuguesa" Portuguese 15 4
16  Finland Jarkko & Laura "Kuin silloin ennen" Finnish 12 6


Lenny Kuhr's dress
The final results of ESC 1969
Total score
United Kingdom
Yugoslavia 5 1 1 3
Luxembourg 7 1 3 1 1 1
Spain 18 1 2 3 1 3 1 3 2 2
Monaco 11 2 4 2 2 1
Ireland 10 1 1 1 3 1 3
Italy 5 1 1 1 1 1
United Kingdom 18 2 4 3 1 5 1 1 1
Netherlands 18 2 1 3 1 4 1 6
Sweden 8 1 3 1 3
Belgium 10 2 3 1 2 2
Switzerland 13 2 3 2 1 1 2 2
Norway 1 1
Germany 8 3 2 1 1 1
France 18 1 2 4 4 2 1 1 1 2
Portugal 4 2 1 1
Finland 6 1 1 1 1 1 1

International broadcasts and voting[edit]

The table below shows the order in which votes were cast during the 1969 contest along with the spokesperson who was responsible for announcing the votes for their respective country. The voting order was the same as the running order of the performances. Each national broadcaster also sent a commentator to the contest, to provide coverage of the contest in their own native language. Details of the commentators and the broadcasting stations they represented are also included in the table below.[1]

Country Spokespersons Commentator Broadcaster
 Austria Non-participating country Willy Kralik ORF
 Belgium Ward Bogaert Herman Verelst BRT
Paule Herreman RTB
 Brazil Non-participating country TBC TV Tupi
 Chile TBC Canal 9
 Czechoslovakia TBC Československá televize
 East Germany TBC Deutscher Fernsehfunk
 Finland Aarre Elo Aarno Walli TV-ohjelma 1 and
 France Jean-Claude Massoulier[7] Pierre Tchernia Deuxième Chaîne ORTF[8]
 Germany Hans-Otto Grünefeldt Hans-Joachim Rauschenbach ARD Deutsches Fernsehen
 Hungary Non-participating country TBC Magyar Televízió
 Ireland John Skehan Gay Byrne RTÉ Television
Kevin Roche Radio Éireann
 Italy Mike Bongiorno Renato Tagliani Secondo Programma
 Luxembourg TBC Jacques Navadic Télé-Luxembourg
 Monaco TBC Pierre Tchernia Télé Monte Carlo
 Morocco Non-participating country TBC SNRT
 Netherlands Leo Nelissen Pim Jacobs[9] Nederland 1
 Norway Janka Polanyi Sverre Christophersen[10] NRK
Erik Heyerdahl NRK P1
 Poland Non-participating country TBC TVP
 Portugal Maria Manuela Furtado Henrique Mendes RTP1
 Romania Non-participating country TBC TVR1
 Soviet Union TBC CT USSR
 Spain Ramón Rivera José Luis Uribarri TVE1
Miguel de los Santos Primer Programa RNE
 Sweden Edvard Matz[11] Christina Hansegård[12] Sveriges Radio-TV and SR P3
  Switzerland Alexandre Burger Theodor Haller TV DRS
Georges Hardy TSR
Giovanni Bertini TSI
 Tunisia Non-participating country TBC ERTT
 United Kingdom Colin-Ward Lewis David Gell[13] and Michael Aspel[14][15] BBC 1
Pete Murray[13] BBC Radio 1
 Yugoslavia Gordana Bonetti Miloje Orlović Televizija Beograd
Mladen Delić Televizija Zagreb
Tomaž Terček Televizija Ljubljana


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  8. ^ Christian Masson. "1969 – Madrid". Retrieved 10 August 2012.
  9. ^ "Nederlandse televisiecommentatoren bij het Eurovisie Songfestival". Eurovision Artists (in Dutch).
  10. ^ Sverre Christophersen was the commentator during the broadcast, however the connection between Madrid and Oslo was disabled slightly midway through the broadcast.Janka Polanyi entered as a temporary commentator before NRK used the commentary from the Swedish feed. Just before the voting began, NRK managed regain the connection, thus Christophersen was back as commentator.
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  12. ^ Leif Thorsson. Melodifestivalen genom tiderna ["Melodifestivalen through time"] (2006), p. 80. Stockholm: Premium Publishing AB. ISBN 91-89136-29-2
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  15. ^ "Eurovision 1969". 29 March 1969. Archived from the original on 22 April 2012. Retrieved 10 August 2012.

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