Eurovision Song Contest 1969

Eurovision Song Contest 1969
Final 29 March 1969
Venue Teatro Real
Madrid, Spain
Presenter(s) Laurita Valenzuela
Conductor Augusto Algueró
Director Ramón Díez
Executive supervisor Clifford Brown
Host broadcaster Televisión Española (TVE)
Interval act "La España diferente" film
Number of entries 16
Debuting countries None
Returning countries None
Withdrawing countries  Austria
Voting system Each country had 10 jury members who each cast one vote for their favourite song
Nul points None
Winning song
Eurovision Song Contest
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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-break situation 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. France became 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.


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.

A common urban legend on ESC forums and festivals is that just prior to the show, Laurita Valenzuela, the presenter, asked the producers what would happen if there was a tie. The producers assured her that "such a thing would never happen".

Participating countries

Austria was absent from the contest, refusing to participate in a contest staged in Franco-ruled Spain.[1][3] 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 to participate in the competition because their participation was rejected because Wales isn't a sovereign state. Only the BBC has the exclusive right to represent the United Kingdom.


Each performance had a conductor who led the orchestra.[4] These are listed below.

  •  Sweden - Lars Samuelson
  •  Belgium - Francis Bay
  •   Switzerland - Henry Mayer
  •  Norway - Øivind Bergh
  •  Germany - Hans Blum
  •  France - Franck Pourcel
  •  Portugal - Ferrer Trindade
  •  Finland - Ossi Runne

Returning artists

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[5] Place Votes
01  Yugoslavia Ivan & 4M "Pozdrav svijetu" 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 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
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

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. 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  Yugoslavia Helga Vlahović Miloje Orlović Televizija Beograd
Mladen Delić Televizija Zagreb
Tomaž Terček Televizija Ljubljana
02  Luxembourg TBC Jacques Navadic Télé-Luxembourg
03  Spain Ramón Rivera José Luis Uribarri[6] TVE1
Miguel de los Santos Primer Programa RNE
04  Monaco TBC Pierre Tchernia Télé Monte Carlo
05  Ireland John Skehan Gay Byrne RTÉ Television
Kevin Roche Radio Éireann
06  Italy Mike Bongiorno Renato Tagliani Secondo Programma
07  United Kingdom Colin-Ward Lewis David Gell[7] and Michael Aspel[8][9] BBC 1
Pete Murray[7] BBC Radio 1
08  Netherlands Leo Nelissen Pim Jacobs[10] Nederland 1
09  Sweden Edvard Matz[11] Christina Hansegård[12] Sveriges Radio-TV and SR P3
10  Belgium Ward Bogaert Herman Verelst BRT
Paule Herreman RTB
11   Switzerland Alexandre Burger Theodor Haller TV DRS
Georges Hardy TSR
Giovanni Bertini TSI
12  Norway Janka Polanyi[13] Sverre Christophersen[13][14] NRK
Erik Heyerdahl NRK P1
13  Germany Hans-Otto Grünefeldt Hans-Joachim Rauschenbach ARD Deutsches Fernsehen[15]
14  France Jean-Claude Massoulier[16] Pierre Tchernia Deuxième Chaîne ORTF[17]
15  Portugal Maria Manuela Furtado Henrique Mendes RTP1
16  Finland Aarre Elo[18] Aarno Walli[19] TV-ohjelma 1
-  Austria (Non-participating country) Emil Kollpacher ORF
-  Brazil (non-participating country) TBC TV Tupi
-  Chile (non-participating country) TBC Canal 9
-  Czechoslovakia (non-participating country) TBC Československá televize
-  East Germany (non-participating country) TBC Deutscher Fernsehfunk
-  Hungary (non-participating country) TBC m1
-  Morocco (non-participating country) TBC SNRT
-  Poland (non-participating country) TBC TVP
-  Romania (non-participating country) TBC TVR1
-  Soviet Union (non-participating country) TBC CT USSR
-  Tunisia (non-participating country) TBC ERTT


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