Eurovision Song Contest 1966

Once again, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg had the honour of staging Europe's most important musical contest and for the first time, a song in German managed to win the trophy.

New rules introduced

The capital city of Luxembourg was the home of the 11th Eurovision Song Contest. The rules for the contest were changed and national juries could include music experts again. The major change was that a rule was introduced stipulating that songs had to be performed in one of the official languages of the participating country.

During the dress rehearsal, the Italian participant Domenico Modugno was not satisfied with the orchestra and left the stage in anger. It was uncertain if he was going to perform during the live show, but he sang his song Dio Come Ti Amo after all. The song later became a huge success in South America for Gigliola Cinquetti, the winner of the 1964 Eurovision Song Contest.

Austria wins

The Austrian participant Udo Jürgens participated in the Eurovision Song Contest for the third consecutive time and finally, he managed to score the first ever victory for his native country with the song Merci Cherie. Udo later became one of the most-loved artists in the German-speaking countries.

Facts & figures

  • Future song contest hosts Lill Lindfors and Åse Kleveland took part in this contest as singers, finishing 2nd and 3rd respectively. In her performance, Åse ignored tradition and was the first woman not to wear a dress in the Eurovision Song Contest;
  • Dutch representative Milly Scott became the first black singer to take part in the contest.

Facts & Figures


Saturday 5 March 1966


Grand Auditorium de RTL, Villa Louvigny, Luxembourg, Luxembourg


Udo Jürgens from Austria




Josiane Shen

Interval Act

Les Haricots Rouges

The Participants

# Representing country Performer(s) Song title, writer(s) and composer(s) Points Place
01 Germany
Flag of GermanyARD
Margot Eskens Die Zeiger Der Uhr
Walter Dobschinski Hans Bradtke
007 10
02 Denmark
Flag of DenmarkDR
Ulla Pia Stop, Ja Stop - Ja Stop, Mens Legen Er Go
Erik Kåre
004 14
03 Belgium
Flag of BelgiumRTB
Tonia Un Peu De Poivre, Un Peu De Sel
Paul Quintens Phil van Cauwenbergh
014 04
04 Luxembourg
Flag of LuxembourgCLT
Michèle Torr Ce Soir Je T'attendais
Bernard Kesslair Jacques Chaumelle
007 10
05 Yugoslavia
Flag of YugoslaviaJRT
Berta Ambroz Brez Besed
Mojmir Sepe Elza Budav
009 07
06 Norway
Flag of NorwayNRK
Åse Kleveland Intet Er Nytt Under Solen
Arne Bendiksen
015 03
07 Finland
Flag of FinlandYLE
Ann-Christine Nyström Play-boy
Ossi Runne
007 10
08 Portugal
Flag of PortugalRTP
Madalena Iglesias Ele E Ela
Carlos Canelhas
006 13
09 Austria
Flag of AustriaORF
Udo Jürgens Merci Chérie
Udo Jürgen Bockelmann Udo Jürgen Bockelmann, Thomas...
031 01
10 Sweden
Flag of SwedenSR
Lill Lindfors and Svante Thuresson Nygammal Vals Eller Hip Man Svinaherde
Bengt-Arne Wallin Björn Lindroth
016 02
11 Spain
Flag of SpainTVE
Raphael Yo Soy Aquél
Manuel Alejandro
009 07
12 Switzerland
Flag of SwitzerlandSSR SRG
Madeleine Pascal Ne Vois-tu Pas?
Pierre Brenner Roland Schweizer
012 06
13 Monaco
Flag of MonacoTMC
Tereza Bien Plus Fort
Gérard Bourgeois Jean-Max Rivière
000 17
14 Italy
Flag of ItalyRAI
Domenico Modugno Dio Come Ti Amo
Domenico Modugno
000 17
15 France
Flag of FranceORTF
Dominique Walter Chez Nous
Claude Carrère Jacques Plante
001 16
16 The Netherlands
Flag of The NetherlandsNOS
Milly Scott Fernando En Philippo
Kees de Bruyn Gerrit den Braber
002 15
17 Ireland
Flag of Ireland
Dickie Rock Come Back To Stay
Rowland Soper
014 04
18 United Kingdom
Flag of United KingdomBBC
Kenneth McKellar A Man Without Love
Cyril Ornadel Peter Callander
008 09


Participant Austria Belgium Denmark Finland France Germany Ireland Italy Luxembourg Monaco Norway Portugal Spain Sweden Switzerland The Netherlands United Kingdom Yugoslavia Points Place
Germany Germany
115 7 10
Denmark Denmark
31 4 14
Belgium Belgium
5315 14 4
Luxembourg Luxembourg
115 7 10
Yugoslavia Yugoslavia
135 9 7
Norway Norway
31533 15 3
Finland Finland
331 7 10
Portugal Portugal
15 6 13
Austria Austria
533551135 31 1
Sweden Sweden
5551 16 2
Spain Spain
531 9 7
Switzerland Switzerland
5313 12 6
Monaco Monaco
- 17
Italy Italy
- 17
France France
1 1 16
The Netherlands The Netherlands
11 2 15
Ireland Ireland
3533 14 4
United Kingdom United Kingdom
53 8 9