Eurovision Song Contest 1968

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The thirteenth Eurovision Song Contest which took place in the Royal Albert Hall in London was the first Eurovision Song Contest to be broadcast in colour. The bookmakers were sure of another British victory since Cliff Richard - who had dominated the European charts for several years already - decided to represent his native country.

Congratulations... with your second place!

France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom broadcast the 1968 contest in colour despite the fact that very few TV-viewers at home owned a colour TV set. However, colour was here to stay and all song contests since then have been broadcast primarily in colour. Some countries hired foreign singers to sing for them: Germany was represented by Norwegian Wenche Myhre and Austria's entry was performed by Karel Gott from Prague.

About the winner

The 1968 Eurovision Song Contest turned out to have a nailbiting finish when the United Kingdom entry and big favourite Congratulations by Cliff Richard was beaten by just one point by Spain's Massiel. Originally Massiel's song La La La was supposed to be sung by Spanish singer Joan Manuel Serrat who wanted perfom the song in Catalan. However, Juan Manuel Serrat's wish of singing in his native tongue was not met by the Spanish officials, and Juan Manuel was replaced by Massiel who sang the same song in Spanish.

Facts & figures

  • The 1968 Eurovision Song Contest was not only broadcast in the participating countries, but also all of Eastern Europe and Tunisia could follow it;
  • For Katie Boyle, it was already her third Eurovision Song Contest as a presenter, but not her last: Mrs. Boyle would return for yet another contest just as the unlucky Cliff Richard!

Facts & Figures

Date

Saturday 6 April 1968

Location

Royal Albert Hall, London, United Kingdom

Winner

Massiel from Spain

Broadcaster

BBC

Hosts

Catherine (Katie) Boyle

Executive Producer

Tom Sloan

EBU Scrutineer

Clifford Brown

Director

Stewart Morris

The Participants

# Representing country Performer(s) Song title, writer(s) and composer(s) Points Place
01 Portugal
Flag of PortugalRTP
Carlos Mendes Verão 005 11
02 The Netherlands
Flag of The NetherlandsNTS
Ronnie Tober Morgen 001 16
03 Belgium
Flag of BelgiumRTB
Claude Lombard Quand Tu Reviendras 008 07
04 Austria
Flag of AustriaORF
Karel Gott Tausend Fenster 002 13
05 Luxembourg
Flag of LuxembourgCLT
Chris Baldo and Sophie Garel Nous Vivrons D'amour 005 11
06 Switzerland
Flag of SwitzerlandSSR SRG
Gianni Mascolo Guardando Il Sole 002 13
07 Monaco
Flag of MonacoTMC
Line and Willy A Chacun Sa Chanson 008 07
08 Sweden
Flag of SwedenSR
Claes-Göran Hederström Det Börjar Verka Kärlek, Banne Mej 015 05
09 Finland
Flag of FinlandYLE
Kristina Hautala Kun Kello Käy 001 16
10 France
Flag of FranceORTF
Isabelle Aubret La Source 020 03
11 Italy
Flag of ItalyRAI
Sergio Endrigo Marianne 007 10
12 United Kingdom
Flag of United KingdomBBC
Cliff Richard Congratulations 028 02
13 Norway
Flag of NorwayNRK
Odd Børre Stress 002 13
14 Ireland
Flag of IrelandRTÉ
Pat McGeegan Chance Of A Lifetime 018 04
15 Spain
Flag of SpainTVE
Massiel La, La, La... 029 01
16 Germany
Flag of GermanyARD
Wencke Myhre Ein Hoch Der Liebe 011 06
17 Yugoslavia
Flag of YugoslaviaJRT
Luci Kapurso and Hamo Hajdarhodzic Jedan Dan 008 07

Scoreboard

Participant Austria Belgium Finland France Germany Ireland Italy Luxembourg Monaco Norway Portugal Spain Sweden Switzerland The Netherlands United Kingdom Yugoslavia Points Place
Portugal Portugal
23 5 11
The Netherlands The Netherlands
1 1 16
Belgium Belgium
113111 8 7
Austria Austria
2 2 13
Luxembourg Luxembourg
11111 5 11
Switzerland Switzerland
2 2 13
Monaco Monaco
31121 8 7
Sweden Sweden
146112 15 5
Finland Finland
1 1 16
France France
2623133 20 3
Italy Italy
1222 7 10
United Kingdom United Kingdom
224211151342 28 2
Norway Norway
11 2 13
Ireland Ireland
4111416 18 4
Spain Spain
2346131414 29 1
Germany Germany
12215 11 6
Yugoslavia Yugoslavia
113111 8 7