Eurovision Song Contest 1968

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. At the request of Spanish officials, 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 would also do!

Facts & Figures


Saturday 6 April 1968


Royal Albert Hall, London, United Kingdom


Massiel from Spain




Catherine (Katie) Boyle

Executive Producer

Tom Sloan

EBU Scrutineer

Clifford Brown


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
Pedro Osório José Alberto Diogo
005 11
02 The Netherlands
Flag of The NetherlandsNTS
Ronnie Tober Morgen
Joop Stokkermans Theo Strengers
001 16
03 Belgium
Flag of BelgiumRTB
Claude Lombard Quand Tu Reviendras
Jo van Wetter Roland Dero
008 07
04 Austria
Flag of AustriaORF
Karel Gott Tausend Fenster
Udo Jürgen Bockelmann Walter Brandin
002 13
05 Luxembourg
Flag of LuxembourgCLT
Chris Baldo and Sophie Garel Nous Vivrons D'amour
Carlos Leresche Jacques Demarny
005 11
06 Switzerland
Flag of SwitzerlandSSR SRG
Gianni Mascolo Guardando Il Sole
Aldo d'Addario Sanzio Chiesa
002 13
07 Monaco
Flag of MonacoTMC
Line and Willy A Chacun Sa Chanson
Jean-Claude Olivier Roland Valade
008 07
08 Sweden
Flag of SwedenSR
Claes-Göran Hederström Det Börjar Verka Kärlek, Banne Mej
Peter Himmelstrand
015 05
09 Finland
Flag of FinlandYLE
Kristina Hautala Kun Kello Käy
Esko Linnavalli Juha Vainio
001 16
10 France
Flag of FranceORTF
Isabelle Aubret La Source
Daniël Faure Guy Bonnet, Henri Dijan
020 03
11 Italy
Flag of ItalyRAI
Sergio Endrigo Marianne
Sergio Endrigo
007 10
12 United Kingdom
Flag of United KingdomBBC
Cliff Richard Congratulations
Bill Martin, Phil Coulter
028 02
13 Norway
Flag of NorwayNRK
Odd Børre Stress
Tor Hultin Ola B. Johannessen
002 13
14 Ireland
Flag of IrelandRTÉ
Pat McGeegan Chance Of A Lifetime
John Kennedy
018 04
15 Spain
Flag of SpainTVE
Massiel La, La, La...
Ramón Arcusa, Manuel de la Calva Ramon Arcusa, Manuel de la Calva
029 01
16 Germany
Flag of GermanyARD
Wencke Myhre Ein Hoch Der Liebe
Horst Jankowski Carl J. Schäuble
011 06
17 Yugoslavia
Flag of YugoslaviaJRT
Luci Kapurso and Hamo Hajdarhodzic Jedan Dan
Djelo Jusic, Stipica Kalogjera Stijepo Strazicic
008 07


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