The Eurovision Song Contest 1966 was the 11th edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. It was held on 5 March 1966 in Luxembourg,Luxembourg, following the country's win at the previous 1965 edition. The host venue was Grand Auditorium de RTL in Villa Louvigny. The presenter was Josiane Chen.

The winner was Austria with the song "Merci, Chérie" performed and composed by Udo Jürgens, and written by Jürgens and Thomas Hörbiger.[1] The rule stating that a country could only sing in any of its national languages was originally created in this year, possibly due to the 1965 edition's Swedish entry which was sung in English.[2] Austria would not win again until 2014 when the singer Conchita Wurst won.


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For more details on the host city, see Luxembourg (city).[1][2]Villa Louvigny, Luxembourg. Host venue of the 1966 Eurovision Song Contest.

The city of Luxembourg, also known as Luxembourg City, is a commune with city status, and thecapital of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. It is located at the confluence of the Alzette and PétrusseRivers in southern Luxembourg. The city contains the historic Luxembourg Castle, established by theFranks in the Early Middle Ages, around which a settlement developed.

Luxembourg City lies at the heart of Western Europe, situated 213 km (132 mi) by road from Brussels, 372 km (231 mi) from Paris, 209 km (130 mi) from Cologne, and 65 km (40 mi) from Metz in northeast France.[3]

The venue chosen to host the 1966 contest was the Villa Louvigny, which has also hosted theEurovision Song Contest 1962. The building served as the headquarters of Compagnie Luxembourgeoise de Télédiffusion, the forerunner of RTL Group. It is located in Municipal Park, in theVille Haute quarter of the centre of the city.


During the voting process, the presenter (Josiane Chen) accidentally greeted United Kingdom by saying "Good night, London.", then, she realized the mistake and said "Good evening, London.", after Michael Aspel, who was the spokesperson for the United Kingdom, at that time, responded by saying "Good morning, Luxembourg."[citation needed]

1966 marked the year the first ever black singer graced the Eurovision stage, Milly Scott representing the Netherlands. She was also the first singer to use a portable microphone. This was also the last contest that Denmark participated in until 1978, more than a decade later.[2]

Participating countries[edit]Edit

Further information: List of countries in the Eurovision Song Contest[3][4]Udo Jürgens with last year's winner France Gall

All countries which participated in the 1965 contest returned for a second consecutive year. There were no new nations, nor any returning, nor withdrawals.[2]


Each performance had a conductor who maestro the orchestra.[4]

Returning artists[edit]Edit

Two artists returned for a third time in this year's contest. Udo Jürgens from Austria whose previous participations were in 1964 and 1965; and Domenico Modugno from Italy, who last participated in 1958 and1959.


Draw Country Language[5] Artist Song English translation Place Points
01 Germany German Margot Eskens "Die Zeiger der Uhr" The hands of the clock 10 7
02 Denmark Danish Ulla Pia "Stop - mens legen er go'" Stop while the going's good 14 4
03 Belgium French Tonia "Un peu de poivre, un peu de sel" A bit of pepper, a bit of salt 4 14
04 Luxembourg French Michèle Torr "Ce soir je t'attendais" Tonight, I waited for you 10 7
05 Yugoslavia Slovene Berta Ambrož "Brez besed" Without words 7 9
06 Norway Norwegian Åse Kleveland "Intet er nytt under solen" Nothing is new under the sun 3 15
07 Finland Finnish Ann Christine "Playboy" 10 7
08 Portugal Portuguese Madalena Iglésias "Ele e ela" He and she 13 6
09 Austria German1 Udo Jürgens "Merci, Chérie" Thank you, darling 1 31
10 Sweden Swedish Lill Lindfors & Svante Thuresson "Nygammal vals" New, yet familiar, waltz 2 16
11 Spain Spanish Raphael "Yo soy aquél" I'm that one 7 9
12   Switzerland French Madeleine Pascal "Ne vois-tu pas?" Don't you see? 6 12
13 Monaco French Tereza Kesovija "Bien plus fort" Altogether Stronger 17 0
14 Italy Italian Domenico Modugno "Dio, come ti amo" God, how I love you 17 0
15 France French Dominique Walter "Chez nous" Our place 16 1
16 Netherlands Dutch Milly Scott "Fernando en Filippo" Fernando and Filippo 15 2
17 Ireland English Dickie Rock "Come Back to Stay" 4 14
18 United Kingdom English Kenneth McKellar "A Man Without Love" 9 8
1.^ The song also contains phrases in French.


Voting results
[5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16] [17] [18] [19] [20] [21] [22] [23]
[24] Germany 7 1 5 1
Denmark 4 1 3
Belgium 14 5 3 1 5
Luxembourg 7 1 5 1
Yugoslavia 9 3 1 5
Norway 15 1 3 3 3 5
Finland 7 3 3 1
Portugal 6 1 5
Austria 31 5 5 5 1 1 3 5 3 3
Sweden 16 5 5 5 1
Spain 9 1 5 3
Switzerland 12 1 5 3 3
Monaco 0
Italy 0
France 1 1
Netherlands 2 1 1
Ireland 14 3 3 5 3
United Kingdom 8 3 5

5 points[edit]Edit

Below is a summary of all 5 points in the final:

N. Contestant Voting nation
4 Austria Belgium, Luxembourg, Monaco, Yugoslavia
3 Sweden Denmark, Finland, Norway
2 Belgium Germany, Netherlands
1 Germany Switzerland
Ireland France
Luxembourg Sweden
Norway Italy
Portugal Spain
Spain Portugal
Switzerland Austria
United Kingdom Ireland
Yugoslavia United Kingdom

International broadcasts and voting[edit]Edit

The table below shows the order in which votes were cast during the 1966 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.[2]

Voting order Country Spokespersons Commentator Broadcaster
01 Germany Werner Veigel Hans-Joachim Rauschenbach ARD Deutsches Fernsehen[6]
02 Denmark Bent Henius Skat Nørrevig DR TV
03 Belgium André Hagon Paule Herreman RTB
Herman Verelst BRT
04 Luxembourg Camillo Felgen Jacques Navadic Télé-Luxembourg[7]
05 Yugoslavia Dragana Marković Miloje Orlović Televizija Beograd
Mladen Delić Televizija Zagreb
Tomaž Terček Televizija Ljubljana
06 Norway Erik Diesen[8] Sverre Christophersen NRK and NRK P1[8]
07 Finland Poppe Berg[9] Aarno Walli TV-ohjelma 1
08 Portugal Maria Manuela Furtado Henrique Mendes RTP
09 Austria Ernst Grissemann Emil Kollpacher ORF
10 Sweden Edvard Matz[10] Sven Lindahl Sveriges Radio-TV and SR P1[11]
11 Spain Margarita Nicola Federico Gallo TVE[12]
12   Switzerland Alexandre Burger Theodor Haller TV DRS
Georges Hardy TSR
Giovanni Bertini TSI
13 Monaco TBC François Deguelt Télé Monte Carlo
14 Italy Enzo Tortora Renato Tagliani Secondo Programma
15 France Claude Darget François Deguelt Première Chaîne ORTF[7]
16 Netherlands Herman Brouwer[13] Teddy Scholten Nederland 1[14]
17 Ireland Frank Hall Brendan O'Reilly Telefís Éireann[15]
Kevin Roche Radio Éireann
18 United Kingdom Michael Aspel David Jacobs BBC1
John Dunn BBC Light Programme
- 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
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