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Eurovision Song Contest 1969

Eurovision Song Contest 1969
Eurovision Song Contest 1969
Finaldate 29 March 1969
Venue Teatro Real
Madrid, Spain
Presenter(s) Laurita Valenzuela
Conductor Augusto Alguer
Director Ramn Dez
Executive supervisor Clifford Brown
Hostbroadcaster Televisin Espaola (TVE)
Intervalact "La Espaa diferente" film
Numberofentries 16
Debutingcountries None
Returningcountries None
Votingsystem Each country had 10 jury members who each cast one vote for their favourite song
Nulpoints None
"Un jour, un enfant"
"De troubadour"
"Vivo cantando"
United Kingdom
"Boom Bang-a-Bang"
Eurovision Song Contest
1968 1970
The Eurovision Song Contest 1969 was the 14th in the series. Four countries 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.
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.
Eurovision Song Contest 1969
For more details on the host city, see Madrid.
Teatro Real, Madrid. Host venue of the 1969 Eurovision Song
Madrid is the capital and largest city of Spain. The city
is located on the Manzanares river in the centre of both
the country and the Community of Madrid (which
comprises the city of Madrid, its conurbation and
extended suburbs and villages); this community is
bordered by the autonomous communities of Castile
and Len and Castile-La Mancha. As the capital city of
Spain, seat of government, and residence of the Spanish
monarch, Madrid is also the political centre of Spain.
The venue selected to host the 1969 contest was the
Teatro Real, an opera house located in Madrid. From
1867 it housed the Madrid Royal Conservatory until
1925 when a Royal Order on 6 December called for
eviction owing to the damage that the construction of
the Metro de Madrid had caused to the building). The theatre reopened in 1966 as a concert theatre and the main
concert venue of the Spanish National Orchestra and the RTVE Symphony Orchestra. In 1969, the 14th Eurovision
Song Contest was held at the theatre, featuring an onstage metal sculpture created by surrealist Spanish artist,
Salvador Dal.
The surrealist Spanish artist Salvador Dal was responsible for designing the publicity material for the 1969 contest
as well as the metal sculpture which was used on stage.
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.
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".
Eurovision Song Contest 1969
Participating countries
Further information: List of countries in the Eurovision Song Contest
Austria was absent from the contest, refusing to participate in a contest staged in Franco-ruled Spain.
Each performance had a conductor who led the orchestra. These are listed below.
Yugoslavia - Miljenko Prohaska
Sweden - Lars Samuelson
Luxembourg - Augusto Alguer Belgium - Francis Bay
Spain - Augusto Alguer Switzerland - Henry Mayer
Monaco - Herv Roy Norway - ivind Bergh
Ireland - Noel Kelehan Germany - Hans Blum
Italy - Ezio Leoni France - Franck Pourcel
United Kingdom - Johnny Harris
Portugal - Ferrer Trindade
Netherlands - Frans de Kok 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.
Draw Country Language Artist Song English translation Place Votes
01 Yugoslavia Croatian Ivan & 4M "Pozdrav svijetu" Greetings to the world 13 5
02 Luxembourg French Romuald "Catherine" 11 7
Spanish Salom "Vivo cantando" I live singing 1 18
French Jean Jacques "Maman, Maman" Mum, mum 6 11
05 Ireland English Muriel Day "The Wages of Love" 7 10
Italian Iva Zanicchi "Due grosse lacrime bianche" Two big white tears 13 5
07 United
English Lulu "Boom Bang-a-Bang" 1 18
Dutch Lenny Kuhr "De troubadour" The troubadour 1 18
Swedish Tommy Krberg "Judy, min vn" Judy, my friend 9 8
Dutch Louis Neefs "Jennifer Jennings" 7 10
German Paola Del Medico "Bonjour, Bonjour" Hello, hello 5 13
Norwegian Kirsti Sparboe "Oj, oj, oj, s glad jeg skal
Wow, wow, wow, how happy I'll
16 1
13 Germany German Siw Malmkvist "Primaballerina" 9 8
French Frida Boccara "Un jour, un enfant" A day, a child 1 18
Portuguese Simone de
"Desfolhada portuguesa" Portuguese husking 15 4
16 Finland Finnish Jarkko & Laura "Kuin silloin ennen" Like in those times 12 6
Eurovision Song Contest 1969
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
Eurovision Song Contest 1969
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.
Voting order Country Spokespersons Commentator Broadcaster
01 Yugoslavia Helga Vlahovi Miloje Orlovi Televizija Beograd
Mladen Deli Televizija Zagreb
Toma Terek Televizija Ljubljana
02 Luxembourg TBC Jacques Navadic Tl-Luxembourg
Ramn Rivera Jos Luis Uribarri TVE1
Miguel de los Santos Primer Programa RNE
TBC Pierre Tchernia Tl Monte Carlo
05 Ireland John Skehan Gay Byrne RT Television
Kevin Roche Radio ireann
Mike Bongiorno Renato Tagliani Secondo Programma
07 United Kingdom Colin-Ward Lewis David Gell and Michael Aspel BBC 1
Pete Murray BBC Radio 1
Leo Nelissen Pim Jacobs Nederland 1
Edvard Matz
Christina Hansegrd
Sveriges Radio-TV and SR P3
Nand Baert Herman Verelst BRT
Paule Herreman RTB
Alexandre Burger Theodor Haller TV DRS
Georges Hardy TSR
Giovanni Bertini TSI
Janka Polanyi
Sverre Christophersen
Erik Heyerdahl NRK P1
13 Germany Hans-Otto Grnefeldt Hans-Joachim Rauschenbach
ARD Deutsches Fernsehen
TBC Pierre Tchernia Deuxime Chane ORTF
Maria Manuela Furtado Henrique Mendes RTP1
16 Finland Aarre Elo Aarno Walli TV-ohjelma 1
(Non-participating country) Emil Kollpacher ORF
(non-participating country) TBC TV Tupi
(non-participating country) TBC Canal 13
(non-participating country) TBC esk televize
- East Germany (non-participating country) TBC Deutscher Fernsehfunk
- Hungary (non-participating country) TBC m1
(non-participating country) TBC SNRT
(non-participating country) TBC TVP
Eurovision Song Contest 1969
(non-participating country) TBC TVR1
- Soviet Union (non-participating country) TBC CT USSR
(non-participating country) TBC ERTT
[1] Leif Thorsson. Melodifestivalen genom tiderna ["Melodifestivalen through time"] (2006), p.80. Stockholm: Premium Publishing AB. ISBN
[2] [2] Rau, Oliver (OGAE Germany)
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