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Eurovision Song Contest 1968

Template:Infobox Song Contest The Eurovision Song Contest 1968 was the 13th Eurovision Song Contest. The contest was won by the Spanish song "La, la, la", performed by Massiel. Originally Spain entered Joan Manuel Serrat to sing "La La La", but his demand to sing in Catalan was an affront to Francoist Spain. Serrat was withdrawn and replaced by Massiel, who sang the same song in Spanish.[1]


For more details on the host city, see London.
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Royal Albert Hall, London. Host venue of the 1968 Eurovision Song Contest.

The contest was held at the Royal Albert Hall, a concert hall situated in the City of Westminster within London, the capital and biggest city of England and the United Kingdom. The Royal Albert Hall is known for hosting the world's leading artists from several performance genres, sports, award ceremonies, the annual summer Proms concerts and other events since its opening in 1871, and has become one of the UK's most treasured and distinctive buildings.


1968 was the first time that the Eurovision Song Contest was broadcast in colour. The countries that broadcast it in colour were France, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden and the United Kingdom, although in the UK it was broadcast as an encore presentation in colour on BBC Two the next day. Also all of Eastern Europe and Tunisia broadcast the contest. Katie Boyle hosted the contest for a third time.[1]

Vote rigging allegations

In May 2008, a documentary by Spanish film-maker Montse Fernández Villa, 1968. Yo viví el mayo español, centred on the effects of May 1968 in Francoist Spain,[2] and alleged that the 1968 Eurovision Song Contest was rigged by the Spanish dictator Francisco Franco, who would have sent state television officials across Europe offering cash and promising to buy television series and contract unknown artists.[3] The allegation was based on a testimony by journalist José María Íñigo, a TVE employee at the time, who claimed the rigging was common knowledge and suggested that Spanish record label representatives offered to release albums by Bulgarian and Czech artists (neither Bulgaria nor Czechoslovakia were members of the European Broadcasting Union at the time).[4]

The documentary claimed that the contest should in fact have been won by the United Kingdom's entry – "Congratulations" performed by Cliff Richard – which finished second by one vote.[5] Massiel, the performer of the winning entry, was outraged by the allegations, and claimed that if there had been fixes, "other singers, who were more keen on Franco's regime, would have benefited". José María Iñigo, author of the statement in the documentary, personally apologized to Massiel and said that he had repeated a widespread rumour. Both Massiel and Iñigo accused television channel La Sexta, broadcaster of the documentary, of manufacturing the scandal.[6]

Participating countries

There were no withdrawing, returning, or débutantes in the 1968 contest.[1]


Each performance had a conductor who maestro the orchestra.[7]

Returning artists

Only one artist returned in this year's contest. The winner of the 1962 contest, Isabelle Aubret, returned once more for France.[1]


Draw Country Language[8] Artist Song English translation Place Votes
01 23x15px Portugal Portuguese Carlos Mendes "Verão" Summer 11 5
02 23x15px Netherlands Dutch Ronnie Tober "Morgen" Tomorrow 16 1
03 23x15px Belgium French Claude Lombard "Quand tu reviendras" When you come back 7 8
04 23x15px Austria German Karel Gott "Tausend Fenster" One thousand windows 13 2
05 23x15px Luxembourg French Chris Baldo & Sophie Garel "Nous vivrons d'amour" We will live by love 11 5
06 23x16px  Switzerland Italian Gianni Mascolo "Guardando il sole" Looking into the sun 13 2
07 23x15px Monaco French Line & Willy "À chacun sa chanson" To everyone his song 7 8
08 23x15px Sweden Swedish Claes-Göran Hederström "Det börjar verka kärlek, banne mej" It's beginning to look like love, damn it 5 15
09 23x15px Finland Finnish Kristina Hautala "Kun kello käy" When time goes by 16 1
10 23x15px France French Isabelle Aubret "La source" The source 3 20
11 23x15px Italy Italian Sergio Endrigo "Marianne" 10 7
12 23x15px United Kingdom English Cliff Richard "Congratulations" 2 28
13 23x15px Norway Norwegian Odd Børre "Stress" 13 2
14 23x15px Ireland English Pat McGuigan "Chance of a Lifetime" 4 18
15 23x15px Spain Spanish Massiel "La, la, la" 1 29
16 23x15px Germany German Wenche Myhre "Ein Hoch der Liebe" A toast to love 6 11
17 23x15px Yugoslavia Croatian Dubrovački trubaduri "Jedan dan" One day 7 8


Total Score Portugal Netherlands Belgium Austria Luxembourg Switzerland Monaco Sweden Finland France Italy United Kingdom Norway Ireland Spain Germany Yugoslavia
Contestants Portugal 5 2 3
Netherlands 1 1
Belgium 8 1 1 1 3 1 1
Austria 2 2
Luxembourg 5 1 1 1 1 1
Switzerland 2 2
Monaco 8 2 1 3 1 1
Sweden 15 1 1 1 2 6 4
Finland 1 1
France 20 3 6 2 3 3 1 2
Italy 7 1 2 2 2
United Kingdom 28 1 2 2 1 4 5 3 2 4 1 1 2
Norway 2 1 1
Ireland 18 1 1 1 4 1 4 6
Spain 29 4 2 1 4 3 4 3 1 1 6
Germany 11 1 1 2 5 2
Yugoslavia 8 1 1 1 1 3 1

International broadcasts and voting

The table below shows the order in which votes were cast during the 1968 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.[1]

Voting order Country Spokespersons Commentator Broadcaster
01 23x15px Portugal Maria Manuela Furtado Fialho Gouveia RTP
02 23x15px Netherlands Willem Duys Elles Berger Nederland 1[9]
03 23x15px Belgium André Hagon Janine Lambotte RTB)
Herman Verelst BRT
04 23x15px Austria TBC Emil Kollpacher ORF
05 23x15px Luxembourg TBC Jacques Navadic Télé-Luxembourg
06 23x16px  Switzerland Alexandre Burger Theodor Haller TV DRS
Georges Hardy TSR)
Giovanni Bertini TSI
07 23x15px Monaco TBC Pierre Tchernia Télé Monte Carlo
08 23x15px Sweden Edvard Matz[10] Christina Hansegård[11] Sveriges Radio-TV
09 23x15px Finland Poppe Berg[12] Aarno Walli[13] TV-ohjelma 1
10 23x15px France TBC Pierre Tchernia[14] Deuxième Chaîne ORTF
11 23x15px Italy Mike Bongiorno Renato Tagliani Secondo Programma
12 23x15px United Kingdom Michael Aspel No commentator BBC1
Pete Murray[15] BBC Radio 1
13 23x15px Norway Sverre Christophersen[16] Roald Øyen NRK[16][17]
14 23x15px Ireland Gay Byrne Brendan O'Reilly RTÉ Television
Kevin Roche Radio Éireann
15 23x15px Spain Joaquín Prat Federico Gallo TVE1[18]
16 23x15px Germany Hans-Otto Grünefeldt Hans-Joachim Rauschenbach[19] ARD Deutsches Fernsehen
17 23x15px Yugoslavia Snežana Lipkovska-Hadžinaumova Miloje Orlović Televizija Beograd
Mladen Delić Televizija Zagreb
Tomaž Terček Televizija Ljubljana

Non-participating countries

Several non-participating countries also decided to broadcast the contest on their respective television stations.


  1. ^ a b c d e "Eurovision Song Contest 1968". EBU. Retrieved 16 June 2012. 
  2. ^ "Massiel sí, Madelman no: así fue el Mayo del 68 en España" (in Spanish). Público. 3 May 2008. Retrieved 3 December 2009. 
  3. ^ "TVE 'compró' los votos para que Massiel ganará Eurovisión" (in Spanish). 20 minutos. 5 May 2008. Retrieved 3 December 2009. 
  4. ^ "Vea el vídeo donde José Maríá Iñigo 'descubre' a Massiel" (in Spanish). 20 minutos. 5 May 2008. Retrieved 3 December 2009. 
  5. ^ Govan, Fiona (4 May 2008). "How Franco cheated Cliff out of Eurovision title". The Telegraph. Retrieved 26 April 2012. 
  6. ^ "Massiel e Iñigo acusan a La Sexta de "urdir todo para favorecer a Chiquilicuatre"" (in Spanish). El Mundo. 6 May 2008. Retrieved 3 December 2009. 
  7. ^ "Conductors 1968". Retrieved 16 June 2012. 
  8. ^ "Eurovision Song Contest 1968". The Diggiloo Thrush. Retrieved 4 March 2012. 
  9. ^ "Nederlandse televisiecommentatoren bij het Eurovisie Songfestival". Eurovision Artists (in Dutch). 
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  11. ^ Leif Thorsson. Melodifestivalen genom tiderna ["Melodifestivalen through time"] (2006), p. 74. Stockholm: Premium Publishing AB. ISBN 91-89136-29-2
  12. ^ Selostajat ja taustalaulajat läpi vuosien? Invalid language code. Viisukuppila, 18 April 2005
  13. ^ The Eurovision Song Contest (1968) - Full cast and crew IMDb
  14. ^ CONCOURS EUROVISION DE LA CHANSON 1968 Invalid language code. SongContest
  15. ^ Eurovision Song Contest 1968
  16. ^ a b Dyrseth, Seppo (OGAE Norway)
  17. ^[dead link]
  18. ^ Uribarri comentarista Eurovision 2010 Invalid language code. FORO FESTIVAL DE EUROVISIÓN
  19. ^ Rau, Oliver (OGAE Germany)

External links

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