• Dates – Grand Final: Saturday, 05 March 1966 – 20:00 CET
  • Host – Venue & Location: Grand Auditorium de RTL, Villa Louvigny, Luxembourg, 🇱🇺 Luxembourg
  • Presenter (s): Josiane Shen
  • Musical Director: Jean Roderès
  • Director: Jos Pauly, René Steichen
  • Executive Producer: Clifford Brown
  • Executive Supervisor:
  • Multicamera Director:
  • Host broadcaster: Compagnie Luxembourgeoise de Télédiffusion (CLT)
  • Interval Act: Les Haricots Rouges 
  • Participants – Number of entries: 18 [🇧🇪 Belgium (11ª), 🇫🇷 France (11ª), 🇩🇪 Germany (11ª), 🇮🇹 Italy (11ª), 🇳🇱 The Netherlands (11ª), 🇨🇭 Switzerland (11ª), 🇦🇹 Austria (10ª), 🇩🇰 Denmark (10ª), 🇬🇧 United Kindom (9ª), 🇲🇨 Monaco (8ª), 🇱🇺 Luxembourg (10ª), 🇳🇴 Norway (7ª), 🇫🇮 Finland (6ª), 🇪🇸 Spain (6ª),  Yugoslavia (6ª), 🇵🇹 Portugal (3ª), 🇮🇪 Ireland (2ª), 🇸🇪 Sweden (8ª)]
  • Debuting countries:
  • Return:
  • Non-returning countries:
  • Vote – Voting system: Ten-member juries awarded points (5, 3 and 1) to their three favourite songs.
  • Nil Points: 🇮🇹 Italy (1ª), Monaco (1ª).
  • Winning song: 1f3c6 “Merci, Chérie” – Udo Jürgens – 🇦🇹 Austria (1ª)

Logo ESC1966

About. Once again, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg had the honour of staging Europe’s most important musical contest and for the first time, a song in German managed to win the trophy.

New rules introduced. The capital city of Luxembourg was the home of the 11th Eurovision Song Contest. The rules for the contest were changed and national juries could include music experts again. The major change was that a rule was introduced stipulating that songs had to be performed in one of the official languages of the participating country. During the dress rehearsal, the Italian participant Domenico Modugno was not satisfied with the orchestra and left the stage in anger. It was uncertain if he was going to perform during the live show, but he sang his song “Dio Come Ti Amo” after all. The song later became a huge success in South America for Gigliola Cinquetti, the winner of the 1964 Eurovision Song Contest.

Austria wins. The Austrian participant Udo Jürgens participated in the Eurovision Song Contest for the third consecutive time and finally, he managed to score the first ever victory for his native country with the song “Merci Chérie”. Udo later became one of the most-loved artists in the German-speaking countries.

Facts & figures. Future song contest hosts Lill Lindfors and Åse Kleveland took part in this contest as singers, finishing 2nd and 3rd respectively. In her performance, Åse ignored tradition and was the first woman not to wear a dress in the Eurovision Song Contest; Dutch representative Milly Scott became the first black singer to take part in the contest.

o/r  country   participant (s) song – translate – language  Points  runk
01 🇩🇪 Germany ARD Margot Eskens Die zeiger der uhr (The hands of the clock) German 007 10
02 🇩🇰 Denmark DR Ulla Pia Stop, mens legen er go (Stop while the going’s good) Danish 004 14
03 🇧🇪 Belgium RTB Tonia Un peu de poivre, un peu de sel (A bit of pepper, a bit of salt) French 014 04
04 🇱🇺 Luxembourg CLT Michèle Torr Ce soir je t’attendais (Tonight, I waited for you) French 007 10
05  Yugoslavia JRT Berta Ambrož  (Берта Амброж) Brez besed (Without words) Slovene 009 07
06 🇳🇴 Norway NRK Åse Kleveland Intet er nytt under solen (Nothing is new under the sun) Norwegian 015 03
07 🇫🇮 Finland YLE Ann-Christine Nyström Playboy Finnish 007 10
08 🇵🇹 Portugal RTP Madalena Iglésias Ele e ela (He and she) Portuguese
006 13
09 🇦🇹 Austria ÖRF Udo Jürgens Merci chérie (Thank you, darling) German [a] 031 01
10 🇸🇪 Sweden SR Lill Lindfors & Svante Thuresson Nygammal vals (New, yet familiar, waltz) Swedish 016 02
11 🇪🇸 Spain TVE Raphael Yo soy aquél (I’m that one) Spanish 009 07
12 🇨🇭 Switzerland SSR SRG Madeleine Pascal Ne vois-tu pas? (Don’t you see?) French 012 06
13 🇲🇨 Monaco TMC Tereza (Tereza Kesovija) Bien plus fort (Much Stronger) French 000 17
14 🇮🇹 Italy RAI Domenico Modugno Dio, come ti amo (God, how I love you) Italian 000 17
15 🇫🇷 France ORTF Dominique Walter Chez nous (By us) French 001 16
16 🇳🇱 The Netherlands NOS Milly Scott Fernando en Philippo (Fernando and Filippo) Dutch 000 15
17 🇮🇪 Ireland RÉ Dickie Rock Come back to stay English 014 04
18 🇬🇧 United Kindom BBC Kenneth McKellar A man without love English 008 09

Participation map

A coloured map of the countries of Europe

Transmitirá a 2º semifinal noutro horário. Participating countries  

ESC 1966 Scoreboard Ι Detailed voting results:

Scoreboard - Eurovision Song Contest 1966

The Eurovision Song Contest 1966 was the 11th edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg, following the country’s victory at the 1965 contest with the song “Poupée de cire, poupée de son” by France Gall. Organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and host broadcaster Compagnie Luxembourgeoise de Télédiffusion (CLT), the contest was held at the Villa Louvigny on Saturday 5 March 1966 and was hosted by Luxembourgish television presenter Josiane Chen.

Eighteen countries participated in the contest, the same that had competed the year before.

The winner was Austria with the song “Merci, Chérie”, performed and composed by Udo Jürgens, and written by Jürgens and Thomas Hörbiger.[1] This was Udo Jürgens third consecutive entry in the contest, finally managing to score a victory for his native country Austria. Austria would not go on to win again until the 2014 edition. This was also the first winning song to be performed in German. The contest is also noted for its historic results for several countries. Austria who came first, Sweden who came second, Norway who came third and Belgium who came fourth all achieved their best results up until then, some of which would stand for several decades. In contrast traditional Eurovision heavyweights up to that point such as France, United Kingdom and Italy all achieved their worst result by far up till that point, with the general public in the aforementioned countries meeting these results with a degree of consternation.

The rule stating that a country could only sing in any of its national languages was originally created this year, possibly due to the 1965 edition’s Swedish entry which was sung in English.

Villa Louvigny, Luxembourg – host venue of the 1966 contest

1.Location. The 1966 Eurovision Song Contest was hosted in Luxembourg City. The venue chosen to host the 1966 contest was the Villa Louvigny, which was also the venue for the 1962 edition. The building served as the headquarters of Compagnie Luxembourgeoise de Télédiffusion, the forerunner of RTL Group. It is located in Municipal Park, in the Ville Hautequarter of the centre of the city.

2.Format. A new change in rules was introduced this year, allowing music experts to be present in the juries again. 1966 also 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 year’s voting was also characterised with numerous cases of “neighbourly” or “bloc” voting – a problem that would plague the contest in many future decades. Sweden for example received all its 16 points, bar one, from its Nordic neighbours – as did Finland. Denmark likewise received all its points from Nordic nations. The voting of the Nordic countries was met with booing from the Luxembourg audience. Portugal and its sole neighbour Spain exchanged maximum five points, with Switzerland and Austria – also two countries neighbouring each other – doing likewise. France was spared the indignity of no points from its micro-state neighbour Monaco. Ireland awarded maximum points to its culturally closest neighbour the United Kingdom with Netherlands doing the same for Belgium.

During the voting process, the presenter (Josiane Chen) accidentally greeted United Kingdom by saying “Good night London”. She then realized her mistake and said “Good evening, London”. Afterwards Michael Aspel, who was the spokesperson for the United Kingdom at the time, responded by saying “Good morning, Luxembourg” prompting laughter from Josiane and the audience.

Udo Jürgens with last year’s winner France Gall

3.Participating countries. All countries who had participated in the 1965 contest returned for a second consecutive year.

3.1.Conductors. Each performance had a conductor who was maestro of the orchestra.

  • 🇩🇪 Germany – Willy Berking
  • 🇩🇰 Denmark – Arne Lamberth
  • 🇧🇪 Belgium – Jean Roderès
  • 🇱🇺 Luxembourg – Jean Roderès
  •  Yugoslavia – Mojmir Sepe
  • 🇳🇴 Norway – Øivind Bergh
  • 🇫🇮 Finland – Ossi Runne
  • 🇵🇹 Portugal – Jorge Costa Pinto 
  • 🇦🇹 Austria – Hans Hammerschmid 
  • 🇸🇪 Sweden – Gert-Ove Andersson
  • 🇪🇸 Spain – Rafael Ibarbia 
  • 🇨🇭 Switzerland – Jean Roderès
  • 🇲🇨 Monaco – Alain Goraguer
  • 🇮🇹 Italy – Angelo Giacomazzi 
  • 🇫🇷 France – Franck Pourcel
  • 🇳🇱 The Netherlands – Dolf van der Linden
  • 🇮🇪 Ireland – Noel Kelehan
  • 🇬🇧 United Kindom – Harry Rabinowitz

3.2.Returning artists.

Artist Country Previous year(s)
Domenico Modugno 🇮🇹 Italy 1958, 1959
Udo Jürgens 🇦🇹 Austria 1964, 1965

3.3.Participants and results.

3.4.All the national selections for Eurovision Song Contest 1966: 

• National Selections in 1966:

🇧🇪 Belgium Eurosong 1966 (song selection) [b] Tonia – “Un peu de poivre, un peu de sel”
🇩🇰 Denmark Melodi Grand Prix 1966 Ulla Pia – “Stop – mens legen er go’
🇫🇮 Finland (Finnish Selection 1966) Ann-Christine Nyström – “Playboy”
🇮🇪 Ireland (Irish Selection 1966) Dickie Rock – “Come Back to Stay”
🇮🇹 Italy Sanremo 1966 Domenico Modugno – “Dio, come ti amo
🇳🇱 The Netherlands Nationaal Songfestival 1966 Milly Scott – “Fernando en Filippo
🇳🇴 Norway Melodi Grand Prix 1966 Åse Kleveland – “Intet er nytt under solen
🇵🇹 Portugal Grande Prémio TV da Canção 1966 Madalena Iglésias – “Ele e ela
🇸🇪 Sweden Svensk Sångfestival 1966 Lill Lindfors & Svante Thuresson – “Nygammal vals
🇨🇭 Switzerland Concours Eurovision 1966 Madeleine Pascal – “Ne vois-tu pas ?
🇬🇧 United Kindom A Song for Europe 1966 (song selection) [c] Kenneth McKellar – “A Man Without Love”
 Yugoslavia Jugovizija 1966 Berta Ambrož – “Brez besed

• Internal Selections in 1966: 

🇦🇹 Austria Udo Jürgens – “Merci, Chérie
🇫🇷 France Dominique Walter – “Chez nous
🇩🇪 Germany Margot Eskens – “Die Zeiger der Uhr
🇱🇺 Luxembourg Michèle Torr – “Ce soir je t’attendais
🇲🇨 Monaco Téréza – “Bien plus fort
🇪🇸 Spain Raphael – “Yo soy aquél



Voting results
Total score
Germania Danemarca Belgia Luxemburg Iugoslavia Norvegia Finlanda Portugalia Austria Suedia Spania Elveția Monaco Italia Franța Țările de Jos Irlanda Regatul Unit
🇩🇪 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
🇳🇱 The Netherlands 2 1 1
🇮🇪 Ireland 14 3 3 5 3
🇬🇧 United Kindom 8 3 5

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

N. Contestant Nation(s) giving 5 points
4 🇦🇹 Austria 🇧🇪 Belgium [a], 🇱🇺 Luxembourg, 🇲🇨 Monaco Yugoslavia
3  🇸🇪 Sweden 🇩🇰 Denmark, 🇫🇮 Finland, 🇳🇴 Norway
2 🇧🇪 Belgium 🇩🇪 Germany, 🇳🇱 The Netherlands
1 🇩🇪 Germany 🇨🇭 Switzerland
🇮🇪 Ireland 🇫🇷 France
🇱🇺 Luxembourg 🇸🇪 Sweden
🇳🇴 Norway 🇮🇹 Italy
🇵🇹 Portugal 🇪🇸 Spain
🇪🇸 Spain 🇵🇹 Portugal
🇨🇭 Switzerland 🇦🇹 Austria
🇬🇧 United Kindom 🇮🇪 Ireland
 Yugoslavia 🇬🇧 United Kindom

4.2.Spokespersons. Listed below is 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.

  1. 🇩🇪 Germany – Werner Veigel
  2. 🇩🇰 Denmark – Claus Toksvig
  3. 🇧🇪 Belgium – André Hagon
  4. 🇱🇺 Luxembourg – Camillo Felgen (Luxembourgish representative in 1960 and 1962)
  5.  Yugoslavia – Dragana Marković
  6. 🇳🇴 Norway – Erik Diesen
  7. 🇫🇮 Finland – Poppe Berg 
  8. 🇵🇹 Portugal – Maria Manuela Furtado
  9. 🇦🇹 Austria – Walter Richard Langer 
  10. 🇸🇪 Sweden – Edvard Matz
  11. 🇪🇸 Spain – Margarita Nicola
  12. 🇨🇭 Switzerland – Alexandre Burger 
  13. 🇲🇨 Monaco – TBC
  14. 🇮🇹 Italy – Enzo Tortora
  15. 🇫🇷 France – Jean-Claude Massoulier 
  16. 🇳🇱 The Netherlands – Herman Brouwer
  17. 🇮🇪 Ireland – Frank Hall
  18. 🇬🇧 United Kindom – Michael Aspel

5.Broadcasts. Each national broadcaster also sent a commentator to the contest, in order to provide coverage of the contest in their own native language.

Broadcasters and commentators in participating countries
Country Broadcaster(s) Commentator(s)
🇦🇹 Austria ÖRF Willy Kralik 
🇧🇪 Belgium RTB French: Paule Herreman
BRT Dutch: Herman Verelst 
🇩🇰 Denmark DR TV Skat Nørrevig
🇫🇮 Finland TV-ohjelma 1, Yleisohjelma Aarno Walli 
🇫🇷 France Première Chaîne ORTF François Deguelt
🇩🇪 Germany Deutsches Fernsehen Hans-Joachim Rauschenbach
🇮🇪 Ireland Telefís Éireann Brendan O’Reilly
Radió Éireann Kevin Roche
🇮🇹 Italy Secondo Programma Piero Angela
🇱🇺 Luxembourg Télé-Luxembourg Jacques Navadic
🇲🇨 Monaco Télé Monte Carlo François Deguelt
🇳🇱 The Netherlands Nederland 1 Teddy Scholten
🇳🇴 Norway NRK, NRK P1 Sverre Christophersen
🇵🇹 Portugal RTP Henrique Mendes
🇪🇸 Spain TVE Federico Gallo
🇸🇪 Sweden Sveriges TV, SR P1 Sven Lindahl
🇨🇭 Switzerland TV DRS German: Theodor Haller 
TSR French: Georges Hardy
TSI Italian: Giovanni Bertini
🇬🇧 United Kindom BBC1 David Jacobs
BBC Light Programme John Dunn
 Yugoslavia Televizija Beograd Serbo-Croatian: Miloje Orlović 
Televizija Zagreb Serbo-Croatian: Mladen Delić
Televizija Ljubljana Slovene: Tomaž Terček
Broadcasters and commentators in non-participating countries
Country Broadcaster(s) Commentator(s)
ČST Unknown
 East Germany Deutscher Fernsehfunk Unknown
🇭🇺 Hungary RTV Unknown
 Morocco TVM Unknown
TVP Unknown
🇷🇴 Romania TVR Unknown
 Soviet Union CT USSR Igor Kirillov


6.1.Italian song arrangement. This was one of the first contests in which an entry was not accompanied by an orchestra. The Italian entry “Dio, come ti amo” performed by Domenico Modugno had been rearranged since its performance at the Sanremo Music Festival and officially broke the EBU rule that stated the arrangement should be finalised well in advance. During the Saturday afternoon rehearsal Modugno performed the new arrangement with three of his own musicians as opposed to the orchestra, which went over the three-minute time limit. Following his rehearsal Modugno was confronted by the show’s producers about exceeding the time limit and was asked to use the original arrangement with the orchestra. Modugno was so dissatisfied with the orchestra that he threatened to withdraw from the contest. Both the producers and EBU scrutineer Clifford Brown felt it was too short notice to fly Gigliola Cinquetti to Luxembourg to represent Italy, so the EBU gave in and allowed Modugno to use his own ensemble instead of the orchestra. Despite websites and the official programme listing Angelo Giacomazzi as the conductor, Giacomazzi actually played the piano for the entry.


  • [a] The song also contains phrases in French.
  • [b] Tonia was internally selected to represent Belgium at Eurovision 1966. The song “Un peu de poivre, un peu de sel” that Tonia performed at Eurovision was selected through a national final with four songs.
  • [c] Kenneth McKellar was internally selected to represent United Kingdom at Eurovision 1966. McKellar performed all six songs on the show A Song for Europe 1966, and the public could vote via postcards. The result was announced one week later.

7.Trivial / Fun facts.

  • Dutch representative Milly Scott became the first black singer to take part in the contest.
  • For the first time, a song in German managed to get the trophy.

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Countries (in order of appearance)

Final Germany ⦁ Denmark ⦁ Belgium ⦁ Luxembourg ⦁ Yugoslavia ⦁ Norway ⦁ Finland ⦁ Portugal ⦁ Austria (winner) ⦁ Sweden • Spain ⦁ Switzerland ⦁ Monaco ⦁ Italy ⦁ France ⦁ The Netherlands • Ireland • United Kingdom

Artists (in order of appearance)

Final Margot Eskens ⦁ Ulla Pia ⦁ Tonia ⦁ Michèle Torr ⦁ Berta Ambrož ⦁ Åse Kleveland ⦁ Ann-Christine Nyström ⦁ Madalena Iglésias ⦁ Udo Jürgens (winner) ⦁ Lill Lindfors and Svante Thuresson • Raphael • Madeleine Pascal ⦁ Téréza ⦁ Domenico Modugno ⦁ Dominique Walter ⦁ Milly Scott ⦁ Dickie Rock • Kenneth McKellar

Songs (in order of appearance)

Final Die Zeiger der Uhr” ⦁ “Stop – mens legen er go’” ⦁ “Un peu de poivre, un peu de sel” ⦁ “Ce soir je t’attendais” ⦁ “Brez besed” ⦁ “Intet er nytt under solen” ⦁ “Playboy” ⦁ “Ele e ela” ⦁ “Merci, Chérie” (winner) ⦁ “Nygammal vals” ⦁ “Yo soy aquél” • “Ne vois-tu pas ?” ⦁ “Bien plus fort” ⦁ “Dio, come ti amo” ⦁ “Chez nous” ⦁ “Fernando en Filippo” ⦁ “Come Back to Stay” • “A Man Without Love”