ESC VIENNA 1967 (12ª)


  • Dates – Grand Final: Saturday, 08 April 1967 – 20:00 CET
  • Host – Venue & Location: Großer Festsaal der Wiener Hofburg, Vienna, 🇦🇹 Austria
  • Presenter (s): Erika Vaal
  • Musical Director: Johannes Fehring
  • Director: Herbert Fuchs
  • Executive Producer: Clifford Brown
  • Executive Supervisor: Karl Lackner
  • Multicamera Director: Herbert Fuchs
  • Host broadcaster: Österreichischer Rundfunk (ÖRF)
  • Interval Act: “The Blue Danube” performed by Vienna Boys’ Choir 
  • Participants – Number of entries: 17 [🇧🇪 Belgium (12ª), 🇫🇷 France (12ª), 🇩🇪 Germany (12ª), 🇮🇹 Italy (12ª), 🇳🇱 The Netherlands (12ª), 🇨🇭 Switzerland (12ª), 🇦🇹 Austria (11ª), 🇬🇧 United Kindom (10ª), 🇲🇨Monaco (9ª), 🇱🇺 Luxembourg (11ª), 🇳🇴 Norway (8ª), 🇫🇮 Finland (7ª), 🇪🇸 Spain (7ª),  Yugoslavia (7ª), 🇵🇹 Portugal (4ª), 🇮🇪 Ireland (3ª), 🇸🇪 Sweden (9ª)]
  • Debuting countries:
  • Return:
  • Non-returning countries: 🇩🇰 Denmark (10ª)
  • Vote – Voting system: Ten-member juries distributed ten points among their favourite songs. Each participating country had 10 jury members, and each jury member could award one point to one song.
  • Nil Points: 🇨🇭 Switzerland (2ª)
  • Winning song: 1f3c6 “Puppet on a string” – Sandie Shaw – 🇬🇧 United Kindom (1°)

Logo ESC 1967

AboutAfter Udo Jürgens’ victory in 1966, Vienna, Austria’s capital, was chosen to host the Eurovision Song Contest in 1967.

Mirrors. The 1967 Eurovision Song Contest took place at the Großer Festsaal der Wiener Hofburg in Vienna. The number of participants went down from 18 to 17 because Denmark chose to withdraw from the contest and would not come back to the contest until 1978. The contest had a very glamorous setting: the stage included three revolving mirrors and a staircase entrance in the middle. The juries had undergone a change as well, as half of the jurors in every national jury had to be less than 30 years old. During the voting the presenter of the show, Erika Vaal, declare the United Kingdom winner of the song contest before the last jury’s votes were cast. However, the confusion about the voting would not make any difference: the United Kingdom clearly won the Eurovision Song Contest for the first time, nine years after participating for the first time. The winning entrant Sandy Shaw performed her song, Puppet on a String, barefoot.

About the winner. The winning song “Puppet On A String” won with the largest margin ever witnessed in the history of the Eurovision Song Contest at that time. The song gathered more than twice as many votes as the runner-up, Ireland. But not only the juries were charmed by Sandie Shaw’s song, it became a huge success all over Europe and is nowadays remembered as a Eurovision Song Contest classic.

o/r  country participant (s) song – translate – language Points  rank
01 🇳🇱 The Netherlands NTS Thérèse Steinmetz Ring-dinge-ding (Ringe-dinge, Ring-ding-a-ding) Dutch 002 14
02 🇱🇺 Luxembourg CLT Vicky (Vicky Leandros) L’amour est bleu (Love is blue) French 017 04
03 🇦🇹 Austria ÖRF Peter Horten Warum es 100.000 sterne gibt (Warum es hunderttausend sterne gibt, Why are there a hundred thousand stars) German 002 14
04 🇫🇷 France ORTF Noëlle Cordier Il doit faire beau là-bas (The weather must be good there) French 020 03
05 🇵🇹 Portugal RTP Eduardo Nascimento O vento mudou (The wind changed) Portuguese 003 12
06 🇨🇭 Switzerland SSR SRG Géraldine Quel cœur vas-tu briser? (Which heart are you going to break?) French 000 17
07 🇸🇪 Sweden SR Östen Warnerbring Som en dröm (Like a dream) Swedish 007 08
08 🇫🇮 Finland YLE Fredi Varjoon-suojaan (To the shadow – to safety) Finnish 003 12
09 🇩🇪 Germany ARD Inge Brück Anouschka German 007 08
10 🇧🇪 Belgium BRT Louis Neefs Ik heb zorgen (I have worries) Dutch 008 07
11 🇬🇧 United Kindom BBC Sandie Shaw Puppet on a string English 047 01
12  🇪🇸 Spain TVE Raphael Hablemos del amor (Let’s talk about love) Spanish 009 06
13  🇳🇴 Norway NRK Kirsti Sparboe Dukkemann (Puppet man) Norwegian 002 14
14 🇲🇨 Monaco TMC Minouche Barelli Boum-badaboum French 010 05
15  Yugoslavia JRT Lado Leskovar (Ладо Лесковар) Vse rože sveta (All the flowers of this world) Slovene 007 08
16 🇮🇹 Italy RAI Claudio Villa Non andare più lontano (Don’t go far away anymore) Italian 004 11
17 🇮🇪 Ireland RTÉ Sean Dunphy If i could choose English 022 02

Missed participation:

🇮🇹 Italy: “Non Pensare A Me” (Italian) – Claudio Villa. Italy was represented by Claudio Villa, with the song ‘”Non andare più lontano”, at the1967 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 8 April in Luxembourg City. As always until this date, broadcaster RAI chose one of the winning performers from the year’s Sanremo Music Festival as their singer, but for the first time they opted not to send the winning Sanremo song “Non pensare a me” as their entry. This was Villa’s second Eurovision appearance, having previously participated in the 1962 contest.

Participation map

A coloured map of the countries of Europe
Transmitirá a 2º semifinal noutro horário. Participating countries  Transmitirá a 1º semifinal em direto. Countries that participated in the past but not in 1967  

ESC 1967 Scoreboard Ι Detailed voting results: Scoreboard - Eurovision Song Contest 1967

The Eurovision Song Contest 1967 was the 12th edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Vienna, Austria, following the country’s victory at the 1966 contest with the song “Merci, Chérie” by Udo Jürgens. Organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and host broadcaster Österreichischer Rundfunk (ORF), the contest was held at the Großer Festsaal der Wiener Hofburg on Saturday 8 April 1967, becoming the first contest held in the month of April, and was hosted by Austrian actress Erica Vaal.

Seventeen countries participated in the contest, one fewer than the record eighteen that had competed in the 1965 and 1966 editions. Denmark decided not to enter and left the contest at this point, not to return until 1978.

The United Kingdom won the contest for the first time with the song “Puppet on a String”, written and composed by Bill Martin and Phil Coulter, and performed by Sandie Shaw. The entry had one of the widest margins of victory ever witnessed in the competition; it garnered more than twice as many points as the second-placed song. Shaw intensely disliked the composition, though her attitude towards the song somewhat mellowed in later years, even releasing a new version in 2007.

This was the last contest to be transmitted only in black and white as it would begin to be transmitted in colour from the 1968 edition onwards.

Großer Festsaal der Wiener Hofburg, Vienna – host venue of the 1967 contest

1.Location. The 1967 Eurovision Song Contest was held in Vienna, the capital of Austria. The venue for the contest was the Hofburg Palace, which was the principal winter residence of the Habsburg dynasty, rulers of the Austro-Hungarian empire It currently serves as the official residence of the President of Austria.

2.Format. The stage setup was a little unusual this year. There was a staircase in the middle of the stage as well as two revolving mirrored walls on both ends of the stage; they began revolving at the start of each song, and stopped at its end. A change in rule also required half of every nation’s jury to be less than 30 years old. The presenter Erica Vaal became confused whilst the voting was taking place, and declared the United Kingdom’s entry to be the winner before the last country, Ireland, had announced its votes. She also ended the programme by congratulating the winning song and country, and saying “goodbye” in several different languages.

3.Participating countriesDenmark chose not to participate this year and left the contest at this point, not to be returning again until 1978. The reason was that the new director for the TV entertainment department at DR thought that the money could be spent in a better way. The entry from Luxembourg, “L’amour est bleu”, sung by Vicky Leandros, came in fourth; nonetheless, it went on to become the biggest international hit of the 1967 contest, and a year later would be a big instrumental hit for French musician, Paul Mauriat, under the English title, “Love is Blue”. Television presenter, artist and musician Rolf Harris provided the commentary for BBC Television viewers. Switzerland received zero votes for the second time. Portugal was represented by Eduardo Nascimento, who was the first black male singer in the history of the contest, performing “O vento mudou” (“The wind changed”). Rumours claimed that Portuguese prime minister Salazar had chosen this particular singer to show the rest of Europe that he was not racist.

3.1.Conductors. Each performance had a conductor who was maestro of the orchestra. This was the first contest to have a unique conductor for every entry, as prior contests usually had the host conductor conduct multiple entries in addition to their own country’s entry.

  • 🇳🇱 The Netherlands – Dolf van der Linden
  • 🇱🇺 Luxembourg – Claude Denjean
  • 🇦🇹 Austria – Johannes Fehring
  • 🇫🇷 France – Franck Pourcel
  • 🇵🇹 Portugal – Armando Tavares Belo 
  • 🇨🇭 Switzerland – Hans Moeckel 
  • 🇸🇪 Sweden – Mats Olsson
  • 🇫🇮 Finland – Ossi Runne
  • 🇩🇪 Germany – Hans Blum
  • 🇧🇪 Belgium – Francis Bay
  • 🇬🇧 United Kindom – Kenny Woodman
  • 🇪🇸 Spain – Manuel Alejandro
  • 🇳🇴 Norway – Øivind Bergh
  • 🇲🇨 Monaco – Aimé Barelli
  •  Yugoslavia – Mario Rijavec 
  • 🇮🇹 Italy – Giancarlo Chiaramello
  • 🇮🇪 Ireland – Noel Kelehan

3.2.Returning artists.

Artist Country Previous year(s)
Claudio Villa 🇮🇹 Italy 1962
Kirsti Sparboe 🇳🇴 Norway 1965
Raphael 🇪🇸 Spain 1966

3.3.Participants and results.

3.4.All the national selections for Eurovision Song Contest 1967:

• National Selections in 1967:

🇧🇪 Belgium Eurosong 1967 Louis Neefs – “Ik heb zorgen
🇫🇮 Finland (Finnish Selection 1967) Fredi – “Varjoon – suojaan
🇮🇪 Ireland (Irish Selection 1967) Sean Dunphy – “If I Could Choose”
🇳🇱 The Netherlands Nationaal Songfestival 1967 (song selection) [a] Thérèse Steinmetz – “Ring-dinge-ding
🇳🇴 Norway Melodi Grand Prix 1967 Kirsti Sparboe – “Dukkemann
🇵🇹 Portugal Grande Prémio TV da Canção 1967 Eduardo Nascimento – “O vento mudou
🇸🇪 Sweden Melodifestival 1967 Östen Warnerbring – “Som en dröm
🇨🇭 Switzerland Concours Eurovision 1967 Géraldine – “Quel cœur vas-tu briser ?
🇬🇧 United Kindom A Song for Europe 1967 (song selection) [b] Sandie Shaw – “Puppet on a String”
 Yugoslavia Jugovizija 1967 Lado Leskovar – “Vse rože sveta

• Internal Selections in 1967: 

🇦🇹 Austria Peter Horten – “Warum es hunderttausend Sterne gibt
🇫🇷 France Noëlle Cordier – “Il doit faire beau là-bas
🇩🇪 Germany Inge Brück – “Anouschka”
🇮🇹 Italy Claudio Villa – “Non andare più lontano
🇱🇺 Luxembourg Vicky – “L’amour est bleu
🇲🇨 Monaco Minouche Barelli – “Boum-Badaboum
🇪🇸 Spain Raphael – “Hablemos del amor


4.Voting. The voting sequence was one of the more chaotic in Eurovision history; the students from Vienna University who were operating the scoreboard made several errors during the telecast, which were corrected by the scrutineer. Hostess Erica Vaal also began to announce the winner before realising she had excluded the Irish jury.

Voting results
Total score
Țările de Jos Luxemburg Austria Franța Portugalia Elveția Suedia Finlanda Germania Belgia Regatul Unit Spania Norvegia Monaco Iugoslavia Italia Irlanda
🇳🇱 The Netherlands 2 1 1
🇱🇺 Luxembourg 17 4 2 1 2 1 1 1 3 2
🇦🇹 Austria 2 1 1
🇫🇷 France 20 1 2 1 1 4 2 2 2 4 1
🇵🇹 Portugal 3 1 1 1
🇨🇭 Switzerland 0
🇸🇪 Sweden 7 1 1 2 1 2
🇫🇮 3 1 1 1
🇩🇪 Germany 7 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
🇧🇪 Belgium 8 1 3 1 1 1 1
🇬🇧 United Kindom 47 2 5 3 7 1 7 1 2 3 3 7 3 2 1
🇪🇸 Spain 9 1 1 1 2 1 2 1
🇳🇴 Norway 2 1 1
🇲🇨 Monaco 10 2 1 1 5 1
 Yugoslavia 7 1 1 1 1 2 1
🇮🇹 Italy 4 1 1 1 1
🇮🇪 Ireland 22 1 3 1 2 2 4 3 2 2 1 1

4.1.Spokespersons. Listed below is the order in which votes were cast during the 1967 contest along with the spokesperson who was responsible for announcing the votes for their respective country.

  1. 🇳🇱 The Netherlands – Corry Brokken (Dutch representative in 1956 and 1958; winner of the 1957 contest; host of the 1976 contest)
  2. 🇱🇺 Luxembourg – TBC
  3. 🇦🇹 Austria – Walter Richard Langer 
  4. 🇫🇷 France – André Claveau (Winner of the 1958 contest)
  5. 🇵🇹 Portugal – Maria Manuela Furtado
  6. 🇨🇭 Switzerland – Alexandre Burger 
  7. 🇸🇪 Sweden – Edvard Matz 
  8. 🇫🇮 Finland – Poppe Berg 
  9. 🇩🇪 Germany – Anaid Iplicjian (Host of the 1957 contest)
  10. 🇧🇪 Belgium – Eugène Senelle
  11. 🇬🇧 United Kindom – Michael Aspel
  12. 🇪🇸 Spain – Margarita Nicola
  13. 🇳🇴 Norway – Sverre Christophersen 
  14. 🇲🇨 Monaco – TBC
  15.  Yugoslavia – Saša Novak
  16. 🇮🇹 Italy – Mike Bongiorno
  17. 🇮🇪 Ireland – Gay Byrne

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 FS1 Emil Kollpacher
🇧🇪 Belgium RTB French: Paule Herreman
BRT Dutch: Herman Verelst 
🇫🇮 Finland TV-ohjelma 1 and Yleisohjelma Aarno Walli 
🇫🇷 France Première Chaîne ORTF Pierre Tchernia
🇩🇪 Germany Deutsches Fernsehen Hans-Joachim Rauschenbach 
🇮🇪 Ireland RTÉ Brendan O’Reilly
RTÉ Radio Kevin Roche
🇮🇹 Italy Secondo Programma Renato Tagliani 
🇱🇺 Luxembourg Télé-Luxembourg Jacques Navadic
🇲🇨 Monaco Télé Monte Carlo Pierre Tchernia
🇳🇱 The Netherlands Nederland 1 Leo Nelissen 
🇳🇴 Norway NRK and NRK P1 Erik Diesen
🇵🇹 Portugal RTP Henrique Mendes
🇪🇸 Spain Primera Cadena Federico Gallo 
🇸🇪 Sweden Sveriges TV and SR P3 Christina Hansegård 
🇨🇭 Switzerland TV DRS German: Theodor Haller 
TSR French: Robert Burnier
TSI Italian: Giovanni Bertini
🇬🇧 United Kindom BBC1 Rolf Harris
BBC Light Programme Richard Baker
 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)
 East Germany Deutscher Fernsehfunk Unknown
🇵🇱 POLAND TVP Unknown
 Soviet Union CT USSR Igor Kirillov


  • [a] Thérèse Steinmetz was internally selected by broadcaster NOS to represent The Netherlands at Eurovision 1967. The song “Ring-dinge-ding” that Steinmetz performed at Eurovision was selected through Nationaal Songfestival 1967 with six songs. Thérèse Steinmetz won Nationaal Songfestival 1967 with the song “Ring-dinge-ding”. The song title was changed for Eurovision 1967 to “Ring-dinge”.
  • [b] Sandie Shaw was internally selected to represent United Kingdom at Eurovision 1967. Shaw performed all six songs on the show A Song for Europe 1967, and the public could vote via postcards. The result was announced one week later.

8.Trivial / Fun facts.

  • There have been five barefoot winners in Eurovision history: Sandie Shaw (1967), Sertab Erener (2003), Dima Bilan (2008), Loreen (2012) and Emmelie De Forest (2013); Titles of songs have included Boom Bang-a-bang (UK, 1969), A-Ba-Ni-Ba (Israel, 1978), Bana Bana (Turkey, 1989) and Bourn Badaboru (Monaco, 1967).
  • The winning entrant Sandie Shaw performed barefoot on stage.
  • The number of participants went down from 18 till 17 because Denmark chose to withdraw from the contest.
  • The number of participants went down from 18 till 17 because Denmark chose to withdraw from the contest.

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Countries (in order of appearance)

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

Artists (in order of appearance)

Final Thérèse Steinmetz ⦁ Vicky ⦁ Peter Horton ⦁ Noëlle Cordier ⦁ Eduardo Nascimento ⦁ Géraldine ⦁ Östen Warnerbring ⦁ Fredi ⦁ Inge Brück ⦁ Louis Neefs • Sandie Shaw (winner) ⦁ Raphael ⦁Kirsti Sparboe ⦁ Minouche Barelli ⦁ Lado Leskovar ⦁ Claudio Villa • Sean Dunphy

Songs (in order of appearance)

Final Ring-dinge-ding” ⦁ “L’amour est bleu” ⦁ “Warum es hunderttausend Sterne gibt” ⦁ “Il doit faire beau là-bas” ⦁ “O vento mudou” ⦁ “Quel cœur vas-tu briser ?” ⦁ “Som en dröm” ⦁ “Varjoon – suojaan” ⦁ “Anouschka” ⦁ “Ik heb zorgen” • “Puppet on a String” (winner) ⦁ “Hablemos del amor” ⦁ “Dukkemann” ⦁ “Boum-Badaboum” ⦁ “Vse rože sveta” ⦁ “Non andare più lontano” • “If I Could Choose”
Non-participating entries: Italy: Claudio Villa – “Non pensare a me”