EuroRevision: The United Kingdom Steamrolls the Competition (1967)

Eurovision 1967 was the 12th edition of the contest, and for the first time, was taking place in Austria. The contest was held at the Großer Festsaal der Wiener Hofburg in the nation’s capital, Vienna and was hosted by Erica Vaal. The final was held on the 8th of April 1967.

A total of 17 countries participated, one less than the previous year. Denmark chose to withdraw from the contest, with no nations returning or debuting. The stage featured an interesting setup, with two revolving mirrored walls which began revolving at the start of each entry, and stopping at the end of each song. Additionally, this contest was the final contest to be broadcast only in black and white.

Here is the full list of participants:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Luxembourg
  • Monaco
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Portugal
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom
  • Yugoslavia

Three artists returned to the contest, including Claudio Villa who previously participated in 1962, representing Italy. Kirsti Sparboe returned to represent Norway, having previously participated in 1965. The final returning artist was Raphael who previously represented Spain in 1966.

From one winner to another: Udo Jürgens and Sandie Shaw

Here are the competitors:

  • Thérèse Steinmetz – Ring-Dinge-Dong (The Netherlands) 🇳🇱
  • Vicky Leandros – L’amour est bleu (Luxembourg) 🇱🇺
  • Peter Horton – Warum es hunderttausend Sterne gibt (Austria) 🇦🇹
  • Noëlle Cordier – Il doit faire beau là-bas (France) 🇫🇷
  • Eduardo Nascimento – O vento mudou (Portugal) 🇵🇹
  • Géraldine – Quel Cœur vas-tu briser? (Switzerland) 🇨🇭
  • Östen Warnerbring – Som en dröm (Sweden) 🇸🇪
  • Fredi – Varjoon – suojaan (Finland) 🇫🇮
  • Inge Brück – Anouschka (Germany) 🇩🇪
  • Louis Neefs – Ik heb zorgen (Belgium) 🇧🇪
  • Sandie Shaw – Puppet on a String (United Kingdom) 🇬🇧
  • Raphael – Hablemos del amor (Spain) 🇪🇸
  • Kirsti Sparboe – Dukkemann (Norway) 🇳🇴
  • Minouche Barelli – Boum-Badaboum (Monaco) 🇲🇨
  • Lado Leskovar – Vse rože sveta (Yugoslavia)
  • Claudio Villa – Non andare più lontano (Italy) 🇮🇹
  • Sean Dunphy – If I Could Choose (Ireland) 🇮🇪

The United Kingdom ended up on top with a total of 47 points. This was the nation’s first win at the contest, and it had one of the biggest winning margins at the contest thus far. Interestingly, Sandie Shaw didn’t actually like her competing entry, however more recently her attitude towards the song changed. Shaw released a new version of the song in 2007.

On the other side of the table, Switzerland finished in last with nul points. Three nations finished in 14th place, which were The Netherlands, host nation Austria and Norway. As the language rule was still in place, only two songs were featured in English, the United Kingdom and Ireland. As we know, the United Kingdom finished in 1st, and Ireland finished in 2nd place.