EuroRevision: A Results Table to Remember (1969)

Eurovision 1969 was the 14th edition of the contest, and for the first time, the contest was hosted in Spain. The contest took place on the 29th of March, and was held at the Teatro Real in Madrid. The host of the show was Laurita Valenzuela.

A total of 16 nations competed at this edition of the contest, with Austria choosing to withdraw from the competition. Officially, it was said that the nation withdrew as they could not find a suitable representative, however it was rumoured that they refused to participated in a contest staged in Franco-ruled Spain.

This edition of the contest was the second to be filmed and transmitted in colour, even though the Spanish broadcaster TVE didnโ€™t have the technology at the time. The broadcaster had to rent colour TV cameras from the German broadcaster ARD, and even so, the broadcast in Spain was seen in black and white due to the local transmitters not supporting colour transmissions. The equipment for archiving the contest didnโ€™t arrive in time, so TVE had the archives in black and white only. Later on, a colour copy was discovered in the archives of Norwegian broadcaster NRK.

Here is the full list of participants:

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

There were five returning artists to the contest in 1969. Siw Malmkvist returned to the contest after previously competing in 1960 for Sweden, however this time, she was representing Germany. Romuald previously competed for Monaco in 1964, however returned to represent Luxembourg.

Portuguese representative Simone de Oliveira previously participated in 1965 for Portugal, and Louis Neefs once again represented Belgium after previously participating in 1967. Kirsti Sparboe returned for Norway, having participated in 1965 and 1967.

Outnumbered: Previous winner Massiel surrounded by the four winners of 1969

Here are the competitors:

  • Ivan & 4M โ€“ Pozdrav svijetu (Yugoslavia)
  • Romuald – Catherine (Luxembourg) ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡บ
  • Salomรฉ โ€“ Vivo Cantando (Spain) ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ
  • Jean Jacques โ€“ Maman maman (Monaco) ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡จ
  • Muriel Day & The Lindsays โ€“ The Wages of Love (Ireland) ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช
  • Iva Zanicchi โ€“ Due grosse lacrime bianche (Italy) ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น
  • Lulu โ€“ Boom Bang-a-Bang (United Kingdom) ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง
  • Lenny Kuhr โ€“ De Troubadour (Netherlands) ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ
  • Tommy Kรถrberg โ€“ Judy, min vรคn (Sweden) ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช
  • Louis Neefs โ€“ Jennifer Jennings (Belgium) ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช
  • Paola del Medico โ€“ Bounjour, Bonjour (Switzerland) ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ
  • Kirsti Sparboe โ€“ Oj, oj, oj, sรฅ glad jeg skal bli (Norway) ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด
  • Siw Malmkvist – Primaballerina (Germany) ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช
  • Frida Boccara โ€“ Un Jour, un Enfant (France) ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท
  • Simone de Oliveira โ€“ Desfolhada portuguesa (Portugal) ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น
  • Jarkko & Laura โ€“ Kuin silloin ennen (Finland) ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ

This is where it gets interesting. A total of four nations finished in equal first place, all receiving a total of 18 points. As it was unprecedented at Eurovision, there were no rules in place for this scenario. Because of that, France, The Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom were all declared as joint winners. Due to that, there were not enough medals to go around, so only the singers received medals while the songwriters received them at a later date.

This marked Franceโ€™s fourth win at the contest, and the third win for The Netherlands. This was the second win for the United Kingdom and Spain, and for the latter, it was the first time a nation had won two years in a row.

On the bottom end of the table was Norway, who finished in last place with just 1 point.

Watch all of the winning performances below: