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Eurovision Song Contest 1963
ESC 1963 logo.png
Final 23 March 1963 (1963-03-23)
Presenter(s) Katie Boyle
Conductor Eric Robinson
Host broadcaster United Kingdom BBC
Venue BBC Television Centre
London, United Kingdom
Winning song  Denmark
"Dansevise"
Voting system
Each country had 20 jury members who awarded their five favourite songs 5, 4, 3, 2, and 1 points in order. All those points would then be added up and the five song with the most points got 5, 4, 3, 2, and 1 votes in order.
Number of entries 16
Debuting countries None
Returning countries None
Withdrawing countries None
Nul points  Finland
 Netherlands
 Norway
 Sweden
Interval act Ola & Barbro
Eurovision Song Contest
◄1962    Wiki Eurovision Heart (Infobox).svg    1964►

The Eurovision Song Contest 1963 was the 8th Eurovision Song Contest. France had won the contest in 1962 but they handed the honour of hosting the event to the United Kingdom because they did not wish to host the contest again so soon after hosting the 1961 event. The same thing happened when the Netherlands won in 1959 and were unable to host it in 1960.

The host venue was the BBC Television Centre, White City, London, which opened in 1960. Two studios were used: one for the mistress of ceremonies Katie Boyle, the audience, and the scoreboard; the other for the performers and the orchestra accompanying them. Unusually, a boom microphone (normally used for drama and comedy shows) was employed - the viewer doesn't see this, so it appears as if the artists were miming to their vocals. This was not the case, but this innovation was to create a 'new look' for the contest. This procedure was never used again.

One controversy this year was during the voting. When it was Norway's turn to announce their votes, the spokesman in Oslo did not use the correct procedure in that the song number, followed by the name of the country, should have been announced before awarding the points. Katie Boyle asked Norway to repeat their results, but the Norwegian spokesman asked Katie to return to them after all the other results were in. When Katie went back to Norway again the votes had mysteriously altered, thus changing the outcome of the contest and giving the victory to Norway's neighbours Denmark at Switzerland's expense. In fact, there was some doubt as to whether the Norwegian spokesman gave the correct votes on the first occasion.

Denmark's win was their first. Finland, Norway and Sweden all failed to score any points for the first time. Netherlands received no points for the second time, and became the first country to go two years in a row without scoring a single point.

Contents

Individual Entries

Results

Draw Country Language Artist Song English translation Place Points
01  United Kingdom English Ronnie Carroll "Say Wonderful Things" 4 28
02  Netherlands Dutch Annie Palmen "Een speeldoos" A musical box 13 0
03  Germany German Heidi Brühl "Marcel" 9 5
04  Austria German, English Carmela Corren "Vielleicht geschieht ein Wunder" Maybe a miracle will happen 7 16
05  Norway Norwegian Anita Thallaug "Solvherv" Solstice 13 0
06  Italy Italian Emilio Pericoli "Uno per tutte" One for all 3 37
07  Finland Finnish Laila Halme "Muistojeni laulu" The song of my memories 13 0
08  Denmark Danish Grethe & Jørgen Ingmann "Dansevise" Dance ballad 1 42
09  Yugoslavia Serbo-Croatian Vice Vukov "Brodovi" Ships 11 3
10  Switzerland French Esther Ofarim "T'en va pas" Don't go away 2 40
11  France French Alain Barrière "Elle était si jolie" She was so pretty 5 25
12  Spain Spanish José Guardiola "Algo prodigioso" Something marvellous 12 2
13  Sweden Swedish Monica Zetterlund "En gång i Stockholm" Once in Stockholm 13 0
14  Belgium Dutch Jacques Raymond "Waarom?" Why? 10 4
15  Monaco French Françoise Hardy "L'amour s'en va" Love goes away 5 25
16  Luxembourg French Nana Mouskouri "À force de prier" By the might of prayer 8 13

Score sheet

Results
United Kingdom Netherlands Germany Austria Norway Italy Finland Denmark Yugoslavia Switzerland France Spain Sweden Belgium Monaco Luxembourg
Contestants United Kingdom   3 0 0 5 0 3 3 3 0 3 5 2 0 1 0
Netherlands 0   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Germany 0 0   0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Austria 4 0 0   0 0 4 1 0 0 2 0 3 2 0 0
Norway 0 0 0 0   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Italy 2 1 0 0 3   2 5 4 5 0 3 0 3 5 4
Finland 0 0 0 0 0 0   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Denmark 3 5 2 3 4 2 5   0 3 0 0 5 5 0 5
Yugoslavia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   0 1 2 0 0 0 0
Switzerland 5 0 4 5 1 5 0 4 0   0 4 1 4 4 3
France 0 4 1 2 0 4 0 0 5 4   1 0 1 2 1
Spain 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0   0 0 0 0
Sweden 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   0 0 0
Belgium 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   0 0
Monaco 1 2 5 1 0 3 0 0 1 1 5 0 4 0   2
Luxembourg 0 0 3 0 0 1 1 2 0 2 4 0 0 0 0  
THE TABLE IS ORDERED BY APPEARANCE

References

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