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Eurovision Song Contest 1968
ESC 1968 logo.png
Final 6 April 1968
Presenter(s) Katie Boyle
Conductor Norrie Paramor
Host broadcaster United Kingdom BBC
Venue Royal Albert Hall
London, United Kingdom
Winning song  Spain
"La, la, la"
Voting system
Each country had 10 jury members who each cast one vote for their favourite song.
Number of entries 17
Debuting countries None
Returning countries None
Withdrawing countries None
Nul points None
Interval act Impressions from London
Eurovision Song Contest
◄1967    Wiki Eurovision Heart (Infobox).svg    1969►

The Eurovision Song Contest 1968 was the 13th Eurovision Song Contest. The contest was won by the Spanish song "La, la, la", performed by Massiel.

Originally Spain entered Joan Manuel Serrat to sing "La La La", however his demand to sing in Catalan was an affront to Francoist Spain. Serrat was withdrawn by Spain and replaced by Massiel who sang the same song in Spanish. (It was not until 2004, when Andorra made its first entry, that Catalan was heard in the ESC.)

1968 was the first time that the Eurovision Song Contest was broadcast in colour. The countries that broadcast it in colour were France, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden and the United Kingdom as an encore presentation on BBC2 the next day.

Contents

Individual Entries

Results

Draw Country Language Artist Song English translation Place Votes
01  Portugal Portuguese Carlos Mendes "Verão" Summer 11 5
02  Netherlands Dutch Ronnie Tober "Morgen" Tomorrow 16 1
03  Belgium French Claude Lombard "Quand tu reviendras" When will you come back 7 8
04  Austria German Karel Gott "Tausend Fenster" One thousand windows 13 2
05  Luxembourg French Chris Baldo & Sophie Garel "Nous vivrons d'amour" We will live by love 11 5
06  Switzerland Italian Gianni Mascolo "Guardando il sole" Looking into the sun 13 2
07  Monaco French Line & Willy "À chacun sa chanson" To everyone his song 7 8
08  Sweden Swedish Claes-Göran Hederström "Det börjar verka kärlek, banne mej" It's beginning to look like love, damn it 5 15
09  Finland Finnish Kristina Hautala "Kun kello käy" When time goes by 16 1
10  France French Isabelle Aubret "La source" The source 3 20
11  Italy Italian Sergio Endrigo "Marianne" 10 7
12  United Kingdom English Cliff Richard "Congratulations" 2 28
13  Norway Norwegian Odd Børre "Stress" 13 2
14  Ireland English Pat McGeegan "Chance of a Lifetime" 4 18
15  Spain Spanish Massiel "La, la, la" 1 29
16  Germany German Wencke Myhre "Ein Hoch der Liebe" A toast to love 6 11
17  Yugoslavia Serbo-Croatian Luciano Capurso &
Hamo Hajdarhodžić
"Jedan dan" One day 7 8

Score sheet

Results
Total Score Portugal Netherlands Belgium Austria Luxembourg Switzerland Monaco Sweden Finland France Italy United Kingdom Norway Ireland Spain Germany Yugoslavia
Contestants Portugal 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 3 0 0
Netherlands 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Belgium 8 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
Austria 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
Luxembourg 5 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Switzerland 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Monaco 8 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 3 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
Sweden 15 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 6 4 0 0 0
Finland 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
France 20 0 3 6 2 3 3 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Italy 7 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2
United Kingdom 28 1 2 2 0 1 4 5 3 2 4 1 0 1 0 2 0
Norway 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Ireland 18 1 1 1 4 1 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6
Spain 29 4 0 0 2 1 0 4 0 3 4 3 0 1 1 6 0
Germany 11 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 5 0 0 2 0
Yugoslavia 8 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 2

Allegations of vote rigging

In May 2008, the documentary by Spanish film-maker Montse Fernández Villa "1968. Yo viví el mayo español", centered on the effects of May 1968 in Francoist Spain,[1] alleged that the 1968 Eurovision Song Contest was rigged by the Spanish dictator Francisco Franco, who would have sent state television officials across Europe offering cash and promising to buy television series and contract unknown artists in return for votes for the Spanish entry.[2] The allegation was based on a testimony by journalist José María Inigo, worker of TVE at the time, who alleged that it was part of common knowledge and cites as an example that representatives of Spanish record labels offered to bring out albums of Bulgarian and Czech artists.[3]

The documentary claimed that the contest should in fact have been won by the United Kingdom's entry – "Congratulations" performed by Cliff Richard – which finished second by 1 vote.[4][5]. The story was featured on UK Channel 4 News, when Jon Snow interviewed Paddy O'Connell and John Kennedy O'Connor to discuss the scandal. [6]

Massiel, the performer of the winning entry, was outraged by the allegations, and claimed that if there had been fixes, "other singers who were more keen on Franco's regime would have benefited". José María Iñigo, author of the statement in the documentary, personally apologized to Massiel and said that he had echoed a widespread rumour. Both Massiel and Iñigo accused television channel La Sexta, broadcaster of the documentary, of manufacturing the scandal.[7]

Commentators

  • Portugal - Fialho Gouveia
  • Italy - Renato Tagliani
  • Spain - Federico Gallo[8]
  • Sweden - Christina Hansegård

References

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