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The show

Final
Saturday, 23 March, 1963, 19:00
Location
BBC Television Centre, London, United Kingdom
Host broadcaster
BBC
Presented by
Catherine (Katie) Boyle
TV Director
Yvonne Littlewood
Interval Act
Ola & Barbro

The show

Final
Saturday, 23 March, 1963, 19:00
Location
BBC Television Centre, London, United Kingdom
Host broadcaster
BBC
Presented by
Catherine (Katie) Boyle
TV Director
Yvonne Littlewood
Interval Act
Ola & Barbro

The 8th Eurovision Song Contest took place in London, despite a French victory in the preceding year. Denmark's first victory would become controversial topic.

Controversy strikes

The honour of hosting this year's song contest was handed over by the French to the United Kingdom. The main reason was that France did not want to host the song contest so soon after hosting it twice in Cannes in 1959 and 1961.  
Big international stars took part in this year's competition, like Esther Ofarim for Switzerland, Nana Mouskouri for Luxembourg and Francoise Hardy for Monaco.
Host Broadcaster BBC tried a different approach for the presentation of the Eurovision Song Contest. All songs were performed in one studio, but the audience was located in another. Each song had its own unique staging, and the change of set was done very quickly. As a result of this, rumours began that the performances were pre-recorded which later turned out to be untrue.
The Norwegian head of jury was still busy adding up the individual votes of the 20 jury members when called in by the presenter Katie Boyle. Struck by panic, the Norwegian jury secretary gave an intermediate result, reading the points very quickly and in the wrong order. In accordance with the rules, Mrs. Boyle told the TV audience that she would come back to the Norwegian jury after all the other countries had voted. When the final result came in from the Norwegian jury, they were decisively different from the intermediate ones and gave the victory to Norway's Nordic neighbour Denmark in a close race with Switzerland.

About the winner 

Dansevise performed by Grethe and Jørgen Ingmann gave Denmark it's first victory in the Eurovision Song Contest.

Facts & figures

Dansevise became the first winning Eurovision Song Contest entry to be performed by a duo and also the first Scandinavian winner.

Participants & Results

R/O
Country
Artist
Song
Points
Ranking
01United KingdomRonnie CarrollSay Wonderful Things284
02The NetherlandsAnnie PalmenEen Speeldoos13
03GermanyHeidi BrühlMarcel59
04AustriaCarmela CorrenVielleicht Geschieht Ein Wunder167
05NorwayAnita ThallaugSolhverv13
06ItalyEmilio PericoliUno Per Tutte373
07FinlandLaila HalmeMuistojeni Laulu13
08DenmarkGrethe and Jørgen IngmannDansevise421
09YugoslaviaVice VukovBrodovi311
10SwitzerlandEsther OfarimT'en Va Pas402
11FranceAlain BarrièreElle était Si Jolie255
12SpainJosé GuardiolaAlgo Prodigioso212
13SwedenMonica ZetterlundEn Gång I Stockholm13
14BelgiumJacques RaymondWaarom410
15MonacoFrançoise HardyL'amour S'en Va255
16LuxembourgNana MouskouriA Force De Prier138
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