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The show

Final
Saturday, 6 April, 1968, 19:00
Location
Royal Albert Hall, London, United Kingdom
Host broadcaster
BBC
Presented by
Catherine (Katie) Boyle
Executive Producer
Tom Sloan
EBU Supervisor
Clifford Brown
TV Director
Stewart Morris

The contest

Number of participants
17
Winner

The show

Final
Saturday, 6 April, 1968, 19:00
Location
Royal Albert Hall, London, United Kingdom
Host broadcaster
BBC
Presented by
Catherine (Katie) Boyle
Executive Producer
Tom Sloan
EBU Supervisor
Clifford Brown
TV Director
Stewart Morris

The thirteenth Eurovision Song Contest which took place in the Royal Albert Hall in London was the first Eurovision Song Contest to be broadcast in colour. The bookmakers were sure of another British victory since Cliff Richard - who had dominated the European charts for several years already - decided to represent his native country.

Congratulations... with your second place!

France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom broadcast the 1968 contest in colour despite the fact that very few TV-viewers at home owned a colour TV set. However, colour was here to stay and all song contests since then have been broadcast primarily in colour. Some countries hired foreign singers to sing for them: Germany was represented by Norwegian Wenche Myhre and Austria's entry was performed by Karel Gott from Prague.

About the winner

The 1968 Eurovision Song Contest turned out to have a nailbiting finish when the United Kingdom entry and big favourite Congratulations by Cliff Richard was beaten by just one point by Spain's Massiel. Originally Massiel's song La La La was supposed to be sung by Spanish singer Joan Manuel Serrat who wanted perfom the song in Catalan. At the request of Spanish officials, Juan Manuel was replaced by Massiel who sang the same song in Spanish.

Facts & figures

  • The 1968 Eurovision Song Contest was not only broadcast in the participating countries, but also all of Eastern Europe and Tunisia could follow it;
  • For Katie Boyle, it was already her third Eurovision Song Contest as a presenter, but not her last: Mrs. Boyle would return for yet another contest just as the unlucky Cliff Richard would also do!

The contest

Number of participants
17
Winner

Participants & Results

R/O
Country
Artist
Song
Points
Ranking
01PortugalCarlos MendesVerão511
02The NetherlandsRonnie ToberMorgen116
03BelgiumClaude LombardQuand Tu Reviendras87
04AustriaKarel GottTausend Fenster213
05LuxembourgChris Baldo and Sophie GarelNous Vivrons D'amour511
06SwitzerlandGianni MascoloGuardando Il Sole213
07MonacoLine and WillyA Chacun Sa Chanson87
08SwedenClaes-Göran HederströmDet Börjar Verka Kärlek, Banne Mej155
09FinlandKristina HautalaKun Kello Käy116
10FranceIsabelle AubretLa Source203
11ItalySergio EndrigoMarianne710
12United KingdomCliff RichardCongratulations282
13NorwayOdd BørreStress213
14IrelandPat McGeeganChance Of A Lifetime184
15SpainMassielLa, La, La...291
16GermanyWencke MyhreEin Hoch Der Liebe116
17YugoslaviaLuci Kapurso and Hamo HajdarhodzicJedan Dan87
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