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1969 - Why Spain should be the winner!

01 April 2012 at 06:02 CEST

The host nation Spain became the first country to win the contest in two successive years, having previously won the 1968 contest by just a single point.  In many sporting contests, when there has been a tie, it is generally the reigning champion who is permitted to retain their title, and this could be a factor that could make Spain the winner.

It is somewhat surprising that given the closeness of the 1968 contest, that no-one at that time within the EBU considered what to do in the event of a tie. The host broadcaster TVE had fortunately struck four medals, planned to be awarded to the winning singer(s) and composer(s). In the event only the four winning performers received their award on the night of the contest, with the composers receiving their medals at a later date.  

In the 1969 contest Spain received points from nine countries, the same as France. Under the current rules of the contest, it would then go to a count back. The highest individual votes that Spain received was 3 votes, whereas France received several marks of 4 votes.

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More about Salomé

Salomé, otherwise known as Maria Rosa Marco Poquet was born 0n 21st June, 1943 in Barcelona, and gave Spain their second win in succession with the song Vivo Cantando.

Her outfit for the contest was very unusual in that it was made of porcelain, and reportedly weighed over 30 pounds.

Salomé recorded her winning song in several languages, including Catalan and Basque. She continued her association with the contest by appearing in several programmes and documentaries in Spain in subsequent years related to Europe's Favourite TV show