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Eurovision Song Contest 1963
ESC 1963 logo
Theme TBA
Final date 23 March 1963
Venue BBC Television Centre

London, United Kingdom

Presenter(s) Katie Boyle
Conductor Eric Robinson
Director Yvonne Littlewood
Interval act Ola & Barbro
Number of entries 16
Debuting countries None
Returning countries None
Withdrawing countries None
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.
Nul points Flag of Finland Finland
Flag of the Netherlands.svg The Netherlands
Flag of Norway Norway
Flag of Sweden Sweden
Winner Denmark, eurovision Denmark
Eurovision Song Contest
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The Eurovision Song Contest 1963 was the eighth annual Eurovision Song Contest. The contest was held in London, United Kingdom, after the British broadcaster BBC stepped in to organise the event. France had won the 1962 edition with the right to host this following one but were unable to, due to financial shortcomings.

The contest was won by Denmark with the song "Dansevise", performed by Grethe & Jørgen Ingmann. Denmark's win was their first. Four countries got nul points, with Finland, Norway and Sweden failing to score any points for the first time and The Netherlands for the second time, becoming the first country to go two years in a row without scoring a single point.


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BBC Television Centre, London - host venue of the 1963 contest.

The BBC was willing to host the contest instead of the previous year's winner France, as was the case in 1960, 1972 and 1974 with previous winning broadcasters that could not afford to organise a contest.

The host venue was the BBC Television Centre, White City, London, which opened in 1960. It is one of the most readily recognisable facilities of its type having appeared as the backdrop for many BBC programmes. It remained to be one of the largest such facilities in the world until it closed in March 2013.


Two studios (TC3 and TC4) 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.

Voting controversy

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, the Norwegian spokesman had not given the correct votes on the first occasion. Monaco was also asked to do their voting a second time as initially Monaco give one point to both the United Kingdom and Luxembourg. However, when Katie Boyle went back to Monaco to receive the votes again Monaco's one vote to Luxembourg was efficiently discarded (although this did not have any effect on the positions of the countries). It has also been speculated as to whether the juries were indeed on the end of a telephone line or in the actual studio given how clearly their voices could be heard as opposed to sounding as though they were being redirected through a telephone line.

Participating countries

All countries which participated in the 1961 and 1962 contests, returned for a third consecutive year, with no new countries making a début, nor any returning or withdrawing nations this particular year.


The participating conductors were:


Draw Country Artist Song Language Place Points
01 Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom Ronnie Carroll "Say Wonderful Things" English 4 28
02 Flag of the Netherlands.svg The Netherlands Annie Palmen "Een speeldoos" Dutch 13 0
03 Flag of Germany Germany Heidi Brühl "Marcel" German 9 5
04 Flag of Austria Austria Carmela Corren "Vielleicht geschieht ein Wunder" German, English 7 16
05 Flag of Norway Norway Anita Thallaug "Solhverv" Norwegian 13 0
06 Flag of Italy Italy Emilio Pericoli "Uno per tutte" Italian 3 37
07 Flag of Finland Finland Laila Halme "Muistojeni laulu" Finnish 13 0
08 Denmark, eurovision Denmark Grethe & Jørgen Ingmann "Dansevise" Danish 1 42
09 Flag of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia Vice Vukov "Brodovi" Croatian 11 3
10 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland Esther Ofarim "T'en va pas" French 2 40
11 France France Alain Barrière "Elle était si jolie" French 5 25
12 Flag of Spain.svg Spain José Guardiola "Algo prodigioso" Spanish 12 2
13 Flag of Sweden Sweden Monica Zetterlund "En gång i Stockholm" Swedish 13 0
14 Flag of Belgium Belgium Jacques Raymond "Waarom?" Dutch 10 4
15 Flag of Monaco Monaco Françoise Hardy "L'amour s'en va" French 5 25
16 Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg Nana Mouskouri "À force de prier" French 8 13


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.

Place Country Points
1st Denmark, eurovision Denmark 42
2nd Flag of Switzerland Switzerland 40
3rd Flag of Italy Italy 37
4th Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom 28
5th France France 25
5th Flag of Monaco Monaco 25
7th Flag of Austria Austria 16
8th Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg 13
9th Flag of Germany Germany 5
10th Flag of Belgium Belgium 4
11th Flag of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia 3
12th Flag of Spain.svg Spain 2
13th Flag of the Netherlands.svg The Netherlands 0
13th Flag of Norway Norway 0
13th Flag of Finland Finland 0
13th Flag of Sweden Sweden 0

Below is a summary of all 5 points in the final:

N. Recipient nation Voting nation
5 Denmark Belgium, Finland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Sweden
3 Italy Denmark, Monaco, Switzerland
Switzerland Austria, Italy, United Kingdom
2 United Kingdom Norway, Spain
Monaco France, Germany
1 France Yugoslavia

International broadcasts and voting

The table below (coming soon...) shows the order in which votes were cast during the 1963 contest along with the spokesperson who was responsible for announcing the votes for their respective country. Each national broadcaster also sent a commentator to the contest, in order to provide coverage of the contest in their own native language. Details of the commentators and the broadcasting station for which they represented are also included in the table below.

Voting and spokespersons

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