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Eurovision Song Contest 1966
ESC 1966 logo
Theme N/A
Final date 5 March 1966
Venue Villa Louvigny

Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

Presenter(s) Josiane Chen
Conductor Jean Roderès
Executive supervisor Clifford Brown
Host broadcaster Compagnie Luxembourgeoise de Télédiffusion (CLT)
Interval act Les Haricots Rouges
Number of entries 18
Debuting countries None
Returning countries None
Withdrawing countries None
Voting system Ten-member juries awarded points (5, 3 and 1) to their three favourite songs.
Nul points Flag of Italy Italy
Flag of Monaco Monaco
Winner Flag of Austria Austria
"Merci, Chérie" by Udo Jürgens
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The Eurovision Song Contest 1966 was the 11th edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. It was held on 5 March 1966 in Luxembourg, Luxembourg, following the country's win at the previous 1965 edition. The host venue was Grand Auditorium de RTL in Villa Louvigny. The presenter was Josiane Chen.

The winner was Austria with the song "Merci, Chérie" performed and composed by Udo Jürgens, and written by Jürgens and Thomas Hörbiger. This would remain Austria's only win in the contest until their second win in 2014. The rule stating that a country could only sing in any of its national languages was originally created in this year, possibly due to the 1965 edition's Swedish entry which was sung in English.


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Villa Louvigny, Luxembourg – host venue of the 1966 contest

The 1966 Eurovision Song Contest was hosted in Luxembourg City. The venue chosen to host the 1966 contest was the Villa Louvigny, which also hosted the Eurovision Song Contest 1962. The building served as the headquarters of Compagnie Luxembourgeoise de Télédiffusion, the forerunner of RTL Group. It is located in Municipal Park, in the Ville Haute quarter of the centre of the city.


During the voting process, the presenter (Josiane Chen) accidentally greeted United Kingdom by saying "Good night, London". She then realized her mistake and said "Good evening, London", after Michael Aspel, who was the spokesperson for the United Kingdom, at that time, responded by saying "Good morning, Luxembourg".

1966 marked the year the first ever black singer graced the Eurovision stage, Milly Scottrepresenting the Netherlands. She was also the first singer to use a portable microphone. This was the last contest that Denmark participated in until 1978, more than a decade later.

It was also one of the first contests in which an entry was not accompanied by an orchestra. The Italian entry "Dio, come ti amo" performed by Domenico Modugno had been rearranged since its performance at the Sanremo Music Festival and officially broke the EBU rule that stated the arrangement should be finalised well in advance. During the Saturday afternoon rehearsal Modugno performed the new arrangement with three of his own musicians as opposed to the orchestra, which went over the three minute time limit. Following his rehearsal Modungo was confronted by the show's producers about exceeding the time limit and was asked to use the original arrangement with the orchestra. Modungo was so dissatisfied with the orchestra that he threatened to withdraw from the Contest. Both the producers and EBU scrutineer Clifford Brown felt it was too short notice to fly Gigliola Cinquetti to Luxembourg to represent Italy, so the EBU gave in and allowed Modungo to use his own ensemble instead of the orchestra. Despite websites and the official programme listing Angelo Giacomazzi as the conductor, Giacomazzi actually played the piano for the entry.

Participating countries

Further information: List of countries in the Eurovision Song Contest

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Udo Jürgens with last year's winner France Gall

All countries which participated in the 1965 contest returned for a second consecutive year. There were no new nations, nor any returning, nor withdrawals.


Each performance had a conductor who was maestro of the orchestra

Returning artists

Two artists returned for a third time in this year's contest. Udo Jürgens from Austria whose previous participations were in 1964 and 1965; and Domenico Modugno from Italy, who last participated in 1958 and 1959.


Draw Country Artist Song Language Place Points
01 Flag of Germany Germany Margot Eskens "Die Zeiger der Uhr" German 10 7
02 Denmark, eurovision Denmark Ulla Pia "Stop – mens legen er go'" Danish 14 4
03 Flag of Belgium Belgium Tonia "Un peu de poivre, un peu de sel" French 4 14
04 Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg Michèle Torr "Ce soir je t'attendais" French 10 7
05 Flag of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia Berta Ambrož "Brez besed" Slovene 7 9
06 Flag of Norway Norway Åse Kleveland "Intet er nytt under solen" Norwegian 3 15
07 Flag of Finland Finland Ann Christine "Playboy" Finnish 10 7
08 Flag of Portugal.svg Portugal Madalena Iglésias "Ele e ela" Portuguese 13 6
09 Flag of Austria Austria Udo Jürgens "Merci, Chérie" German 1 31
10 Flag of Sweden Sweden Lill Lindfors & Svante Thuresson "Nygammal vals" Swedish 2 16
11 Flag of Spain.svg Spain Raphael "Yo soy aquél" Spanish 7 9
12 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland Madeleine Pascal "Ne vois-tu pas?" French 6 12
13 Flag of Monaco Monaco Téréza "Bien plus fort" French 17 0
14 Flag of Italy Italy Domenico Modugno "Dio, come ti amo" Italian 17 0
15 France France Dominique Walter "Chez nous" French 16 1
16 Flag of the Netherlands.svg The Netherlands Milly Scott "Fernando en Filippo" Dutch 15 2
17 Flag of Ireland Ireland Dickie Rock "Come Back to Stay" English 4 14
18 Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom Kenneth McKellar "A Man Without Love" English 9 8


  1. Austria's song "Merci, Chérie" by Udo Jürgens also contains phrases in French.


P Country Artist Song Points
1st Flag of Austria Austria Udo Jürgens "Merci, Chérie" 31
2nd 16
3rd 15
4th 14
4th 14
6th 12
7th 9
7th 9
9th 8
10th 7
10th 7
10th 7
13th 6
14th 4
15th 2
16th 1
17th 0
17th 0

5 points

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

N. Contestant Voting nation
4 Flag of Austria Austria Belgium, Luxembourg, Monaco, Yugoslavia
3 Flag of Sweden Sweden Denmark, Finland, Norway
2 Flag of Belgium Belgium Germany, Netherlands
1 Flag of Germany Germany Switzerland
Flag of Ireland Ireland France
Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg Sweden
Flag of Norway Norway Italy
Flag of Portugal.svg Portugal Spain
Flag of Spain.svg Spain Portugal
Flag of Switzerland Switzerland Austria
Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom Ireland
Flag of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia United Kingdom