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Eurovision Song Contest 1969
ESC 1969 logo
Theme N/A
Final date 29 March 1969
Venue Teatro Real, Madrid, Spain
Presenter(s) Laurita Valenzuela
Conductor Augusto Algueró
Director Ramón Díez
Executive supervisor Clifford Brown
Host broadcaster TVE
Interval act "La España diferente" film
Number of entries 16
Debuting countries None
Returning countries None
Withdrawing countries Flag of Austria Austria
Voting system Each Country has 10 jury members who cast one vote for their favourite song
Nul points None
Winner France France
"Un jour, un enfant"
Flag of the Netherlands.svg The Netherlands
"De troubadour"
Flag of Spain.svg Spain
"Vivo cantando"
Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom
"Boom Bang-a Bang"
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The Eurovision Song Contest 1969 was the 14th in the series. Four countries won the contest, the first time ever a tie-break situation had occurred. However, there was no rule at the time to cover such an eventuality, so all four countries were declared joint winners.

France's win was their fourth. thus making them the first country to win the contest four times. The Netherlands' win was their third while Spain and the United Kingdom each won for the second time. It was also the first time that any country (Spain, in this case) had a winning ESC entry two years in a row.


440px-Teatro Real de Madrid - 02

Teatro Real, Madrid – host venue of the 1969 contest.

The venue selected to host the 1969 contest was the Teatro Real, an opera house located in Madrid. The theatre reopened in 1966 as a concert theatre and the main concert venue of the Spanish National Orchestra and the RTVE Symphony Orchestra. The final featured an onstage metal sculpture created by surrealist Spanish artist, Salvador Dalí.


The surrealist Spanish artist Salvador Dalí was responsible for designing the publicity material for the 1969 contest as well as the metal sculpture which was used on stage.

It was the first time that the contest resulted in a tie for first place, with four countries each gaining 18 votes. Since there was at the time no rule to cover such an eventuality, all four countries were declared joint winners. This caused an unfortunate problem concerning the medals due to be distributed to the winners as there were not enough to go round, so that only the singers received their medals on the night: the songwriters, to some disgruntlement, were not awarded theirs until after the date of the contest.

Had the later tie-break rule been in place (the country receiving the highest score from any other country, as used in 1991), the Netherlands would have won, having received 6 points from France. United Kingdom would then have been runner up, having received 5 points from Sweden. On the other hand, with the present tie-break rule been in place (i.e. the song receiving votes from the most countries, then the song receiving the most high votes in case of another tie), France would have been the overall winner, with Spain in 2nd place. Both countries received votes from 9 countries, but France received 4 points from 2 countries where as Spain received 3 points as their highest vote.

Participating countries

Further information: List of countries in the Eurovision Song Contest

Austria was absent from the contest, refusing to participate in a contest staged in Franco-ruled Spain. Wales wanted to debut with Welsh language broadcaster BBC Cymru, and also made a national selection called Cân i Gymru, but in the end it was decided they would not participate in the competition – their participation was rejected because Wales isn't a sovereign state. Only the BBC has the exclusive right to represent the United Kingdom.


Each performance had a conductor who led the orchestra. These are listed below.


Draw Country Artist Song Language Place Votes
01 Flag of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia Ivan & 4M "Pozdrav svijetu" Croatian 13 5
02 Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg Romuald "Catherine" French 11 7
03 Flag of Spain.svg Spain Salomé "Vivo cantando" Spanish 1 18
04 Flag of Monaco Monaco Jean Jacques "Maman, Maman" French 6 11
05 Flag of Ireland Ireland Muriel Day & The Lindsays "The Wages of Love" English 7 10
06 Flag of Italy Italy Iva Zanicchi "Due grosse lacrime bianche" Italian 13 5
07 Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom Lulu "Boom Bang-a-Bang" English 1 18
08 Flag of the Netherlands.svg The Netherlands Lenny Kuhr "De troubadour" Dutch 1 18
09 Flag of Sweden Sweden Tommy Körberg "Judy, min vän" Swedish 9 8
10 Flag of Belgium Belgium Louis Neefs "Jennifer Jennings" Dutch 7 10
11 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland Paola Del Medico "Bonjour, Bonjour" German 5 13
12 Flag of Norway Norway Kirsti Sparboe "Oj, oj, oj, så glad jeg skal bli" Norwegian 16 1
13 Flag of Germany Germany Siw Malmkvist "Primaballerina" German 9 8
14 France France Frida Boccara "Un jour, un enfant" French 1 18
15 Flag of Portugal.svg Portugal Simone de Oliveira "Desfolhada portuguesa" Portugese 15 4
16 Flag of Finland Finland Jarkko & Laura "Kuin silloin ennen" Finnish 12 6


Eurovision final points 1969

The final results of ESC 1969

Lenny Kuhr 1969 Eurovision dress

Lunny Kuhr's dress

International broadcasts and voting

The table below shows the order in which votes were cast during the 1969 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 order Country Spokespersons Commentator Broadcaster
01 Flag of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia Gordana Bonetti Miloje Orlović Televizija Beograd
Mladen Delić Televizija Zagreb
Tomaž Terček Televizija Ljubljana
02 Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg TBC Jacques Navadic Télé-Luxembourg
03 Flag of Spain.svg Spain Ramón Rivera José Luis Uribarri TVE1
Miguel de los Santos Primer Programa RNE
04 Flag of Monaco Monaco TBC Pierre Tchernia Télé Monte Carlo
05 Flag of Ireland Ireland John Skehan Gay Byrne RTÉ Television
Kevin Roche Radio Éireann
06 Flag of Italy Italy Mike Bongiorno Renato Tagliani Secondo Programma
07 Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom Colin-Ward Lewis David Gell and Michael Aspel BBC 1
Pete Murray BBC Radio 1
08 Flag of the Netherlands.svg The Netherlands Leo Nelissen Pim Jacobs Nederland 1
09 Flag of Sweden Sweden Edvard Matz Christina Hansegård Sveriges Radio-TV and SR P3
10 Flag of Belgium Belgium Ward Bogaert Herman Verelst BRT
Paule Herreman RTB
11 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland Alexandre Burger Theodor Haller TV DRS
Georges Hardy TSR
Giovanni Bertini TSI
12 Flag of Norway Norway Janka Polanyi Sverre Christophersen NRK
Erik Heyerdahl NRK P1
13 Flag of Germany Germany Hans-Otto Grünefeldt Hans-Joachim Rauschenbach ARD Deutsches Fernsehen
14 France France Jean-Claude Massoulier Pierre Tchernia Deuxième Chaîne ORTF
15 Flag of Portugal.svg Portugal Maria Manuela Furtado Henrique Mendes RTP1
16 Flag of Finland Finland Aarre Elo Aarno Walli TV-ohjelma 1 and
- Flag of Austria Austria (Non-participating country) Emil Kollpacher ORF
- Flag of Brazil Brazil (non-participating country) TBC TV Tupi
- Flag of Chile Chile (non-participating country) TBC Canal 9
- Flag of the Czech Republic Czechoslovakia (non-participating country) TBC Československá televize
- 46px-Flag of East Germany.svg East Germany (non-participating country) TBC Deutscher Fernsehfunk
- Flag of Hungary Hungary (non-participating country) TBC m1
- Flag of Morocco Morocco (non-participating country) TBC SNRT
- Flag of Poland Poland (non-participating country) TBC TVP
- Flag of Romania Romania (non-participating country) TBC TVR1
- Flag of the Soviet Union Soviet Union (non-participating country) TBC CT USSR
- Flag of Tunisia Tunisia (non-participating country) TBC ERTT

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