1966: I ♥ The Eurovision Song Contest

Join me in a stroll down Eurovision memory lane and let’s take look at every Eurovision Song Contest since it began in 1956.

The eleventh Eurovision Song Contest in 1966 was held in Luxembourg.

This was the first year that there was a black singer and also the first year that a singer used a portable microphone. My, my how the world is changing around us. There was 18 countries competing and this would be the last year that Denmark would perform until 1978.

 

The United Kingdom entered Kenneth McKellar who sang “A Man Without Love”. I’m not quite sure if Kenny is trying to start a new fashion trend or if he was in the middle of his dinner when he got pulled on to the stage and didn’t have time to take his napkin out. Nice kilt though but sadly the song wasn’t exciting enough and finished in 9th place.

 

Margot Eskens from Germany sang “Die Zeiger der Uhr” (The Hands Of The Clock). Yeah, the hands of the clock can’t move quick enough for me – OFF!

 

The entry from Denmark was performed by Ulla Pia with the song “Stop – mens legen er go'” (Stop While The Going’s Good). This starts off a bit slow but when she get’s into it she really gives it some welly! Look out for the amazing backing dancers too.

 

Belgium’s  song title was “Un peu de poivre, un peu de sel” (A Bit Of Pepper, A Bit Of Salt) and was sung by Tonia. How much more fun would going to a restaurant be if the waitress was Tonia? In fact, everytime I cook from now on I will be singing this song!

 

Luxembourg were represented by Michèle Torr singing “Ce soir je t’attendais”(Tonight, I Waited For You). It’s kind of like Celine Dion’s mother I think.

 

Berta Ambrož from Yugoslavia sang  “Brez besed” (Without Words). Before she lived in a galaxy far, far away, Princess Leia was singing songs for Yugoslavia.

 

Åse Kleveland from Norway performed the song “Intet er nytt under solen” (Nothing Is New Under The Sun). I was actually scared to not listen to this until the end just in case she climbed out my screen and strangled me with guitar strings.

 

Finland were represented by Ann Christine singing “Playboy”.  Quite a catchy little number and try to play the game to see how many times she says Playboy…

 

Madalena Iglésias sang “Ele e ela” (He And She) for PortugalIt might just be me but this intro sounds very familiar.

 

Lill Lindfors & Svante Thuresson were up next for Sweden singing “Nygammal vals” (New, Yet Familiar Waltz). I’m not quite sure what to make of this really…

 

Raphael flew the flag for Spain with a song called “Yo soy aquél” (I’m That One). No, not the ninja turtle – almost like a much more intense version of Cliff Richard.

 

Madeleine Pascal performed for Switzerland with the song “Ne vois-tu pas?” (Don’t You See?). She looks like a little scared girl – no wonder after having to follow Raphael. I bet he was shouting at her backstage.

 

Tereza Kesovija performed for Monaco and sang “Bien plus fort” (Altogether Stronger). Wasn’t she in Celebrity Big Brother?

 

Italy were represented by Domenico Modugno singing “Dio, come ti amo” (God, How I Love You). Domenico travelled to the contest by boat and even used his sonar during the first part of his song.

 

France put forward Dominique Walter with a song called “Chez nous” (Our Place). Not only does Eurovision help with learning about geography this is now also teaching us about the weather, time and planets. Amazing!

 

Milly Scott represented The Netherlands and the song was called  “Fernando en Filippo”. This is fab, crazy and awesome all at the same time!

 

Ireland sent Dickie Rock to sing “Come Back To Stay”. Wow, that’s some pair of ears and also an unfortunate name…

 

And the winners? Udo Jürgens from Austria with a song called “Merci, Chérie” (Thank You, Darling). A nice piano ballad and a deserving winner. Austria better have made the most of it as they didn’t win again until last year!

 

If that’s not enough for you and you want more – there is a recording of the full performance!

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