Eurovision Song Contest 1966
The Eurovision Song Contest 1966 was held on March 5, 1966 in Luxembourg, in the large auditorium of the country's public broadcaster RTL. The host of the event was Josiane Shen. The singing competition was the 11th in its series. The same 18 countries participated in the competition as in the previous year.
A requirement was added to the Eurovision rules that the songs must be performed in one of the country's official languages. Previously, this had been an "unwritten rule" between broadcasters, which Austria and Sweden had broken in previous years.
The scores given by the Nordic countries caused an exceptionally big uproar in the song contest: The Nordic countries voted for each other without shame, and thus Sweden achieved second place.
General information about the singing competition
Luxembourg's second hosting time was carried out at a furious pace, just like the previous time in 1962. Although there were two more songs, the duration of the entire program was shorter than four years before. The stage was very simple, but it was decorated with a modern hanging piece of pop art. When watching the singing competition, it feels as if the singing competition was organized in a hurry by "hutiles". According to whom? The level of the competition's orchestra has been criticized in many sources, source in more detail? and sometimes its "roar" covered the soloists. Italy's representative, Domenico Modugno, had finally refused to rehearse with the "horrible" orchestra, and finally performed his piece with the Italian conductor's piano accompaniment. The Italian representative had left the practice nervous. Italy's success may also have fallen into this, as the judges did not hear the song at all in practice and left it without points. Finnish conductor Ossi Runne recalled in Finland's qualifying broadcast in 1990 that he left angry after being tied for last place with zero points. Some reforms were urgently needed for the singing competition. According to whom? Some country clarifiers had called for regional semi-finals, and the language block and cultural arrangements were ready for years to come. Luxemburg even suggested replacing live performances with pre-recorded films. The Nordic countries demanded in their joint petition that "something should be done to improve the level of the songs". However, the competition was not changed apart from the language rule: the judges had to be music professionals. Denmark renewed the singing competition in its own way: dancers were seen for the first time on the Viusuestrad.
Norway's representative knew how to shock the viewers of the Eurovision Song Contest perfectly: she appeared in pants as the first woman on this occasion.
Winner and other performers
France Galli's victory in the previous year's song contest had a lot of influence on this year's Eurovision Song Contest, as most of the performances (including the first 8) were cheerful, major-key hits performed by young female soloists.
The competition was overwhelmingly won by Austria, for the first time in its history. The country was represented by Udo Jürgens with the song Merci, chérie. The song didn't become a big success, but many people are guessing what? that the overwhelming victory was due to the fact that the calm ballad performed by the man differed greatly from the typical offerings of the five-year period. Jürgens participated for the third time in a row. It was different for Italy's Domenico Modugno, whose performance of Dio come ti amo was completely scoreless, even though the song had become a huge success in his home country. The Austrian song, despite its French name, was in German. Austria took its second Eurovision win 48 years later in 2014.
The Netherlands got the first black representative of the Eurovision Song Contest. Her name was Milly Scott. Milly's song was about two Mexicans named Fernando and Filippo, and there were two gentlemen on stage with guitars and ponchos. The Netherlands tried to make a decent