Eurovision Song Contest 1963

Eurovision Song Contest 1963
Final 23 March 1963
Venue BBC Television Centre
London, United Kingdom
Presenter(s) Katie Boyle
Conductor Eric Robinson
Directed by Yvonne Littlewood[1]
Host broadcaster British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
Interval act Ola & Barbro
Number of entries 16
Debuting countries None
Returning countries None
Withdrawing countries None
Voting system Twenty-member juries awarded points to their five favourite songs.
Nul points
Winning song  Denmark

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.[2]


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.[3]


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.[2]

Voting controversy

One controversy this year was during the voting. When it was Norway's turn to announce their votes, the spokesman in Oslo, Roald Øyen, 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.[2] 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).[2] 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:[4]

Returning artists

This year saw the return of just one artist, with Ronnie Carroll representing the United Kingdom for the second consecutive year.[2]


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

Voting results
United Kingdom28353333521
The table is ordered by appearance

5 points

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

N.Recipient nationVoting nation
5DenmarkBelgium, Finland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Sweden
3ItalyDenmark, Monaco, Switzerland
SwitzerlandAustria, Italy, United Kingdom
2United KingdomNorway, Spain
MonacoFrance, Germany

International broadcasts and voting

The table below 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

  1.  United Kingdom - TBC
  2.  Netherlands - Pim Jacobs[6]
  3.  Germany - Werner Veigel
  4.  Austria - Emil Kollpacher
  5.  Norway - Roald Øyen[7]
  6.  Italy - Enzo Tortora
  7.  Finland - Poppe Berg[8]
  8.  Denmark - TBC
  9.  Yugoslavia - Miloje Orlović
  10.   Switzerland - Alexandre Burger
  11.  France - Armand Lanoux
  12.  Spain - Julio Rico
  13.  Sweden - Edvard Matz[9]
  14.  Belgium - Ward Bogaert
  15.  Monaco - TBC
  16.  Luxembourg - TBC



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  7. Dyrseth, Seppo (OGAE Norway)
  8. "Selostajat ja taustalaulajat läpi vuosien? • Viisukuppila". Retrieved 2012-08-10.
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  13. Leif Thorsson. Melodifestivalen genom tiderna ["Melodifestivalen through time"] (2006), p. 46. Stockholm: Premium Publishing AB. ISBN 91-89136-29-2

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