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MADRID 1969

The Spanish capital of Madrid hosted the 1969 Eurovision Song Contest after Massiel won the trophy in London the year before. Austria decided to stay home for political reasons, so the number of participants went down to 16 as no new countries entered.

For the first time in the history of the Eurovision Song Contest, the outcome of the voting resulted in a tie for the first place. Four countries gained 18 points each: France, the Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom. Since there was no solution for this situation, all four countries were declared winners. Luckily, there were four medals available to the four winning singers – the four medals were intended for the winning singer and three winning songwriters.

The four winners differed a lot from one another: France had a haunting ballad performed by Frida Boccara, the Netherlands sent in Lenny Kuhr with a guitar, Spain and Salomé performed the energetic Vivo Cantando whereas the star from the British islands, Lulu, had a happy, clap-along song. However, having four winners caused lots of criticism from the media and several TV-stations re-considered participating in the following Eurovision Song Contest. Had the 1969 Eurovision Song Contest still attracted 16 countries, the number went down to only 12 in the 1970 edition of the contest.

VOTING GRID: FINAL

COUNTRY PERFORMER(S) SONG TITLE SCORE RANK
01 Yugoslavia Ivan Pozdrav Svijetu 005 13
02 Luxembourg Romuald Cathérine 007 11
03 Spain Salomé Vivo Cantando 018 01
04 Monaco Jean-Jacques Maman, Maman 011 06
05 Ireland Muriel Day and the Lindsays The Wages Of Love 010 07
06 Italy Iva Zanicchi Due Grosse Lacrime Bianche 005 13
07 United Kingdom Lulu Boom Bang-a-bang 018 01
08 Netherlands Lenny Kuhr De Troubadour 018 01
09 Sweden Tommy Körberg Judy, Min Vän 008 09
10 Belgium Louis Neefs Jennifer Jennings 010 07
11 Switzerland Paola del Medico Bonjour, Bonjour 013 05
12 Norway Kirsti Sparboe Oj, Oj, Oj, Så Glad, Jeg Skal Bli 001 16
13 Germany Siw Malmkvist Primaballerina 008 09
14 France Frida Boccara Un Jour, Un Enfant 018 01
15 Portugal Simone de Oliveira Desfolhada Portuguesa 004 15
16 Finland Jarkko and Laura Kuin Silloin Ennen 006 12
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