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Transmission Date:Saturday 6th April 1968
Host Broadcaster:British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
Time:22.00-23.37
Venue:Royal Albert Hall
London
United Kingdom

Presenter:

Katie Boyle
Musical Director:Norrie Paramor
Interval Act:"London Medley" arranged by Arthur Wilkinson, conducted by Norrie Paramor

Executive Producer:

Tom Sloan
Producer:Stewart Morris
Designer:Richard Levin

BBC One TV Commentary:

None
BBC Radio Commentary:Pete Murray
(BBC Radio 2)
United Kingdom Spokesperson:Michael Aspel

Voting:

Ten jury members from each country, each of whom awarded 1 point to their favourite song

Winning Song:

La, La, La

Massiel
Spain
29 points
Composed by Ramon Arcusa & Manuel De La Calva

United Kingdom Entry:

Congratulations

Cliff Richard
United Kingdom
28 points (2nd place)
Composed by Bill Martin & Phil Coulter
  • The Eurovision Song Contest 1968 as broadcast on the BBC was not retained by the BBC archives. However copies exist from other broadcasters.
  • The Contest was broadcast live on BBC One in monochrome and repeated on BBC Two in colour on Sunday 7th April 1968 at 16.30.
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Songs & Scoreboard
Songs

1st. Spain: La, La, La - Massiel
2nd. United Kingdom: Congratulations - Cliff Richard
3rd. France: La Source - Isabelle Aubret
4th. Ireland: Chance Of A Lifetime - Pat McGeegan
5th. Sweden: Det Börjar Verka Kärlek, Banne Mej - Claes-Göran Hederström
6th. Germany: Ein Hoch Der Liebe - Wencke Myhre
7th =. Belgium: Quand Tu Reviendras - Claude Lombard
7th =. Monaco: A Chacun Sa Chanson - Line & Willy
7th =. Yugoslavia: Jedan Dan - Luci Kapurso & Hamo Hajdarhodzic
10th. Italy: Marianne - Sergio Endrigo
11th =. Portugal: Verão - Carlos Mendes
11th =. Luxembourg: Nous Vivrons D'Amour - Chris Baldo & Sophie Garel
13th =. Austria: Tausend Fenster - Karel Gott
13th =. Switzerland: Guardando Il Sole - Gianni Mascolo
13th =. Norway: Stress - Odd Borre
16th =. Netherlands - Morgen - Ronnie Tober
16th =. Finland: Kun Kello Käy - Kristina Hautala
  • A more detailed scoreboard for this event may be viewed on desktop, laptop and tablet devices
CountrySongComposer(s)Performer(s)ConductorPointsPosition
1PortugalVerãoJose Alberto Diogo & Pedro Vaz OsorioCarlos MendesJoaquim Luis Gomes511
2NetherlandsMorgenTheo Strengers & Joop StokkermansRonnie ToberDolf Van Der Linden116
3BelgiumQuand Tu ReviendrasRoland Dero & Jo Van WetterClaude LombardHenri Segers87
4AustriaTausend FensterWalter Brandin & Udo JurgensKarel GottRobert Opratko213
5LuxembourgNous Vivrons D'AmourJacques Demarny & Carlos LerescheChris Baldo & Sophie GarelAndre Boroly511
6SwitzerlandGuardando Il SoleSanzio Chiesa & Aldo D'AddarioGianni MascoloMario Robbiani213
7MonacoA Chacun Sa ChansonRoland Valade & Jean-Claude OlivierLine & WillyMichel Colombier87
8SwedenDet Börjar Verka Kärlek, Banne MejPeter HimmelstrandClaes-Göran HederströmMats Olsson155
9FinlandKun Kello KäyJuha Vainio & Esko LinnavalliKristina HautalaOssi Runne116
10FranceLa SourceGuy Bonnet, Henri Djian & Daniel FaureIsabelle AubretAlain Goraguer203
11ItalyMarianneSergio EndrigoSergio EndrigoGiancarlo Chiaramello710
12United KingdomCongratulationsBill Martin & Phil CoulterCliff RichardNorrie Paramor282
13NorwayStressOla B Johannessen & Tor HultinOdd BorreOivind Bergh213
14IrelandChance Of A LifetimeJohn KennedyPat McGeeganNoel Kelehan184
15SpainLa, La, LaRamon Arcusa & Manuel De La CalvaMassielRafael Ibarbia291
16GermanyEin Hoch Der LiebeCarl J Schauble & Horst JankowskiWencke MyhreHorst Jankowski116
17YugoslaviaJedan DanStijepo Strasicic, Djelo Jusic & Stipica KalodjeraLuci Kapurso & Hamo HajdarhodzicMiljenko Prohaska87

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Scoreboard

CountryPRTNLDBELAUTLUXCHEMCOSWEFINFRAITAUKNORIRLESPDEUYUGPointsPosition
1Portugal (PRT)23511
2Netherlands (NLD)1116
3Belgium (BEL)11131187
4Austria (AUT)2213
5Luxembourg (LUX)11111511
6Switzerland (CHE)2213
7Monaco (MCO)2131187
8Sweden (SWE)111264155
9Finland (FIN)1116
10France (FRA)3623312203
11Italy (ITA)1222710
12United Kingdom (UK)122145324112282
13Norway (NOR)11213
14Ireland (IRL)1114146184
15Spain (ESP)4214343116291
16Germany (DEU)11252116
17Yugoslavia (YUG)11113187
  • Congratulations reached No. 1 in the UK charts.
  • As well as Spanish and Italian versions of the song called Congratulations, Cliff Richard also recorded the song in French as Ah! Quelle Histoire and in German as Man gratuliert mir.
  • La, La, La was recorded in English as He Gives Me Love (La,La,La) and reached No. 35 in the UK charts.
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Winning Song

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Massiel at The Eurovision Song Contest 1968

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United Kingdom Entry

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Cliff Richard at The Eurovision Song Contest 1968

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