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The Eurovision Song Contest 1966 was the 11th edition held on 5 March 1966 at the Villa Louvigny in Luxembourg City following France Gall's victory in Naples the year before. 18 countries participated with no nations debuting, returning or dropping out, so it was a full house.

Dutch singer Milly Scott became the first black artist to appear at the contest, it wouldn't be until 2001 that one would finally break through and take the victory. Italian superstar Domenico Modugno also made his third attempt at the title but ended up with Nul Points.

Due to Sweden using English in its song Absent Friend in 1965, a language rule was put in place. With that, every country is required to use the languages used in their country.

The contest was won for the first time by Austria with the song Merci, Chérie performed by Udo Jürgens. It was Udo's third attempt at the contest, and this was his most successful. Austria would eventually go on to win again 48 years later, ending the longest wait between victories by a single nation as of now.

Notable performers

  • Åse Kleveland - went on to host the 1986 contest in Bergen
  • Lill Lindfors - went on to host the 1985 contest in Gothenburg
  • Domenico Modugno - had 'nul points' after two successful entries in 1958 and 1959

Participants

Draw Country Artist Song Language Translation Place Points
01 IconGermany Germany Margot Eskens Die Zeiger der Uhr German The Hands of Time 10 7
02 IconDenmark Denmark Ulla Pia Stop - mens legen er go' Danish Stop, while the going is good 14 4
03 IconBelgium Belgium Tonia Un peu de poivre, un peu de sel French A bit of pepper, a bit of salt 4 14
04 IconLuxembourg Luxembourg Michèle Torr Ce soir je t'attendais I waited for you tonight 10 7
05 IconYugoslavia Yugoslavia Berta Ambrož Brez besed Slovene Without words 7 9
06 IconNorway Norway Åse Kleveland Intet er nytt under solen Norwegian There's nothing new under the sun 3 15
07 IconFinland Finland Ann Christine Playboy Finnish -- 10 7
08 IconPortugal Portugal Madalena Iglésias Ele e ela Portuguese He and She 13 6
09 IconAustria Austria Udo Jürgens Merci, Chérie German Thank you, darling 1 31
10 IconSweden Sweden Lill Lindfors & Svante Thuresson Nygammal vals Swedish New-Old Waltz 2 16
11 IconSpain Spain Raphael Yo soy aquél Spanish I'm that one 7 9
12 IconSwitzerland Switzerland Madeleine Pascal Ne vois-tu pas? French Don't you see? 6 12
13 IconMonaco Monaco Téréza Kesovija Bien plus fort Much stronger 17 0
14 IconItaly Italy Domenico Modugno Dio, come ti amo Italian My God, I love You so much 17 0
15 IconFrance France Dominique Walter Chez nous French Where we live 16 1
16 IconThe Netherlands The Netherlands Milly Scott Fernando en Filippo Dutch Fernando and Filippo 15 2
17 IconIreland Ireland Dickie Rock Come Back to Stay English -- 4 14
18 IconUnited Kingdom United Kingdom Kenneth McKellar A Man Without Love -- 9 8
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