Eurovision Song Contest 1969

Here are my choices for best songs at the 1969 Eurovision Song Contest, which I watched with @Dixenborg and @Eurovisually; I’d heard the four winners before but not the other songs.

My Rank Country Title, Artist Eurovision Final Ranking
1 France “Un jour, un enfant”, Frida Boccara 1 (tie)
2 Switzerland “Bonjour, bonjour”, Paola Del Medico 5
3 Netherlands “De troubadour”, Lenny Kuhr 1 (tie)
4 Italy “Due grosse lacrime bianche”, Iva Zanicchi 13 (tie)
5 Sweden “Judy, min vän”, Tommy Körberg 9 (tie)
6 Germany “Primaballerina”, Siw Malmkvist 9 (tie)
7 Norway “Oj, oj, oj, så glad jeg skal bli”, Kirsti Sparboe 16
8 United Kingdom “Boom Bang-a-Bang”, Lulu 1 (tie)
9 Portugal “Desfolhada portuguesa”, Claudio Villa 15
10 Spain “Vivo cantando”, Salomé 1 (tie)

1969 is the year there was a four-way tie for first place, but no rules for a tie-breaker. The interval act in Eurovision (during which time votes are cast) is usually a musical number, but this year the host country (Spain) showed a short film of Spanish scenery called “La España differente” (The Different Spain). Curiously, not one human being appeared during the film, and the accompanying music by Luis de Pablo was very abstract and dissonant. I liked the film—it reminded me a little of the “Star Gate” sequence from 2001: A Space Odyssey—but I had to wonder how a surreal, eerie film like this—which seemed aimed more at the 1960s counterculture—sat with the average Eurovision viewer.

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