At the recent Reference Group meeting in Baku, it was pointed out that this year, even though it is 57th edition of Europe’s Favourite TV Show, the winning song is scheduled to be the 60th song to hold the title of Eurovision Song Contest winner. The discrepancy between the number of winners and contests is all down to the four-way tie that occurred in the 1969 contest. Now that is all set to change, as the EBU is set to decide once and for all an outright winner of the 14th contest that took place in Madrid.
“With the diamond jubilee contest coming up the EBU wants to make the 60th contest a special event. It was felt that if we had the 60th winning song actually taking place in 2012 that it would detract somewhat from the celebrations in 2015. With the large number of countries currently participating in the contest, and with mechanisms in place to determine any future ties, it is almost impossible for there ever to be a dead heat again. ” Sietse Bakker, Event Supervisor explained
“The 1969 contest is an anomaly in the history of the contest. Therefore at the next Reference Group meeting the proposal will be to rectify the situation retrospectively once and for all.” he added.
The four countries who will vie for that honour are Spain, United Kingdom, The Netherlands and France.
There has only been one dead heat at the top of the scoreboard since 1969, in 1991, involving Sweden and France. The solution was to firstly count the number of 12 points each country had received, (both had four sets of 12 points) and secondly onto the number of 10 points, (Sweden received five sets of 10 points, whereas France had only two sets of 10 points) and Sweden was declared the outright winner of the 36th edition of the contest.
Here are the 4 tied countries, tell us in the poll at the bottom which one is your favorite:
Spain: Salome – Vivo Cantando
UK Lulu – Boom-Bang-A-Bang
Netherlands: Lenny Kuhr – De troubadour
France: Frida Boccara – Un jour, un enfant