13º Eurovision Song Contest
La,La,La (Massiel) - Spain
The 13th Eurovision Song Contest was held at the Royal Albert Hall in London in 1968, this was not the first time for the United Kingdom to host the contest but the first one they did because of having winning the previous year. Spain's victory was their first. Originally Spain's entry "La, la, la" was to be sung by Joan Manuel Serrat who shortly before the contest demanded to sing it Catalan.This was taken as an affront to Francoist Spain. Consequently Serrat was withdrawn by Spain and replaced by Massiel, who was touring in Mexico and had little time to learn and record the song which she obviously sang in Spanish.
This was the very first contest that was broadcast in colour but Massiel's triumph was still witnessed by her country fellows in black and white as the only countries that broadcast it in colour were France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
17 countries entered this year's contest. Each country had 10 jury members who each awarded 1 points to their favourite song. The United Kingdom's enter Congratulations sung by Cliff Richard was everyone's favourite to win but in the end it lost to Spain by just one point, the shortest margin ever until 1988 when the United Kingdom, once again, would lose to Celine Dion's Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi by just one point too.
See you in Madrid for the 14th Eurovision Song Contest in 1969