11th Eurovision Song Contest
was held on 5th March 1966 in
Austria won the contest for the first time with the song "Mercie,
Cherie" sung in German -despite the French title- by Udo Jürgens.
Austria would not win the contest again
until 2014, 48 years after Udo
The rule stating that a country could only sing in any of
its national languages was originally created in this year. This was
possibly created due to the 1965 Swedish entry, "Absent Friend" which
was sung in English. 1966 marked the year the first ever black singer
graced the Eurovision stage. Her name was Milly Scott and she
represented the Netherlands.
Each country had 10 jury members who
distributed three points among their one, two, or three favourite
songs. The points were totalled and the first, second, and third
placed songs were awarded 5, 3, and 1 votes in order. If only one song
got every point within the jury it would get all 9 points. If only two
songs were chosen, the songs would get 6 and 3 points in order.