Merci, Chérie

"Merci, Chérie" (Thank you, darling) was the winning song in the Eurovision Song Contest 1966. Performed for Austria by Udo Jürgens with lyrics, despite the French words of the title, in German, it is Austria's only winning song in the contest to date.

It is an earnest ballad in which the singer, as he leaves her, thanks his lover for good times and positive memories.

The song was performed ninth on the night, after Madalena Iglésias's "Ele e ela" for Portugal and before Lill Lindfors and Svante Thuresson's Swedish entry, "Nygammal vals". The final points tally for "Mercie, Chérie" was 31, securing it first place at the head of an 18-entry field.

The song was succeeded as contest winner in 1967 by Sandie Shaw singing "Puppet on a String" for the United Kingdom, and as Austrian entry in that year by "Warum es hunderttausend Sterne gibt", performed by Peter Horten.

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