The first edition of the Commonwealth Song Contest, often referred to as Commonwealth Song Contest 1, was the inaugural edition of the Commonwealth Song Contest. The contest was held in New Zealand, after it won a bidding contest between the founding members of the Commonwealth. After this, the public broadcaster of New Zealand chose the city of Dunedin as the host city. A total of 8 countries went to Dunedin in the first edition, which meant that only 1 final was held.
The contest was held between the 31st of March and the 4th of April. The winner was Malta, with the song Right Here by Red Electrick. This was the first victory of any nation in the contest and the first ever victory for Malta. Singapore finished in 2nd place for the first time in the contest, with the televote favourite Australia closing the top 3. The hosts New Zealand finished in last place.
Hosting was chosen by a randomiser for the first edition. The randomiser chose that New Zealand should host the first edition. Dunedin was the only bidder, so they got the opportunity to host.
All 8 countries voted. The winning margin was 2 points.
|1||United Kingdom||Malinda Kathleen-Reese ft. Ed Sheeran||Gradually Watermelon||Nev|
|2||New Zealand||Ruby Frost||Comeback Queen||Srijan|
|3||Malta||Red Electrick||Right Here||Nathan|
|4||Cyprus||Eleni Foureira||Pio Dynata||iiLaxertin|
|5||Ireland||Celtic Woman ft. Oonagh||Tír na nÓg||Bongo|
|7||Canada||Billy Rafoul||I'm Not A Saint||Effie|
|8||Australia||Pauline Pantsdown||I Don't Like It||Compa|