Eurovision Song Contest 1961

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Eurovision Song Contest 1961
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Dates
Final18 March 1961
Host
Venue Palais des Festivals et des Congrès
Cannes, France
Presenter(s) Jacqueline Joubert
Musical director Franck Pourcel
Directed byMaurice Barry
Executive producerMarcel Cravenne
Host broadcaster Radiodiffusion-Télévision Française (RTF)
Interval act Tessa Beaumont and Max Bozzoni
Website eurovision.tv/event/cannes-1961 OOjs UI icon edit-ltr-progressive.svg
Participants
Number of entries16
Debuting countries
Returning countriesNone
Non-returning countriesNone
  • ESC 1961-62 Map.svg
         Participating countries
Vote
Voting systemTen-member juries distributed 10 points among their favourite songs.
Nul points None
Winning songFlag of Luxembourg.svg  Luxembourg
"Nous les amoureux"
1960  Eurovision Song Contest  1962

The Eurovision Song Contest 1961 was the 6th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Cannes, France, following the country's victory at the 1960 contest with the song "Tom Pillibi" by Jacqueline Boyer. It was the second time that France had hosted the contest; the first being in 1959 - also in Cannes. The contest was held at Palais des Festivals et des Congrès on 18 March 1961 and was the first to take place on a Saturday night, a tradition that has continued into modern times. The show was hosted by Jacqueline Joubert.

Contents

Sixteen countries participated in the contest - three more than in the previous edition; Finland, Spain and Yugoslavia all made their début this year.

The winner was Luxembourg with the song "Nous les amoureux", performed by Jean-Claude Pascal, written by Maurice Vidalin, and composed by Jacques Datin. This was Luxembourg's first victory in the contest, with the United Kingdom finishing in second place for the third consecutive year.

As the contest overran its allocated time, and the show was being broadcast live, the winning song's reprise was not shown in the UK. [1]

Location

Palais des Festivals et des Congres, Cannes - host venue of the 1961 contest. Cannes Palais des Festivals et des Congres.jpg
Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, Cannes - host venue of the 1961 contest.

The event took place in Cannes, France, with the venue being the original building of Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, after France got the right to host this edition of the Eurovision Song Contest for winning its previous 1960 edition with the song "Tom Pillibi" performed by Jacqueline Boyer.

Cannes, a city located on the French Riviera, is a busy tourist destination and known worldwide for hosting the annual Cannes Film Festival, with the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès also hosting the Film Festival. The original building was built in 1949 and was located on the boulevard of Promenade de la Croisette, on the present site of the JW Marriott Cannes. It also hosted the 1959 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.

Format

Jacqueline Joubert presented the show, having already done so two years earlier in 1959. The stage used for the 1961 Contest was notably larger than in previous years and was decorated with flowers. It is noticeable that during the voting, Luxembourg gave the UK eight points, and Norway also gave Denmark eight points. It was the largest number of points given to a country by a single jury since 1958, when Denmark provided France with nine points. Such a high number of points obtained by a country would not be achieved until 1970, when Ireland would receive nine points from Belgium. [1]

Participating countries

A total of sixteen countries took part in the Contest, including the three debuting countries: Finland, Spain, and Yugoslavia. [1]

Conductors

Each performance had a conductor who directed the orchestra. [2] [3]

Returning artists

ArtistCountryPrevious year(s)
Bob Benny Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 1959
Nora Brockstedt Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 1960

Results

DrawCountryArtistSongLanguage [4] [5] Place [6] Points
01Flag of Spain (1945-1977).svg  Spain Conchita Bautista "Estando contigo" Spanish 98
02Flag of Monaco.svg  Monaco Colette Deréal "Allons, allons les enfants" French 106
03Flag of Austria.svg  Austria Jimmy Makulis "Sehnsucht" German 151
04Flag of Finland.svg  Finland Laila Kinnunen "Valoa ikkunassa" Finnish 106
05Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia Ljiljana Petrović "Neke davne zvezde" (Неке давне звезде) Serbo-Croatian 89
06Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands Greetje Kauffeld "Wat een dag" Dutch 106
07Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden Lill-Babs "April, april" Swedish 142
08Flag of Germany.svg  Germany Lale Andersen "Einmal sehen wir uns wieder"German, French133
09Flag of France.svg  France Jean-Paul Mauric "Printemps, avril carillonne"French413
10Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland Franca di Rienzo "Nous aurons demain"French316
11Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium Bob Benny "September, gouden roos"Dutch151
12Flag of Norway.svg  Norway Nora Brockstedt "Sommer i Palma" Norwegian 710
13Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark Dario Campeotto "Angelique" Danish 512
14Flag of Luxembourg.svg  Luxembourg Jean-Claude Pascal "Nous les amoureux"French131
15Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  United Kingdom The Allisons "Are You Sure?" English 224
16Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Betty Curtis "Al di là" Italian 512

Scoreboard

Each country had 10 jury members who each awarded 1 point to their favourite song.

Voting results [7] [8]
Total score
Italy
United Kingdom
Luxembourg
Denmark
Norway
Belgium
Switzerland
France
Germany
Sweden
Netherlands
Yugoslavia
Finland
Austria
Monaco
Spain
Contestants
Spain8122111
Monaco61131
Austria11
Finland62211
Yugoslavia9111213
Netherlands62112
Sweden22
Germany3111
France132141122
Switzerland1622421221
Belgium11
Norway1015121
Denmark128211
Luxembourg31311151153442
United Kingdom241811733
Italy12441111

Spokespersons

Listed below is the order in which votes were cast during the 1961 contest along with the spokesperson who was responsible for announcing the votes for their respective country. [9]

  1. Flag of Italy.svg  Italy   Enzo Tortora
  2. Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  United Kingdom   Michael Aspel [3]
  3. Flag of Luxembourg.svg  Luxembourg  TBC
  4. Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark   Ole Mortensen  [ da ]
  5. Flag of Norway.svg  Norway   Mette Janson [10]
  6. Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium  Ward Bogaert
  7. Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland   Boris Acquadro  [ fr ]
  8. Flag of France.svg  France  Armand Lanoux
  9. Flag of Germany.svg  Germany   Heinz Schenk
  10. Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden   Roland Eiworth  [ sv ] [11]
  11. Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands   Siebe van der Zee  [ nl ] [12]
  12. Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia  Saša Novak
  13. Flag of Finland.svg  Finland   Poppe Berg  [ fi ]
  14. Flag of Austria.svg  Austria  Emil Kollpacher
  15. Flag of Monaco.svg  Monaco  TBC
  16. Flag of Spain (1945-1977).svg  Spain   Diego Ramírez Pastor  [ es ]

Broadcasts

Each national broadcaster also sent a commentator to the contest, in order to provide coverage of the contest in their own native language.

Broadcasters and commentators in participating countries
CountryBroadcaster(s)Commentator(s)Ref(s)
Flag of Austria.svg Austria ORF Wolf Mittler
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Belgium RTB French: Robert Beauvais [13]
BRT Dutch: Nic Bal  [ nl ]
Flag of Denmark.svg Denmark Danmarks Radio TV Sejr Volmer-Sørensen
Flag of Finland.svg Finland Suomen Televisio, Yleisradio Aarno Walli  [ fi ]
Flag of France.svg France RTF Robert Beauvais [13]
Flag of Germany.svg Germany Deutsches Fernsehen Wolf Mittler
Flag of Italy.svg Italy Programma Nazionale Corrado Mantoni
Flag of Luxembourg.svg Luxembourg Télé-Luxembourg Robert Beauvais [13]
Flag of Monaco.svg Monaco Télé Monte Carlo [13]
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands NTS, Hilversum 1 Piet te Nuyl [12] [14]
Flag of Norway.svg Norway NRK, NRK P1 Leif Rustad
Flag of Spain (1945-1977).svg Spain TVE Federico Gallo  [ es ]
Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden Sveriges TV, SR P1 Jan Gabrielsson  [ sv ] [15]
Flag of Switzerland.svg  Switzerland TV DRS German: Theodor Haller  [ de ]
TSR French: Robert Beauvais [13]
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom BBC TV Tom Sloan [3]
BBC Light Programme Pete Murray
Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg Yugoslavia Televizija Beograd Serbo-Croatian: Ljubomir Vukadinović  [ sr ]
Televizija Zagreb Serbo-Croatian: Saša Novak  [ hr ]
Televizija Ljubljana Slovene: Tomaž Terček  [ sl ]

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