The Eurovision Song Contest 1961 was the 6th edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. Once again, the contest was held in the French seaside city of Cannes, having also hosted the 1959 edition. Organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and host broadcaster Radiodiffusion-Télévision Française (RTF), the contest was held again at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès on 18 March 1961 and was the first to take place on a Saturday evening, a tradition that has continued ever since (with the exception of 1962). The show was again hosted by Jacqueline Joubert, who had also hosted in 1959.
|Eurovision Song Contest 1961|
|Final||18 March 1961|
|Venue||Palais des Festivals et des Congrès|
|Musical director||Franck Pourcel|
|Directed by||Maurice Barry|
|Executive producer||Marcel Cravenne|
|Host broadcaster||Radiodiffusion-Télévision Française (RTF)|
|Interval act||Tessa Beaumont and Max Bozzoni|
|Number of entries||16|
|Voting system||Ten-member juries distributed 10 points among their favourite songs.|
|Nul points in final||None|
|Winning song|| Luxembourg|
"Nous les amoureux"
The winner was Luxembourg with the song "Nous les amoureux", performed by Jean-Claude Pascal, written by Maurice Vidalin, and composed by Jacques Datin, with the United Kingdom finishing in second place for the third consecutive year.
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 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.
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.
- Spain – Rafael Ferrer
- Monaco – Raymond Lefèvre
- Austria – Franck Pourcel
- Finland – George de Godzinsky
- Yugoslavia – Jože Privšek
- Netherlands – Dolf van der Linden
- Sweden – William Lind
- Germany – Franck Pourcel
- France – Franck Pourcel
- Switzerland – Fernando Paggi
- Belgium – Francis Bay
- Norway – Øivind Bergh
- Denmark – Kai Mortensen
- Luxembourg – Léo Chauliac
- United Kingdom – Harry Robinson
- Italy – Gianfranco Intra
|01||Spain||Conchita Bautista||"Estando contigo"||Spanish||9||8|
|02||Monaco||Colette Deréal||"Allons, allons les enfants"||French||10||6|
|04||Finland||Laila Kinnunen||"Valoa ikkunassa"||Finnish||10||6|
|05||Yugoslavia||Ljiljana Petrović||"Neke davne zvezde" (Неке давне звезде)||Serbo-Croatian||8||9|
|06||Netherlands||Greetje Kauffeld||"Wat een dag"||Dutch||10||6|
|08||Germany||Lale Andersen||"Einmal sehen wir uns wieder"||German, French||13||3|
|09||France||Jean-Paul Mauric||"Printemps, avril carillonne"||French||4||13|
|10||Switzerland||Franca di Rienzo||"Nous aurons demain"||French||3||16|
|11||Belgium||Bob Benny||"September, gouden roos"||Dutch||15||1|
|12||Norway||Nora Brockstedt||"Sommer i Palma"||Norwegian||7||10|
|14||Luxembourg||Jean-Claude Pascal||"Nous les amoureux"||French||1||31|
|15||United Kingdom||The Allisons||"Are You Sure?"||English||2||24|
|16||Italy||Betty Curtis||"Al di là"||Italian||5||12|
Each country had 10 jury members who each awarded 1 point to their favourite song.
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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.
- Italy – Enzo Tortora
- United Kingdom – Michael Aspel
- Luxembourg – TBC
- Denmark – Ole Mortensen
- Norway – Mette Janson
- Belgium – Ward Bogaert
- Switzerland – Boris Acquadro
- France – Armand Lanoux
- Germany – Heinz Schenk
- Sweden – Roland Eiworth
- Netherlands – Siebe van der Zee
- Yugoslavia – Saša Novak
- Finland – Poppe Berg
- Austria – Emil Kollpacher
- Monaco – TBC
- Spain – Diego Ramírez Pastor
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Each national broadcaster also sent a commentator to the contest, in order to provide coverage of the contest in their own native language.
|Belgium||RTB||French: Robert Beauvais|||
|BRT||Dutch: Nic Bal|
|Denmark||Danmarks Radio TV||Sejr Volmer-Sørensen|
|Finland||Suomen Televisio, Yleisradio||Aarno Walli|
|Germany||Deutsches Fernsehen||Wolf Mittler|
|Italy||Programma Nazionale||Corrado Mantoni|
|Monaco||Télé Monte Carlo|||
|Netherlands||NTS, Hilversum 1||Piet te Nuyl|||
|Norway||NRK, NRK P1||Leif Rustad|
|Sweden||Sveriges TV, SR P1||Jan Gabrielsson|||
|Switzerland||TV DRS||German: Theodor Haller|
|TSR||French: Robert Beauvais|||
|United Kingdom||BBC TV||Tom Sloan|||
|BBC Light Programme||Pete Murray|
|Yugoslavia||Televizija Beograd||Serbo-Croatian: Ljubomir Vukadinović|
|Televizija Zagreb||Serbo-Croatian: Saša Novak|
|Televizija Ljubljana||Slovene: Tomaž Terček|
BBC broadcast cutEdit
As the contest overran its allocated time, and the show was being broadcast live, the winning song's reprise was not shown in the United Kingdom.
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