Eurovision Song Contest 1962

The Eurovision Song Contest 1962 was the 7th edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg, following the country's victory at the 1961 contest with the song "Nous les amoureux" by Jean-Claude Pascal. The contest was organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and host broadcaster Compagnie Luxembourgeoise de Télédiffusion (CLT), and was held at the Villa Louvigny on Sunday 18 March 1962 hosted by the Luxembourgish speaker Mireille Delannoy. This remains the last time that the final of the contest has not been held on a Saturday evening, as since 1963 the final of the contest has consistently been held on a Saturday evening.

Eurovision Song Contest 1962
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Final18 March 1962
VenueVilla Louvigny
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Presenter(s)Mireille Delannoy
Musical directorJean Roderès
Directed by
Host broadcasterCompagnie Luxembourgeoise de Télédiffusion (CLT) Edit this at Wikidata
Number of entries16
Debuting countriesNone
Returning countriesNone
Non-returning countriesNone
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         Participating countries
Voting systemTen-member juries awarded points to their three favourite songs.
Nul points in final
Winning song France
"Un premier amour"
1961 ← Eurovision Song Contest → 1963

Sixteen countries participated in the contest – the same that took part the year before.

The winner was France with the song "Un premier amour", performed by Isabelle Aubret, written by Roland Valade and composed by Claude Henri Vic. This was France's third victory in the contest in just five years, having also won in 1958 and 1960. It was also the third consecutive winning song performed in French. For the first time in the contest's history, Austria, Belgium, Netherlands and Spain all scored nul points.[1]


Villa Louvigny, Luxembourg – host venue of the 1962 contest.

The 1962 Eurovision Song Contest was hosted in Luxembourg City. The venue chosen to host the 1962 contest was the Villa Louvigny. The building served as the headquarters of Compagnie Luxembourgeoise de Télédiffusion, the forerunner of RTL Group. It is located in Municipal Park, in the Ville Haute quarter of the centre of the city.[1]


After France's entry had been performed, there was a short power failure rendering the screens dark. There also seemed to be an even shorter power failure during the Netherlands' entry, when viewers around Europe only saw darkness on their television screens when the Netherlands performed. The power failure seemed to affect the Netherlands' score during the voting. Nevertheless, the song turned out to be popular in Europe after the contest.[1]

Participating countriesEdit

All countries who participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 1961 also participated in this edition.[1]


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

Returning artistsEdit

Artist Country Previous year(s)
Camillo Felgen   Luxembourg 1960
François Deguelt   Monaco 1960
Fud Leclerc   Belgium 1956, 1958, 1960
Jean Philippe   Switzerland 1959 (for   France)

Participants and resultsEdit

R/O Country Artist Song Language[4][5] Points Place[6]
1   Finland Marion Rung "Tipi-tii" Finnish 4 7
2   Belgium Fud Leclerc "Ton nom" French 0 13
3   Spain Victor Balaguer "Llámame" Spanish 0 13
4   Austria Eleonore Schwarz "Nur in der Wiener Luft" German 0 13
5   Denmark Ellen Winther "Vuggevise" Danish 2 10
6   Sweden Inger Berggren "Sol och vår" Swedish 4 7
7   Germany Conny Froboess "Zwei kleine Italiener" German 9 6
8   Netherlands De Spelbrekers "Katinka" Dutch 0 13
9   France Isabelle Aubret "Un premier amour" French 26 1
10   Norway Inger Jacobsen "Kom sol, kom regn" Norwegian 2 10
11   Switzerland Jean Philippe "Le retour" French 2 10
12   Yugoslavia Lola Novaković "Ne pali svetla u sumrak" (Не пали светла у сумрак) Serbo-Croatian 10 4
13   United Kingdom Ronnie Carroll "Ring-a-Ding Girl" English 10 4
14   Luxembourg Camillo Felgen "Petit bonhomme" French 11 3
15   Italy Claudio Villa "Addio, addio" Italian 3 9
16   Monaco François Deguelt "Dis rien" French 13 2

Detailed voting resultsEdit

This year marked the second jury voting system change in the contest's history, moving away from a point per favourite song from 10-member juries to the allocation of 3, 2 and 1 points given to the top three favourite songs from each country's 10-member jurors' ratings.

Detailed voting results[7][8]
Total score
United Kingdom
Finland 4 3 1
Belgium 0
Spain 0
Austria 0
Denmark 2 1 1
Sweden 4 1 3
Germany 9 2 2 2 1 2
Netherlands 0
France 26 1 2 1 1 3 3 3 3 3 2 2 2
Norway 2 2
Switzerland 2 2
Yugoslavia 10 3 3 2 1 1
United Kingdom 10 2 2 2 1 3
Luxembourg 11 3 1 1 3 3
Italy 3 2 1
Monaco 13 3 2 1 3 1 3

3 pointsEdit

Below is a summary of all 3 points received:

N. Contestant Nation(s) giving 3 points
5   France   Germany,   Norway,   Sweden,   Switzerland,   Yugoslavia
3   Luxembourg   Belgium,   Spain,   Monaco
  Monaco   Austria,   Luxembourg,   Netherlands
2   Yugoslavia   France,   Italy
1   Finland   United Kingdom
  Sweden   Denmark
  United Kingdom   Finland


Listed below is the order in which votes were cast during the 1962 contest along with the spokesperson who was responsible for announcing the votes for their respective country.


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
Country Broadcaster(s) Commentator(s) Ref(s)
  Austria ORF Ruth Kappelsberger [de]
  Belgium RTB French: Nicole Védrès
BRT Dutch: Willem Duys
  Denmark Danmarks Radio TV Skat Nørrevig
  Finland Suomen Televisio Aarno Walli [fi] [9]
Yleisradio Erkki Melakoski [fi]
  France RTF Pierre Tchernia
  Germany Deutsches Fernsehen Ruth Kappelsberger
  Italy Programma Nazionale Renato Tagliani [it]
  Luxembourg Télé-Luxembourg Nicole Védrès
  Monaco Télé Monte Carlo Pierre Tchernia
  Netherlands NTS Willem Duys [10]
  Norway NRK, NRK P1 Odd Grythe
  Spain TVE Federico Gallo [es]
  Sweden Sveriges TV, SR P1 Jan Gabrielsson [sv] [9][11]
  Switzerland TV DRS German: Theodor Haller [de]
TSR French: Pierre Tchernia [12]
TSI Italian: Renato Tagliani
  United Kingdom BBC TV David Jacobs [3]
BBC Light Programme Peter Haigh
  Yugoslavia Televizija Beograd Serbo-Croatian: Ljubomir Vukadinović [sr]
Televizija Zagreb Serbo-Croatian: Gordana Bonetti [hr]
Televizija Ljubljana Slovene: Tomaž Terček [sl]


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  2. ^ "And the conductor is..." Retrieved 10 July 2018.
  3. ^ a b c Roxburgh, Gordon (2012). Songs for Europe: The United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest. Volume One: The 1950s and 1960s. Prestatyn: Telos Publishing. pp. 291–299. ISBN 978-1-84583-065-6.
  4. ^ "Eurovision Song Contest 1962". The Diggiloo Thrush. Retrieved 4 March 2012.
  5. ^ "Eurovision Song Contest 1962". Retrieved 16 September 2020.
  6. ^ "Final of Luxembourg 1962". European Broadcasting Union. Archived from the original on 30 March 2021. Retrieved 30 March 2021.
  7. ^ "Luxembourg 1962". Eurovision. Archived from the original on 30 March 2021. Retrieved 30 March 2021.
  8. ^ "Eurovision Song Contest 1962 – Scoreboard". European Broadcasting Union. Archived from the original on 23 July 2015. Retrieved 14 June 2021.
  9. ^ a b "Radio ja televisio". Helsingin Sanomat (in Finnish). 18 March 1962. p. 33. Retrieved 7 November 2022. (subscription required)
  10. ^ "Nederlandse televisiecommentatoren bij het Eurovisie Songfestival". Eurovision Artists (in Dutch).
  11. ^ Thorsson, Leif (2006). Melodifestivalen genom tiderna [Melodifestivalen through time]. Stockholm: Premium Publishing AB. p. 40. ISBN 91-89136-29-2.
  12. ^ "Programme TV du 17 au 24 mars". Radio TV - Je vois tout. Lausanne, Switzerland: Le Radio SA. 15 March 1962.

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