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|
|Final||18 March 1962|
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
|Musical director||Jean Roderès|
|Host broadcaster||Compagnie Luxembourgeoise de Télédiffusion (CLT)|
|Number of entries||16|
|Voting system||Ten-member juries awarded points to their three favourite songs.|
|Nul points in final|
|Winning song|| France|
"Un premier amour"
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.
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.
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.
- Finland – George de Godzinsky
- Belgium – Henri Segers
- Spain – Jean Roderès
- Austria – Bruno Uher
- Denmark – Kai Mortensen
- Sweden – Egon Kjerrman
- Germany – Rolf-Hans Müller
- Netherlands – Dolf van der Linden
- France – Franck Pourcel
- Norway – Øivind Bergh
- Switzerland – Cédric Dumont
- Yugoslavia – Jože Privšek
- United Kingdom – Angela Morley
- Luxembourg – Jean Roderès
- Italy – Cinico Angelini
- Monaco – Raymond Lefèvre
|Fud Leclerc||Belgium||1956, 1958, 1960|
|Jean Philippe||Switzerland||1959 (for France)|
Participants and resultsEdit
|2||Belgium||Fud Leclerc||"Ton nom"||French||0||13|
|4||Austria||Eleonore Schwarz||"Nur in der Wiener Luft"||German||0||13|
|6||Sweden||Inger Berggren||"Sol och vår"||Swedish||4||7|
|7||Germany||Conny Froboess||"Zwei kleine Italiener"||German||9||6|
|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.
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|
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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.
- Monaco – TBC
- Italy – Enzo Tortora
- Luxembourg – Robert Diligent
- United Kingdom – Alex Macintosh
- Yugoslavia – Mladen Delić
- Switzerland – Alexandre Burger
- Norway – Kari Borg Mannsåker
- France – André Valmy
- Netherlands – Ger Lugtenburg
- Germany – Klaus Havenstein
- Sweden – Tage Danielsson
- Denmark – Ole Mortensen
- Austria – Emil Kollpacher
- Spain – Luis Marsillach
- Belgium – Arlette Vincent
- Finland – Poppe Berg
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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: Nicole Védrès|
|BRT||Dutch: Willem Duys|
|Denmark||Danmarks Radio TV||Skat Nørrevig|
|Finland||Suomen Televisio||Aarno Walli|||
|Germany||Deutsches Fernsehen||Ruth Kappelsberger|
|Italy||Programma Nazionale||Renato Tagliani|
|Monaco||Télé Monte Carlo||Pierre Tchernia|
|Norway||NRK, NRK P1||Odd Grythe|
|Sweden||Sveriges TV, SR P1||Jan Gabrielsson|||
|Switzerland||TV DRS||German: Theodor Haller|
|TSR||French: Pierre Tchernia|||
|TSI||Italian: Renato Tagliani|
|United Kingdom||BBC TV||David Jacobs|||
|BBC Light Programme||Peter Haigh|
|Yugoslavia||Televizija Beograd||Serbo-Croatian: Ljubomir Vukadinović|
|Televizija Zagreb||Serbo-Croatian: Gordana Bonetti|
|Televizija Ljubljana||Slovene: Tomaž Terček|
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