Eurovision Song Contest 1961

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 again held at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès on Saturday 18 March 1961, becoming the first contest 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
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Dates
Final18 March 1961
Host
VenuePalais des Festivals et des Congrès
Cannes, France
Presenter(s)Jacqueline Joubert
Musical directorFranck Pourcel
Directed byMaurice Barry
Executive producerMarcel Cravenne
Host broadcasterRadiodiffusion-Télévision Française (RTF)
Websiteeurovision.tv/event/cannes-1961 Edit this at Wikidata
Participants
Number of entries16
Debuting countries
Returning countriesNone
Non-returning countriesNone
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         Participating countries
Vote
Voting systemTen-member juries distributed 10 points among their favourite songs.
Nul points in finalNone
Winning song Luxembourg
"Nous les amoureux"
1960 ← Eurovision Song Contest → 1962

Sixteen countries participated in the contest - three more than in the previous edition; Finland, Spain and Yugoslavia all competed for the first time 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, with the United Kingdom finishing in second place for the third consecutive year.

LocationEdit

 
Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, Cannes – host venue of the 1961 contest

The event took place in Cannes, France, following the nation's victory at the 1960 edition with the song "Tom Pillibi", performed by Jacqueline Boyer. The selected venue was the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, built in 1949 to host the Cannes Film Festival and located on the Promenade de la Croisette along the shore of the Mediterranean Sea.[1][2] Due to the growth in the film festival a new building bearing the same name was opened in 1982, with the original building renamed as the Palais Croisette and subsequently demolished in 1988.[3] It also hosted the 1959 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.[1]

FormatEdit

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.[4]

Participating countriesEdit

Interest in the competition began to grow across Europe as three new countries participated for the first time: Finland, Spain, and Yugoslavia.[4]

ConductorsEdit

Each performance had a conductor who directed the orchestra.[5][1]

Returning artistsEdit

Artist Country Previous year(s)
Bob Benny   Belgium 1959
Nora Brockstedt   Norway 1960

Participants and resultsEdit

R/O Country Artist Song Language[6][7] Points Place[8]
1   Spain Conchita Bautista "Estando contigo" Spanish 8 9
2   Monaco Colette Deréal "Allons, allons les enfants" French 6 10
3   Austria Jimmy Makulis "Sehnsucht" German 1 15
4   Finland Laila Kinnunen "Valoa ikkunassa" Finnish 6 10
5   Yugoslavia Ljiljana Petrović "Neke davne zvezde" (Неке давне звезде) Serbo-Croatian 9 8
6   Netherlands Greetje Kauffeld "Wat een dag" Dutch 6 10
7   Sweden Lill-Babs "April, april" Swedish 2 14
8   Germany Lale Andersen "Einmal sehen wir uns wieder" German, French 3 13
9   France Jean-Paul Mauric "Printemps, avril carillonne" French 13 4
10   Switzerland Franca di Rienzo "Nous aurons demain" French 16 3
11   Belgium Bob Benny "September, gouden roos" Dutch 1 15
12   Norway Nora Brockstedt "Sommer i Palma" Norwegian 10 7
13   Denmark Dario Campeotto "Angelique" Danish 12 5
14   Luxembourg Jean-Claude Pascal "Nous les amoureux" French 31 1
15   United Kingdom The Allisons "Are You Sure?" English 24 2
16   Italy Betty Curtis "Al di là" Italian 12 5

Detailed voting resultsEdit

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

Detailed voting results[9][10]
Total score
Italy
United Kingdom
Luxembourg
Denmark
Norway
Belgium
Switzerland
France
Germany
Sweden
Netherlands
Yugoslavia
Finland
Austria
Monaco
Spain
Contestants
Spain 8 1 2 2 1 1 1
Monaco 6 1 1 3 1
Austria 1 1
Finland 6 2 2 1 1
Yugoslavia 9 1 1 1 2 1 3
Netherlands 6 2 1 1 2
Sweden 2 2
Germany 3 1 1 1
France 13 2 1 4 1 1 2 2
Switzerland 16 2 2 4 2 1 2 2 1
Belgium 1 1
Norway 10 1 5 1 2 1
Denmark 12 8 2 1 1
Luxembourg 31 3 1 1 1 5 1 1 5 3 4 4 2
United Kingdom 24 1 8 1 1 7 3 3
Italy 12 4 4 1 1 1 1

SpokespersonsEdit

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.[11]

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

BroadcastsEdit

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 Channel Commentator(s) Ref(s)
  Austria ORF ORF Unknown [14]
  Belgium BRT BRT Unknown [15][16][17]
RTB RTB Unknown [16]
  Denmark DR Danmarks Radio TV and Program 1 Sejr Volmer-Sørensen [18][19]
  Finland YLE Suomen Televisio and Yleisohjelma [fi] Aarno Walli [fi] [20][21][22]
  France RTF RTF and France I Robert Beauvais [23][24][25][26]
  Germany ARD Deutsches Fernsehen Unknown [16][24][27]
  Italy RAI Programma Nazionale and Secondo Programma Corrado Mantoni [28][29][30]
  Luxembourg CLT Télé-Luxembourg Unknown [31][32]
  Monaco Télé Monte-Carlo Unknown [33]
Radio Monte Carlo Unknown [26]
  Netherlands NTS NTS Piet te Nuyl Jr. [13][16][34]
NRU Hilversum 1
  Norway NRK NRK and NRK P1 Leif Rustad [35][36][37]
  Spain TVE TVE Federico Gallo [es] [38][39]
  Sweden SR Sveriges TV and SR P1 Jan Gabrielsson [sv] [12][21][40]
  Switzerland SRG SSR TV DRS Unknown [24][26][41]
TSR and Radio Sottens Robert Beauvais
TSI Unknown
Radio Basel Unknown
Radio Monte Ceneri Unknown
  United Kingdom BBC BBC TV Tom Sloan [1][42][43]
  Yugoslavia JRT Televizija Ljubljana Saša Novak [44][45][46][47]
Televizija Zagreb Unknown

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