Eurovision Song Contest 1961
|Eurovision Song Contest 1961
|Final date||18 March 1961|
|Venue||Palais des Festivals et des Congrès
|Host broadcaster||Radiodiffusion-Télévision Française (RTF)|
|Interval act||Tessa Beaumont and Max Bozzoni|
|Number of entries||16|
|Voting system||Each country had 10 jury members who each awarded 1 point to their favourite song|
|Winning song|| Luxembourg
"Nous les amoureux"
|Eurovision Song Contest|
The Eurovision Song Contest 1961 was the sixth Eurovision Song Contest. It was held on 18 March 1961 and was the first to take place on a Saturday night, a tradition that has continued into modern times. It was hosted in the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès located in Cannes, France, where it was staged two years previously. Luxembourg won for its first time with the song "Nous les amoureux" performed in French by Jean-Claude Pascal. Due to the contest overrunning in time, the winning song's reprise was not shown in the UK.
Cannes is a city located in the French Riviera. It is a busy tourist destination and host of the annual Cannes Film Festival. It is a commune of France located in the Alpes-Maritimes department. Cannes is not renowned for traditional theatre. However, small venues stage productions and host short sketches during the annual International Actors’ Performance Festival. Popular theaters include the Espace Miramar and the Alexandre III.
The contest returned to the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, which also played host venue for the 1959 contest, a building built in 1949 to host the Cannes Film Festival. The original building was located on the boulevard of Promenade de la Croisette on the present site of the JW Marriott Cannes. In response to the growing success of the Festival and the advent of the first business conventions, such as the MIPTV Media Market.
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 8 points, and Norway also gave Denmark 8 points. It was the largest amount of points given to a country by a single jury since 1958, when Denmark provided France with 9 points. Such a high number of points obtained by a country wouldn't be achieved until 1970, when Ireland would receive 9 points from Belgium.
A total of sixteen countries took part in the Contest, including the three debuting countries: Finland, Spain, and Yugoslavia. There were no returning or withdrawing countries this particular year.
- Spain - Rafael Ferrer
- Monaco - Raymond Lefevre
- Austria - Franck Pourcel
- Finland - George de Godzinsky
- Yugoslavia - Joze Privzek
- 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 - Leo Chauliac
- United Kingdom - Harry Robinson
- Italy - Gianfranco Intra
The contest saw the return of two artists this year with the Belgian representative, Bob Benny, who previously participated in the 1959 contest; and Nora Brockstedt, who performed for Norway in 1960.
Each country had 10 jury members who each awarded 1 point to their favourite song.
International broadcasts and voting
The table below shows 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. Each national broadcaster also sent a commentator to the contest, in order to provide coverage of the contest in their own native language. Details of the commentators and the broadcasting station for which they represented are also included in the table below.
Voting and spokespersons
- Italy - Enzo Tortora
- United Kingdom - Michael Aspel
- Luxembourg - TBC
- Denmark - Claus Toksvig
- Norway - Mette Janson
- Belgium - TBC
- Switzerland - Boris Acquadro
- France - TBC
- Germany - TBC
- Sweden - Roland Eiworth
- Netherlands - Siebe van der Zee
- Yugoslavia - TBC
- Finland - Poppe Berg
- Austria - TBC
- Monaco - TBC
- Spain - Diego Ramírez Pastor
All the juries (apart from Austria and the United Kingdom) announced their votes in French.
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