Eurovision Song Contest 1957

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Eurovision Song Contest 1957
ESC 1957 logo.png
Final date 3 March 1957
Venue Großer Sendesaal des hessischen Rundfunks
Frankfurt, West Germany
Presenter(s) Anaïd Iplicjian
Conductor Willy Berking
Executive supervisor Rolf Liebermann
Host broadcaster Arbeitsgemeinschaft der öffentlich-rechtlichen Rundfunkanstalten der Bundesrepublik Deutschland (ARD)
Interval act None
Number of entries 10
Debuting countries
Returning countries None
Withdrawing countries None
Voting system Each country had 10 jury members who each awarded 1 point to their favourite song
Nul points None
Winning song  Netherlands
"Net als toen"
Eurovision Song Contest
◄1956 1957 1958►

The Eurovision Song Contest 1957 was the second Eurovision Song Contest and was held on Sunday 3 March 1957 in Frankfurt-am-Main. Like the first contest, this one was still mainly a radio programme, but there was a noticeable increase in the number of people with televisions. It was won by the Netherlands with "Net als toen", performed by Corry Brokken.[1]

For some time, a rumour had existed that the privilege of hosting the 1957 contest was given to Germany because they had come in second place in 1956 with "Im Wartesaal zum großen Glück" by Walter Andreas Schwarz. In fact, not only were the official 1956 scores withheld, but the rule stating that the winning nation hosts the next year's Eurovision Song Contest had not yet been conceived. It was planned at the time that each participating country would take it in turns to host the event. However, as more countries wished to participate, this became impractical.[1]


For more details on the host city, see Frankfurt am Main.
Großer Sendesaal des hessischen Rundfunks studio's, Frankfurt am Main. Host venue of the 1957 Eurovision Song Contest.

Frankfurt-am-Main, commonly known as Frankfurt, is located on both sides of the Main river south-east of the Taunus mountain range. It is the largest city in the federated state of Hesse in the south-western part of Germany. The southern part of the city contains the Frankfurt City Forest, Germany's largest forest within a city. The city centre of Frankfurt is located on the north side of the Main river in the city district of Altstadt (the historical centre) and the surrounding Innenstadt district.

After being devastated in the Second World War, Frankfurt-am-Main rebuilt itself into one of Europe's most prominent financial centres. The next decades proved to be a period of growth for the city, with The Frankfurt International Trade Fair being held in 1948[2] even as reconstruction of the city continued well into the 1950s. With investments coming in from both national and international financial institutions, 1957 saw the first of Frankfurt's high-rise business buildings.[3]

The venue chosen to host the second contest was the Großer Sendesaal des hessischen Rundfunks, a building, music hall and former television studio based in Frankfurt am Main. It was the former headquarters for the Hessischer Rundfunk broadcast. Today it is used as a music hall.[4][5]


In this year's contest the Italian entry lasted for 5:09 minutes, whilst the UK's entry lasted for only 1:52 minutes. It was because of songs like the former that a rule was eventually introduced restricting each song to a maximum of 3 minutes; this rule still applies today.[1]

In a change of rules from the previous year's contest, duos were allowed to compete. Danish representatives, Birthe Wilke and Gustav Winckler, were the first of such acts to participate under this rule change. At the end of their performance, the couple exchanged the longest kiss in the contest's history, although only people with televisions could actually see it. This was due to a member of the production staff forgetting to give a pre-arranged sign that the kiss should end.[1]

This was the first year where the juries were contacted by telephone. It was also the first time the Netherlands won the contest. Another notable change was that the national juries could not vote for their own song, a rule which would be continued throughout the contest's subsequent history.[1]

Participating countries[edit]

Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, and Switzerland make their second appearances following their débuts in 1956. Austria, Denmark, and the United Kingdom made their débuts; these countries had wanted to participate in 1956, but had applied to the European Broadcasting Union after the deadline for song submissions for that year's contest had passed, thus missing it. With those joining in 1957, the total number of countries was ten, three more than in the first ever contest.[1]


Each performance had a conductor who maestro the orchestra.[6]

Returning artists[edit]

The contest saw the return of two artists who had participated in the previous edition of the contest. Corry Brokken for Netherlands; and Lys Assia for Switzerland.[1]


Draw Country Language[7] Artist Song English translation Place[8] Points
01  Belgium Dutch Bobbejaan Schoepen "Straatdeuntje" Street tune 8 5
02  Luxembourg French Danièle Dupré "Amours mortes (tant de peine)" Dead love (so much sorrow) 4 8
03  United Kingdom English Patricia Bredin "All" - 7 6
04  Italy Italian Nunzio Gallo "Corde della mia chitarra" Strings of my guitar 6 7
05  Austria German Bob Martin "Wohin, kleines Pony?" Where to, little pony? 10 3
06  Netherlands Dutch Corry Brokken "Net als toen" Just like then 1 31
07  Germany German Margot Hielscher "Telefon, Telefon" Telephone, telephone 4 8
08  France French Paule Desjardins "La belle amour" Beautiful love 2 17
09  Denmark Danish Birthe Wilke & Gustav Winckler "Skibet skal sejle i nat" The ship will sail tonight 3 10
10  Switzerland French Lys Assia "L'enfant que j'étais" The child I was 8 5


Voting results
ESCTotalScore.svg ESCBelgium.svg ESCLuxembourg.svg ESCUnitedKingdom.svg ESCItaly.svg ESCAustria.svg ESCNetherlands.svg ESCGermany.svg ESCFrance.svg ESCDenmark.svg ESCSwitzerland.svg
Contestants Belgium 5 2 2 1
Luxembourg 8 1 4 3
United Kingdom 6 1 1 1 1 2
Italy 7 1 1 2 2 1
Austria 3 2 1
Netherlands 31 5 3 1 1 6 1 4 3 7
Germany 8 1 1 6
France 17 2 4 2 1 6 2
Denmark 10 2 3 5
Switzerland 5 1 1 1 2

International broadcasts and voting[edit]

The table below shows the order in which votes were cast during the 1957 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.[9]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g the show "Eurovision Song Contest 1957". EBU. Retrieved 11 June 2012. 
  2. ^ "Reconstruction and the "Frankfurter Principle"". Messe Frankfurt. Retrieved 20 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "Frankfurt City History". Tourist Information Offices Frankfurt. Retrieved 20 October 2012. 
  4. ^ "Location database - Großer Sendesaal des hessischen Rundfunks". Retrieved 12 June 2012. 
  5. ^ "Die singende Richterin: Corry Brokken" (in German). Retrieved 12 June 2012. 
  6. ^
  7. ^ "Eurovision Song Contest 1957". The Diggiloo Thrush. Retrieved 4 March 2012. 
  8. ^ "Scoreboard results". Eurovision Song Contest 1957. EBU. Retrieved 11 June 2012. 
  9. ^ "Eurovision 1957 Cast and Crew". IMDb. Retrieved 5 March 2012. 
  10. ^ "Concours Eurovision de la Chanson 1957" (in French). 18 September 2006. Retrieved 5 March 2012. 
  11. ^ "Nederlandse televisiecommentatoren bij het Eurovisie Songfestival". Eurovision Artists (in Dutch). 
  12. ^ Leif Thorsson. Melodifestivalen genom tiderna ["Melodifestivalen through time"] (2006), p. 10. Stockholm: Premium Publishing AB. ISBN 91-89136-29-2

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