Eurovision Song Contest 1958
|Eurovision Song Contest 1958
|Final date||12 March 1958|
|Conductor||Dolf van der Linden|
|Host broadcaster||Nederlandse Televisie Stichting (NTS)|
|Interval act||Metropole Orkest|
|Number of entries||10|
|Voting system||Each country had 10 jury members who each awarded 1 point to their favourite song|
|Winning song|| France
"Dors, mon amour"
|Eurovision Song Contest|
The Eurovision Song Contest 1958 was the third Eurovision Song Contest and was held on 12 March 1958 in Hilversum. The convention that the winning country from a year hosted the following year's contest was introduced in this year. France's win was their first. It was the last time to date that the United Kingdom did not enter the contest. Unlike the first competition in 1956, the 1958 contest continued with the policy implemented in 1957 wherein each country was limited to one song entry. This policy has been kept to date. Together with 1956, it is the only contest that has not featured a single song in the English language.
Hilversum is a municipality and a town in the Netherlands, located in the province of North Holland. The town is the largest in the Gooi region. Surrounded by heathland, woods, meadows, lakes, and smaller villages, Hilversum is part of the Randstad, one of the largest conurbations in Europe.
Known as the "Media Capital" of the Netherlands, Hilversum had become the centre of broadcasting and radio in the Netherlands since the 1920s when Dutch radio company Nederlandse Seintoestellen Fabriek (nl) settled there. Almost all other radio stations followed suit in the coming decades, with television following in the 1950s. One such media network was the host of the event, Nederlandse Televisie Stichting. Even today, the media sector is still one of the top employers in the municipality of Hilversum.
The venue chosen to host the third contest was the broadcasting studio of AVRO (Algemene Vereniging Radio Omroep or "General Association of Radio Broadcasting"). The studios belonged to the Dutch public broadcasting association operating within the framework of the Nederlandse Publieke Omroep system.
The studios were decorated with tulips, of which the Netherlands are known for, for the event.
The juries were not in the studio as in 1956. As in 1957, this year they stayed in their own countries, listening to the event. Once the songs had all been sung, juries sent their results via telephone. The Italian entry was not picked up properly in some of the other countries, which meant that after all the other songs had been presented, Domenico Modugno had to sing it again.
The interval acts was music by the Metropole Orkest, under the lead of conductor Dolf van der Linden. This year, there were two interval acts; one in the middle, one after all the songs were played. It was also the only year that the host country came last place, and the first time more than one country came last.
Participating countries 
After the contest, the Italian entry "Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu" (more commonly known as "Volare") by Domenico Modugno went on to becoming a worldwide hit. During the 1st Grammy Awards, held on 4 May 1959 at Hollywood's Beverly Hilton Hotel, "Nel blu dipinto di blu" received two awards, for Record of the Year and Song of the Year. The song is the only foreign-language recording to achieve this honor, and it is the only song to have competed in the Eurovision Song Contest and received a Grammy Award. The entry also managed to reach the No.1 spot in the US-American Billboard Charts, making it one of the most successful Eurovision songs in the history of the contest to date. The song was also voted the second best Eurovision entry of all time at the 50th anniversary show "Congratulations" in 2005.
Returning artists 
Four artists who had participated in previous editions of the contest returned in 1958: Fud Leclerc, who also represented Belgium in 1956; Margot Hielscher for Germany, who also participated in 1957; Corry Brokken for the Netherlands, who participated in 1956 and won in 1957; and Lys Assia, who won the first contest in 1956 and participated in 1957.
|01||Italy||Italian||Domenico Modugno||"Nel blu dipinto di blu"||In the blue painted blue||3||13|
|02||Netherlands||Dutch||Corry Brokken||"Heel de wereld"||The whole world||9||1|
|03||France||French||André Claveau||"Dors, mon amour"||Sleep, my love||1||27|
|04||Luxembourg||French||Solange Berry||"Un grand amour"||A great love||9||1|
|05||Sweden||Swedish||Alice Babs||"Lilla stjärna"||Little star||4||10|
|06||Denmark||Danish||Raquel Rastenni||"Jeg rev et blad ud af min dagbog"||I tore a page out of my diary||8||3|
|07||Belgium||French||Fud Leclerc||"Ma petite chatte"||My little sweetie||5||8|
|08||West Germany||German||Margot Hielscher||"Für zwei Groschen Musik"||Music for two pennies||7||5|
|09||Austria||German||Liane Augustin||"Die ganze Welt braucht Liebe"||The whole world needs love||5||8|
|10||Switzerland||German, Italian||Lys Assia||"Giorgio"||—||2||24|
Each country had 10 jury members who each decided the best song and each awarded 1 point.
International broadcasts and voting 
The table below shows the order in which votes were cast during the 1958 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 
- Austria - Peter Alexander (ORF)
- Belgium - Arlette Vincent (INR), Nand Baert (NIR)
- Denmark - Gunnar Hansen (Statsradiofonien TV)
- France - Pierre Tchernia (RTF)
- West Germany - Wolf Mittler (Deutsches Fernsehen)
- Italy - Bianca Maria Piccinino (Programma Nazionale)
- Luxembourg - Jacques Navadic (Télé-Luxembourg)
- Netherlands - Siebe van der Zee (NTS)
- Sweden - Jan Gabrielsson (Sveriges Radio-TV)
- Switzerland - Theodor Haller (TV DRS), Georges Hardy (TSR)
- United Kingdom - Peter Haigh (BBC Television Service), Tom Sloan (BBC Light Programme)
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