Eurovision Song Contest 1959

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Eurovision Song Contest 1959
ESC 1959 logo.png
Dates
Final date 11 March 1959
Host
Venue Palais des Festivals et des Congrès
Cannes, France
Presenter(s) Jacqueline Joubert
Conductor Franck Pourcel
Director Marcel Cravenne
Host broadcaster Radiodiffusion-Télévision Française (RTF)
Interval act None
Participants
Number of entries 11
Debuting countries
Returning countries
Withdrawing countries
Vote
Voting system Each country had 10 jury members who each awarded 1 point to their favourite song
Nul points None
Winning song  Netherlands
"Een beetje"
Eurovision Song Contest
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The Eurovision Song Contest 1959 was the fourth Eurovision Song Contest. It was held on Wednesday 11 March 1959 in Cannes, following the French victory the previous year.[1] The contest was won by the Netherlands with the song "Een beetje", performed by Teddy Scholten. This was their second and the first time a country had won the contest twice. Willy van Hemert was also the lyricist of "Net als toen", which won the Eurovision Song Contest 1957. Van Hemert was the first person to win the Eurovision Song Contest twice.

Location[edit]

For more details on the host city, see Cannes.
Cannes Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, France. Host venue of the 1959 Eurovision Song Contest.

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 Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, the venue of the 1959 contest, was 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.

Format[edit]

A new rule was created for this Eurovision, ensuring that no professional publishers or composers were allowed in the national juries. Italy gave one point to France, no points to the UK and seven points to the Netherlands placing them just three points ahead of the UK. Later on France gave only three points to Italy and four points to the Netherlands giving them a five point lead over the UK, who were only one point ahead of France, leaving Italy behind in sixth position, behind Denmark, on nine points. Something that occurred this year, but never again, was that more than the winning entry was performed once again. The second and third placed songs, United Kingdom and France, were allowed to sing again at the end of the show, together with eventual winner, the Netherlands.

Participating countries[edit]

Luxembourg withdrew from the contest for the first time. The United Kingdom returned after missing the previous contest (appearing on the scoreboard as "Grande Bretagne") and finished second for the first time. The UK would have 15 second-place finishes in the country's history in the contest. Monaco made its debut in the contest, but came last.

Conductors[edit]

Each performance had a conductor who maestro the orchestra.[2]

Returning artists[edit]

The contest saw the return of two artists who had participated in previous editions of the contest. Birthe Wilke for Denmark (previous entry in 1957); and Domenico Modugno for Italy (previously entry in 1958).

Results[edit]

Draw Country Language[3] Artist Song English translation Place Points
01  France French Jean Philippe "Oui, oui, oui, oui" Yes, yes, yes, yes 3 15
02  Denmark Danish Birthe Wilke "Uh, jeg ville ønske jeg var dig" Oh, I wish I were you 5 12
03  Italy Italian Domenico Modugno "Piove (Ciao, ciao bambina)" It's raining (Bye, bye baby) 6 9
04  Monaco French Jacques Pills "Mon ami Pierrot" My friend Pierrot 11 1
05  Netherlands Dutch Teddy Scholten "Een beetje" A little bit 1 21
06  Germany German Alice & Ellen Kessler "Heute Abend wollen wir tanzen geh'n" Tonight we want to go dancing 8 5
07  Sweden Swedish Brita Borg "Augustin" 9 4
08  Switzerland German Christa Williams "Irgendwoher" From somewhere 4 14
09  Austria German Ferry Graf "Der K und K Kalypso aus Wien" The K and K calypso from Vienna 9 4
10  United Kingdom English Pearl Carr & Teddy Johnson "Sing, Little Birdie" 2 16
11  Belgium Dutch Bob Benny "Hou toch van mij" Please love me 6 9

Scoreboard[edit]

Voting results
Total score ESCFrance.svg ESCDenmark.svg ESCItaly.svg ESCMonaco.svg ESCNetherlands.svg ESCGermany.svg ESCSweden.svg ESCSwitzerland.svg ESCAustria.svg ESCUnitedKingdom.svg ESCBelgium.svg
Contestants France 15 4 1 2 4 1 1 2
Denmark 12 1 1 1 4 1 2 2
Italy 9 3 1 1 3 1
Monaco 1 1
Netherlands 21 4 7 1 2 3 1 3
Germany 5 2 1 1 1
Sweden 4 1 3
Switzerland 14 2 1 1 3 1 5 1
Austria 4 1 2 1
United Kingdom 16 1 1 2 5 3 2 2
Belgium 9 2 1 1 3 2
The table is ordered by appearance

International broadcasts and voting[edit]

The table above shows the order in which votes were cast during the 1959 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.[4]

Voting and spokespersons[edit]

  1.  Belgium - Bert Leysen
  2.  United Kingdom - Pete Murray
  3.  Austria - Karl Bruck
  4.   Switzerland - Boris Acquadro
  5.  Sweden - Roland Eiworth
  6.  Germany - TBC
  7.  Netherlands - Siebe van der Zee[5]
  8.  Monaco - TBC
  9.  Italy - Enzo Tortora
  10.  Denmark - Bent Henius
  11.  France - Marianne Lecène

Commentators[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Eurovision History - Cannes 1959". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 5 March 2012. 
  2. ^ andtheconductoris.eu
  3. ^ "Eurovision Song Contest 1959". The Diggiloo Thrush. Retrieved 4 March 2012. 
  4. ^ "Eurovision 1959 - Cast and Crew". IMDb. Retrieved 5 March 2012. 
  5. ^ "Teddy Scholten eerste in Eurovisie Songfestival", Utrechts Nieuwsblad, 12 March 1959
  6. ^ "Teddy Scholten won voor Nederland Songfestival". De Leeuwarder Courant (in Dutch). March 12, 1959. 
  7. ^ Leif Thorsson. Melodifestivalen genom tiderna ["Melodifestivalen through time"] (2006), p. 20. Stockholm: Premium Publishing AB. ISBN 91-89136-29-2

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 43°33′12″N 7°01′20″E / 43.55333°N 7.02222°E / 43.55333; 7.02222