Eurovision Song Contest 1959
|Eurovision Song Contest 1959
|Final date||11 March 1959|
|Venue||Palais des Festivals et des Congrès
|Host broadcaster||Radiodiffusion-Télévision Française (RTF)|
|Number of entries||11|
|Voting system||Each country had 10 jury members who each awarded 1 point to their favourite song|
|Winning song|| Netherlands
|Eurovision Song Contest|
The Eurovision Song Contest 1959 was the fourth Eurovision Song Contest. It was held in Cannes, following the French victory the previous year. 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.
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.
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 
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.
|Franck Pourcel||Kai Mortensen||William Galassini||Dolf van der Linden||Eric Robinson||Francis Bay|
Returning artists 
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).
|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|
|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|
International broadcasts and voting 
The table below 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.
Voting and spokespersons 
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- "Eurovision Song Contest 1959". The Diggiloo Thrush. Retrieved 4 March 2012.
- "Eurovision 1959 - Cast and Crew". IMDb. Retrieved 5 March 2012.
- "Teddy Scholten eerste in Eurovisie Songfestival", Utrechts Nieuwsblad, 12 March 1959
- "Teddy Scholten won voor Nederland Songfestival". De Leeuwarder Courant (in Dutch). March 12, 1959.
- Leif Thorsson. Melodifestivalen genom tiderna ["Melodifestivalen through time"] (2006), p. 20. Stockholm: Premium Publishing AB. ISBN 91-89136-29-2