Eurovision Song Contest 1962
|Eurovision Song Contest 1962
|Final date||18 March 1962|
|Host broadcaster||Compagnie Luxembourgeoise de Télédiffusion (CLT)|
|Interval act||Achille Zavatta|
|Number of entries||16|
|Voting system||Each country had 10 jury members who awarded their three favourite songs 3, 2, and 1 points in order. All those points would then be added up and the song with the most points is declared the winner.|
|Winning song|| France
"Un premier amour"
|Eurovision Song Contest|
The Eurovision Song Contest 1962 was the seventh edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. France won for a third time with the song "Un premier amour", performed by Isabelle Aubret. This marked the first time a country had won three contests. Austria, Belgium, Netherlands, and Spain all scored "null points" for the first time.
The city of Luxembourg, also known as Luxembourg City, is a commune with city status, and the capital of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. It is located at the confluence of the Alzette and Pétrusse Rivers in southern Luxembourg. The city contains the historic Luxembourg Castle, established by the Franks in the Early Middle Ages, around which a settlement developed.
Luxembourg City lies at the heart of Western Europe, situated 213 km (132 mi) by road from Brussels, 372 km (231 mi) from Paris, 209 km (130 mi) from Cologne, and 65 km (40 mi) from Metz in northeast France.
The venue chosen to host the 1962 contest was the Villa Louvigny. The building served as the headquarters of Compagnie Luxembourgeoise de Télédiffusion, the forerunner of RTL Group. It is located in Municipal Park, in the Ville Haute quarter of the centre of the city.
After France's entry had been performed, there was a short power failure rendering the screens dark. There also seemed to be an even shorter power failure during the Netherlands entry, when viewers around Europe only saw darkness on their television screens when the Netherlands performed. The power failure seemed to affect the Netherlands score during the voting. Nevertheless the song turned out to be popular in Europe after the contest.
- Finland - George de Godzinsky
- Belgium - Henri Segers
- Spain - Jean Roderes
- Austria - Bruno Uher
- Denmark - Kai Mortensen
- Sweden - Egon Kjerrman
- Germany - Rolf-Hans Müller
- Netherlands - Dolf van der Linden
- France - Franck Pourcel
- Norway - Øivind Bergh
- Switzerland - Cedric Dumont
- Yugoslavia - Joze Privzek
- United Kingdom - Wally Stott
- Luxembourg - Jean Roderes
- Italy - Cinico Angelini
- Monaco - Raymond Lefevre
The contest saw the return of four artists this year, with three artists having previously participated in the 1960. Camillo Felgen for Luxembourg; François Deguelt for Monaco; and Fud Leclerc making his fourth appearance for Belgium, having also been present at the 1956, and 1958 contests. Jean Philippe, having previous represented France in 1959, returned to the contest as a representative for Switzerland.
Below is a summary of all 3 points in the final:
|5||France||Germany, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Yugoslavia|
|3||Luxembourg||Belgium, Spain, Monaco|
|Monaco||Austria, Luxembourg, Netherlands|
International broadcasts and voting
The table below shows the order in which votes were cast during the 1962 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
- Monaco - TBC
- Italy - Enzo Tortora
- Luxembourg - TBC
- United Kingdom - Alex Macintosh
- Yugoslavia - Mladen Delić
- Switzerland - Alexandre Burger
- Norway - Kari Borg Mannsåker
- France - TBC
- Netherlands - Ger Lugtenburg
- Germany - TBC
- Sweden - Tage Danielsson
- Denmark - Claus Toksvig
- Austria - TBC
- Spain - Diego Ramírez Pastor
- Belgium - Arlette Vincent
- Finland - Poppe Berg
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