Luxembourg in the Eurovision Song Contest

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Luxembourg
Flag
Member station RTL
Appearances
Appearances 37
First appearance 1956
Last appearance 1993
Best result 1st: 1961, 1965, 1972,
1973, 1983
Worst result Last: 1958, 1960, 1970
External links
Luxembourg's page at Eurovision.tv

Luxembourg was one of the countries that participated in the first Eurovision Song Contest in 1956.

From their debut to 1993 Luxembourg competed frequently in the Contest, being absent from the contest once during this period. However since being relegated from taking part in the 1994 Contest the country withdrew from the contest indefinitely after a run of bad placings in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Recent history[edit]

Camillo Felgen in Luxembourg (1962)
France Gall in Naples (1965)
Sophie & Magaly in The Hague (1980)
Solange Berry in Hilversum (1958)

In 2004, RTL were to return to Eurovision after an absence of 11 years.[1] However, after monetary issues, Luxembourg withdrew.[2][3] Strong rumours indicated that RTL would participate at the 2005 contest.[4] However, RTL later decided against it, and said that they would "never" return.[5] In 2008, RTL later reiterated their lack of interest in returning to the contest.[6][7]

OGAE Luxembourg[edit]

In recent years the Luxembourg branch of OGAE has been campaigning for Luxembourg to return to the contest. The 2008 convention held by the organization, featuring Luxembourgish entrants Corinne Hermès and Marion Welter, as well as the Portuguese entrant of the 2008 contest Vânia Fernandes, received major media attention within the country, with RTL reporting twice on the event, and were present to interview Hermès.[8][9]

Chances of returning[edit]

The chances of Luxembourg returning to the contest seem to be slim, but the RTL Group is still a member of the EBU[10] and announced in September 2009 that they were in serious considerations regarding returning to the contest in 2010. However, they would have had to secure fees regarding participation and the artist's expenses.[11] Although it was rumoured that Luxembourg would return in the 2012 edition of the contest, RTL has announced that no such intentions exist at present.[12]

Absences[edit]

Between 1956 and 1993 Luxembourg was only absent from the Contest once, in 1959. However in 1993 Luxembourg was relegated from taking part in the 1994 Contest, and has yet to return.

Contestants[edit]

Due to the country's small size and the national broadcaster's penchant for internal selection, most of Luxembourg's entrants came from outside the Grand Duchy, namely from France. All five of the winning artists from Luxembourg were foreign, four were French and one was Greek. Out of 38 entries in total and even more performers, only seven singers (Solange Berry, Camillo Felgen, Monique Melsen, Sophie Carle, Franck Olivier, Sarah Bray and Marion Welter) were native to Luxembourg.

Year Artist Language Title Place Points
1956 Michèle Arnaud French "Ne crois pas" 2 [13] N/A
1956 Michèle Arnaud French "Les amants de minuit" 2 [13] N/A
1957 Danièle Dupré French "Amours mortes (tant de peine)" 4 8
1958 Solange Berry French "Un grand amour" 9 1
1959
Did Not Compete
1960 Camillo Felgen Luxembourgish "So laang we's du do bast" 13 1
1961 Jean-Claude Pascal French "Nous les amoureux" 1 31
1962 Camillo Felgen French "Petit bonhomme" 3 11
1963 Nana Mouskouri French "À force de prier" 8 13
1964 Hugues Aufray French "Dès que le printemps revient" 4 14
1965 France Gall French "Poupée de cire, poupée de son" 1 32
1966 Michèle Torr French "Ce soir je t'attendais" 10 7
1967 Vicky Leandros French "L'amour est bleu" 4 17
1968 Chris Baldo & Sophie Garel French "Nous vivrons d'amour" 11 5
1969 Romuald French "Catherine" 11 7
1970 David Alexandre Winter French "Je suis tombé du ciel" 12 0
1971 Monique Melsen French "Pomme, pomme, pomme" 13 70
1972 Vicky Leandros French "Après toi" 1 128
1973 Anne-Marie David French "Tu te reconnaîtras" 1 129
1974 Ireen Sheer French, English "Bye Bye I Love You" 4 14
1975 Geraldine French "Toi" 5 84
1976 Jürgen Marcus French "Chansons pour ceux qui s'aiment" 14 17
1977 Anne-Marie B French "Frère Jacques" 16 17
1978 Baccara French "Parlez-vous français?" 7 73
1979 Jeane Manson French "J'ai déjà vu ça dans tes yeux" 13 44
1980 Sophie & Magaly French "Papa Pingouin" 9 56
1981 Jean-Claude Pascal French "C'est peut-être pas l'Amérique" 11 41
1982 Svetlana French "Cours après le temps" 6 78
1983 Corinne Hermès French "Si la vie est cadeau" 1 142
1984 Sophie Carle French "100% d'amour" 10 39
1985 Margo, Franck Olivier, Diane Solomon,
Ireen Sheer, Chris & Malcolm Roberts
French, English, German "Children, Kinder, Enfants" 13 37
1986 Sherisse Laurence French "L'amour de ma vie" 3 117
1987 Plastic Bertrand French "Amour, Amour" 21 4
1988 Lara Fabian French "Croire" 4 90
1989 Park Café French "Monsieur" 20 8
1990 Céline Carzo French "Quand je te rêve" 13 38
1991 Sarah Bray French "Un baiser volé" 14 29
1992 Marion Welter & Kontinent Luxembourgish "Sou fräi" 21 10
1993 Modern Times French, Luxembourgish "Donne-moi une chance" 20 11
1994
Relegation from Participating
1995
to
2014
Did Not Compete

NOTE: The full results for the first contest in 1956 are unknown, only the winner was announced. The official Eurovision site lists all the other songs as being placed second.

Voting history[edit]

As of 1993, Luxembourg's voting history is as follows:

Hostings[edit]

Year Location Venue Presenter
1962 Luxembourg Luxembourg Villa Louvigny Mireille Delannoy
1966 Josiane Chen
1973 Nouveau Théâtre Luxembourg Helga Guitton
1984 Théâtre Municipal Désirée Nosbusch

Commentators and Spokespersons[edit]

Through the 37 years Luxembourg took part in the Eurovision Song Contest, the contest was broadcast on two channels (RTL TV and RTL Hei Elei) however the contest was mostly broadcast on the French section of RTL until it was divided in 1991 and after that it was broadcast in Luxembourgian. That said only one commentators (Maurice Molitor) was native to Luxembourg.

Year(s) Television commentator Radio commentator Spokesperson
1956 Jacques Navadic No radio broadcast No Spokesperson
1957 Unknown
1958
1959 Did not participate
1960 Unknown
1961
1962 Jacques Navadic
1963 Unknown
1964
1965 Pierre Tchernia
1966 Jacques Navadic Camillo Felgen
1967 Unknown
1968
1969
1970 Camillo Felgen
1971 No Spokesperson
1972
1973
1974 Unknown
1975
1976 André Torrent Jacques Harvey
1977
1978
1979
1980
1981 Jacques Navadic and Marylène Bergmann
1982 Marylène Bergmann
1983 Valérie Sarn
1984 Valérie Sarn and Jacques Navadic
1985 Valérie Sarn Frédérique Ries
1986
1987
1988 Jean-Luc Bertrand
1989
1990
1991
1992 Maurice Molitor Unknown Unknown
1993
19942014 Did not participate Did not participate Did not participate

Congratulations: 50 Years of the Eurovision Song Contest[edit]

Artist Title Place Points Year Place Points
France Gall "Poupée de cire, poupée de son" 14 37 1965 1 32

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bakker, Sietse (2003-04-22). "Luxembourg back in Eurovision next year?". ESCToday. Retrieved 2003-04-22. 
  2. ^ Bakker, Sietse (2003-10-19). "Luxembourg might withdraw again from Eurovision". ESCToday. Retrieved 2003-10-19. 
  3. ^ Bakker, Sietse (2003-11-03). "Luxembourg won't participate in 2004". ESCToday. Retrieved 2003-11-03. 
  4. ^ Philips, Roel (2004-01-29). "Luxembourg back in 2005?". ESCToday. Retrieved 2004-01-29. 
  5. ^ Philips, Roel (2004-10-13). "'Luxembourg never to return to the contest'". ESCToday. Retrieved 2003-10-13. 
  6. ^ "RTL not interested in Eurovision 2009". Oikotimes. 2008-06-12. Retrieved 2008-06-18. 
  7. ^ Kuipers, Michael (2008-06-12). "Luxembourg: "No interest!"". ESCToday. Retrieved 2008-06-12. 
  8. ^ Costa, Nelson (2008-10-16). "Marion, Vânia and Corinne Hermès in OGAE gala". Oikotimes. Retrieved 2008-11-01. 
  9. ^ Floras, Stella (2008-11-01). "OGAE Luxembourg: Eurovision fun and glamour". ESCToday. Retrieved 2008-11-01. 
  10. ^ http://www.ebu.ch/en/ebu_members/actives/index.php
  11. ^ Al Kaziri, Ghassan (2009-09-01). "CLT will decide on Eurovision in December". Oikotimes. Retrieved 2009-09-01. 
  12. ^ http://www.esctoday.com/news/read/18030
  13. ^ a b Barclay, Simon (June 17, 2010). The Complete and Independent Guide to the Eurovision Song Contest 2010. Silverthorn Press. p. 24. ISBN 978-1-4457-8415-1. 

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