Eurovision Song Contest 1957

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Eurovision Song Contest 1957
ESC 1957 logo.png
Final3 March 1957
VenueGroßer Sendesaal des hessischen Rundfunks
Frankfurt-am-Main, West Germany
Presenter(s)Anaid Iplicjian
Musical directorWilly Berking
Directed byMichael Kehlmann
Executive supervisorRolf Liebermann
Host broadcasterArbeitsgemeinschaft der öffentlich-rechtlichen Rundfunkanstalten der Bundesrepublik Deutschland (ARD) Edit this at Wikidata
Number of entries10
Debuting countries
Non-returning countriesNone
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         Participating countries
Voting systemTen-member juries distributed 10 points among their favourite songs.
Nul pointsNone
Winning song Netherlands
"Net als toen"
1956 ← Eurovision Song Contest → 1958

The Eurovision Song Contest 1957 was the second edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Frankfurt-am-Main, West Germany and was organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and host broadcaster Arbeitsgemeinschaft der öffentlich-rechtlichen Rundfunkanstalten der Bundesrepublik Deutschland (ARD). The contest was held at the Großer Sendesaal des hessischen Rundfunks on Sunday 3 March 1957 and was hosted by German actress Anaid Iplicjian. Like the first edition, the competition was still mainly a radio programme, but there was a noticeable increase in the number of people with televisions this year.

Ten countries took part in the contest, with Austria, Denmark and the United Kingdom making their débuts.

The winner of the contest was the Netherlands with the song "Net als toen", performed by Corry Brokken,[1] written by Willy van Hemert and composed by Guus Jansen. This was the Netherlands' first victory in the contest.


Großer Sendesaal des hessischen Rundfunks, Frankfurt am Main - venue of the 1957 contest.

The contest took place in Frankfurt, one of the largest cities in, at the time West Germany. The host venue was the Großer Sendesaal des Hessischen Rundfunks, a building, music hall and former television studio based in Frankfurt am Main. Today it is used as a music hall.[2][3]

After being devastated in the Second World War during the early 1940s, Frankfurt rebuilt itself well into the 1950s into one of Europe's most prominent financial centres. With investments coming in from both national and international financial institutions, 1957, the year of the contest, already saw the first of Frankfurt's high-rise business buildings.[4][5]

For some time, a rumour had existed that the privilege of hosting the 1957 contest was given to Germany because they had come in second place in 1956 with "Im Wartesaal zum großen Glück" by Walter Andreas Schwarz. In fact, not only were the official 1956 scores withheld, but the rule stating that the winning nation hosts the next year's Eurovision Song Contest had not yet been conceived. It was planned at the time that each participating country would take it in turns to host the event. However, as more countries wished to participate, this became impractical.[1]


In this year's contest the Italian entry lasted for 5:09 minutes, whilst the UK's entry lasted for only 1:52 minutes. It was because of songs like the former that a rule was eventually introduced restricting each song to a maximum of 3 minutes; this rule still applies to this day.[1]

In a change of rules from the previous year's contest, duos were now allowed to compete. Danish representatives, Birthe Wilke and Gustav Winckler, were the first of such acts to participate under this rule change. At the end of their performance, the couple exchanged the longest kiss in the contest's history, sparking outcry from more conservative countries, although only people with televisions could actually see it. This was due to a member of the production staff forgetting to give a pre-arranged sign that the kiss should end.[1]

This was the first year where the juries were contacted by telephone. Another notable change was that the national juries could not vote for their own song, a rule which would be continued throughout the contest's subsequent history.[1]

Participating countries[edit]

Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, and Switzerland made their second appearances following their débuts in 1956. Austria, Denmark and the UK competed for the first time; Austria and Denmark had wanted to participate in 1956, but had applied to the European Broadcasting Union after the deadline for song submissions for that year's contest had passed, thus missing it. With those joining in 1957, the total number of countries was ten, three more than in the first ever contest.[1]

It was thought that the United Kingdom had also missed the participation deadline for the 1956 contest, but the EBU revealed in January 2017 that this was unfounded speculation spread by fans of the contest.[6] The EBU further went on to explain that the Festival of British Popular Song, a contest created by the BBC for the United Kingdom, was the inspiration that brought in changes to the contest format.[6]


Each performance had a conductor who conducted the orchestra.[7][8]

Returning artists[edit]

Bold indicates a previous winner

Artist Country Previous year(s)
Corry Brokken  Netherlands 1956
Lys Assia   Switzerland 1956


Draw Country Artist Song Language[9][10] Place[11] Points
01  Belgium Bobbejaan Schoepen "Straatdeuntje" Dutch 8 5
02  Luxembourg Danièle Dupré "Amours mortes (tant de peine)" French 4 8
03  United Kingdom Patricia Bredin "All" English 7 6
04  Italy Nunzio Gallo "Corde della mia chitarra" Italian 6 7
05  Austria Bob Martin "Wohin, kleines Pony?" German 10 3
06  Netherlands Corry Brokken "Net als toen" Dutch 1 31
07  Germany Margot Hielscher "Telefon, Telefon" German 4 8
08  France Paule Desjardins "La belle amour" French 2 17
09  Denmark Birthe Wilke and Gustav Winckler "Skibet skal sejle i nat" Danish 3 10
10   Switzerland Lys Assia "L'enfant que j'étais" French 8 5


Voting results[12][13]
Total score
United Kingdom
Belgium 5 1 2 2
Luxembourg 8 3 4 1
United Kingdom 6 2 1 1 1 1
Italy 7 1 2 2 1 1
Austria 3 1 2
Netherlands 31 7 3 4 1 6 1 1 3 5
Germany 8 6 1 1
France 17 2 6 1 2 4 2
Denmark 10 5 3 2
Switzerland 5 2 1 1 1


Listed below is the order in which votes were cast during the 1957 contest along with the spokesperson who was responsible for announcing the votes for their respective country.

Country Spokeperson Language City
  Switzerland Mäni Weber [de] German Basel
 Denmark Svend Pedersen English Copenhagen
 France Claude Darget [fr] French Paris
 Germany Joachim Fuchsberger German Frankfurt am Main
 Netherlands Siebe van der Zee [nl] German Bussum
 Austria Rudolf Fochler [de] German Vienna
 Italy Nunzio Filogamo German Rome
 United Kingdom David Jacobs English London
 Luxembourg Pierre Bellemare French Luxembourg City
 Belgium Bert Leysen [nl] French Brussels


Each national broadcaster also sent a commentator to the contest, in order to provide coverage of the contest in their own native language.

Broadcasters and commentators in participating countries
Country Broadcaster(s) Commentator(s) Ref(s)
 Austria ORF No commentator
 Belgium INR French: Janine Lambotte [fr]
NIR Dutch: Nic Bal [nl]
 Denmark Statsradiofonien TV Gunnar Hansen [da]
 France RTF Robert Beauvais
 Germany Deutsches Fernsehen Wolf Mittler
 Italy Programma Nazionale Bianca Maria Piccinino
 Luxembourg Télé-Luxembourg Jacques Navadic
 Netherlands NTS Piet te Nuyl
  Switzerland TSR Georges Hardy [fr]
 United Kingdom BBC Television Service Berkeley Smith [8]
BBC Light Programme Tom Sloan


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  4. ^ "Reconstruction and the "Frankfurter Principle"". Messe Frankfurt. Archived from the original on 27 May 2014. Retrieved 20 October 2012.
  5. ^ "Frankfurt City History". Tourist Information Offices Frankfurt. Archived from the original on 14 September 2013. Retrieved 20 October 2012.
  6. ^ a b Jordan, Paul (11 January 2017). "Shining a light on the United Kingdom: 60 Years at Eurovision". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 13 January 2017. Contrary to popular fan myths, the UK did not intend to enter in 1956 as the BBC had previously created their own separate contest, the Festival of British Popular Songs
  7. ^ "And the conductor is..." Retrieved 10 July 2018.
  8. ^ a b Roxburgh, Gordon (2012). Songs for Europe: The United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest. Volume One: The 1950s and 1960s. Prestatyn: Telos Publishing. pp. 152–159. ISBN 978-1-84583-065-6.
  9. ^ "Eurovision Song Contest 1957". The Diggiloo Thrush. Retrieved 4 March 2012.
  10. ^ "Eurovision Song Contest 1957". Retrieved 16 September 2020.
  11. ^ "Final of Frankfurt 1957". European Broadcasting Union. Archived from the original on 27 March 2021. Retrieved 27 March 2021.
  12. ^ "Results of the Final of Frankfurt 1957". European Broadcasting Union. Archived from the original on 27 March 2021. Retrieved 27 March 2021.
  13. ^ "Eurovision Song Contest 1957 – Scoreboard". European Broadcasting Union. Archived from the original on 30 June 2015. Retrieved 14 June 2021.

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