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
ConductorWilly Berking
Executive supervisorRolf Liebermann
Host broadcasterArbeitsgemeinschaft der öffentlich-rechtlichen Rundfunkanstalten der Bundesrepublik Deutschland (ARD)
Number of entries10
Debuting countries
Withdrawing countriesNone
Voting systemTen-member juries distributed 10 points among their favourite songs.
Nul pointsNone
Winning song Netherlands
"Net als toen"

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 held at the Großer Sendesaal des hessischen Rundfunks on Sunday 3 March 1957. The show was hosted by German actress Anaid Iplicjian. Like the first edition of the contest, this one was still mainly a radio programme, but there was a noticeable increase in the number of people with televisions.

The winner 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.

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]


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

The contest took place in Frankfurt am Main (or simply 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]


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.[1]

In a change of rules from the previous year's contest, duos were 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, 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. It was also the first time the Netherlands won the contest. 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 and Denmark made their débuts; these countries 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 from 1957.[6]


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

Returning artists[edit]

The contest saw the return of two artists who had participated in the previous edition of the contest - Corry Brokken for Netherlands, and Lys Assia for Switzerland.[1]


Draw Country Artist Song Language[8] Place[9] 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 & Gustav Winckler "Skibet skal sejle i nat" Danish 3 10
10   Switzerland Lys Assia "L'enfant que j'étais" French 8 5


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

International broadcasts and voting[edit]

The table below shows 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. 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.[10]

Voting order Country Spokespersons Commentator(s) Broadcaster(s)
01 Switzerland Switzerland Mäni Weber Robert Beauvais TSR
02 Denmark Denmark TBD Svend Pedersen Statsradiofonien TV
03 France France Claude Darget Robert Beauvais RTF
04 Germany Germany Joachim Fuchsberger Wolf Mittler Deutsches Fernsehen
05 Netherlands Netherlands Siebe van der Zee Piet te Nuyl NTS
06 Austria Austria Rudolf Fochler No Commentator ORF
07 Italy Italy Nunzio Filogamo Bianca Maria Piccinino Programma Nazionale
08 United Kingdom United Kingdom David Jacobs Berkeley Smith, Tom Sloan BBC Television Service
BBC Light Programme
09 Luxembourg Luxembourg Pierre Bellemare Robert Beauvais Télé-Luxembourg
10 Belgium Belgium Bert Leysen Nic Bal, Janine Lambotte NIR, INR


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Eurovision Song Contest 1957". EBU. Retrieved 11 June 2012.
  2. ^ "Location database - Großer Sendesaal des hessischen Rundfunks". Retrieved 12 June 2012.
  3. ^ "Die singende Richterin: Corry Brokken" (in German). Retrieved 12 June 2012.
  4. ^ "Reconstruction and the "Frankfurter Principle"". Messe Frankfurt. Retrieved 20 October 2012.
  5. ^ "Frankfurt City History". Tourist Information Offices Frankfurt. 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
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  8. ^ "Eurovision Song Contest 1957". The Diggiloo Thrush. Retrieved 4 March 2012.
  9. ^ "Scoreboard results". Eurovision Song Contest 1957. EBU. Retrieved 11 June 2012.
  10. ^ "Eurovision 1957 Cast and Crew". IMDb. Retrieved 5 March 2012.

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