Eurovision Song Contest 1959

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Eurovision Song Contest 1959
ESC 1959 logo.png
Final11 March 1959
VenuePalais des Festivals et des Congrès
Cannes, France
Presenter(s)Jacqueline Joubert
ConductorFranck Pourcel
Directed byMarcel Cravenne
Host broadcasterRadiodiffusion-Télévision Française (RTF)
Interval actFranck Pourcel's Orchestra Edit this at Wikidata
Number of entries11
Debuting countries
Returning countries
Non-returning countries
Voting systemTen-member juries distributed 10 points among their favourite songs.
Nul pointsNone
Winning song Netherlands
"Een beetje"

The Eurovision Song Contest 1959 was the fourth edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Cannes, France, following André Claveau's win at the 1958 contest in Hilversum, Netherlands with the song "Dors, mon amour". It was the first time France hosted the event. The contest was held at Palais des Festivals et des Congrès on Wednesday 11 March 1959, and was hosted by Jacqueline Joubert.[1] It was the first Eurovision Song Contest held in a coastal town and in the Mediterranean Basin.

Eleven countries participated in the contest. Monaco made its debut this year, the United Kingdom returned after a year of absence, and Luxembourg decided not to participate.

The winner was the Netherlands with the song "Een beetje", performed by Teddy Scholten, written by Willy van Hemert and composed by Dick Schallies. This was the Netherlands' second victory in the contest, following their win in 1957 - marking the first time a country had won more than once. Willy van Hemert also wrote the first Dutch winner that year.


Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, Cannes – host venue of the 1959 contest.

The event took place in Cannes, France, with the venue being the original building of Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, after France got the right to host this edition of the Eurovision Song Contest for winning its previous 1958 edition with the song "Dors, mon amour" performed by André Claveau. Cannes, a city located on the French Riviera, is a busy tourist destination and known worldwide for hosting the annual Cannes Film Festival, with the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès also hosting the Film Festival. The original building was built in 1949 and was located on the boulevard of Promenade de la Croisette, on the present site of the JW Marriott Cannes.


A new rule was created for this Eurovision, ensuring that no professional publishers or composers were allowed in the national juries. During the voting, 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 thus 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 third- and second-placed songs, France and United Kingdom respectively, were allowed to sing again at the end of the show, together with the eventual winner, the Netherlands.

Participating countries[edit]

Luxembourg did not return to the competition after its 1958 participation. 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.[2]


Each performance had a conductor who conducted the orchestra.[3]

Returning artists[edit]

The contest saw the return of two artists who had participated in previous editions of the contest: Birthe Wilke for Denmark (who appeared in the 1957 contest) and Domenico Modugno for Italy (who appeared in the 1958 contest).


Draw Country Artist Song Language[4] Place Points
01  France Jean Philippe "Oui, oui, oui, oui" French 3 15
02  Denmark Birthe Wilke "Uh, jeg ville ønske jeg var dig" Danish 5 12
03  Italy Domenico Modugno "Piove (Ciao, ciao bambina)" Italian 6 9
04  Monaco Jacques Pills "Mon ami Pierrot" French 11 1
05  Netherlands Teddy Scholten "Een beetje" Dutch 1 21
06  Germany Alice & Ellen Kessler "Heute Abend wollen wir tanzen geh'n" German 8 5
07  Sweden Brita Borg "Augustin" Swedish 9 4
08   Switzerland Christa Williams "Irgendwoher" German 4 14
09  Austria Ferry Graf "Der K und K Kalypso aus Wien" German 9 4
10  United Kingdom Pearl Carr & Teddy Johnson "Sing, Little Birdie" English 2 16
11  Belgium Bob Benny "Hou toch van mij" Dutch 6 9


Voting results
Total score
United Kingdom
France 15 2 1 1 4 2 1 4
Denmark 12 2 2 1 4 1 1 1
Italy 9 1 3 1 1 3
Monaco 1 1
Netherlands 21 3 1 3 2 1 7 4
Germany 5 1 1 1 2
Sweden 4 3 1
Switzerland 14 1 5 1 3 1 1 2
Austria 4 1 2 1
United Kingdom 16 2 2 3 5 2 1 1
Belgium 9 2 3 1 1 2

International broadcasts and voting[edit]

The table above 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.[5]

Voting order Country Spokespersons Commentator(s) Broadcaster(s)
01 Belgium Belgium Bert Leysen Nic Bal
Paule Herreman
02 United Kingdom United Kingdom Pete Murray Tom Sloan
Pete Murray
BBC Television Service
BBC Light Programme
03 Austria Austria Karl Bruck Elena Gerhard ORF
04 Switzerland Switzerland Boris Acquadro Theodor Haller TV DRS, TSR
05 Sweden Sweden Roland Eiworth Jan Gabrielsson Sveriges Radio-TV, SR P1
06 Germany Germany Hans-Joachim Rauschenbach Elena Gerhard Deutsches Fernsehen
07 Netherlands Netherlands Siebe van der Zee Piet te Nuyl NTS
08 Monaco Monaco TBC Claude Darget Télé Monte Carlo
09 Italy Italy Enzo Tortora Renato Tagliani Programma Nazionale
10 Denmark Denmark Svend Pedersen Sejr Volmer-Sørensen DR TV
11 France France Marianne Lecène Claude Darget RTF
- Luxembourg Luxembourg (non-participating country) - Claude Darget Télé-Luxembourg


  1. ^ "Eurovision History – Cannes 1959". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 5 March 2012.
  2. ^ "Cannes 1959".
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  4. ^ "Eurovision Song Contest 1959". The Diggiloo Thrush. Retrieved 4 March 2012.
  5. ^ "Eurovision 1959 – Cast and Crew". IMDb. Retrieved 5 March 2012.

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