Eurovision Song Contest 1960

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Eurovision Song Contest 1960
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Final29 March 1960
VenueRoyal Festival Hall
London, United Kingdom
Presenter(s)Katie Boyle
Musical directorEric Robinson
Directed byInnes Lloyd
Executive producerHarry Carlisle
Host broadcasterBritish Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
Interval actEric Robinson's Orchestra[1] Edit this at Wikidata
Number of entries13
Debuting countries
Returning countries
Non-returning countriesNone
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Voting systemEach country had 10 jury members who each cast one vote for their favorite song.
Nul pointsNone
Winning song France
"Tom Pillibi"
1959 ← Eurovision Song Contest → 1961

The Eurovision Song Contest 1960 was the fifth edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in London, United Kingdom and was held at the Royal Festival Hall on Tuesday 29 March 1960. The show was hosted by Catherine Boyle (later Katie Boyle). It was the first Eurovision Song Contest held in a capital city, as well as in the British Isles and in the English-speaking world.

Following Teddy Scholten's win for the Netherlands at the 1959 contest in Cannes, France with the song "Een beetje", the Netherlands Television Service (NTS) declined to host another contest so soon after staging the event in 1958. The honour of hosting the contest therefore passed to the United Kingdom, which had come second in 1959.

Thirteen countries participated in the contest. Norway made their début, and Luxembourg returned after their absence from the previous edition.

The winner was France with the song "Tom Pillibi", performed by Jacqueline Boyer, written by Pierre Cour, and composed by André Popp. This was France's second victory in the contest, following their win in 1958, and their fourth consecutive top three placing.[1] Aged 18, Boyer became the first teenager and the youngest artist yet to win the contest.[2] Following the death of Lys Assia in 2018, Jacqueline Boyer stands as the longest surviving Eurovision winner, although later winning singers are older in terms of age.


Royal Festival Hall, London - host venue of the 1960 contest.

The 1960 Eurovision Song Contest was hosted in London. The Royal Festival Hall, the venue for the 1960 contest, is a 2,900-seat concert, dance and talks venue within Southbank Centre in London. It is situated on the South Bank of the River Thames, not far from Hungerford Bridge.[3]

The result was a win for France, however Germany, Monaco and the UK led in the early stages of voting. The UK came second with 25 points, four more points than the winning song in 1959, and Monaco came third on 15 points making up for their disappointing début result the year before.[1]

Participating countries[edit]

Interest in the contest started to grow across Europe, with the number of participating nations increasing to 13 this year. Norway made its debut with one of their leading jazz singers. Luxembourg returned to the contest after a one-year break with a song in native Luxembourgish language.[1] The Netherlands was mistakenly announced as Holland (which is only the western part of the country of The Netherlands).


The conductors of the orchestra for each country's performance were:[4][5]

Returning artists[edit]

Artist Country Previous year(s)
Fud Leclerc  Belgium 1956, 1958


Draw Country Artist Song Language[6][7] Place[8] Points
01  United Kingdom Bryan Johnson "Looking High, High, High" English 2 25
02  Sweden Siw Malmkvist "Alla andra får varann" Swedish 10 4
03  Luxembourg Camillo Felgen "So laang we's du do bast" Luxembourgish 13 1
04  Denmark Katy Bødtger "Det var en yndig tid" Danish 10 4
05  Belgium Fud Leclerc "Mon amour pour toi" French 6 9
06  Norway Nora Brockstedt "Voi Voi"[a] Norwegian 4 11
07  Austria Harry Winter "Du hast mich so fasziniert" German 7 6
08  Monaco François Deguelt "Ce soir-là" French 3 15
09   Switzerland Anita Traversi "Cielo e terra" Italian 8 5
10  Netherlands Rudi Carrell "Wat een geluk" Dutch 12 2
11  Germany Wyn Hoop "Bonne nuit ma chérie" German 4 11
12  Italy Renato Rascel "Romantica" Italian 8 5
13  France Jacqueline Boyer "Tom Pillibi" French 1 32


Each country had 10 jury members who each cast one vote for their favorite song.

Voting results[9][10]
Total score
United Kingdom
United Kingdom 25 2 1 5 4 1 3 2 1 5 1
Sweden 4 2 1 1
Luxembourg 1 1
Denmark 4 2 1 1
Belgium 9 3 1 1 4
Norway 11 1 1 4 1 1 2 1
Austria 6 1 1 2 2
Monaco 15 3 7 1 2 1 1
Switzerland 5 1 2 1 1
Netherlands 2 1 1
Germany 11 4 2 2 2 1
Italy 5 1 2 1 1
France 32 1 2 1 5 1 5 3 4 1 4 5


Listed below is the order in which votes were cast during the 1960 contest along with the spokesperson who was responsible for announcing the votes for their respective country.

  1.  France – Armand Lanoux
  2.  Italy – Enzo Tortora
  3.  Germany – Hans-Joachim Rauschenbach [de]
  4.  Netherlands – Siebe van der Zee [nl][11]
  5.   Switzerland – Boris Acquadro [fr]
  6.  Monaco – TBC
  7.  Austria – Emil Kollpacher
  8.  Norway – Kari Borg Mannsåker [no]
  9.  Belgium – Arlette Vincent [fr]
  10.  Denmark – Svend Pedersen
  11.  Luxembourg – TBC
  12.  Sweden – Tage Danielsson
  13.  United Kingdom – Nick Burrell-Davis[5]


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 Wolf Mittler
 Belgium INR French: Georges Désir [fr] [5]
NIR Dutch: Nic Bal [nl] [5]
 Denmark Danmarks Radio TV Sejr Volmer-Sørensen [5]
 France RTF Pierre Tchernia [5]
 Germany Deutsches Fernsehen Wolf Mittler [5][12]
 Italy Programma Nazionale Giorgio Porro [5]
 Luxembourg Télé-Luxembourg Pierre Tchernia
 Monaco Télé Monte Carlo
 Netherlands NTS Piet te Nuyl [5][13]
 Norway NRK, NRK P1 Erik Diesen [5]
 Sweden Sveriges TV, SR P2 Jan Gabrielsson [sv] [5][14]
  Switzerland TV DRS German: Theodor Haller [de] [5][12]
 United Kingdom BBC Television Service David Jacobs [5]
BBC Light Programme Pete Murray
Broadcasters and commentators in non-participating countries
Country Broadcaster(s) Commentator(s) Ref(s)
 Finland Suomen Televisio Aarno Walli [fi]

Notes and references[edit]


  1. ^ Although the song was performed in Norwegian, the title and sentence in the lyrics "Voi Voi" is in Northern Sami.


  1. ^ a b c d "Eurovision History - London 1960". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 5 March 2012.
  2. ^ O'Connor, John Kennedy. The Eurovision Song Contest - The Official Celebration. Carlton Books, 2015. ISBN 978-1-78097-638-9. Pages 32-33
  3. ^ "About the Southbank Centre". Southbank Centre. Archived from the original on 10 December 2005. Retrieved 12 June 2012.
  4. ^ "And the conductor is..." Retrieved 10 July 2018.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Roxburgh, Gordon (2012). Songs for Europe: The United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest. Volume One: The 1950s and 1960s. Prestatyn: Telos Publishing. pp. 214–224. ISBN 978-1-84583-065-6.
  6. ^ "Eurovision Song Contest 1960". The Diggiloo Thrush. Retrieved 4 March 2012.
  7. ^ "Eurovision Song Contest 1960". Retrieved 16 September 2020.
  8. ^ "Final of London 1960". European Broadcasting Union. Archived from the original on 27 March 2021. Retrieved 27 March 2021.
  9. ^ "Results of the Final of London 1960". European Broadcasting Union. Archived from the original on 27 March 2021. Retrieved 27 March 2021.
  10. ^ "Eurovision Song Contest 1960 – Scoreboard". European Broadcasting Union. Archived from the original on 22 July 2015. Retrieved 14 June 2021.
  11. ^ "Toch geen geluk voor Rudi". Nieuwe Leidsche Courant. 30 March 1960. p. 7. Retrieved 14 June 2021.
  12. ^ a b "Programm vom Dienstag, den 29. März 1960". Programm vom Dienstag, den 29. März 1960s (in German).
  13. ^ "Nederlandse televisiecommentatoren bij het Eurovisie Songfestival". Eurovision Artists (in Dutch).
  14. ^ Thorsson, Leif (2006). Melodifestivalen genom tiderna [Melodifestivalen through time]. Stockholm: Premium Publishing AB. p. 26. ISBN 91-89136-29-2.

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