Eurovision Song Contest 1962

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Eurovision Song Contest 1962
ESC 1962 logo.png
Final18 March 1962
VenueVilla Louvigny
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Presenter(s)Mireille Delannoy
Musical directorJean Roderès
Directed by
Host broadcasterCompagnie Luxembourgeoise de Télédiffusion (CLT)
Interval actAchille Zavatta Edit this at Wikidata
Number of entries16
Debuting countriesNone
Returning countriesNone
Non-returning countriesNone
Voting systemTen-member juries awarded points to their three favourite songs.
Nul points
Winning song France
"Un premier amour"

The Eurovision Song Contest 1962 was the 7th edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg, following Jean-Claude Pascal's win at the 1961 contest in Cannes, France with the song "Nous les amoureux". This was the first time Luxembourg hosted the event. The contest was held at the Villa Louvigny on Sunday 18 March 1962 and was hosted by Mireille Delannoy. Sixteen countries participated in the contest – the same that took part the year prior.

The winner was France with the song "Un premier amour", performed by Isabelle Aubret, written by Roland Valade and composed by Claude Henri Vic. This was France's third victory in the contest in just five years, following their wins in 1958 and 1960. It was also the third consecutive winning song performed in French.

For the first time in the contest's history, Austria, Belgium, Netherlands, and Spain all scored the infamous nul points.[1]


Villa Louvigny, Luxembourg – host venue of the 1962 contest.

The 1962 Eurovision Song Contest was hosted in Luxembourg City. The venue chosen to host the 1962 contest was the Villa Louvigny. The building served as the headquarters of Compagnie Luxembourgeoise de Télédiffusion, the forerunner of RTL Group. It is located in Municipal Park, in the Ville Haute quarter of the centre of the city.[1]


After France's entry had been performed, there was a short power failure rendering the screens dark. There also seemed to be an even shorter power failure during the Netherlands entry, when viewers around Europe only saw darkness on their television screens when the Netherlands performed. The power failure seemed to affect the Netherlands score during the voting. Nevertheless, the song turned out to be popular in Europe after the contest.[1]

Participating countries[edit]

All countries who participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 1961 also participated in this edition.[1]


Each performance had a conductor who conducted the orchestra.[2][3]

Returning artists[edit]

The contest saw the return of four artists this year, with three artists having previously participated in the 1960 contest. Camillo Felgen for Luxembourg; François Deguelt for Monaco; and Fud Leclerc making his fourth appearance for Belgium, having also been present at the 1956 and 1958 contests. Jean Philippe, having previous represented France in 1959, returned to the contest as a representative for Switzerland.[1]


Draw Country Artist Song Language[4][5] Place Points
01  Finland Marion Rung "Tipi-tii" Finnish 7 4
02  Belgium Fud Leclerc "Ton nom" French 13 0
03  Spain Victor Balaguer "Llámame" Spanish 13 0
04  Austria Eleonore Schwarz "Nur in der Wiener Luft" German 13 0
05  Denmark Ellen Winther "Vuggevise" Danish 10 2
06  Sweden Inger Berggren "Sol och vår" Swedish 7 4
07  Germany Conny Froboess "Zwei kleine Italiener" German 6 9
08  Netherlands De Spelbrekers "Katinka" Dutch 13 0
09  France Isabelle Aubret "Un premier amour" French 1 26
10  Norway Inger Jacobsen "Kom sol, kom regn" Norwegian 10 2
11   Switzerland Jean Philippe "Le retour" French 10 2
12  Yugoslavia Lola Novaković "Ne pali svetla u sumrak" (Не пали светла у сумрак) Serbo-Croatian 4 10
13  United Kingdom Ronnie Carroll "Ring-A-Ding Girl" English 4 10
14  Luxembourg Camillo Felgen "Petit bonhomme" French 3 11
15  Italy Claudio Villa "Addio, addio" Italian 9 3
16  Monaco François Deguelt "Dis rien" French 2 13


Voting results
Total score
United Kingdom
Finland 4 3 1
Belgium 0
Spain 0
Austria 0
Denmark 2 1 1
Sweden 4 1 3
Germany 9 2 2 2 1 2
Netherlands 0
France 26 1 2 1 1 3 3 3 3 3 2 2 2
Norway 2 2
Switzerland 2 2
Yugoslavia 10 3 3 2 1 1
United Kingdom 10 2 2 2 1 3
Luxembourg 11 3 1 1 3 3
Italy 3 2 1
Monaco 13 3 2 1 3 1 3

3 points[edit]

This year marked the second jury voting system change in the contest’s history, moving away from a point per favourite song from 10-member juries to the allocation of 3, 2 and 1 points given to the top three favourite songs from each country's 10-member jurors' ratings. Below is a summary of all 3 points received in the final:

N. Contestant Voting nation
5 France Germany, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Yugoslavia
3 Luxembourg Belgium, Spain, Monaco
Monaco Austria, Luxembourg, Netherlands
2 Yugoslavia France, Italy
1 Finland United Kingdom
Sweden Denmark
United Kingdom Finland

Broadcasters, commentators and spokespersons[edit]


Listed below is the order in which votes were cast during the 1962 contest along with the spokesperson who was responsible for announcing the votes for their respective country.[6]

Broadcasters and commentators[edit]

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

Country Broadcaster(s) Commentator(s) Ref(s)
 Austria ORF Ruth Kappelsberger [de]
 Belgium RTB French: Nicole Védrès [10]
BRT Dutch: Willem Duys
 Denmark Danmarks Radio TV Skat Nørrevig
 Finland Suomen Televisio Aarno Walli [fi]
Yleisradio Erkki Melakoski [fi]
 France RTF Pierre Tchernia [10]
 Germany Deutsches Fernsehen Ruth Kappelsberger
 Italy Programma Nazionale Renato Tagliani [it]
 Luxembourg Télé-Luxembourg TBC
 Monaco Télé Monte Carlo Pierre Tchernia [10]
 Netherlands NTS Willem Duys [11]
 Norway NRK and NRK P1 Odd Grythe
 Spain TVE Federico Gallo [es]
 Sweden Sveriges TV and SR P1 Jan Gabrielsson [sv] [12]
  Switzerland TV DRS German: Theodor Haller [de]
TSR French: Georges Hardy [fr] [10][13]
TSI Italian: Renato Tagliani
 United Kingdom BBC TV David Jacobs [3]
BBC Light Programme Peter Haigh
 Yugoslavia Televizija Beograd Serbo-Croatian: Ljubomir Vukadinović [sr]
Televizija Zagreb Serbo-Croatian: Gordana Bonetti [hr]
Televizija Ljubljana Slovene: Tomaž Terček [sl]


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  2. ^ "And the conductor is..." Retrieved 10 July 2018.
  3. ^ a b c Roxburgh, Gordon (2012). Songs for Europe: The United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest. Volume One: The 1950s and 1960s. Prestatyn: Telos Publishing. pp. 291–299. ISBN 978-1-84583-065-6.
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  5. ^ "Eurovision Song Contest 1962". Retrieved 16 September 2020.
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  7. ^ Dyrseth, Seppo (OGAE Norway)
  8. ^ Tchernia, Pierre et al. (18 March 1962). 6ème Concours Eurovision de la Chanson 1962 [6th Eurovision Song Contest 1962] (Television production). Luxembourg: RTL, RTF (commentary).
  9. ^ "". Archived from the original on 18 July 2012. Retrieved 10 August 2012.
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  11. ^ "Nederlandse televisiecommentatoren bij het Eurovisie Songfestival". Eurovision Artists (in Dutch).
  12. ^ Thorsson, Leif (2006). Melodifestivalen genom tiderna ["Melodifestivalen through time"]. Stockholm: Premium Publishing AB. p. 40. ISBN 91-89136-29-2.
  13. ^ "Programme TV du 17 au 24 mars". Radio TV - Je vois tout. Lausanne, Switzerland: Le Radio SA. 15 March 1962.

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