Eurovision Song Contest 1965

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Eurovision Song Contest 1965
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Final20 March 1965
VenueSala di Concerto della RAI [it]
Naples, Italy
Presenter(s)Renata Mauro
Musical directorGianni Ferrio
Directed byRomolo Siena
Executive supervisorMiroslav Vilček
Host broadcasterRadiotelevisione Italiana (RAI)
Interval actMario Del Monaco Edit this at Wikidata
Number of entries18
Debuting countries Ireland
Returning countries Sweden
Non-returning countriesNone
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         Participating countries     Countries that participated in the past but not in 1965
Voting systemTen-member juries awarded points (5, 3 and 1, or combinations thereof) to their three favourite songs.
Nul points
Winning song Luxembourg
"Poupée de cire, poupée de son"

The Eurovision Song Contest 1965 was the 10th edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Naples, Italy, following Gigliola Cinquetti's win at the 1964 contest in Copenhagen, Denmark with the song "Non ho l'età". It was the first time the contest took place in Italy, also marking the first time the Italian Peninsula and Southern European country hosted the event. The contest was held at Sala di Concerto della RAI on Saturday 20 March 1965, and was hosted by Renata Mauro.

Eighteen countries participated in the contest - setting a new record for the highest number of entrants. Sweden returned after their absence from the previous edition, while Ireland made their debut.

The winner was Luxembourg with the song "Poupée de cire, poupée de son", performed by France Gall, and written/composed by Serge Gainsbourg. This was Luxembourg's second victory in the contest, following their win in 1961. It was also the first winning song since the Netherlands' "Een beetje" in 1959 to not be a ballad.

For the fourth consecutive year, four countries all scored nul points; Belgium, Finland, Germany, and Spain - all of which finished with no points for the second time in the contest's history.[1]


Sala di Concerto della RAI, Naples – host venue of the 1965 contest.

The contest took place in Naples, the capital of region Campania in southern Italy and the third-largest city in Italy, after Rome and Milan. This is Italy's first hosting of the Eurovision Song Contest. The host venue was the then new Sala di Concerto della RAI (RAI Production Centre of Naples), founded few years prior to the contest, in the late fifties and early sixties. It is located in Viale Marconi in the district of Fuorigrotta. The structure has three TV studios for a total of 1227 m2 and capacity of 370 persons, used for the filming of programs and fiction and an auditorium. The Neapolitan song archives are also housed in it.[1][2]


Each country had 10 jury members who distributed three points among their one, two, or three favourite songs. The points were totalled and the first, second, and third placed songs were awarded 5, 3, and 1 votes in order. If only one song got every point within the jury it would get all 9 points. If only two songs were chosen, the songs would get 6 and 3 points in order.

Participating countries[edit]

18 countries took part, with the Eurovision Song Contest reaching its highest ever number. Sweden returned after a one-year absence, and Ireland debuted in the competition. Luxembourg won for the second time with the highly controversial Poupée De Cire, Poupée De Son sung by teenager France Gall which later went on to be a massive hit in almost all European countries.[1] Belgium, Finland, Germany, and Spain all scored null points for the second time. The competition was also broadcast via the Intervision network, to the Eastern European nations for the very first time.[1]

Ingvar Wixell, the Swedish participant performed his song in English instead of the original Swedish title "Annorstädes vals". The native languages were used for all of the other participants. This led to a rule being introduced for the next 1966 edition, that meant all participants had to perform their songs using one of their national languages.[1]

Returning artists[edit]

Artist Country Previous year(s)
Conchita Bautista  Spain 1961
Vice Vukov  Yugoslavia 1963
Udo Jürgens  Austria 1964


Each performance had a conductor who led the orchestra.[3][4]


Draw Country Artist Song Language[5][6] Place Points
01  Netherlands Conny Vandenbos "'t Is genoeg" Dutch 11 5
02  United Kingdom Kathy Kirby "I Belong" English 2 26
03  Spain Conchita Bautista "¡Qué bueno, qué bueno!" Spanish 15 0
04  Ireland Butch Moore "Walking the Streets in the Rain" English 6 11
05  Germany Ulla Wiesner "Paradies, wo bist du?" German 15 0
06  Austria Udo Jürgens "Sag ihr, ich lass sie grüßen" German 4 16
07  Norway Kirsti Sparboe "Karusell" Norwegian 13 1
08  Belgium Lize Marke "Als het weer lente is" Dutch 15 0
09  Monaco Marjorie Noël "Va dire à l'amour" French 9 7
10  Sweden Ingvar Wixell "Absent Friend" English 10 6
11  France Guy Mardel "N'avoue jamais" French 3 22
12  Portugal Simone de Oliveira "Sol de inverno" Portuguese 13 1
13  Italy Bobby Solo "Se piangi, se ridi" Italian 5 15
14  Denmark Birgit Brüel "For din skyld" Danish 7 10
15  Luxembourg France Gall "Poupée de cire, poupée de son" French 1 32
16  Finland Viktor Klimenko "Aurinko laskee länteen" Finnish 15 0
17  Yugoslavia Vice Vukov "Čežnja" (Чежња) Serbo-Croatian 12 2
18   Switzerland Yovanna "Non, à jamais sans toi" French 8 8


Each country had 10 jury members who distributed three points among their one, two, or three favourite songs. The points were totalled and the first, second, and third placed songs were awarded 5, 3, and 1 votes in order. If only one song got every point within the jury it would get all 9 points. If only two songs were chosen, the songs would get 6 and 3 points in order.

Voting results
Total score
United Kingdom
Netherlands 5 5
United Kingdom 26 5 1 6 3 1 5 5
Spain 0
Ireland 11 3 5 3
Germany 0
Austria 16 3 5 5 3
Norway 1 1
Belgium 0
Monaco 7 5 1 1
Sweden 6 3 3
France 22 1 3 1 3 5 3 1 5
Portugal 1 1
Italy 15 3 1 1 3 3 3 1
Denmark 10 5 5
Luxembourg 32 5 1 3 5 5 3 1 1 5 3
Finland 0
Yugoslavia 2 1 1
Switzerland 8 3 5

5 points[edit]

Below is a summary of all 5 points in the final:

N. Contestant Voting nation
4 Luxembourg Austria, Finland, Germany, Netherlands
United Kingdom Belgium1, Denmark, Spain, Switzerland
2 Austria Ireland, Portugal
France Monaco, Yugoslavia
Denmark Luxembourg, Sweden
1 Ireland Italy
Monaco United Kingdom
Netherlands Norway
Switzerland France
1.^ Belgium gave the United Kingdom 6 points.

Broadcasters, commentators and spokespersons[edit]


Listed below is the order in which votes were cast during the 1965 contest along with the spokesperson who was responsible for announcing the votes for their respective country.[7]

  1.  Netherlands – Dick van Bommel[8]
  2.  United Kingdom – TBD
  3.  SpainPepe Palau [es]
  4.  IrelandFrank Hall
  5.  GermanyLia Wöhr [de]
  6.  AustriaWalter Richard Langer [de]
  7.  NorwaySverre Christophersen [no]
  8.  Belgium – Ward Bogaert
  9.  Monaco – TBC
  10.  SwedenEdvard Matz [sv][9]
  11.  FranceJean-Claude Massoulier [fr][10]
  12.  Portugal – Maria Manuela Furtado
  13.  ItalyEnzo Tortora
  14.  DenmarkClaus Toksvig
  15.  Luxembourg – TBC
  16.  FinlandPoppe Berg [fi]
  17.  YugoslaviaOliver Mlakar (Co-host of the 1990 contest)
  18.   SwitzerlandAlexandre Burger [fr]

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)
Participating countries
 Austria ORF Willy Kralik [de]
 Belgium RTB French: Paule Herreman [7]
BRT Dutch: Herman Verelst [nl] [7]
 Denmark DR TV Eric Danielsen [da] [7]
 Finland Suomen Televisio Aarno Walli [fi] [7]
Yleisohjelma Erkki Melakoski [fi] [11]
 France Première Chaîne ORTF Pierre Tchernia [12][13]
 Germany Deutsches Fernsehen Hermann Rockmann [de] [7][14]
 Ireland Telefís Éireann Bunny Carr [7]
Radió Éireann Kevin Roche
 Italy Programma Nazionale Piero Angela [7]
 Luxembourg Télé-Luxembourg Pierre Tchernia [13]
 Monaco Télé Monte Carlo
 Netherlands Nederland 1 Teddy Scholten [7][15]
 Norway NRK and NRK P1 Erik Diesen [7]
 Portugal RTP Henrique Mendes [7]
 Spain TVE Federico Gallo [es] [7]
 Sweden Sveriges TV and SR P1 Berndt Friberg [sv] [7][16]
  Switzerland TV DRS German: Theodor Haller [de]
TSR French: Jean Charles [fr] [12]
TSI Italian: Carlo Bonomi [7]
 United Kingdom BBC1 David Jacobs [7][4]
BBC Light Programme David Gell
 Yugoslavia Televizija Beograd Serbo-Croatian: Miloje Orlović [sr]
Televizija Zagreb Serbo-Croatian: Mladen Delić
Televizija Ljubljana Slovene: Tomaž Terček [sl]
Non-participating countries
 Czechoslovakia ČST Unknown [4]
 East Germany Deutscher Fernsehfunk Unknown [4]
 Hungary RTV Unknown [4]
 Poland TVP Unknown [4]
 Romania TVR Unknown [4]
 Soviet Union CT USSR Unknown [4]


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