Luxembourg in the Eurovision Song Contest

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Member stationRTL
National selection events
Internal selection
  • 1956–1958
  • 1960-1964
  • 1965 (artist)
  • 1966-1970
  • 1972-1975
  • 1977
  • 1979–1988
  • 1989 (artist)
  • 1990–1991
  • 1992 (artist)
  • 1993
National final
  • 1965 (song)
  • 1971
  • 1976
  • 1978
  • 1989 (song)
  • 1992 (song)
Participation summary
Host1962, 1966, 1973, 1984
First appearance1956
Last appearance1993
Highest placement1st: 1961, 1965, 1972, 1973, 1983
Nul points1970
External links
Luxembourg's page at
Song contest current event.png For the most recent participation see
Luxembourg in the Eurovision Song Contest 1993

Luxembourg has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 37 times since making its debut at the first contest in 1956. Between 1956 and 1993, Luxembourg missed only the 1959 contest. Luxembourg has not participated in the contest since its last participation in 1993. Luxembourg has won the contest five times. Only Ireland (seven) and Sweden (six) have more wins.

Luxembourg's first victory was in 1961, when Jean-Claude Pascal won with "Nous les amoureux". France Gall then won in 1965 with "Poupée de cire, poupée de son". Luxembourg achieved back-to-back victories in the early 1970s, with Vicky Leandros winning with "Après toi" in 1972 and Anne-Marie David with "Tu te reconnaîtras" in 1973. Luxembourg's fifth victory was in 1983, when Corinne Hermes won with "Si la vie est cadeau". After hosting the 1984 contest, Luxembourg struggled to make an impact, only reaching the top ten twice, with Sherisse Laurence third (1986) and Lara Fabian fourth (1988). Since being relegated from taking part in 1994, the country withdrew from the contest indefinitely.

In 2014, the Luxembourgish Minister of Culture Maggy Nagel expressed her desire for the country to return to the contest;[1][2][3] this was later clarified as a "misunderstanding".[4] A collaboration with San Marino (SMRTV) was proposed in 2014,[5][6] but it was later announced that the project would not move forward due to funding problems.[7]

Recent history[edit]

OGAE Luxembourg[edit]

In recent years, the Luxembourg branch of OGAE has been campaigning for Luxembourg to return to the contest. The 2008 convention held by the organization, featuring Luxembourgish entrants Corinne Hermès and Marion Welter, as well as the Portuguese entrant of the 2008 contest Vânia Fernandes, received major media attention within the country, with RTL reporting twice on the event, and were present to interview Hermès.[8][9]

Chances of returning[edit]

It has been suggested that RTL Télé Lëtzebuerg's public service remit, which contains a strong focus on delivering Luxembourgish news and information content to the Luxembourgish television audience, as well as RTL's status as a publicly traded company, present significant obstacles for the country's return to the contest.[10] RTL Group, however, is still a member of the EBU,[11] which is a requirement for entering the contest.[citation needed]

In September 2009, It was announced that RTL was in serious considerations regarding returning to the contest in 2010. However, they would have had to secure fees regarding participation and the artist's expenses.[12] Although it was rumoured that Luxembourg would return in the 2012 edition of the contest, RTL has announced that no such intentions exist at present.[13]

On 31 July 2014, RTL Télé Lëtzebuerg confirmed that Luxembourg would not be returning to the contest in 2015.[14] It was reported on 26 October 2014 that the country's Minister of Culture, Maggy Nagel, expressed her desire for the country to return to the contest.[2][3] This was later confirmed by Nagel to be a "misunderstanding" and that the country would not be returning.[4] A collaboration with San Marino has been proposed by the broadcaster SMRTV and singer Thierry Mersch,[5] but later SMRTV clarified that there have only been talks between the two countries and that the broadcaster is evaluating other proposals.[6] However, on 24 November 2014, it was announced that Mersch had failed to raise the necessary funds in time for the project to move forward.[7]

On 21 June 2016, the Petitions Committee of the Government of Luxembourg received five petitions on various matters in relation to the Grand Duchy. One of which was for Luxembourg to return to the Eurovision Song Contest. The Luxembourg government subsequently held a debate to discuss the proposals set out on the petition, and the possible return of the country to the contest.[15] Nevertheless, RTL reiterated its intention not to participate on 22 August.[16]

Participation overview[edit]

Due to the country's small size and the national broadcaster's penchant for internal selection, most of Luxembourg's entrants came from outside the Grand Duchy, mainly from France. Solange Berry, Plastic Bertrand and Lara Fabian were from Belgium, Nana Mouskouri and Vicky Leandros from Greece, David Alexandre Winter and Margo from the Netherlands, Ireen Sheer and Malcolm Roberts from the United Kingdom, Geraldine from Ireland, Jürgen Marcus and Chris Roberts from Germany, Baccara from Spain, Jeane Manson, Maggie Parke and Diane Solomon from the United States and Sherisse Laurence from Canada. Of the five winners who represented Luxembourg, four were French and one was Greek.

Out of 38 entries in total, only the following nine entrants were native to Luxembourg: Camillo Felgen, Chris Baldo, Monique Melsen, Sophie Carle, Franck Olivier, Park Café, Sarah Bray, Marion Welter and Modern Times. Another singer native to Luxembourg, Mary Christy, represented Monaco in the 1976 contest, finishing in third place.

Table key
Second place
Third place
Last place
Year Entrant Song Language Final Points Semi Points
1956 Michèle Arnaud "Ne crois pas" French [a] [a] No semi-finals
"Les amants de minuit" French
1957 Danièle Dupré "Amours mortes (tant de peine)" French 4 8
1958 Solange Berry "Un grand amour" French 9 ◁ 1
1960 Camillo Felgen "So laang we's du do bast" Luxembourgish 13 ◁ 1
1961 Jean-Claude Pascal "Nous les amoureux" French 1 31
1962 Camillo Felgen "Petit bonhomme" French 3 11
1963 Nana Mouskouri "À force de prier" French 8 13
1964 Hugues Aufray "Dès que le printemps revient" French 4 14
1965 France Gall "Poupée de cire, poupée de son" French 1 32
1966 Michèle Torr "Ce soir je t'attendais" French 10 7
1967 Vicky "L'amour est bleu" French 4 17
1968 Chris Baldo and Sophie Garel "Nous vivrons d'amour" French 11 5
1969 Romuald "Catherine" French 11 7
1970 David Alexandre Winter "Je suis tombé du ciel" French 12 ◁ 0
1971 Monique Melsen "Pomme, pomme, pomme" French 13 70
1972 Vicky Leandros "Après toi" French 1 128
1973 Anne-Marie David "Tu te reconnaîtras" French 1 129
1974 Ireen Sheer "Bye Bye I Love You" French, English 4 14
1975 Géraldine "Toi" French 5 84
1976 Jürgen Marcus "Chansons pour ceux qui s'aiment" French 14 17
1977 Anne-Marie B "Frère Jacques" French 16 17
1978 Baccara "Parlez-vous français ?" French 7 73
1979 Jeane Manson "J'ai déjà vu ça dans tes yeux" French 13 44
1980 Sophie and Magaly "Papa Pingouin" French 9 56
1981 Jean-Claude Pascal "C'est peut-être pas l'Amérique" French 11 41
1982 Svetlana "Cours après le temps" French 6 78
1983 Corinne Hermès "Si la vie est cadeau" French 1 142
1984 Sophie Carle "100% d'amour" French 10 39
1985 Margo, Franck Olivier, Diane Solomon, Ireen Sheer, Malcolm Roberts and Chris Roberts "Children, Kinder, Enfants" French, German, English 13 37
1986 Sherisse Laurence "L'amour de ma vie" French 3 117
1987 Plastic Bertrand "Amour, Amour" French 21 4
1988 Lara Fabian "Croire" French 4 90
1989 Park Café "Monsieur" French 20 8
1990 Céline Carzo "Quand je te rêve" French 13 38
1991 Sarah Bray "Un baiser volé" French 14 29
1992 Marion Welter and Kontinent "Sou fräi" Luxembourgish 21 10
1993 Modern Times "Donne-moi une chance" French, Luxembourgish 20 11 Kvalifikacija za Millstreet

Congratulations: 50 Years of the Eurovision Song Contest[edit]

Entrant Song Language At Congratulations At Eurovision
Final Points Semi Points Year Place Points
France Gall "Poupée de cire, poupée de son" French Failed to qualify 14 ◁ 37 1965 1 32


Year Location Venue Presenter
1962 Luxembourg Villa Louvigny Mireille Delannoy
1966 Josiane Chen
1973 Nouveau Théâtre Luxembourg Helga Guitton
1984 Théâtre Municipal Désirée Nosbusch


Year Conductor Musical Director Notes Ref.
1956 France Jacques Lasry N/A [17]
1957 Germany Willy Berking Host conductor
1958 Netherlands Dolf van der Linden
1960 United Kingdom Eric Robinson
1961 France Léo Chauliac
1962 Jean Roderes [b]
1963 United Kingdom Eric Robinson N/A Host conductor
1964 France Jacques Denjean
1965 France Alain Goraguer
1966 Jean Roderes [c]
1967 France Claude Denjean N/A
1968 France André Borly
1969 Spain Augusto Algueró Host conductor
1970 France Raymond Lefèvre [18]
1971 France Jean Claudric
1972 Germany Klaus Munro
1973 Pierre Cao
1974 United Kingdom Charles Blackwell N/A
1975 United Kingdom Phil Coulter
1976 Germany Jo Plée
1977 United Kingdom Johnny Arthey
1978 Germany Rolf Soja
1979 France Hervé Roy
1980 Austria Norbert Daum [19]
1981 France Joël Rocher
1982 France Jean Claudric
1983 France Michel Bernholc
1984 France Pascal Stive Pierre Cao [d]
1985 Austria Norbert Daum N/A
1986 Germany Rolf Soja
1987 Belgium Alec Mansion
1988 France Régis Dupré
1989 France Benoît Kaufman Host conductor
1990 France Thierry Durbet
1991 Belgium Francis Goya
1992 France Christian Jacob
1993 Belgium Francis Goya

Commentators and spokespersons[edit]

Through the 37 years Luxembourg took part in the Eurovision Song Contest, the contest was broadcast on two channels (RTL TV and RTL Hei Elei), but the contest was mostly broadcast on the French section of RTL until it was divided in 1991 and after that it was broadcast in Luxembourgish. However, only one commentator, Maurice Molitor, was native to Luxembourg.

Year Television commentator Radio commentator Spokesperson Ref.
1956 Commentary via RTF No radio broadcast No spokesperson
1957 Pierre Bellemare
1959 Did not participate
1960 Unknown
1962 Nicole Védrès Robert Diligent
1963 Commentary via ORTF Unknown
1966 Jacques Navadic Camillo Felgen
1967 Unknown
1970 Camillo Felgen
1971 No spokesperson
1974 Unknown
1976 André Torrent Jacques Harvey
1981 Jacques Navadic and Marylène Bergmann
1982 Marylène Bergmann
1983 Valérie Sarn
1984 Valérie Sarn and Jacques Navadic
1985 Valérie Sarn Frédérique Ries
1988 Jean-Luc Bertrand
1992 Maurice Molitor Unknown Unknown
19942022 No broadcast Did not participate


Notes and references[edit]


  1. ^ a b The 1956 contest had secret voting and, apart from the winner, no results were released.
  2. ^ Also conducted the Spanish entry.
  3. ^ Also conducted the Belgian and Swiss entries.
  4. ^ Cao conducted the Cypriot and German entries.


  1. ^ "Luxembourg plans return to Eurovision?". EBU. 27 October 2014. Retrieved 27 October 2014.
  2. ^ a b Bettega, Tania (26 October 2014). "Culture Minister agrees to Luxembourg's Eurovision return". Luxemburger Wort. Luxemburger Wort. Retrieved 26 October 2014.
  3. ^ a b Fiden, Mustafa (26 October 2014). "Luxembourger culture minister agrees to the country's return". Eurovoix. Archived from the original on 26 October 2014. Retrieved 26 October 2014.
  4. ^ a b Bettega, Tania (28 October 2014). "Luxembourg's Eurovision return is "misunderstanding"". Luxemburger Wort. Luxemburger Wort. Retrieved 28 October 2014.
  5. ^ a b "Luxembourg could return to Eurovision in San Marino collaboration". Luxemburger Wort. Luxemburger Wort. 28 October 2014. Retrieved 28 October 2014.
  6. ^ a b "Eurovision Song Contest: rumors sulla partecipazione, la precisazione di Rtv". SMRTV. 29 October 2014. Retrieved 29 October 2014.
  7. ^ a b "No Eurovision deal for Luxembourg and San Marino". Luxemburger Wort. Luxemburger Wort. 24 November 2014. Retrieved 24 November 2014.
  8. ^ Costa, Nelson (16 October 2008). "Marion, Vânia and Corinne Hermès in OGAE gala". Oikotimes. Archived from the original on 22 November 2008. Retrieved 1 November 2008.
  9. ^ Floras, Stella (1 November 2008). "OGAE Luxembourg: Eurovision fun and glamour". ESCToday. Retrieved 1 November 2008.
  10. ^ Lucas, John (16 September 2015). "Après Toi… How Luxembourg Fell Out Of Love With Eurovision". ESC Insight. Retrieved 30 May 2017.
  11. ^ "EBU - Active Members". Retrieved 26 June 2014.
  12. ^ Al Kaziri, Ghassan (1 September 2009). "CLT will decide on Eurovision in December". Oikotimes. Archived from the original on 7 September 2009. Retrieved 1 September 2009.
  13. ^ [1] Archived January 4, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ Jiandani, Sanjay (30 July 2014). "Luxembourg: RTL will not return to Eurovision in 2015". ESCToday. Retrieved 30 July 2014.
  15. ^ Granger, Anthony (21 June 2016). "Luxembourg government committee to debate Eurovision return". Eurovoix. Retrieved 22 June 2016.
  16. ^ Jiandani, Sanjay (22 August 2016). "Luxembourg: RTL will not return to Eurovision in 2017". ESCToday. Retrieved 22 August 2016.
  17. ^ Roxburgh, Gordon (2012). Songs for Europe: The United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest. Vol. One: The 1950s and 1960s. Prestatyn: Telos Publishing. pp. 93–101. ISBN 978-1-84583-065-6.
  18. ^ Roxburgh, Gordon (2014). Songs for Europe: The United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest. Vol. Two: The 1970s. Prestatyn: Telos Publishing. pp. 142–168. ISBN 978-1-84583-093-9.
  19. ^ Roxburgh, Gordon (2016). Songs for Europe: The United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest. Vol. Three: The 1980s. Prestatyn: Telos Publishing. ISBN 978-1-84583-118-9.

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