ESC CANNES 1961 (6ª)

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  • Dates – Grand Final: Saturday, 18 March 1961 – 20:00 CET
  • Host – Venue & Location: Palais des Festivals, Cannes, France
  • Presenter (s): Jacqueline Joubert
  • Musical Director: Orchestra: Francis Bay, Øivind Bergh, Léo Chauliac, George De Godzinsky, Thore Ehring, Rafael Ferrer, Gianfranco Intra, Raymond Lefèvre, Kai Mortensen, Fernando Paggi, Franck Pourcel, Jozé Privsek, Hank Robinson e Dolf Van Der Linden.
  • Director: Maurice Barry
  • Executive Producer: Marcel Cravenne
  • Executive Supervisor:
  • Multicamera Director: Marcelle Cravanne
  • Host broadcaster: Radiodiffusion-Télévision Française (RTF)
  • Interval Act: Tessa Beaumont and Max Bozzoni
  • Participants – Number of entries: 16 [🇧🇪 Belgium (6ª), 🇫🇷 France (6ª), 🇩🇪 Germany (6ª), 🇮🇹 Italy (6ª), 🇳🇱 The Netherlands (6ª), 🇨🇭 Switzerland (6ª), 🇦🇹 Austria (5ª), 🇩🇰 Denmark (5ª), 🇸🇪 Sweden (4ª), 🇬🇧 United Kindom (4ª), Monaco (3ª), 🇱🇺 Luxembourg (5ª), 🇳🇴 Norway (2ª), 🇫🇮 Finland (1ª), 🇪🇸 Spain (1ª),  Yugoslavia (1ª)]
  • Debuting countries: 🇫🇮 Finland (1ª), 🇪🇸 Spain (1ª),  Yugoslavia (1ª)
  • Return:
  • Non-returning countries:
  • Vote – Voting system: Each participating country had 10 jury members, and each jury member could award one point to one song
  • Nil Points:
  • Winning song: 1f3c6 Nous les amoureux” – Jean-Claude Pascal – 🇱🇺 Luxembourg (1ª)

About. The Eurovision Song Contest 1961 returned to Cannes for the second time in two years. The number of participants began to rise as the Eurovision Song Contest became increasingly popular.

Saturday slot. Just like in 1959, the Palais des Festivals was the venue of this year’s contest. The presenter of the show was Jacqueline Joubert, who already did this task in 1959. The stage used for the show was much bigger than in previous years, and it was magnificently decorated with flowers. The number of participants of this year’s song contest rose to 16 as Spain, Yugoslavia and Finland all made their respective debuts. For the first time, the contest took place on a Saturday night which would come to be the contest’s home.

About the winner. Luxembourg had its first of 5 victories in 1961 with the song “Nous Les Amoureux” performed by Jean-Claude Pascal. Critics called the song a lullaby, but Jean-Claude Pascal was awarded 31 points in total, with the UK entry finishing second for the third year running. 

Facts & figures. Germany’s entry “Einmal Sehen Wir Uns Wieder” was performed by Lale Andersen who shot to fame two decades earlier with her rendition of Lili Marleen. However, Mrs. Andersen only managed to score 3 points and 13th place.

o/r  country  participant (s) song – translate Points  rank
01 🇪🇸 Spain TVE Conchita Bautista Estando contigo (Being with you) 008 09
02 Monaco TMC Colette Deréal Allons, allons les enfants (Come on, come on children) 006 10
03 🇦🇹 Austria ÖRF Jimmy Makulis Sehnsucht (Longing) 001 15
04 🇫🇮 Finland YLE Laila Kinnunen Valos ikkunassa (The lights in the window) 006 10
05 Yugoslavia JRT Ljiljana Petrović (Љиљана Петровић) Neke davne zvezde (Неке давне звезде, Some ancient stars) 009 08
06 🇳🇱 The Netherlands NTS Greetje Kauffeld Wat een dag (What a day) 006 10
07 🇸🇪 Sweden SR Lill-Babs April, April 002 14
08 🇩🇪 Germany ARD Lale Andersen Einmal sehen wir uns wieder (We will meet again)  003 13
09 🇫🇷 France RTF Jean-Paul Mauric Printemps, avril carillonne (Spring, April rings) 013 04
10 🇨🇭 Swizertland SSR SRG Franca di Rienzo Nous aurons demain (We’ll have tomorrow) 016 03
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🇧🇪 Belgium BRT
Bob Benny September, gouden ross (September, golden rose) 001 15
12 🇳🇴 Norway NRK Nora Brockstedt Sommer i Palma (Summer in Palma) 010 07
13 🇩🇰 Denmark DR Dario Campeotto Angelique 012 05
14 🇱🇺 Luxembourg CLT Jean-Claude Pascal Nous les amoureux (We the lovers) 031 01
15 🇬🇧 United Kindom BBC The Allisons Are you sure? 024 02
16 🇮🇹 Italy RAI Betty Curtis Al di là (Beyond) 012 05

Participation map

Transmitirá a 2º semifinal noutro horário. Participating countries

ESC 1961 Scoreboard Ι Detailed voting results:

Scoreboard - Eurovision Song Contest 1961

The Eurovision Song Contest 1961 was the 6th edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. Once again, the contest was held in the French seaside city of Cannes, having also hosted the 1959 edition. Organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and host broadcaster Radiodiffusion-Télévision Française (RTF), the contest was held again at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès on 18 March 1961 and was the first to take place on a Saturday evening, a tradition that has continued ever since (with the exception of 1962). The show was again hosted by Jacqueline Joubert, who had also hosted in 1959.

Sixteen countries participated in the contest – three more than in the previous edition; Finland, Spain and Yugoslavia all competed for the first time this year.

The winner was Luxembourg with the song “Nous les amoureux”, performed by Jean-Claude Pascal, written by Maurice Vidalin, and composed by Jacques Datin, with the United Kingdom finishing in second place for the third consecutive year.

Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, Cannes – host venue of the 1961 contest

1.Location. The event took place in Cannes, France, following the nation’s victory at the 1960 edition with the song “Tom Pillibi“, performed by Jacqueline Boyer. The selected venue was the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, built in 1949 to host the Cannes Film Festival and located on the Promenade de la Croisette along the shore of the Mediterranean Sea. Due to the growth in the film festival a new building bearing the same name was opened in 1982, with the original building renamed as the Palais Croisette and subsequently demolished in 1988. It also hosted the 1959 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.

2.Format. The stage used for the 1961 contest was notably larger than in previous years and was decorated with flowers. It is noticeable that during the voting, Luxembourg gave the UK eight points, and Norway also gave Denmark eight points. It was the largest number of points given to a country by a single jury since 1958, when Denmark provided France with nine points. Such a high number of points obtained by a country would not be achieved until 1970, when Ireland would receive nine points from Belgium.

3.Participating countries. Interest in the competition began to grow across Europe as three new countries participated for the first time: Finland, Spain, and Yugoslavia.

3.1.Conductors. Each performance had a conductor who directed the orchestra.

  • 🇪🇸 Spain – Rafael Ferrer
  •  Monaco – Raymond Lefèvre
  • 🇦🇹 Austria – Franck Pourcel
  • 🇫🇮 Finland – George de Godzinsky
  •  Yugoslavia – Jože Privšek
  • 🇳🇱 The Netherlands – Dolf van der Linden
  • 🇸🇪 Sweden – William Lind 
  • 🇩🇪 Germany – Franck Pourcel
  • 🇫🇷 France – Franck Pourcel
  • 🇨🇭 Switzerland – Fernando Paggi
  • 🇧🇪 Belgium – Francis Bay
  • 🇳🇴 Norway – Øivind Bergh
  • 🇩🇰 Denmark – Kai Mortensen
  • 🇱🇺 Luxembourg – Léo Chauliac
  • 🇬🇧 United Kingdom – Harry Robinson
  • 🇮🇹 Italy – Gianfranco Intra

3.2.Returning artists.

Artist Country Previous year(s)
Bob Benny 🇧🇪 Belgium 1959
Nora Brockstedt 🇳🇴 Norway 1960

3.3.Participants and results.

4.4.All the national selections for Eurovision Song Contest 1961: 

• National Selections in 1961:

COUNTRY EVENT WINNER
🇧🇪 Belgium Eurosong 1961 Bob Benny – “September, gouden roos
🇩🇰 Denmark Melodi Grand Prix 1961 Dario Campeotto – “Angelique”
🇫🇮 Finland (Finnish Selection 1961) Laila Kinnunen – “Valoa ikkunassa
🇫🇷 France  (French Selection 1961) Jean-Paul Mauric – “Printemps, avril carillonne
🇩🇪 Germany Die Schlagerparade Lale Andersen – “Einmal sehen wir uns wieder
🇮🇹 Italy Sanremo 1961 Betty Curtis – “Al di là
🇳🇴 Norway Melodi Grand Prix 1961 Nora Brockstedt – “Sommer i Palma
🇪🇸 Spain (Spanish Selection 1961) Conchita Bautista – “Estando contigo
🇸🇪 Sweden Eurovisionsschlagern 1961 song selection Siw Malmkvist – “April, april
🇨🇭 Switzerland Concours Eurovision 1961 Franca di Rienzo – “Nous aurons demain
🇬🇧 United Kingdom A Song for Europe 1961 The Allisons – “Are You Sure?”
 Yugoslavia Jugovizija 1961 Ljiljana Petrović – “Neke davne zvezde” (Неке давне звезде)

• Internal Selections in 1961: 

🇦🇹 Austria Jimmy Makulis – “Sehnsucht
🇱🇺 Luxembourg Jean-Claude Pascal – “Nous les amoureux
 Monaco Colette Deréal – “Allons, allons les enfants
🇳🇱 The Netherlands  Greetje Kauffeld – “Wat een dag

4.5.Connections:

4.Voting. Each country had 10 jury members who each awarded 1 point to their favourite song.

Voting results
Total score
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🇪🇸 Spain 8 1 2 2 1 1 1
Monaco 6 1 1 3 1
🇦🇹 Austria 1 1
🇫🇮 Finland 6 2 2 1 1
Yugoslavia 9 1 1 1 2 1 3
🇳🇱 The  Netherlands 6 2 1 1 2
🇸🇪 Sweden 2 2
🇩🇪 Germany 3 1 1 1
🇫🇷 France 13 2 1 4 1 1 2 2
🇨🇭 Switzerland 16 2 2 4 2 1 2 2 1
🇧🇪 Belgium 1 1
🇳🇴 Norway 10 1 5 1 2 1
🇩🇰 Denmark 12 8 2 1 1
🇱🇺 Luxembourg 31 3 1 1 1 5 1 1 5 3 4 4 2
🇬🇧 United Kingdom 24 1 8 1 1 7 3 3
🇮🇹 Italy 12 4 4 1 1 1 1

4.1.Spokespersons. Listed below is the order in which votes were cast during the 1961 contest along with the spokesperson who was responsible for announcing the votes for their respective country.

  1. 🇮🇹 Italy – Enzo Tortora
  2. 🇬🇧 United Kingdom – Michael Aspel
  3. 🇱🇺 Luxembourg – TBC
  4. 🇩🇰 Denmark – Ole Mortensen 
  5. 🇳🇴 Norway – Mette Janson
  6. 🇧🇪 Belgium – Ward Bogaert
  7. 🇨🇭 Switzerland – Boris Acquadro 
  8. 🇫🇷 France – Armand Lanoux
  9. 🇩🇪 Germany – Heinz Schenk
  10. 🇸🇪 Sweden – Roland Eiworth
  11. 🇳🇱 Netherlands – Siebe van der Zee
  12.  Yugoslavia – Saša Novak
  13. 🇫🇮 Finland – Poppe Berg
  14. 🇦🇹 Austria – Emil Kollpacher
  15.  Monaco – TBC
  16. 🇪🇸 Spain – Diego Ramírez Pastor

5.Broadcasts. 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)
🇦🇹 Austria ORF Wolf Mittler
🇧🇪 Belgium BRT Dutch: Nic Bal
RTB French: Robert Beauvais
🇩🇰 Denmark Danmarks Radio TV Sejr Volmer-Sørensen
Program 1
🇫🇮 Finland Suomen Televisio Aarno Walli
Yleisradio
🇫🇷 France RTF Robert Beauvais
🇩🇪 Germany Deutsches Fernsehen Wolf Mittler
🇮🇹 Italy Programma Nazionale Corrado Mantoni
🇱🇺 Luxembourg Télé-Luxembourg Robert Beauvais
 Monaco Télé Monte Carlo
🇳🇱 THE Netherlands NTS Piet te Nuyl
Hilversum 1
🇳🇴 Norway NRK Leif Rustad
NRK P1
🇪🇸 Spain TVE Federico Gallo
🇸🇪 Sweden Sveriges TV Jan Gabrielsson
SR P1
🇨🇭 Switzerland TV DRS German: Theodor Haller
TSR French: Robert Beauvais
🇬🇧 United Kingdom BBC TV Tom Sloan
 Yugoslavia Televizija Beograd Serbo-Croatian: Ljubomir Vukadinović
Televizija Zagreb Serbo-Croatian: Saša Novak 
Televizija Ljubljana Slovene: Tomaž Terček

6.Trivial.

← Eurovision Song Contest 1960 • Eurovision Song Contest 1961 → Eurovision Song Contest 1962

Countries (in order of appearance)

Final Spain ⦁ Monaco ⦁ Austria ⦁ Finland ⦁ Yugoslavia ⦁ The Netherlands ⦁ Sweden ⦁ Germany ⦁ France ⦁ Switzerland • Belgium ⦁ Norway ⦁ Denmark ⦁ Luxembourg (winner) ⦁ United Kingdom • Italy

Artists (in order of appearance)

Final Conchita Bautista ⦁ Colette Deréal ⦁ Jimmy Makulis ⦁ Laila Kinnunen ⦁ Ljiljana Petrović ⦁ Greetje Kauffeld ⦁ Lill-Babs ⦁ Lale Andersen ⦁ Jean-Paul Mauric ⦁ Franca di Rienzo ⦁ Bob Benny ⦁ Nora Brockstedt ⦁ Dario Campeotto ⦁ Jean-Claude Pascal (winner) • The Allisons • Betty Curtis

Songs (in order of appearance)

Final Estando contigo” ⦁  “Allons, allons les enfants” ⦁  “Sehnsucht” ⦁ “Valoa ikkunassa” ⦁ “Neke davne zvezde” (Неке давне звезде) ⦁ “Wat een dag” ⦁ “April, april” ⦁ “Einmal sehen wir uns wieder” ⦁ “Printemps, avril carillonne” ⦁ “Nous aurons demain” ⦁ “September, gouden roos” ⦁ “Sommer i Palma” ⦁ “Angelique” ⦁ “Nous les amoureux (winner) ⦁ “Are You Sure?” • “Al di là