ESC CANNES 1961 (6ª)

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  • Dates – Grand Final: Saturday, 18 March 1961 – 20:00 CET
  • Host – Venue & Location:Palais des Festivals (Palais des Festivals et des Congrès; Palace of Festivals and Conferences), Cannes, 🇫🇷 France
  • Presenter (s): Jacqueline Joubert
  • Musical Director: Franck Pourcel
  • 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: Ten-member juries distributed 10 points among their favourite songs.
  • Nil Points:
  • Winning song: 1f3c6 “Nous les amoureux” – Jean-Claude Pascal – 🇱🇺 Luxembourg (1ª)

AboutThe 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 – Language Points  rank
01 🇪🇸 Spain TVE Conchita Bautista Estando contigo (Being with you) Spanish 008 09
02 🇲🇨 Monaco TMC Colette Deréal Allons, allons les enfants (Come on, come on children) French 006 10
03 🇦🇹 Austria ÖRF Jimmy Makulis Sehnsucht (Longing) French 001 15
04 🇫🇮 Finland YLE Laila Kinnunen Valos ikkunassa (The lights in the window) Finnish 006 10
05 Yugoslavia JRT Ljiljana Petrović (Љиљана Петровић) Neke davne zvezde (Неке давне звезде, Some ancient stars) Serbo-Croatian 009 08
06 🇳🇱 The Netherlands NTS Greetje Kauffeld Wat een dag (What a day) Dutch 006 10
07 🇸🇪 Sweden SR Lill-Babs April, April Swedish 002 14
08 🇩🇪 Germany ARD Lale Andersen Einmal sehen wir uns wieder (We will meet again) German, French  003 13
09 🇫🇷 France RTF Jean-Paul Mauric Printemps, avril carillonne (Spring, April rings) French 013 04
10 🇨🇭 Swizertland SSR SRG Franca di Rienzo Nous aurons demain (We’ll have tomorrow) French 016 03
11
🇧🇪 Belgium BRT
Bob Benny September, gouden ross (September, golden rose) Dutch 001 15
12 🇳🇴 Norway NRK Nora Brockstedt Sommer i Palma (Summer in Palma) Norwegian 010 07
13 🇩🇰 Denmark DR Dario Campeotto Angelique Danish 012 05
14 🇱🇺 Luxembourg CLT Jean-Claude Pascal Nous les amoureux (We the lovers) French 031 01
15 🇬🇧 United Kindom BBC The Allisons Are you sure? English 024 02
16 🇮🇹 Italy RAI Betty Curtis Al di là (Beyond) Italian 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) [a] 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:

Connections Participants of the Eurovision Song Contest 1961

# Artist Backing Composers Lyricists Conductor
01 Conchita Bautista:

  • Spain 1965: Qué bueno, qué bueno (as Conchita Bautista, solo)
  • Spain 1961: Estando contigo (as Conchita Bautista, solo)
Antonio Figueroa Egea Antonio Figueroa Egea .Claes Rosendahl:

  • Sweden 1971: Vita vidder (conductor)
  • Spain 1965: Qué bueno, qué bueno (conductor)

.Adolfo Ventas Rodríguez

02 Colette Deréal Hubert Giraud:

  • France 1979: Je suis l’enfant-soleil (lyricist)
  • Luxembourg 1971: Pomme, pomme, pomme (composer)
  • France 1967: Il doit faire beau là-bas (composer)
  • Monaco 1961: Allons, allons les enfants (composer)
  • Monaco 1960: Ce soir-là (composer)
  • France 1959: Oui oui oui oui (composer)
  • France 1958: Dors, mon amour (lyricist)
Pierre Delanoë:

  • Germany 1982: La paix sur terre (as Pierre Delanoë, lyricist French version)
  • Luxembourg 1980: Papa pingouin (as Pierre Delanoë, lyricist)
  • France 1975: Et bonjour à toi l’artiste (as Pierre Delanoë, composer, lyricist)
  • Switzerland 1973: Je vais me marier, Marie (as Pierre Delanoë, lyricist)
  • France 1967: Il doit faire beau là-bas (as Pierre Delanoë, lyricist)
  • Luxembourg 1963: À force de prier (as Pierre Delanoë, lyricist)
  • Monaco 1961: Allons, allons les enfants (as Pierre Delanoë, lyricist)
  • France 1958: Dors, mon amour (as Pierre Delanoë, composer)
Raymond Lefèvre:

  • Luxembourg 1970: Je suis tombé du ciel (conductor)
  • Monaco 1963: L’amour s’en va (conductor)
  • Monaco 1962: Dis rien (conductor)
  • Monaco 1961: Allons, allons les enfants (conductor)
  • Monaco 1960: Ce soir-là (conductor)
03 Jimmy Makulis Leopold Andrejewitsch Leopold Andrejewitsch Franck Pourcel:

  • France 1972: Comé comédie (conductor)
  • France 1971: Un jardin sur la terre (conductor)
  • France 1970: Marie-Blanche (conductor)
  • France 1969: Un jour, un enfant (conductor)
  • France 1967: Il doit faire beau là-bas (conductor)
  • France 1966: Chez nous (conductor)
  • France 1965: N’avoue jamais (conductor)
  • France 1964: Le chant de Mallory (conductor)
  • France 1963: Elle était si jolie (conductor)
  • France 1962: Un premier amour (conductor)
  • Austria 1961: Sehnsucht (conductor)
  • Germany 1961: Einmal sehen wir uns wieder (conductor)
  • France 1961: Printemps, avril carillonne (conductor)
  • France 1960: Tom Pillibi (conductor)
  • France 1959: Oui oui oui oui (conductor)
  • Monaco 1959: Mon ami Pierrot (conductor)
  • Germany 1959: Heute Abend wollen wir tanzen geh’n (conductor)
  • Sweden 1959: Augustin (conductor)
  • Switzerland 1959: Irgendwoher (conductor)
  • Austria 1959: Der K. und K. Kalypso aus Wien (conductor)
  • France 1958: Dors, mon amour (conductor)
  • France 1956: Le temps perdu (conductor)
  • France 1956: Il est là (conductor)
04 Laila Kinnunen Eino Hurme Sauvo Puhtila:

  • Finland 1964: Laiskotellen (lyricist)
  • Finland 1961: Valoa ikkunassa (lyricist)
George de Godzinsky:

  • Finland 1965: Aurinko laskee länteen (conductor)
  • Finland 1964: Laiskotellen (conductor)
  • Finland 1963: Muistojeni laulu (conductor)
  • Finland 1962: Tipi-tii (conductor)
  • Finland 1961: Valoa ikkunassa (conductor)
05 Ljiljana Petrović Jože Privšek:

  • Slovenia 1996: Dan najlepših sanj (conductor)
  • Slovenia 1995: Prisluhni mi (conductor)
  • Slovenia 1993: Tih deževen dan (conductor)
  • Yugoslavia 1962: Ne pali svetla u sumrak (composer, conductor)
  • Yugoslavia 1961: Neke davne zvezde (composer, conductor)
Miroslav Antić Jože Privšek:

  • Slovenia 1996: Dan najlepših sanj (conductor)
  • Slovenia 1995: Prisluhni mi (conductor)
  • Slovenia 1993: Tih deževen dan (conductor)
  • Yugoslavia 1962: Ne pali svetla u sumrak (composer, conductor)
  • Yugoslavia 1961: Neke davne zvezde (composer, conductor)
06 Greetje Kauffeld Dick Schallies:

  • The Netherlands 1961: Wat een dag (composer)
  • The Netherlands 1960: Wat een geluk (composer)
  • The Netherlands 1959: Een beetje (composer)
Pieter Goemans:

  • The Netherlands 1970: Waterman (composer, lyricist)
  • The Netherlands 1963: Een speeldoos (composer, lyricist)
  • The Netherlands 1961: Wat een dag (lyricist)
Dolf van der Linden:

  • The The Netherlands 1971: Tijd (conductor)
  • The The Netherlands 1970: Waterman (conductor)
  • Ireland 1970: All kinds of everything (conductor)
  • The The Netherlands 1968: Morgen (conductor)
  • The The Netherlands 1967: Ring-dinge-ding (conductor)
  • The The Netherlands 1966: Fernando en Filippo (conductor)
  • The The Netherlands 1965: ‘t Is genoeg (conductor)
  • The The Netherlands 1964: Jij bent mijn leven (conductor)
  • The The Netherlands 1962: Katinka (conductor)
  • The The Netherlands 1961: Wat een dag (conductor)
  • The The Netherlands 1960: Wat een geluk (conductor)
  • The The Netherlands 1959: Een beetje (conductor)
  • The The Netherlands 1958: Heel de wereld (conductor)
  • Luxembourg 1958: Un grand amour (conductor)
  • Sweden 1958: Lilla stjärna (conductor)
  • Belgium 1958: Ma petite chatte (conductor)
  • Germany 1958: Für zwei Groschen Musik (conductor)
  • The The Netherlands 1957: Net als toen (conductor)
07 Lill-Babs Bobbie Ericsson:

  • Sweden 1963: En gång i Stockholm (composer)
  • Sweden 1961: April, april (composer)
Bo Eneby Thore Ehrling:

  • Sweden 1961: April, april (conductor)
  • Sweden 1960: Alla andra får varann (conductor)
08 Lale Andersen Rudolf Maluck Ernst Bader:

  • Belgium 1964: Weit, da wo der Strom beginnt (lyricist German version)
  • Monaco 1963: Die Liebe geht (lyricist German version)
  • Germany 1961: Einmal sehen wir uns wieder (lyricist)
Franck Pourcel:

  • France 1972: Comé comédie (conductor)
  • France 1971: Un jardin sur la terre (conductor)
  • France 1970: Marie-Blanche (conductor)
  • France 1969: Un jour, un enfant (conductor)
  • France 1967: Il doit faire beau là-bas (conductor)
  • France 1966: Chez nous (conductor)
  • France 1965: N’avoue jamais (conductor)
  • France 1964: Le chant de Mallory (conductor)
  • France 1963: Elle était si jolie (conductor)
  • France 1962: Un premier amour (conductor)
  • Austria 1961: Sehnsucht (conductor)
  • Germany 1961: Einmal sehen wir uns wieder (conductor)
  • France 1961: Printemps, avril carillonne (conductor)
  • France 1960: Tom Pillibi (conductor)
  • France 1959: Oui oui oui oui (conductor)
  • Monaco 1959: Mon ami Pierrot (conductor)
  • Germany 1959: Heute Abend wollen wir tanzen geh’n (conductor)
  • Sweden 1959: Augustin (conductor)
  • Switzerland 1959: Irgendwoher (conductor)
  • Austria 1959: Der K. und K. Kalypso aus Wien (conductor)
  • France 1958: Dors, mon amour (conductor)
  • France 1956: Le temps perdu (conductor)
  • France 1956: Il est là (conductor)
09 Jean-Paul Mauric Francis Baxter Guy Favereau Franck Pourcel:

  • France 1972: Comé comédie (conductor)
  • France 1971: Un jardin sur la terre (conductor)
  • France 1970: Marie-Blanche (conductor)
  • France 1969: Un jour, un enfant (conductor)
  • France 1967: Il doit faire beau là-bas (conductor)
  • France 1966: Chez nous (conductor)
  • France 1965: N’avoue jamais (conductor)
  • France 1964: Le chant de Mallory (conductor)
  • France 1963: Elle était si jolie (conductor)
  • France 1962: Un premier amour (conductor)
  • Austria 1961: Sehnsucht (conductor)
  • Germany 1961: Einmal sehen wir uns wieder (conductor)
  • France 1961: Printemps, avril carillonne (conductor)
  • France 1960: Tom Pillibi (conductor)
  • France 1959: Oui oui oui oui (conductor)
  • Monaco 1959: Mon ami Pierrot (conductor)
  • Germany 1959: Heute Abend wollen wir tanzen geh’n (conductor)
  • Sweden 1959: Augustin (conductor)
  • Switzerland 1959: Irgendwoher (conductor)
  • Austria 1959: Der K. und K. Kalypso aus Wien (conductor)
  • France 1958: Dors, mon amour (conductor)
  • France 1956: Le temps perdu (conductor)
  • France 1956: Il est là (conductor)
10 Franca di Rienzo Géo Voumard:

  • Switzerland 1963: T’en vas pas (composer)
  • Switzerland 1962: Le retour (composer)
  • Switzerland 1961: Nous aurons demain (composer)
  • Switzerland 1957: L’enfant que j’étais (composer)
  • Switzerland 1956: Refrain (composer)
Émile Gardaz:

  • Switzerland 1963: T’en vas pas (lyricist)
  • Switzerland 1962: Le retour (lyricist)
  • Switzerland 1961: Nous aurons demain (lyricist)
  • Switzerland 1957: L’enfant que j’étais (lyricist)
  • Switzerland 1956: Refrain (lyricist)
Fernando Paggi:

  • Switzerland 1964: I miei pensieri (conductor)
  • Switzerland 1961: Nous aurons demain (conductor)
  • Netherlands 1956: De vogels van Holland (conductor)
  • Switzerland 1956: Das alte Karussell (conductor)
  • Germany 1956: Im Wartesaal zum grossen Glück (conductor)
  • Netherlands 1956: Voorgoed voorbij (conductor)
  • Switzerland 1956: Refrain (conductor)
  • Germany 1956: So geht das jede Nacht (conductor)
11 Bob Benny:

  • Belgium 1961: September, gouden roos (as Bob Benny, solo)
  • Belgium 1959: Hou toch van mij (as Bob Benny, solo)
Hans Flower:

  • Belgium 1963: Waarom (as Hans Flower, composer)
  • Belgium 1961: September, gouden roos (as Hans Flower, composer)
  • Belgium 1959: Hou toch van mij (as Hans Flower, composer)
Wim Brabants:

  • Belgium 1963: Waarom (lyricist)
  • Belgium 1961: September, gouden roos (lyricist)
Francis Bay:

  • Belgium 1979: Hey nana (as Francis Bay, conductor)
  • Belgium 1975: Gelukkig zijn (as Francis Bay, conductor)
  • Belgium 1973: Baby, baby (as Francis Bay, conductor)
  • Belgium 1971: Goeiemorgen, morgen (as Francis Bay, conductor)
  • Belgium 1969: Jennifer Jennings (as Francis Bay, conductor)
  • Belgium 1967: Ik heb zorgen (as Francis Bay, conductor)
  • Belgium 1963: Waarom (as Francis Bay, conductor)
  • Belgium 1961: September, gouden roos (as Francis Bay, conductor)
  • Belgium 1959: Hou toch van mij (as Francis Bay, conductor)
12 Nora Brockstedt:

  • Norway 1961: Sommer i Palma (solo)
  • Norway 1960: Voi voi (solo)
Jan Wølner Egil Hagen:

  • Norway 1964: Spiral (lyricist)
  • Norway 1961: Sommer i Palma (lyricist)
Øivind Bergh:

  • Norway 1969: Oj, oj, oj, så glad jeg skal bli (conductor)
  • Norway 1968: Stress (conductor)
  • Norway 1967: Dukkemann (conductor)
  • Norway 1966: Intet er nytt under solen (conductor)
  • Norway 1965: Karusell (conductor)
  • Norway 1963: Solhverv (conductor)
  • Norway 1962: Kom sol, kom regn (conductor)
  • Norway 1961: Sommer i Palma (conductor)
  • Norway 1960: Voi voi (conductor)
13 Dario Campeotto Aksel V. Rasmussen:

  • Denmark 1964: Sangen om dig (composer)
  • Denmark 1961: Angelique (composer, lyricist)
Aksel V. Rasmussen:

  • Denmark 1964: Sangen om dig (composer)
  • Denmark 1961: Angelique (composer, lyricist)
Kai Mortensen:

  • Denmark 1964: Sangen om dig (conductor)
  • Portugal 1964: Oração (conductor)
  • Denmark 1963: Dansevise (conductor)
  • Denmark 1962: Vuggevise (conductor)
  • Denmark 1961: Angelique (conductor)
  • Denmark 1960: Det var en yndig tid (conductor)
  • Denmark 1959: Uh, jeg ville ønske, jeg var dig (conductor)
  • Denmark 1958: Jeg rev et blad ud af min dagbog (conductor)
  • Denmark 1957: Skibet skal sejle i nat (conductor)
14 Jean-Claude Pascal :

  • Luxembourg 1981: C’est peut-être pas l’Amérique (as Jean-Claude Pascal, solo, composer, lyricist)
  • Luxembourg 1961: Nous les amoureux (as Jean-Claude Pascal, solo)
Jacques Datin:

  • Luxembourg 1962: Petit bonhomme (composer)
  • Luxembourg 1961: Nous les amoureux (composer)
Maurice Vidalin:

  • Luxembourg 1962: Petit bonhomme (lyricist)
  • Luxembourg 1961: Nous les amoureux (lyricist)
Léo Chauliac
15 The Allisons (John Allison, Bob Allison) .John Allison

.Bob Allison

.John Allison

.Bob Allison

Harry Robinson
16 Betty Curtis  – Carlo Donida Mogol:

  • Italy 1965: Se piangi, se ridi (as Mogol, lyricist)
  • Italy 1963: Uno per tutte (as Mogol, lyricist)
  • Italy 1961: Al di là (as Mogol, lyricist)
Gianfranco Intra

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

Voting results
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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.Notes.

  • [a] Sweden held a national selection to choose the song for Eurovision Song Contest 1961. All songs were performed by two different artists. At Eurovision 1961, the winning song “April, april” was neither performed by Siw Malmkvist nor Gunnar Wiklund who won Eurovisionsschlagern 1961. Lill-Babs was internally selected to sing “April, april” in Cannes.

7.Trivial / Fun facts.

  • The number of participants this year rose to 16. Spain, Yugoslavia and Finland participated for the first time.
  • Germany’s Einmal Sehen Wir Uns Wieder was sung by Lale Andersen, acclaimed for her rendition of Lili Marleen 2 decades earlier.
  • However, Mrs. Andersen only managed to score 3 points and a 13th place.

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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