- Dates – Grand Final: Tuesday, 29 March 1960 – 20:00 CET
- Host – Venue & Location: Royal Festival Hall, London, 🇬🇧 United Kindom
- Presenter (s): Catherine (Katie) Boyle
- Musical Director: Eric Robinson
- Director: Marcel Cravenne
- Executive Producer: Harry Carlisle
- Executive Supervisor: —
- Multicamera Director: Innes Lloyd
- Host broadcaster: British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
- Interval Act: Eric Robinson’s Orchestra
- Participants – Number of entries: 13 [🇧🇪 Belgium (5ª), 🇫🇷 France (5ª), 🇩🇪 Germany (5ª), 🇮🇹 Italy (5ª), 🇳🇱 The Netherlands (5ª), 🇨🇭 Switzerland (5ª), 🇦🇹 Austria (4ª), 🇩🇰 Denmark (4ª), 🇸🇪 Sweden (3ª), 🇬🇧 United Kindom (3ª), 🇲🇨Monaco (2ª), 🇱🇺 Luxembourg (4ª), 🇳🇴 Norway (1ª)]
- Debuting countries: 🇳🇴 Norway (1ª)
- Return: 🇱🇺 Luxembourg (4ª)
- Non-returning countries: —
- Vote – Voting system: Ten-member juries in each country; each member gave one vote to their favourite song.
- Nil Points: —
- Winning song: “Tom Pillibi” – Jacqueline Boyer – 🇫🇷 France (2ª)
About. London was the host city of the fifth Eurovision Song Contest despite a Dutch victory in Cannes in 1959.
London calling. The capital of the United Kingdom, London, provided the setting for the fifth Eurovision Song Contest. This was despite the fact that the Netherlands actually won the Eurovision Song Contest in Cannes the year before with “Een Beetje”, performed by Teddy Scholten. Following the victory the Dutch national broadcaster did not want to host the contest again so the honour went to the UK which had finished second the year before.
About the winner. The winning song “Tom Pillibi”, performed by Jacqueline Boyer, provided France with a second victory in the Eurovision Song Contest.
Facts & figures. The number of participants of this year’s song contest grew to 13 as Norway made its debut with one of the country’s leading jazz singers, Nora Brockstedt; Luxembourg decided to return to the contest after a year of absence with a song fully in Luxembourgish, performed by Camillo Felgen who later started a successful career as radio and TV presenter; The Dutch singer Rudi Carrell also became a famous TV personality in parts of Europe despite a disappointing 12th place with “Wat Een Geluk”; The entry from Austria, “Du Hast Mich So Fasziniert” by Henry Winter was written by famous operetta composer Robert Stolz who was already 80 years old in 1960, but the song only ended up in 7th place.
|o/r||country||participant (s)||song – translate – language||Points||rank|
|01||🇬🇧 United Kindom BBC||Bryan Johnson||Looking high, high, high English||025||02|
|02||🇸🇪 Sweden SR||Siw Malmkvist||Alla andra får varann (All the others get each other) Swedish||004||10|
|03||🇱🇺 Luxembourg CLT||Camillo Felgen||So laang we’s du do bast (As long as you are there) Luxembourgish||001||13|
|04||🇩🇰 Denmark DR||Katy Bødtger||Det var en yndig tid (It was a lovely time) Danish||004||10|
|05||🇧🇪 Belgium INR||Fud Leclerc||Mon amour pour toi (My love for you) French||009||06|
|06||🇳🇴 Norway NRK||Nora Brockstedt||Voi-voi (Hey Hey) Norwegian [a]||011||04|
|07||🇦🇹 Austria ÖRF||Harry Winter||Du hast mich so fasziniert (You have fascinated me so much) German||006||07|
|08||🇲🇨 Monaco TMC||François Deguelt||Ce soir-là (That evening) French||015||03|
|09||🇨🇭 Switzerland SSR SRG||Anita Traversi||Cielo e terra (Heaven and Earth) Italian||005||08|
|10||🇳🇱 The Netherlands NTS||Rudi Carrell||Wat een geluk (What luck) Dutch||002||12|
|11||🇩🇪 Germany ARD||Wyn Hoop||Bonne nuit, ma chèrie (Goodnight, my darling) German [b]||011||04|
|12||🇮🇹 Italy RAI||Renato Rascel||Romantica (Romantic) Italian||005||08|
|13||🇫🇷 France RTF||Jacqueline Boyer||Tom Pillibi French||032||01|
The Eurovision Song Contest 1960 was the fifth edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest and took place in London, United Kingdom. It was organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and host broadcaster British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), who agreed to stage the event after the Netherlands, who had won the 1959 contest, declined to host another contest so soon, having also hosted the 1958 edition. The contest was held at the Royal Festival Hall on Tuesday 29 March 1960 and was hosted by British television presenter Catherine Boyle, who would go on to be the host for the contest 3 more times. It was also the first time the contest was held in a capital city, as well as the first one held in the English-speaking world.
Thirteen countries participated in the contest this year, the highest number until then. Norway made their début, and Luxembourg returned after their absence from the previous edition.
The winner of the contest was France with the song “Tom Pillibi”, performed by Jacqueline Boyer, written by Pierre Cour, and composed by André Popp. This was already France’s second victory in the contest, following their win in 1958, and their fourth consecutive top three placing. Aged 18, Boyer became the first teenager and the youngest artist yet to win the contest. Following the death of Lys Assia in 2018, Jacqueline Boyer stands as the earliest surviving Eurovision winner, although later winning singers are older in terms of age.
1.Location. Following Teddy Scholten’s win for the Netherlands at the 1959 contest in Cannes, France, with the song “Een beetje”, the Netherlands Television Service (NTS) declined to host another contest so soon after staging the event in 1958. The honour of hosting the contest therefore passed to the BBC and the United Kingdom, which had come second in 1959.
The 1960 Eurovision Song Contest was hosted in London. The Royal Festival Hall, the venue for the 1960 contest, is a 2,900-seat concert, dance and talks venue within Southbank Centre in London. It is situated on the South Bank of the River Thames, not far from Hungerford Bridge.
2.Format. The contest was presented by British television presenter and actress Catherine Boyle, the first of four contests in which she participated as host. Boyle was present for the opening of the contest and facilitated the voting process, while commentary between each act was provided by the respective broadcasters, with the United Kingdom’s commentator David Jacobs also being heard by the assembled audience of over 2,500 people in the hall.
The draw to determine the order in which each country would perform was conducted on 28 March in the presence of the performers. Performance and technical rehearsals involving the artists and orchestra were held on 28 and 29 March ahead of the live transmission from 21:00 GMT. The stage built for the contest was designed by Richard Levin.
As since the 1957 contest, each country, participating through a single EBU member broadcaster, was represented by one song performed by up to two people on stage. The results of the event were determined through jury voting, with each country’s jury containing ten individuals who each gave one vote to their favourite song, with no abstentions allowed and with jurors unable to vote for their own country. A new innovation for this year’s event was to allow the national juries to listen to the final rehearsal of each country, which was also recorded to allow jury members to continue to listen to the entries ahead of the live contest.
3.Participating countries. The number of entries grew to thirteen for this edition, with the eleven competing countries from the 1959 contest being joined by Luxembourg returning after a one year absence and Norway in their first contest appearance.
3.1.Conductors. Each country was allowed to nominate their own musical director to lead the orchestra during the performance of their country’s entry, with the host musical director, Eric Robinson, also conducting for those countries which did not nominate their own conductor. The conductors listed below led the orchestra during the performance for the indicated countries.
- 🇬🇧 United Kingdom – Eric Robinson
- 🇸🇪 Sweden – Thore Ehrling
- 🇱🇺 Luxembourg – Eric Robinson
- 🇩🇰 Denmark – Kai Mortensen
- 🇧🇪 Belgium – Henri Segers
- 🇳🇴 Norway – Øivind Bergh
- 🇦🇹 Austria – Robert Stolz
- 🇲🇨 Monaco – Raymond Lefèvre
- 🇨🇭 Switzerland – Cédric Dumont
- 🇳🇱 The Netherlands – Dolf van der Linden
- 🇩🇪 Germany – Franz Josef Breuer
- 🇮🇹 Italy – Cinico Angelini
- 🇫🇷 France – Franck Pourcel
|Birthe Wilke||🇩🇰 Denmark||1957|
3.3.Participants and results. Fud Leclerc made his third appearance at the contest for Belgium, having previously represented the country in 1956 with “Messieurs les noyés de la Seine” (one of the two Belgian entries in that year’s contest) and in 1958 with “Ma petite chatte“. The song from Luxembourg was the first contest entry to be performed in Luxembourgish, and one of only three entries to be performed in the language (alongside the country’s entries from 1992 and 1993). France’s Jacqueline Boyer is the daughter of Jacques Pills, who had represented Monaco in the previous year’s contest and placed last with “Mon ami Pierrot“.
3.4.All the national selections for Eurovision Song Contest 1960:
• National Selections in 1960:
|🇧🇪 Belgium||Eurosong 1960||Fud Leclerc – “Mon amour pour toi“|
|🇩🇰 Denmark||Melodi Grand Prix 1960||Katy Bødtger – “Det var en yndig tid“|
|🇩🇪 Germany||Schlagerparade||Wyn Hoop – “Bonne nuit ma chérie“|
|🇮🇹 Italy||Sanremo 1960||Renato Rascel – “Romantica“|
|🇳🇱 The Netherlands||Nationaal Songfestival 1960||Rudi Carrell – “Wat een geluk“|
|🇳🇴 Norway||Melodi Grand Prix 1960 [c]||Nora Brockstedt – “Voi Voi“|
|🇸🇪 Sweden||Eurovisionsschlagern 1960 (song selection)||Siw Malmkvist – “Alla andra får varann“|
|🇨🇭 Switzerland||Concours Eurovision 1960||Anita Traversi – “Cielo e terra“|
|🇬🇧 United Kindom||Eurovision British Final 1960||Bryan Johnson – “Looking High, High, High”|
• Internal Selections in 1960:
|🇦🇹 Austria||Harry Winter – “Du hast mich so fasziniert“|
|🇫🇷 France||Jacqueline Boyer – “Tom Pillibi”|
|🇱🇺 Luxembourg||Camillo Felgen – “So laang we’s du do bast“|
|🇲🇨 Monaco||François Deguelt – “Ce soir-là“|
Connections Participants of the Eurovision Song Contest 1960
|01||Bryan Johnson||–||John Watson||John Watson||Eric Robinson:
||Henri Moots||Eric Robinson:
|04||Katy Bødtger||–||Vilfred Kjær||Sven Buemann||Kai Mortensen:
||–||Jack Say||Robert Montal:
||–||Georg Elgaaen||Georg Elgaaen||Øivind Bergh:
|07||Harry Winter||–||Robert Stolz||Robert Gilbert||Robert Stolz|
||Pierre Dorsey||Raymond Lefèvre:
|10||Rudi Carrell||–||Dick Schallies:
||Willy van Hemert:
||Dolf van der Linden:
|11||Wyn Hoop||–||Franz Josef Breuer||Kurt Schwabach||Franz Josef Breuer|
|12||Renato Rascel||–||Dino Verde:
||Renato Rascel||Cinico Angelini:
|13||Jacqueline Boyer||–||André Popp:
4.Voting. Each country had 10 jury members who each cast one vote for their favorite song.
|🇬🇧 United Kindom||25||2||1||5||4||1||3||2||1||5||1|
|🇳🇱 The Netherlands||2||1||1|
4.1.Spokespersons. Listed below is the order in which votes were cast during the 1960 contest along with the spokesperson who was responsible for announcing the votes for their respective country.
- 🇫🇷 France – Armand Lanoux
- 🇮🇹 Italy – Enzo Tortora
- 🇩🇪 Germany – Hans-Joachim Rauschenbach
- 🇳🇱 The Netherlands – Siebe van der Zee
- 🇨🇭 Switzerland – Boris Acquadro
- 🇲🇨 Monaco – TBC
- 🇦🇹 Austria – Emil Kollpacher
- 🇳🇴 Norway – Kari Borg Mannsåker
- 🇧🇪 Belgium – Arlette Vincent
- 🇩🇰 Denmark – Svend Pedersen
- 🇱🇺 Luxembourg – TBC
- 🇸🇪 Sweden – Tage Danielsson
- 🇬🇧 United Kindom – Nick Burrell-Davis
5.Broadcasts. Each participating broadcaster was required to relay the contest via its networks. Non-participating EBU member broadcasters were also able to relay the contest as “passive participants”. Broadcasters were able to send commentators to provide coverage of the contest in their own native language and to relay information about the artists and songs to their television viewers. Known details on the broadcasts in each country, including the specific broadcasting stations and commentators are shown in the tables below.
|🇧🇪 Belgium||INR||Georges Désir||–|
|🇩🇰 Denmark||Danmarks Radio TV||Sejr Volmer-Sørensen||–|
|🇫🇷 France||RTF||Pierre Tchernia||–|
|🇩🇪 Germany||Deutsches Fernsehen||Wolf Mittler||–|
|🇮🇹 Italy||Programma Nazionale||Giorgio Porro||–|
|🇲🇨 Monaco||Télé Monte Carlo||Unknown|
|🇳🇱 The Netherlands||NTS||Piet te Nuyl Jr.||–|
|🇳🇴 Norway||NRK||Erik Diesen||–|
|🇸🇪 Sweden||Sveriges TV||Jan Gabrielsson||–|
|🇨🇭 Switzerland||TV DRS||Theodor Haller||–|
|Radio Beromünster||Theodor Haller||–|
|Radio Monte Ceneri||Unknown|
|🇬🇧 United Kindom||BBC Television Service||David Jacobs||–|
|Finland||Suomen Televisio||Aarno Walli||–|
- [a] Although the song was performed in Norwegian, the title and sentence in the lyrics “Voi Voi” is in Northern Sami.
- [b] Although the song title is in French, the song was performed entirely in German.
- [c] Sweden held a national selection to choose the song for Eurovision Song Contest 1960. All songs were performed by two different artists. At Eurovision 1960, the winning song “Alla andra får varann” was neither performed by Östen Warnerbring nor Inger Berggren who won Eurovisionsschlagern 1960. Siw Malmkvist was internally selected to sing “Alla andra får varann” in London.
- [d] The Netherlands held a national selection to choose the song for Eurovision Song Contest 1960. Each of the eight songs was performed by two artists. “Wat een geluk” for Eurovision 1960 was performed by Annie Palmen / Rudi Carrell. The winning song was selected by regional juries, and an expert jury chose which of the two artists should go to Eurovision 1960.
7.Trivial / Fun Facts.
- The number of participants grew to 13. Norway made its debut with one of the country’s leading jazz singers, Nora Brockstedt.
- Luxembourg returned with a song in Luxembourgish, sung by Camillo Felgen. He later had a successful career as radio & TV host.
- The Dutch singer Rudi Carrell also became a famous TV personality despite a disappointing 12th place.
- The entry from Austria was written by famous operetta composer Robert Stolz who was already 80 years old in 1960.
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Countries (in order of appearance)
|Final||United Kingdom ⦁ Sweden ⦁ Luxembourg ⦁ Denmark ⦁ Belgium ⦁ Norway ⦁ Austria ⦁ Monaco ⦁ Switzerland ⦁ The Netherlands • Germany ⦁ Italy ⦁ France (winner)|
Artists (in order of appearance)
|Final||Bryan Johnson ⦁ Siw Malmkvist ⦁ Camillo Felgen ⦁ Katy Bødtger ⦁ Fud Leclerc ⦁ Nora Brockstedt ⦁ Harry Winter ⦁ François Deguelt ⦁ Anita Traversi ⦁ Rudi Carrell • Wyn Hoop ⦁ Renato Rascel ⦁ Jacqueline Boyer (winner)|
Songs (in order of appearance)
|Final||“Looking High, High, High” ⦁ “Alla andra får varann” ⦁ “So laang we’s du do bast” ⦁ “Det var en yndig tid” ⦁ “Mon amour pour toi” ⦁ “Voi Voi” ⦁ “Du hast mich so fasziniert” ⦁ “Ce soir-là” ⦁ “Cielo e terra” ⦁ “Wat een geluk” • “Bonne nuit ma chérie” ⦁ “Romantica” • “Tom Pillibi” (winner)|