- Dates – Grand Final: Saturday, 20 March 1965 – 20:00 CET
- Host – Venue & Location: Sala di Concerto della RAI (RAI’s production center in Naples; Centro di produzione Rai di Napoli), Naples, 🇮🇹 Italy
- Presenter (s): Renata Mauro
- Musical Director: Gianni Ferrio
- Director: Romolo Siena
- Executive Producer: —
- Executive Supervisor: Miroslav Vilček
- Multicamera Director: Romolo Siena
- Host broadcaster: Radiotelevisione Italiana (RAI)
- Interval Act: Mario Del Monaco
- Participants – Number of entries: 18 [🇧🇪 Belgium (10ª), 🇫🇷 France (10ª), 🇩🇪 Germany (10ª), 🇮🇹 Italy (10ª), 🇳🇱 The Netherlands (10ª), 🇨🇭 Switzerland (10ª), 🇦🇹 Austria (9ª), 🇩🇰 Denmark (9ª), 🇬🇧 United Kindom (8ª), 🇲🇨Monaco (7ª), 🇱🇺 Luxembourg (9ª), 🇳🇴 Norway (6ª), 🇫🇮 Finland (5ª), 🇪🇸 Spain (5ª), Yugoslavia (5ª), 🇵🇹 Portugal (2ª), 🇮🇪 Ireland (1ª), 🇸🇪 Sweden (7ª)]
- Debuting countries: 🇮🇪 Ireland (1ª)
- Return: 🇸🇪 Sweden (7ª)
- Non-returning countries: —
- Vote – Voting system: Ten-member juries awarded points (5, 3 and 1, or combinations thereof) to their three favourite songs.
- Nil Points: 🇧🇪 Belgium (2ª), 🇫🇮 Finland (2ª), 🇩🇪 Germany (2ª), 🇪🇸 Spain (2ª).
- Winning song: “Poupée de cire, poupée de son” – France Gall – 🇱🇺 Luxembourg (2ª)
About. The 1965 Eurovision Song Contest took place in Naples and saw Luxembourg win again. The winning entry, performed by France Gall, “Poupée De Cire, Poupée De Son”, is a milestone moment in the history of the show since it is the first time that a pop song won the Eurovision Song Contest.
Sweden returns, Ireland debuts. Italy and its national broadcaster RAI hosted this year’s contest for the first time. 18 countries took part, at that point, the number of participants ever. After a year of absence, Sweden returned to the competition and Ireland debuted. Belgium, Germany, Finland and Spain all scored nul points while Luxembourg won for the second time with the highly controversial “Poupée De Cire, Poupée De Son” sung by teenager France Gall. The song went on to become a massive hit in almost all European countries and had a major impact on the type of songs entered into the contest in the following years. Swedish participant Ingvar Wixell performed his song -originally called “Annorstädes Vals” – in English instead of Swedish while all the other participants sang in their native languages. This incident led to a rule change meaning that all participants would have to perform their songs in their respective national languages.
Facts & figures. For the first time, the Eurovision Song Contest was broadcast not only by the European Broadcasting Union, but also by Intervision, its Eastern European counterpart.
|o/r||country||participant (s)||song – translate – language||Points||rank|
|01||🇳🇱 The Netherlands NTS||Conny Van den Bos||‘t is genoeg (Het is genoeg, It’s enough) Dutch||005||11|
|02||🇬🇧 United Kindom BBC||Kathy Kirby||I Belong English||026||02|
|03||🇪🇸 Spain TVE||Conchita Bautista||¡Qué bueno, qué bueno! (How good, how good!) Spanish||000||15|
|04||🇮🇪 Ireland RÉ||Butch Moore||Walking the streets in the rain (I’m Walking the streets in the rain) English||011||06|
|05||🇩🇪 Germany ARD||Ulla Wiesner||Paradies, wo bist du? (Paradise, where are you?) German||000||15|
|06||🇦🇹 Austria ÖRF||Udo Jürgens||Sag ihr, ich lass’ sie grüßen (Tell her I send my regards) German||016||04|
|07||🇳🇴 Norway NRK||Kirsti Sparboe||Karussell (Merry-go-round) Norwegian||001||013|
|08||🇧🇪 Belgium BRT||Lize Marke||Als het weer lente is (When it’s springtime again) Dutch||000||15|
|09||🇲🇨 Monaco TMC||Marjorie Noël||Va dire à l’amour (Go and tell love) French||007||09|
|10||🇸🇪 Sweden SR||Ingvar Wixell||Absent friend [Annorstädes vals (Elsewhere Waltz)] English||006||10|
|11||🇫🇷 France ORTF||Guy Mardel||N’avoue jamais (Never admit) French||022||03|
|12||🇵🇹 Portugal RTP||Simone de Oliveira||Sol de inverno (Winter sun) Portuguese||001||13|
|13||🇮🇹 Italy RAI||Bobby Solo||Se piangi, se ridi (If you cry, if you laugh) Italian||015||05|
|14||🇩🇰 Denmark DR||Birgit Brüel||For din skyld (For your sake) Danish||010||07|
|15||🇱🇺 Luxembourg CLT||France Gall||Poupée de cire, poupée de son (Wax doll, sawdust doll) French||032||01|
|16||🇫🇮 Finland YLE||Viktor Klimenko||Aurinko laskee länteen (The sun sets in the west) Finnish||000||15|
|17||Yugoslavia JRT||Vice Vukov (Вице Вуков)||Čežnja (Чежња, Longing) Serbo-Croatian||002||12|
|18||🇨🇭 Switzerland SSR SRG||Yovanna||Non, à jamais sans toi (No, forever without you) French||008||08|
The Eurovision Song Contest 1965 was the tenth edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Naples, Italy, following the country’s victory at the 1964 contest with the song “Non ho l’età” by Gigliola Cinquetti. Organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and host broadcaster Radiotelevisione Italiana (RAI), the contest was held at Sala di Concerto della RAI on Saturday 20 March 1965, and was hosted by Italian singer Renata Mauro.
Eighteen countries participated in the contest – setting a new record for the highest number of entrants in the competition until that point. Sweden returned after being absent from the previous edition, while Ireland made its debut.
Luxembourg won for the second time with the highly controversial Poupée De Cire, Poupée De Son sung by the french singer France Gall, and written by Serge Gainsbourg, which later went on to be a massive hit in almost all European countries. It was the first winning song since the Netherlands’ “Een beetje” in 1959 to not be a ballad, being the first pop song to ever win the competition. 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.Location. 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 was 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.
2.Format. 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.
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.
3.Participating countries. 18 countries took part, with the Eurovision Song Contest reaching its highest number until then. Sweden returned after a one-year absence, and Ireland entered for the first time. Ireland would later become the most successful country in the competition, scoring seven wins in total.
|Conchita Bautista||🇪🇸 Spain||1961|
|Udo Jürgens||🇦🇹 Austria||1964|
3.2.Conductors. Each performance had a conductor who led the orchestra.
- 🇳🇱 The Netherlands – Dolf van der Linden
- 🇬🇧 United Kindom – Eric Robinson
- 🇪🇸 Spain – Adolfo Ventas Rodríguez
- 🇮🇪 Ireland – Gianni Ferrio
- 🇩🇪 Germany – Alfred Hause
- 🇦🇹 Austria – Gianni Ferrio
- 🇳🇴 Norway – Øivind Bergh
- 🇧🇪 Belgium – Gaston Nuyts
- 🇲🇨 Monaco – Raymond Bernard
- 🇸🇪 Sweden – William Lind
- 🇫🇷 France – Franck Pourcel
- 🇵🇹 Portugal – Fernando de Carvalho
- 🇮🇹 Italy – Gianni Ferrio
- 🇩🇰 Denmark – Arne Lamberth
- 🇱🇺 Luxembourg – Alain Goraguer
- 🇫🇮 Finland – George de Godzinsky
- Yugoslavia – Radivoje Spasić
- 🇨🇭 Switzerland – Mario Robbiani
3.3.Participants and results.
3.4.All the national selections for Eurovision Song Contest 1965:
• National Selections in 1965:
|🇧🇪 Belgium||Eurosong 1965 (song selection) [b]||Lize Marke – Als het weer lente is|
|🇩🇰 Denmark||Melodi Grand Prix 1965||Birgit Brüel – For din skyld|
|🇫🇮 Finland||(Finnish Selection 1965)||Viktor Klimenko – Aurinko laskee länteen|
|🇩🇪 Germany||Ein Lied für Neapel||Ulla Wiesner – Paradies, wo bist du?|
|🇮🇪 Ireland||(Irish Selection 1965)||Butch Moore – I’m Walking the Streets in the Rain|
|🇮🇹 Italy||Sanremo 1965||Bobby Solo – Se piangi, se ridi|
|🇳🇱 The Netherlands||Nationaal Songfestival 1965||Conny van den Bos – Het is genoeg|
|🇳🇴 Norway||Melodi Grand Prix 1965||Kirsti Sparboe – Karusell|
|🇵🇹 Portugal||Grande Prémio TV da Canção 1965||Simone de Oliveira – Sol de Inverno|
|🇪🇸 Spain||Eurofestival||Conchita Bautista – ¡Qué bueno, qué bueno!|
|🇸🇪 Sweden||Svensk Sångfestival 1965 (song selection) [c]||Ingvar Wixell – Annorstädes vals|
|🇨🇭 Switzerland||Concours Eurovision 1965||Yovanna – Non, à jamais sans toi|
|🇬🇧 United Kindom||A Song for Europe 1965 (song selection) [d]||Kathy Kirby – I Belong|
|Yugoslavia||Jugovizija 1965||Vice Vukov – Čežnja|
• Internal Selections in 1965:
|🇦🇹 Austria||Udo Jürgens – Sag Ihr, Ich Lass’ Sie Grüßen|
|🇫🇷 France||Guy Mardel – N’avoue Jamais|
|🇱🇺 Luxembourg||France Gall –Poupée De Cire, Poupée De Son|
|🇲🇨 Monaco||Marjorie Noël – Va Dire à L’amour|
4.Voting. 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.
|🇳🇱 The Netherlands||5||5|
|🇬🇧 United Kindom||26||5||1||6||3||1||5||5|
4.1.5 points. Below is a summary of all 5 points in the final:
|N.||Contestant||Nation(s) giving 5 points|
|4||🇱🇺 Luxembourg||🇦🇹 Austria, 🇫🇮 Finland, 🇩🇪 Germany, 🇳🇱 The Netherlands|
|🇬🇧 United Kindom||🇧🇪 Belgium,[a] 🇩🇰 Denmark, 🇪🇸 Spain, 🇨🇭 Switzerland|
|2||🇦🇹 Austria||🇮🇪 Ireland, 🇵🇹 Portugal|
|🇫🇷 France||🇲🇨 Monaco, Yugoslavia|
|🇩🇰 Denmark||🇱🇺 Luxembourg, 🇸🇪 Sweden|
|1||🇮🇪 Ireland||🇮🇹 Italy|
|🇲🇨 Monaco||🇬🇧 United Kindom|
|🇳🇱 The Netherlands||🇳🇴 Norway|
|🇨🇭 Switzerland||🇫🇷 France|
4.2.Spokespersons. 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.
- 🇳🇱 The Netherlands – Dick van Bommel
- 🇬🇧 United Kindom – Alastair Burnet
- 🇪🇸 Spain – Pepe Palau
- 🇮🇪 Ireland – Frank Hall
- 🇩🇪 Germany – Lia Wöhr
- 🇦🇹 Austria – Walter Richard Langer
- 🇳🇴 Norway – Sverre Christophersen
- 🇧🇪 Belgium – Ward Bogaert
- 🇲🇨 Monaco – TBC
- 🇸🇪 Sweden – Edvard Matz
- 🇫🇷 France – Jean-Claude Massoulier
- 🇵🇹 Portugal – Maria Manuela Furtado
- 🇮🇹 Italy – Enzo Tortora
- 🇩🇰 Denmark – Claus Toksvig
- 🇱🇺 Luxembourg– TBC
- 🇫🇮 Finland – Poppe Berg
- Yugoslavia – Ljubo Jelčić
- 🇨🇭 Switzerland – Alexandre Burger
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.
|🇦🇹 Austria||ÖRF||Willy Kralik|
|🇧🇪 Belgium||RTB||French: Paule Herreman|
|BRT||Dutch: Herman Verelst|
|🇩🇰 Denmark||DR TV||Eric Danielsen|
|🇫🇮 Finland||Suomen Televisio||Aarno Walli|
|🇫🇷 France||Première Chaîne ORTF||Pierre Tchernia||–|
|🇩🇪 Germany||Deutsches Fernsehen||Hermann Rockmann||–|
|🇮🇪 Ireland||Telefís Éireann||Bunny Carr|
|Radió Éireann||Kevin Roche|
|🇮🇹 Italy||Programma Nazionale||Piero Angela|
|🇱🇺 Luxembourg||Télé-Luxembourg||Pierre Tchernia||–|
|🇲🇨 Monaco||Télé Monte Carlo|
|🇳🇱 The Netherlands||Nederland 1||Teddy Scholten||–|
|🇳🇴 Norway||NRK and NRK P1||Erik Diesen|
|🇵🇹 Portugal||RTP||Henrique Mendes|
|🇪🇸 Spain||TVE||Federico Gallo|
|🇸🇪 Sweden||Sveriges TV and SR P1||Berndt Friberg||–|
|🇨🇭 Switzerland||TV DRS||German: Theodor Haller|
|TSR||French: Jean Charles||–|
|TSI||Italian: Carlo Bonomi|
|🇬🇧 United Kindom||BBC1||David Jacobs||–|
|BBC Light Programme||David Gell|
|Yugoslavia||Televizija Beograd||Serbo-Croatian: Miloje Orlović|
|Televizija Zagreb||Serbo-Croatian: Mladen Delić|
|Televizija Ljubljana||Slovene: Tomaž Terček|
|East Germany||Deutscher Fernsehfunk||Unknown||–|
|Soviet Union||CT USSR||Igor Kirillov||–|
- [a] Belgium gave the United Kingdom 6 points
- [b] Lize Marke was internally selected to represent Belgium at Eurovision 1965. The song “Als het weer lente is” that Lize performed at Eurovision was selected through a national final with six songs.
- Ingvar Wixell was internally selected to represent Sweden at Eurovision 1965. The song “Annorstädes vals” that Wixell performed at Eurovision was selected through Svensk Sångfestival 1965 with six songs.
- Kathy Kirby was internally selected to represent United Kingdom at Eurovision 1965. The song “I Belong” that Kathy performed at Eurovision was selected through A Song for Europe 1965, and the result was announced a week later.
7.Trivial / Fun facts.
- For the first time the contest was broadcast not only by the European Broadcasting Union, but also by Intervision, its Eastern European counterpart.
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Countries (in order of appearance)
|Final||The Netherlands ⦁ United Kingdom ⦁ Spain ⦁ Ireland ⦁ Germany ⦁ Austria ⦁ Norway ⦁ Belgium ⦁ Monaco ⦁ Sweden • France ⦁ Portugal ⦁ Italy ⦁ Denmark ⦁ Luxembourg (winner) • Finland • Yugoslavia • Switzerland|
Artists (in order of appearance)
|Final||Conny Vandenbos ⦁ Kathy Kirby ⦁ Conchita Bautista ⦁ Butch Moore ⦁ Ulla Wiesner ⦁ Udo Jürgens ⦁ Kirsti Sparboe ⦁ Lize Marke ⦁ Marjorie Noël ⦁ Ingvar Wixell ⦁ Guy Mardel ⦁ Simone de Oliveira • Bobby Solo ⦁ Birgit Brüel ⦁ France Gall (winner) ⦁ Viktor Klimenko ⦁ Vice Vukov • Yovanna|
Songs (in order of appearance)
|Final||“‘t Is genoeg” ⦁ “I Belong” ⦁ “¡Qué bueno, qué bueno!” ⦁ “Walking the Streets in the Rain” ⦁ “Paradies, wo bist du?” ⦁ “Sag ihr, ich lass sie grüßen” ⦁ “Karusell” ⦁ “Als het weer lente is” ⦁ “Va dire à l’amour” ⦁ “Absent Friend” ⦁ “N’avoue jamais” ⦁ “Sol de inverno” • “Se piangi, se ridi” ⦁ “For din skyld” ⦁ “Poupée de cire, poupée de son” (winner) ⦁ “Aurinko laskee länteen” ⦁ “Čežnja” (Чежња) • “Non, à jamais sans toi“|