- Dates – Grand Final: Sunday, 18 March 1962 – 20:00 CET
- Host – Venue & Location: Grand Auditorium de RTL, Villa Louvigny, Luxembourg, 🇱🇺 Luxembourg
- Presenter (s): Mireille Delannoy
- Musical Director: Jean Roderès
- Director: Jos Pauly, René Steichen
- Executive Producer: —
- Executive Supervisor: —
- Multicamera Director: Jos Pauly, René Steichen
- Host broadcaster: Compagnie Luxembourgeoise de Télédiffusion (CLT) / RTL
- Interval Act: Achilles Zavatta
- Participants – Number of entries: 16 [🇧🇪 Belgium (7ª), 🇫🇷 France (7ª), 🇩🇪 Germany (7ª), 🇮🇹 Italy (7ª), 🇳🇱 The Netherlands (7ª), 🇨🇭 Switzerland (7ª), 🇦🇹 Austria (6ª), 🇩🇰 Denmark (6ª), 🇸🇪 Sweden (5ª), 🇬🇧 United Kindom (5ª), 🇲🇨Monaco (4ª), 🇱🇺 Luxembourg (6ª), 🇳🇴 Norway (3ª), 🇫🇮 Finland (2ª), 🇪🇸 Spain (2ª), Yugoslavia (2ª)]
- Debuting countries: —
- Return: —
- Non-returning countries: —
- Vote – Voting system: Ten-member juries awarded points to their three favourite songs. Each of the participating country awarded 3, 2 and 1 point.
- Nil Points: 🇦🇹 Austria (1ª), 🇧🇪 Belgium (1ª), 🇳🇱 The Netherlands (1ª), 🇪🇸 Spain (1ª).
- Winning song: “Un premier amour” – Isabelle Aubret – 🇫🇷 France (3ª)
About. The 1962 Eurovision Song Contest was held in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg for the first time. France scored another victory with Un premier amour performed by Isabelle Aubret.
Lights on, lights off. After the victory in Cannes in 1961, Luxembourg was the host of the seventh Eurovision Song Contest. The stage was decorated with twinkling stars, but unfortunately they could not be seen for parts of the evening because there were some problems with the lights in the big auditorium of the Villa Louvigny. The number of participants of this year’s contest remained stable at 16 with no new countries entering. However, there was a change in the voting system: the national juries – which still consisted of 10 people – had to attribute 3, 2 and 1 points to their three favourite songs.
About the winner. France managed to win the Eurovision Song Contest for the third time with a dramatic performance by Isabelle Aubret who won by a landslide: Aubret collected 26 points altogether, outclassing Monaco’s entry “Dis Rien” by 13 points!.
Facts & figures. The German entry “Zwei Kleine Italiener” by Conny Froboess went on to be an enormous commercial success in lots of European countries despite a rather moderate 6th place; Belgian Fud Leclerc took part for the fourth time in the history of the song contest, but came last with no points at all.
|o/r||country||participant(s)||song – translate – Language||Points||rank|
|01||🇫🇮 Finland YLE||Marion Rung||Tipi-tii (Chirpy chirp) Finnish||004||07|
|02||🇧🇪 Belgium RTB||Fud Leclerc||Ton nom (Your name) French||000||13|
|03||🇪🇸 Spain TVE||Víctor Balaguer||Llámame (Call me) Spanish||000||13|
|04||🇦🇹 Austria ÖRF||Eleonore Schwarz||Nur in der wiener Luft (Only in the Vienna air) German||000||13|
|05||🇩🇰 Denmark DR||Ellen Winther||Vuggevise (Lullaby) Dannish||002||10|
|06||🇸🇪 Sweden SR||Inger Berggren||Sol och vår (Sun and spring) Swedish||004||07|
|07||🇩🇪 Germany ARD||Conny Froboess||Zwei kleine Italiener (Two little Italians) German||009||06|
|08||🇳🇱 The Netherlands NTS||De Spelbrekers||Katinka Dutch||000||13|
|09||🇫🇷 France RTF||Isabelle Aubret||Un premier amour (A first love) French||026||01|
|10||🇳🇴 Norway NRK||Inger Jacobsen||Kom sol, kom regn (Come sun, come rain) Norwegian||002||10|
|11||🇨🇭 Switzerland SSR SRG||Jean Philippe||Le retour (The return) French||002||10|
|12||Yugoslavia JRT||Lola Novaković (Лола Новаковић)||Ne pali svetlo u sumrak (Не пали светло у сумрак, Don’t turn the lights on at twilight) Serbo-Croatian||010||04|
|13||🇬🇧 United Kindom BBC||Ronnie Carroll||Ring-a-ding girl English||010||04|
|14||🇱🇺 Luxembourg CLT||Camillo Felgen||Petit bonhomme (Little chap) French||011||03|
|15||🇮🇹 Italy RAI||Claudio Villa||Addio, addio (Goodbye, goodbye) Italian||003||09|
|16||🇲🇨 Monaco TMC||François Deguelt||Dis rien (Say nothing) French||013||02|
The Eurovision Song Contest 1962 was the 7th edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg, following the country’s victory at the 1961 contest with the song “Nous les amoureux” by Jean-Claude Pascal. The contest was organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and host broadcaster Compagnie Luxembourgeoise de Télédiffusion (CLT), and was held at the Villa Louvigny on Sunday 18 March 1962. The host was the Luxembourgish speaker Mireille Delannoy.
Sixteen countries participated in the contest – the same that took part the year before.
The winner was France with the song “Un premier amour”, performed by Isabelle Aubret, written by Roland Valade and composed by Claude Henri Vic. This was France’s third victory in the contest in just five years, having also won in 1958 and 1960. It was also the third consecutive winning song performed in French. For the first time in the contest’s history, Austria, Belgium, Netherlands and Spain all scored nul points.
1.Location. The 1962 Eurovision Song Contest was hosted in Luxembourg City. The venue chosen to host the 1962 contest was the Villa Louvigny. The building served as the headquarters of Compagnie Luxembourgeoise de Télédiffusion, the forerunner of RTL Group. It is located in Municipal Park, in the Ville Hautequarter of the centre of the city.
2.Format. After France’s entry had been performed, there was a short power failure rendering the screens dark. There also seemed to be an even shorter power failure during the Netherlands’ entry, when viewers around Europe only saw darkness on their television screens when the Netherlands performed. The power failure seemed to affect the Netherlands’ score during the voting. Nevertheless, the song turned out to be popular in Europe after the contest.
3.Participating countries. All countries who participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 1961 also participated in this edition.
3.1.Conductors. Each performance had a conductor who conducted the orchestra.
- 🇫🇮 Finland – George de Godzinsky
- 🇧🇪 Belgium – Henri Segers
- 🇪🇸 Spain – Jean Roderès
- 🇦🇹 Austria – Bruno Uher
- 🇩🇰 Denmark – Kai Mortensen
- 🇸🇪 Sweden – Egon Kjerrman
- 🇩🇪 Germany – Rolf-Hans Müller
- 🇳🇱 The Netherlands – Dolf van der Linden
- 🇫🇷 France – Franck Pourcel
- 🇳🇴 Norway – Øivind Bergh
- 🇨🇭 Switzerland – Cédric Dumont
- Yugoslavia – Jože Privšek
- 🇬🇧 United Kingdom – Angela Morley
- 🇱🇺 Luxembourg – Jean Roderès
- 🇮🇹 Italy – Cinico Angelini
- 🇲🇨 Monaco – Raymond Lefèvre
|Camillo Felgen||🇱🇺 Luxembourg||1960|
|François Deguelt||🇲🇨 Monaco||1960|
|Fud Leclerc||🇧🇪 Belgium||1956, 1958, 1960|
|Jean Philippe||🇨🇭 Switzerland||1959 (for 🇫🇷 France)|
3.3.Participants and results.
3.4.All the national selections for Eurovision Song Contest 1962:
• National Selections in 1962:
|🇧🇪 Belgium||Eurosong 1962||Fud Leclerc – “Ton nom“|
|🇩🇰 Denmark||Melodi Grand Prix 1962||Ellen Winther – “Vuggevise“|
|🇫🇮 Finland||(Finnish Selection 1962)||Marion Rung – “Tipi-tii”|
|🇩🇪 Germany||Deutsche Schlager-Festspiele 1962||Conny Froboess – “Zwei kleine Italiener“|
|🇮🇹 Italy||Sanremo 1962||Claudio Villa – “Addio, addio“|
|🇳🇱 The Netherlands||Nationaal Songfestival 1962||De Spelbrekers – “Katinka”|
|🇳🇴 Norway||Melodi Grand Prix 1962||Inger Jacobsen – “Kom sol, kom regn“|
|🇪🇸 Spain||(Spanish Selection 1962)||Víctor Balaguer – “Llámame“|
|🇸🇪 Sweden||Eurovisionsschlagern 1962||Inger Berggren – “Sol och vår“|
|🇬🇧 United Kindom||A Song for Europe 1962||Ronnie Carroll – “Ring-a-Ding Girl”|
|Yugoslavia||Jugovizija 1962||Lola Novaković – “Ne pali svetla u sumrak” (Не пали светла у сумрак)|
• Internal Selections in 1962:
|🇦🇹 Austria||Eleonore Schwarz – “Nur in der Wiener Luft“|
|🇫🇷 France||Isabelle Aubret – “Un premier amour“|
|🇱🇺 Luxembourg||Camillo Felgen – “Petit bonhomme“|
|🇲🇨 Monaco||François Deguelt – “Dis rien“|
|🇨🇭 Switzerland||Jean Philippe – “Le retour“|
4.Voting. This year marked the second jury voting system change in the contest’s history, moving away from a point per favourite song from 10-member juries to the allocation of 3, 2 and 1 points given to the top three favourite songs from each country’s 10-member jurors’ ratings.
|🇳🇱 The Netherlands||0|
|🇬🇧 United Kingdom||10||2||2||2||1||3|
4.1.3 points. Below is a summary of all 3 points received:
|N.||Contestant||Nation(s) giving 3 points|
|5||🇫🇷France||🇩🇪 Germany, 🇳🇴 Norway, 🇸🇪 Sweden, 🇨🇭 Switzerland, Yugoslavia|
|3||🇱🇺 Luxembourg||🇧🇪 Belgium, 🇪🇸 Spain, 🇲🇨 Monaco|
|🇲🇨 Monaco||🇦🇹 Austria, 🇱🇺 Luxembourg, 🇳🇱 The Netherlands|
|2||Yugoslavia||🇫🇷 France, 🇮🇹 Italy|
|1||🇫🇮 Finland||🇬🇧 United Kingdom|
|🇸🇪 Sweden||🇩🇰 Denmark|
|🇬🇧 United Kingdom||Finland|
4.2.Spokespersons. Listed below is the order in which votes were cast during the 1962 contest along with the spokesperson who was responsible for announcing the votes for their respective country.
- 🇲🇨 Monaco – TBC
- 🇮🇹 Italy – Enzo Tortora
- 🇱🇺 Luxembourg – Robert Diligent
- 🇬🇧 United Kingdom – Alex Macintosh
- Yugoslavia – Mladen Delić
- 🇨🇭 Switzerland – Alexandre Burger
- 🇳🇴 Norway – Kari Borg Mannsåker
- 🇫🇷 France – André Valmy
- 🇳🇱 The Netherlands – Ger Lugtenburg
- 🇩🇪 Germany – Klaus Havenstein
- 🇸🇪 Sweden – Tage Danielsson
- 🇩🇰 Denmark – Ole Mortensen
- 🇦🇹 Austria – Emil Kollpacher
- 🇪🇸 Spain – Luis Marsillach
- 🇧🇪 Belgium – Arlette Vincent
- 🇫🇮 Finland – Poppe Berg
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||ORF||Ruth Kappelsberger|
|🇧🇪 Belgium||RTB||French: Nicole Védrès||–|
|BRT||Dutch: Willem Duys|
|🇩🇰 Denmark||Danmarks Radio TV||Skat Nørrevig|
|🇫🇮 Finland||Suomen Televisio||Aarno Walli|
|🇫🇷 France||RTF||Pierre Tchernia||–|
|🇩🇪 Germany||Deutsches Fernsehen||Ruth Kappelsberger|
|🇮🇹 Italy||Programma Nazionale||Renato Tagliani|
|🇱🇺 Luxembourg||Télé-Luxembourg||Nicole Védrès|
|🇲🇨 Monaco||Télé Monte Carlo||Pierre Tchernia||–|
|🇳🇱 The Netherlands||NTS||Willem Duys||–|
|🇳🇴 Norway||NRK, NRK P1||Odd Grythe|
|🇪🇸 Spain||TVE||Federico Gallo|
|🇸🇪 Sweden||Sveriges TV, SR P1||Jan Gabrielsson||–|
|🇨🇭 Switzerland||TV DRS||German: Theodor Haller|
|TSR||French: Pierre Tchernia||–|
|TSI||Italian: Renato Tagliani|
|🇬🇧 United Kingdom||BBC TV||David Jacobs||–|
|BBC Light Programme||Peter Haigh|
|Yugoslavia||Televizija Beograd||Serbo-Croatian: Ljubomir Vukadinović|
|Televizija Zagreb||Serbo-Croatian: Gordana Bonetti|
|Televizija Ljubljana||Slovene: Tomaž Terček|
7.Trivial / Fun facts.
- The German’s Zwei Kleine Italiener went on to be an enormous success in lots of countries despite a moderate 6th place.
- Belgian Fud Leclerc took part for the fourth time in the history of the song contest, but came last with no points at all.
- The 1962 Eurovision Song Contest was held in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg for the first time.
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Countries (in order of appearance)
|Final||Finland ⦁ Belgium ⦁ Spain ⦁ Austria ⦁ Denmark ⦁ Sweden ⦁ Germany ⦁ The Netherlands ⦁ France (winner) ⦁ Norway • Switzerland ⦁ Yugoslavia • United Kingdom ⦁ Luxembourg ⦁ Italy • Monaco|
Artists (in order of appearance)
|Final||Marion Rung ⦁ Fud Leclerc ⦁ Victor Balaguer ⦁ Eleonore Schwarz ⦁ Ellen Winther ⦁ Inger Berggren ⦁ Conny Froboess ⦁ De Spelbrekers ⦁ Isabelle Aubret (winner) ⦁ Inger Jacobsen ⦁ Jean Philippe ⦁ Lola Novaković ⦁ Ronnie Carroll ⦁ Camillo Felgen ⦁ Claudio Villa • François Deguelt|
Songs (in order of appearance)
|Final||“Tipi-tii” ⦁ “Ton nom” ⦁ “Llámame” ⦁ “Nur in der Wiener Luft” ⦁ “Vuggevise” ⦁ “Sol och vår” ⦁ “Zwei kleine Italiener” ⦁ “Katinka” ⦁ “Un premier amour” (winner) ⦁ “Kom sol, kom regn” ⦁ “Le retour” ⦁ “Ne pali svetla u sumrak” (Не пали светла у сумрак) ⦁ “Ring-a-Ding Girl” ⦁ “Petit bonhomme” ⦁ “Addio, addio” • “Dis rien“|