Eurovision Song Contest 1957
The 1957 Eurovision Song Contest was held in Frankfurt am Main, Germany after Switzerland declined to host the contest for a second time.
Danes kiss on stage
The Eurovision Song Contest of 1957 was hosted by the Hessischer Rundfunk on behalf of Deutsches Fernsehen ARD. This year, Austria, Denmark and the United Kingdom entered the contest for the first time, joining the other seven participating countries from the previous year. Despite the fact that an increasing number of Europeans had got access to television, the contest was still mainly a radio programme.
As a change to the contest the year before, duos were allowed into the competition with the first being the Danish entry by Birthe Wilke and Gustav Winckler. The couple gave viewers the longest on-stage kiss in the history of the contest to date, but it was not enough to win and they ended third.
About the winner
For the first time, the Netherlands won the contest with the song Net Als Toen, performed by Corry Brokken who also represented her country in Lugano the year before.
Facts & figures
- The participating countries were represented by one song each, but the duration of the songs varied. The UK entry lasted for only 1:52 minutes, whereas the Italian lasted for 5:09 minutes. Even though the rules suggested that a song should not exceed three minutes, the Italian entry was not disqualified despite heavy protests. The incident lead to the restriction of each song to last a maximum of three minutes. Another change was that the national juries could not vote for their own song anymore, a rule that still applies today.