Eurovision Song Contest 1958

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The Netherlands had the honour of hosting the third Eurovision Song Contest. The 1958 contest took place at the television studios in Hilversum, the 'media capital' of the Netherlands. For the occasion, the venue was decorated with thousands of tulips.

Familiar faces in 1958 contest

The Dutch entry Net Als Toen by Corry Brokken had brought the first victory to the Netherlands in Frankfurt am Main the previous year and Dutch TV was the proud host in 1958.

Despite ending third, the Italian entry Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu by Domenico Modugno became a worldwide hit and to date, it is one of the most successful songs in the history of the Eurovision Song Contest even if it is better known under the title Volare. Domenico even managed to reach the No.1 spot in the US-American Billboard Charts with his song and was also awarded three Grammies.

About the winner

Sweden entered the contest for the first time with one of their biggest star, Alice Babs but it was not enough to stop France from getting the trophy with the song Dors, Mon Amour, performed by André Claveau.

Facts & figures

  • The Swiss winner of 1956, Lys Assia, represented her native country again and narrowly missed out a second victory by just 3 points;
  • After winning the Eurovision Song Contest the year before, Corry Brokken came last on home ground and it was her last attempt to enter the contest as a singer. However, Corry would return to the Eurovision Song Contest stage as a presenter in 1976.

Facts & Figures

Date

Wednesday 12 March 1958

Location

AVRO Studios, Hilversum, The Netherlands

Winner

André Claveau from France

Broadcaster

NOS

Hosts

Hannie Lips

Interval Act

The Metropole Orchestra

The Participants

# Representing country Performer(s) Song title, writer(s) and composer(s) Points Place
01 Italy
Flag of ItalyRAI
Domenico Modugno Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu 013 03
02 The Netherlands
Flag of The NetherlandsNTS
Corry Brokken Heel De Wereld 001 09
03 France
Flag of FranceRTF
André Claveau Dors Mon Amour 027 01
04 Luxembourg
Flag of LuxembourgCLT
Solange Berry Un Grand Amour 001 09
05 Sweden
Flag of SwedenSR
Alice Babs Lilla Stjärna 010 04
06 Denmark
Flag of DenmarkDSR
Raquel Rastenni Jeg Rev Et Blad Ud Af Min Dagbog 003 08
07 Belgium
Flag of BelgiumINR
Fud Leclerc Ma Petite Chatte 008 05
08 Germany
Flag of GermanyARD
Margot Hielscher Für Zwei Groschen Musik 005 07
09 Austria
Flag of AustriaORF
Liane Augustin Die Ganze Welt Braucht Liebe 008 05
10 Switzerland
Flag of SwitzerlandSSR SRG
Lys Assia Giorgio 024 02

Scoreboard

Participant Austria Belgium Denmark France Germany Italy Luxembourg Sweden Switzerland The Netherlands Points Place
Italy Italy
1414111 13 3
The Netherlands The Netherlands
1 1 9
France France
71916111 27 1
Luxembourg Luxembourg
1 1 9
Sweden Sweden
11332 10 4
Denmark Denmark
111 3 8
Belgium Belgium
1511 8 5
Germany Germany
1121 5 7
Austria Austria
13112 8 5
Switzerland Switzerland
234546 24 2