Eurovision Song Contest 1959
The glamorous French Mediterrenean coast skylined the 4th Eurovision Song Contest, which was held in sunny Cannes.
73 minutes live from Cannes
The Eurovision Song Contest of 1959 welcomed the small principality of Monaco. Moreover, the United Kingdom re-entered the contest after one year of absence, and Luxembourg decided not to participate. A new rule was introduced to this fourth Eurovision Song Contest; music experts were not allowed into the national juries any longer, but other than that, the same voting system as in 1957 and 1958 was applied.
About the winner
The Netherlands won for already the second time in the short history of the Eurovision Song Contest with the song Net Als Toen performed by Teddy Scholten. The lyrics of the song were written by Willy van Hemert, who also wrote the winning song of 1957. The winner was once again outscored by Domenico Modugno though who got yet another world-wide hit with his Italian entry Piove - which is better known under the title Ciao Ciao Bambina.
Facts & figures
- For the first and the last time in the history of the Eurovision Song Contest, not only the winning song by Teddy Scholten got a reprise, but also the second and third placed songs from the UK and France had the honour of being sung again at the end of the 73-minute show from Cannes.