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 Een Beetje 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.

Facts & Figures


Wednesday 11 March 1959


Palais des Festivals, Cannes, France


Teddy Scholten from The Netherlands




Jacqueline Joubert

Interval Act

Franck Pourcel's Orchestra

The Participants

# Representing country Performer(s) Song title, writer(s) and composer(s) Points Place
01 France
Flag of FranceRTF
Jean Philippe Oui, Oui, Oui, Oui
Hubert Giraud Pierre Cour
015 03
02 Denmark
Flag of DenmarkDSR
Birthe Wilke Uh-jeg Ville Ønske Jeg Var Dig
Otto Lington Carl Andersen
012 05
03 Italy
Flag of ItalyRAI
Domenico Modugno Piove
Domenico Modugno Dino Verde
009 06
04 Monaco
Flag of MonacoTMC
Jacques Pills Mon Ami Pierrot
Florence Veran Raymond Bravard
001 11
05 The Netherlands
Flag of The NetherlandsNTS
Teddy Scholten Een Beetje
Dick Schallies Willy van Hemert
021 01
06 Germany
Flag of GermanyARD
Alice and Ellen Kessler Heut' Woll'n Wir Tanzen Geh'n
Helmut Zander Astrid Voltmann
005 08
07 Sweden
Flag of SwedenSR
Brita Borg Augustin
Harry Sandin Åke Gerhard
004 09
08 Switzerland
Flag of SwitzerlandSSR SRG
Christa Williams Irgendwoher
Lothar Löffler
014 04
09 Austria
Flag of AustriaORF
Ferry Graf Der K. Und K. Kalypso Aus Wien
Norbert Pawlicki Günther Léopold
004 09
10 United Kingdom
Flag of United KingdomBBC
Pearl Carr and Teddy Johnson Sing Little Birdie
Stan Butcher Syd Cordell
016 02
11 Belgium
Flag of BelgiumNIR
Bob Benny Hou Toch Van Mij
Hans Flower Ke Riema
009 06


Participant Austria Belgium Denmark France Germany Italy Monaco Sweden Switzerland The Netherlands United Kingdom Points Place
France France
1244121 15 3
Denmark Denmark
2114112 12 5
Italy Italy
13113 9 6
Monaco Monaco
1 1 11
The Netherlands The Netherlands
3342711 21 1
Germany Germany
1211 5 8
Sweden Sweden
13 4 9
Switzerland Switzerland
1121135 14 4
Austria Austria
121 4 9
United Kingdom United Kingdom
2211235 16 2
Belgium Belgium
23112 9 6