Eurovision Song Contest 1960

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London was the host city of the fifth Eurovision Song Contest despite a Dutch victory in Cannes in 1959

To London instead

The capital of the United Kingdom, London, provided the settings for the fifth Eurovision Song Contest. This was despite the fact that the Netherlands actually won the Eurovision Song Contest in Cannes the year before with Een Beetje, performed by Teddy Scholten, but the Dutch broadcaster didn't want to host the contest again.

About the winner

France celebrated its second victory in the short history of the song contest. The winning song Tom Pillibi, performed by Jacqueline Boyer, became a hit in all of Europe in 1960.

Facts & figures

  • The number of participants of this year's song contest grew to 13 as Norway made its debut with one of the country's leading jazz singers, Nora Brockstedt;
  • Luxembourg decided to return to the contest after a year of absence with a song fully in Luxembourgish, performed by Camillo Felgen who later started a successful career as radio and TV presenter;
  • The Dutch singer Rudi Carrell also became a famous TV personality in big parts of Europe despite a disappointing 12th place with Wat Een Geluk;
  • The entry from Austria Du Hast Mich So Fasziniert by Henry Winter was written by famous operetta composer Robert Stolz who was already 80 years old in 1960, but the song only ended up in 7th position.

Facts & Figures

Date

Tuesday 29 March 1960

Location

Royal Festival Hall, London, United Kingdom

Winner

Jacqueline Boyer from France

Broadcaster

BBC

Hosts

Catherine (Katie) Boyle

Director

Innes Lloyd

Interval Act

Eric Robinson's Orchestra

The Participants

# Representing country Performer(s) Song title, writer(s) and composer(s) Points Place
01 United Kingdom
Flag of United KingdomBBC
Bryan Johnson Looking High, High, High 025 02
02 Sweden
Flag of SwedenSR
Siw Malmkvist Alla Andra Får Varann 004 10
03 Luxembourg
Flag of LuxembourgCLT
Camillo Felgen So Laang We's Du Do Bast 001 13
04 Denmark
Flag of DenmarkDR
Katy Bødtger Det Var En Yndig Tid 004 10
05 Belgium
Flag of BelgiumINR
Fud Leclerc Mon Amour Pour Toi 009 06
06 Norway
Flag of NorwayNRK
Nora Brockstedt Voi-voi 011 04
07 Austria
Flag of AustriaORF
Harry Winter Du Hast Mich So Fasziniert 006 07
08 Monaco
Flag of MonacoTMC
François Deguelt Ce Soir-là 015 03
09 Switzerland
Flag of SwitzerlandSSR SRG
Anita Traversi Cielo E Terra 005 08
10 The Netherlands
Flag of The NetherlandsNTS
Rudi Carrell Wat Een Geluk 002 12
11 Germany
Flag of GermanyARD
Wyn Hoop Bonne Nuit, Ma Chérie! 011 04
12 Italy
Flag of ItalyRAI
Renato Rascel Romantica 005 08
13 France
Flag of FranceRTF
Jacqueline Boyer Tom Pillibi 032 01

Scoreboard

Participant Austria Belgium Denmark France Germany Italy Luxembourg Monaco Norway Sweden Switzerland The Netherlands United Kingdom Points Place
United Kingdom United Kingdom
3112512145 25 2
Sweden Sweden
211 4 10
Luxembourg Luxembourg
1 1 13
Denmark Denmark
121 4 10
Belgium Belgium
1134 9 6
Norway Norway
1121411 11 4
Austria Austria
1212 6 7
Monaco Monaco
237111 15 3
Switzerland Switzerland
2111 5 8
The Netherlands The Netherlands
11 2 12
Germany Germany
22421 11 4
Italy Italy
1121 5 8
France France
13411554125 32 1