Eurovision Song Contest 1961

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The Eurovision Song Contest 1961 returned to the beautiful city of Cannes for the second time in it's short life. The number of participants is rising, and the magnitude of the competition increases.

We're moving to Saturday

Just like in 1959, the Palais des Festivals was the venue of this year's contest. The presenter of the show was Jacqueline Joubert, who already did this task in 1959. The stage used for the show was much bigger than in previous years, and it was magnificently decorated with flowers.

The number of participants of this year’s song contest rose to 16 as Spain, Yugoslavia and Finland entered the contest for the first time. For the first time, the contest took place on a Saturday night which would be its usual time-frame for the decades to come.

About the winner

Luxembourg had its first of 5 victories in 1961 with the song Nous Les Amoureux performed by Jean-Claude Pascal. Critics called the song a lullaby, but Jean-Claude Pascal was awarded 31 points in total, with the UK entry by The Allisons comfortably behind with 24 points.

Facts & figures

  • Germany's entry Einmal Sehen Wir Uns Wieder was performed by Lale Andersen who shot to fame two decades earlier with her rendition of Lili Marleen. However, Mrs. Andersen only managed to score 3 points and a 13th place.

Facts & Figures

Date

Saturday 18 March 1961

Location

Palais des Festivals, Cannes, France

Winner

Jean-Claude Pascal from Luxembourg

Broadcaster

RTF

Hosts

Jacqueline Joubert

Director

Marcelle Cravanne

Interval Act

Tessa Beaumont & Max Bozzoni

The Participants

# Representing country Performer(s) Song title, writer(s) and composer(s) Points Place
01 Spain
Flag of SpainTVE
Conchita Bautista Estando Contigo 008 09
02 Monaco
Flag of MonacoTMC
Colette Deréal Allons, Allons Les Enfants 006 10
03 Austria
Flag of AustriaORF
Jimmy Makulis Sehnsucht 001 15
04 Finland
Flag of FinlandYLE
Laila Kinnunen Valoa Ikkunassa 006 10
05 Yugoslavia
Flag of YugoslaviaJRT
Ljiljana Petrovic Neke Davne Zvezde 009 08
06 The Netherlands
Flag of The NetherlandsNTS
Greetje Kauffeld Wat Een Dag 006 10
07 Sweden
Flag of SwedenSR
Lill-Babs April, April 002 14
08 Germany
Flag of GermanyARD
Lale Andersen Einmal Sehen Wir Uns Wieder 003 13
09 France
Flag of FranceRTF
Jean-Paul Mauric Printemps (avril Carillonne) 013 04
10 Switzerland
Flag of SwitzerlandSSR SRG
Franca di Rienzo Nous Aurons Demain 016 03
11 Belgium
Flag of BelgiumBRT
Bob Benny September, Gouden Roos 001 15
12 Norway
Flag of NorwayNRK
Nora Brockstedt Sommer I Palma 010 07
13 Denmark
Flag of DenmarkDR
Dario Campeotto Angelique 012 05
14 Luxembourg
Flag of LuxembourgCLT
Jean-Claude Pascal Nous Les Amoureux 031 01
15 United Kingdom
Flag of United KingdomBBC
The Allisons Are You Sure? 024 02
16 Italy
Flag of ItalyRAI
Betty Curtis Al Di Là 012 05

Scoreboard

Participant Austria Belgium Denmark Finland France Germany Italy Luxembourg Monaco Norway Spain Sweden Switzerland The Netherlands United Kingdom Yugoslavia Points Place
Spain Spain
212111 8 9
Monaco Monaco
3111 6 10
Austria Austria
1 1 15
Finland Finland
1122 6 10
Yugoslavia Yugoslavia
312111 9 8
The Netherlands The Netherlands
1122 6 10
Sweden Sweden
2 2 14
Germany Germany
111 3 13
France France
1412212 13 4
Switzerland Switzerland
22214221 16 3
Belgium Belgium
1 1 15
Norway Norway
51211 10 7
Denmark Denmark
1821 12 5
Luxembourg Luxembourg
413153421115 31 1
United Kingdom United Kingdom
1118373 24 2
Italy Italy
441111 12 5