Eurovision Song Contest 1961

The Eurovision Song Contest 1961 returned to Cannes for the second time in two years. The number of participants began to rise as the Eurovision Song Contest became increasingly popular.

Saturday slot

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 all made their respective debuts. For the first time, the contest took place on a Saturday night which would come to be the contest's home.

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 finishing second for the third year running.

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 13th place.

Facts & Figures


Saturday 18 March 1961


Palais des Festivals, Cannes, France


Jean-Claude Pascal from Luxembourg




Jacqueline Joubert


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
Augusto Algueró Antonio Guijarro
008 09
02 Monaco
Flag of MonacoTMC
Colette Deréal Allons, Allons Les Enfants
Hubert Giraud Pierre Delanoë
006 10
03 Austria
Flag of AustriaORF
Jimmy Makulis Sehnsucht
Leopold Andrejewirsch
001 15
04 Finland
Flag of FinlandYLE
Laila Kinnunen Valoa Ikkunassa
Eino Hurme Sauvo Puhtila
006 10
05 Yugoslavia
Flag of YugoslaviaJRT
Ljiljana Petrovic Neke Davne Zvezde
Jozé Privšek Miroslav Antic
009 08
06 The Netherlands
Flag of The NetherlandsNTS
Greetje Kauffeld Wat Een Dag
Dick Schallies Pieter Goemans
006 10
07 Sweden
Flag of SwedenSR
Lill-Babs April, April
Bobby Ericsson Bo Eneby
002 14
08 Germany
Flag of GermanyARD
Lale Andersen Einmal Sehen Wir Uns Wieder
Rudolf Maluck Ernst Bader
003 13
09 France
Flag of FranceRTF
Jean-Paul Mauric Printemps (avril Carillonne)
Francis Baxter Guy Favereau
013 04
10 Switzerland
Flag of SwitzerlandSSR SRG
Franca di Rienzo Nous Aurons Demain
Géo Voumard Emile Gardaz
016 03
11 Belgium
Flag of BelgiumBRT
Bob Benny September, Gouden Roos
Hans Flower Wim Brabants
001 15
12 Norway
Flag of NorwayNRK
Nora Brockstedt Sommer I Palma
Jan Wølner Egil Hagen
010 07
13 Denmark
Flag of DenmarkDR
Dario Campeotto Angelique
Aksel V. Rasmussen
012 05
14 Luxembourg
Flag of LuxembourgCLT
Jean-Claude Pascal Nous Les Amoureux
Jacques Datin Maurice Vidalin
031 01
15 United Kingdom
Flag of United KingdomBBC
The Allisons Are You Sure?
John Alford/Bob Day
024 02
16 Italy
Flag of ItalyRAI
Betty Curtis Al Di Là
Carlo Donida Giulio Rapetti
012 05


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