Eurovision Song Contest 1965

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The 1965 Eurovision Song Contest in Naples saw a winner from Luxembourg again that later turned out to be a worldwide success and made its winner - France Gall - a popular singer all over Europe.

Sweden returns, Ireland debutes

Italy and its national broadcaster RAI hosted this year's contest for the first time. The number of participants was the highest ever as 18 countries took part. After a year of absence, Sweden returned to the competition and Ireland debuted. Belgium, Germany, Finland and Spain all scored nul points while Luxembourg won for the second time with the highly controversial Poupée De Cire, Poupée De Son sung by teenager France Gall which later went on to be a massive hit in almost all European countries.

Swedish participant Ingvar Wixell performed his song -originally called Annorstädes Vals - in English instead of Swedish while all the other participants sang in their native languages. This incident led to a rule demanding all participants should perform their songs in their respective national languages.

Facts & figures

  • For the first time, the Eurovision Song Contest was broadcast not only by the European Broadcasting Union, but also by Intervision, its Eastern European counterpart.

Facts & Figures

Date

Saturday 20 March 1965

Location

Sala di Concerto della RAI, Naples, Italy

Winner

France Gall from Luxembourg

Broadcaster

RAI

Hosts

Renata Mauro

EBU Scrutineer

Miroslav Vilcek

Director

Romolo Siena

Interval Act

Mario del Monaco

The Participants

# Representing country Performer(s) Song title, writer(s) and composer(s) Points Place
01 The Netherlands
Flag of The NetherlandsNTS
Conny Van den bos Het Is Genoeg 005 11
02 United Kingdom
Flag of United KingdomBBC
Kathy Kirby I Belong 026 02
03 Spain
Flag of SpainTVE
Conchita Bautista Qué Bueno, Qué Bueno 000 15
04 Ireland
Flag of Ireland
Butch Moore I'm Walking The Streets In The Rain 011 06
05 Germany
Flag of GermanyARD
Ulla Wiesner Paradies, Wo Bist Du? 000 15
06 Austria
Flag of AustriaORF
Udo Jürgens Sag Ihr, Ich Lass' Sie Grüßen 016 04
07 Norway
Flag of NorwayNRK
Kirsti Sparboe Karusell 001 13
08 Belgium
Flag of BelgiumBRT
Lize Marke Als Het Weer Lente Is 000 15
09 Monaco
Flag of MonacoTMC
Marjorie Noël Va Dire à L'amour 007 09
10 Sweden
Flag of SwedenSR
Ingvar Wixell Absent Friend 006 10
11 France
Flag of FranceORTF
Guy Mardel N'avoue Jamais 022 03
12 Portugal
Flag of PortugalRTP
Simone de Oliviera Sol De Inverno 001 13
13 Italy
Flag of ItalyRAI
Bobby Solo Se Piangi, Se Ridi 015 05
14 Denmark
Flag of DenmarkDR
Birgit Brüel For Din Skyld 010 07
15 Luxembourg
Flag of LuxembourgCLT
France Gall Poupée De Cire, Poupée De Son 032 01
16 Finland
Flag of FinlandYLE
Viktor Klimenko Aurinko Laskee Länteen 000 15
17 Yugoslavia
Flag of YugoslaviaJRT
Vice Vukov Ceznja 002 12
18 Switzerland
Flag of SwitzerlandSSR SRG
Yovanna Non à Jamais Sans Toi 008 08

Scoreboard

Participant Austria Belgium Denmark Finland France Germany Ireland Italy Luxembourg Monaco Norway Portugal Spain Sweden Switzerland The Netherlands United Kingdom Yugoslavia Points Place
The Netherlands The Netherlands
5 5 11
United Kingdom United Kingdom
6511535 26 2
Spain Spain
- 15
Ireland Ireland
533 11 6
Germany Germany
- 15
Austria Austria
5353 16 4
Norway Norway
1 1 13
Belgium Belgium
- 15
Monaco Monaco
151 7 9
Sweden Sweden
33 6 10
France France
13135315 22 3
Portugal Portugal
1 1 13
Italy Italy
3311331 15 5
Denmark Denmark
55 10 7
Luxembourg Luxembourg
5155331135 32 1
Finland Finland
- 15
Yugoslavia Yugoslavia
11 2 12
Switzerland Switzerland
35 8 8