Eurovision Song Contest 1965

The 1965 Eurovision Song Contest took place in Naples and saw Luxembourg win again. The winning entry, performed by France Gall, Poupée De Cire, Poupée De Son, is a milestone moment in the history of the show since it is the first time that a pop song won the Eurovision Song Contest.

Sweden returns, Ireland debuts

Italy and its national broadcaster RAI hosted this year's contest for the first time. 18 countries took part, at that point, the number of participants ever. 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. The song went on to become a massive hit in almost all European countries and had a major impact on the type of songs entered into the contest in the following years.

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 change meaning that all participants would have to 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


Saturday 20 March 1965


Sala di Concerto della RAI, Naples, Italy


France Gall from Luxembourg




Renata Mauro

EBU Scrutineer

Miroslav Vilcek


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
Johnny Holshuyzen Karel Prior
005 11
02 United Kingdom
Flag of United KingdomBBC
Kathy Kirby I Belong
Peter Lee-Sterling Phil Peters
026 02
03 Spain
Flag of SpainTVE
Conchita Bautista Qué Bueno, Qué Bueno
Antonio Figueroa Egea
000 15
04 Ireland
Flag of Ireland
Butch Moore I'm Walking The Streets In The Rain
Joe Harrigan, George Prendergast Teresa Conlon
011 06
05 Germany
Flag of GermanyARD
Ulla Wiesner Paradies, Wo Bist Du?
Barbara Kist, Hans Blüm
000 15
06 Austria
Flag of AustriaORF
Udo Jürgens Sag Ihr, Ich Lass' Sie Grüßen
Udo Jürgen Bockelmann Frank Bohlen
016 04
07 Norway
Flag of NorwayNRK
Kirsti Sparboe Karusell
Jolly Kramer-Johansen
001 13
08 Belgium
Flag of BelgiumBRT
Lize Marke Als Het Weer Lente Is
Jef van den Berg Jaak Dreesen
000 15
09 Monaco
Flag of MonacoTMC
Marjorie Noël Va Dire à L'amour
Raymond Bernard Jacques Mareuil
007 09
10 Sweden
Flag of SwedenSR
Ingvar Wixell Absent Friend
Dag Wiren Alf Henriksson
006 10
11 France
Flag of FranceORTF
Guy Mardel N'avoue Jamais
Guy Mardel Françoise Dorin
022 03
12 Portugal
Flag of PortugalRTP
Simone de Oliviera Sol De Inverno
Carlos Nobrega e Sousa Jeronimo Bragança
001 13
13 Italy
Flag of ItalyRAI
Bobby Solo Se Piangi, Se Ridi
Satti Marchetti Giulio Rapetti
015 05
14 Denmark
Flag of DenmarkDR
Birgit Brüel For Din Skyld
Jørgen Jersild Poul Henningsen
010 07
15 Luxembourg
Flag of LuxembourgCLT
France Gall Poupée De Cire, Poupée De Son
Serge Gainsbourg
032 01
16 Finland
Flag of FinlandYLE
Viktor Klimenko Aurinko Laskee Länteen
Toivo Kärki Reino Helismaa
000 15
17 Yugoslavia
Flag of YugoslaviaJRT
Vice Vukov Ceznja
Julijo Maric Zarko Roje
002 12
18 Switzerland
Flag of SwitzerlandSSR SRG
Yovanna Non à Jamais Sans Toi
Bob Calfati Jean Charles
008 08


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