eurovision 1961

all time rank: the position that the country and the song have between all the eurovision songs

chart from the game vote for the best eurovision song.

Eurovision Song Contest 1961
ESC 1961 logo.png
Final date 18 March 1961
Venue Palais Des Festivals et des Congrew
Presenter(s) Jacqueline Joubert
Conductor Franck Pourcel
Director Marcel Cravenne
Host broadcaster France RTF
Interval act Tessa Beaumont and Max Bozzoni
Number of entries 16
Debuting countries

Returning countries None
Withdrawing countries None

participating countries


The Eurovision Song Contest 1961 was the sixth Eurovision Song Contest.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.A total of sixteen countries took part in the Contest, including the three debuting countries: Finland, Spain, and Yugoslavia. It was held on 18 March 1961 and was the first to take place on a Saturday night, a tradition that has continued into modern times.
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.It is noticeable that during the voting, Luxembuorg gave the UK 8 points, and Norway also gave Denmark 8 points. It was the largest amount of points given to a country by a single jury since 1958, when Denmark provided France with 9 points. Such a high number of points obtained by a country wouldn’t be achieved until 1970, when Ireland would receive 9 points from Belgium.
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.

# Representing country Performer(s) Song title, writer(s) and composer(s) Points Place
01 Spain

Flag of Spain
Conchita Bautista Estando Contigo 008 09
02 Monaco

Flag of Monaco
Colette Deréal Allons, Allons Les Enfants 006 10
03 Austria

Flag of Austria
Jimmy Makulis Sehnsucht 001 15
04 Finland

Flag of Finland
Laila Kinnunen Valoa Ikkunassa 006 10
05 Yugoslavia

Flag of Yugoslavia
Ljiljana Petrovic Neke Davne Zvezde 009 08
06 Netherlands

Flag of The Netherlands
Greetje Kauffeld Wat Een Dag 006 10
07 Sweden

Flag of Sweden
Lill-Babs April, April 002 14
08 Germany

Flag of Germany
Lale Andersen Einmal Sehen Wir Uns Wieder 003 13
09 France

Flag of France
Jean-Paul Mauric Printemps (avril Carillonne) 013 04
10 Switzerland

Flag of Switzerland
Franca di Rienzo Nous Aurons Demain 016 03
11 Belgium

Flag of Belgium
Bob Benny September, Gouden Roos 001 15
12 Norway

Flag of Norway
Nora Brockstedt Sommer I Palma 010 07
13 Denmark

Flag of Denmark
Dario Campeotto Angelique 012 05
14 Luxembourg

Flag of Luxembourg
Jean-Claude Pascal Nous Les Amoureux 031 01
15 United Kingdom

Flag of United Kingdom
The Allisons Are You Sure? 024 02
16 Italy

Flag of Italy
Betty Curtis Al Di Là 012 05

Returning artists

Artist Country Previous year(s)
Bob Benny  Belgium 1959
Nora Brockstedt  Norway 1960

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