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Eurovision Song Contest 1960


Eurovision Song Contest 1960

Eurovision Song Contest 1960
Final date 29 March 1960
Venue Royal Festival Hall
London, United Kingdom
Presenter(s) Katie Boyle
Conductor Eric Robinson
Director Innes Lloyd
Host broadcaster British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
Interval act Eric Robinson's Orchestra[1]
Number of entries 13
Debuting countries
Returning countries
Withdrawing countries None
Voting system Each country had 10 jury members who each awarded 1 point to their favourite song
Nul points None
Winning song  France
"Tom Pillibi"
Eurovision Song Contest
◄1959 1960 1961►

The Eurovision Song Contest 1960 was the fifth edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. It was held on Tuesday 29 March 1960 in London. Although the Netherlands had won the contest in 1959, the Netherlands Television Foundation declined to host another contest so soon after staging the event in 1958. The honour of hosting the contest therefore passed to the United Kingdom, which had come second in 1959. Therefore, the BBC chose Catherine Boyle (as she was then known) to be the mistress of ceremonies at the contest for the first time. France's win this year was their second in the contest.[1] The contest was won by France with the song "Tom Pillibi", performed by Jacqueline Boyer.


Royal Festival Hall, London. Host venue of the 1960 Eurovision Song Contest.

The 1960 Eurovision Song Contest was hosted in London. The Royal Festival Hall, the venue for the 1960 contest, is a 2,900-seat concert, dance and talks venue within Southbank Centre in London. It is situated on the South Bank of the River Thames, not far from Hungerford Bridge.[2]

The result was a win for France, however Germany, Monaco and the UK led in the early stages of voting. The UK came second with 25 points, four more points than the winning song in 1959, and Monaco came third on 15 points making up for their disappointing début result the year before.[1]

Participating countries

Interest in the contest started to grow across Europe, with the number of participating nations increasing to 13 this year. Norway made its debut with one of their leading jazz singers. Luxembourg returned to the contest after a one-year break with a song in native Luxembourgish language.[1]


The conductors of the orchestra for each country's performance were:[3]

Returning artists

The contest saw the return of one artist who had participated in its previous editions, with Belgium's representative Fud Leclerc, who previously represented the country in 1956 and 1958.[1]


Draw Country Language[4] Artist Song English translation Place Points
01  United Kingdom English Bryan Johnson "Looking High, High, High" 2 25
02  Sweden Swedish Siw Malmkvist "Alla andra får varann" All the others get each other 10 4
03  Luxembourg Luxembourgish Camillo Felgen "So laang we's du do bast" As long as you are there 13 1
04  Denmark Danish Katy Bødtger "Det var en yndig tid" It was a lovely time 10 4
05  Belgium French Fud Leclerc "Mon amour pour toi" My love for you 6 9
06  Norway Norwegian Nora Brockstedt "Voi Voi" 4 11
07  Austria German Harry Winter "Du hast mich so fasziniert" You have fascinated me so much 7 6
08  Monaco French François Deguelt "Ce soir-là" That evening 3 15
09   Switzerland Italian Anita Traversi "Cielo e terra" Heaven and Earth 8 5
10  Netherlands Dutch Rudi Carrell "Wat een geluk" What luck 12 2
11  Germany German Wyn Hoop "Bonne nuit ma chérie" Goodnight, my darling 4 11
12  Italy Italian Renato Rascel "Romantica" Romantic 8 5
13  France French Jacqueline Boyer "Tom Pillibi" Tom Pillibi 1 32


Each country had 10 jury members who each awarded 1 point to their favourite song.
Voting results
Total score
United Kingdom 25 1 5 1 2 3 1 4 5 1 2
Sweden 4 1 1 2
Luxembourg 1 1
Denmark 4 1 1 2
Belgium 9 4 1 1 3
Norway 11 1 2 1 1 4 1 1
Austria 6 2 2 1 1
Monaco 15 1 1 2 1 7 3
Switzerland 5 1 1 2 1
Netherlands 2 1 1
Germany 11 1 2 2 2 4
Italy 5 1 1 2 1
France 32 5 4 1 4 3 5 1 5 1 2 1
The table is ordered by appearance

International broadcasts and voting

The table above shows the order in which votes were cast during the 1960 contest along with the spokesperson who was responsible for announcing the votes for their respective country. Each national broadcaster also sent a commentator to the contest, in order to provide coverage of the contest in their own native language. Details of the commentators and the broadcasting station for which they represented are also included in the table below.[5]

Voting and spokespersons

  1.  France - TBC
  2.  Italy - Enzo Tortora
  3.  Germany - TBC
  4.  Netherlands - Siebe van der Zee[6]
  5.   Switzerland - Boris Acquadro
  6.  Monaco - TBC
  7.  Austria - TBC
  8.  Norway - Kari Borg Mannsåker
  9.  Belgium - Arlette Vincent
  10.  Denmark - Bent Henius
  11.  Luxembourg - TBC
  12.  Sweden - Tage Danielsson
  13.  United Kingdom - Nick Burrell-Davis[7]



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  6. ^ "Toch geen geluk voor Rudi", Nieuwe Leidsche Courant, 30 March 1960
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  10. ^ Leif Thorsson. Melodifestivalen genom tiderna ["Melodifestivalen through time"] (2006), p. 26. Stockholm: Premium Publishing AB. ISBN 91-89136-29-2

External links

  • Official website

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