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CANNES 1961

The Eurovision Song Contest 1961 returned to the beautiful city of Cannes for the second time in it’s short life. The number of participants is rising, and the magnitude of the competition increases.

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 entered the contest for the first time. For the first time, the contest took place on a Saturday night which would be its usual time-frame for the decades to come.

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.

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.

VOTING GRID: FINAL

COUNTRY PERFORMER(S) SONG TITLE SCORE RANK
01 Spain Conchita Bautista Estando Contigo 008 09
02 Monaco Colette Deréal Allons, Allons Les Enfants 006 10
03 Austria Jimmy Makulis Sehnsucht 001 15
04 Finland Laila Kinnunen Valoa Ikkunassa 006 10
05 Yugoslavia Ljiljana Petrovic Neke Davne Zvezde 009 08
06 Netherlands Greetje Kauffeld Wat Een Dag 006 10
07 Sweden Lill-Babs April, April 002 14
08 Germany Lale Andersen Einmal Sehen Wir Uns Wieder 003 13
09 France Jean-Paul Mauric Printemps (avril Carillonne) 013 04
10 Switzerland Franca di Rienzo Nous Aurons Demain 016 03
11 Belgium Bob Benny September, Gouden Roos 001 15
12 Norway Nora Brockstedt Sommer I Palma 010 07
13 Denmark Dario Campeotto Angelique 012 05
14 Luxembourg Jean-Claude Pascal Nous Les Amoureux 031 01
15 Un. Kingdom The Allisons Are You Sure? 024 02
16 Italy Betty Curtis Al Di Là 012 05
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