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.

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.

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.


01 Netherlands Conny Van den bos Het Is Genoeg 005 11
02 Un. Kingdom Kathy Kirby I Belong 026 02
03 Spain Conchita Bautista Qué Bueno, Qué Bueno 000 15
04 Ireland Butch Moore I’m Walking The Streets In The Rain 011 06
05 Germany Ulla Wiesner Paradies, Wo Bist Du? 000 15
06 Austria Udo Jürgens Sag Ihr, Ich Lass’ Sie Grüßen 016 04
07 Norway Kirsti Sparboe Karusell 001 13
08 Belgium Lize Marke Als Het Weer Lente Is 000 15
09 Monaco Marjorie Noël Va Dire à L’amour 007 09
10 Sweden Ingvar Wixell Absent Friend 006 10
11 France Guy Mardel N’avoue Jamais 022 03
12 Portugal Simone de Oliviera Sol De Inverno 001 13
13 Italy Bobby Solo Se Piangi, Se Ridi 015 05
14 Denmark Birgit Brüel For Din Skyld 010 07
15 Luxembourg France Gall Poupée De Cire, Poupée De Son 032 01
16 Finland Viktor Klimenko Aurinko Laskee Länteen 000 15
17 Yugoslavia Vice Vukov Ceznja 002 12
18 Switzerland Yovanna Non à Jamais Sans Toi 008 08

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