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Eurovision Song Contest 1959
ESC 1959 logo
Theme -
Dates
Final date 11 March 1959
Host
Venue Palais des Festivals et des Congrès

Cannes, France

Presenter(s) Jacqueline Joubert
Conductor Franck Pourcel
Director Marcel Cravenne
Host broadcaster Radiodiffusion-Télévision Française (RTF)
Interval act None
Participants
Number of entries 11
Debuting countries Flag of Monaco Monaco
Returning countries Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom
Withdrawing countries Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg
Voting
Voting system Each country had 10 jury members who each awarded 1 point to their favourite song.
Nul points None
Winner Flag of the Netherlands.svg The Netherlands, "Een beetje" by Teddy Scholten
Eurovision Song Contest
1958 Wiki Eurovision Heart (Infobox).svg 1960
The Eurovision Song Contest 1959 was the fourth edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. It was held on Wednesday 11 March 1959 in Cannes, France, following the country's victory at the 1958 edition. 

The contest was won by The Netherlands with the song "Een beetje", performed by Teddy Scholten. This was the second win for the country and the entry's lyricist Willy van Hemert was also the lyricist of "Net als toen", which won the Eurovision Song Contest 1957.

Location

440px-Cannes Palais des Festivals et des Congrès

Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, Cannes – host venue of the 1959 contest.

The event took place in Cannes, France, with the venue being the original building of Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, after France got the right to host this edition of the Eurovision Song Contest for winning its previous 1958 edition with the song "Dors, mon amour" performed by André Claveau. Cannes, a city located on the French Riviera, is a busy tourist destination and known worldwide for hosting the annual Cannes Film Festival, with the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès also hosting the Film Festival. The original building was built in 1949 and was located on the boulevard of Promenade de la Croisette, on the present site of the JW Marriott Cannes.

Format

A new rule was created for this Eurovision, ensuring that no professional publishers or composers were allowed in the national juries. Italy gave one point to France, no points to the UK and seven points to the Netherlands placing them just three points ahead of the UK. Later on France gave only three points to Italy and four points to the Netherlands giving them a five-point lead over the UK, who were only one point ahead of France, leaving Italy behind in sixth position, behind Denmark, on nine points. Something that occurred this year, but never again, was that more than the winning entry was performed once again. The second and third placed songs, United Kingdom and France, were allowed to sing again at the end of the show, together with eventual winner, the Netherlands.

Participating countries

Further information: List of countries in the Eurovision Song Contest
Luxembourg withdrew from the contest for the first time. The United Kingdom returned after missing the previous contest (appearing on the scoreboard as "Grande Bretagne") and finished second for the first time. The UK would have 15 second-place finishes in the country's history in the contest. Monaco made its debut in the contest, but came last.

Conductors

Each performance had a conductor who maestro the orchestra.

Returning artists

The contest saw the return of two artists who had participated in previous editions of the contest. Birthe Wilke for Denmark (previous entry in 1957); and Domenico Modugno for Italy (previously entry in 1958).

Results

Draw Country Artist Song Language Place Points
01 France France Jean Philippe "Oui, oui, oui, oui" French 3 15
02 Denmark, eurovision Denmark Birthe Wilke "Uh, jeg ville ønske jeg var dig" Danish 5 12
03 Flag of Italy Italy Domenico Modugno "Piove (Ciao, ciao bambina)" Italian 6 9
04 Flag of Monaco Monaco Jacques Pills "Mon ami Pierrot" French 11 1
05 Flag of the Netherlands.svg The Netherlands Teddy Scholten "Een beetje" Dutch 1 21
06 Flag of Germany Germany Alice & Ellen Kessler "Heute Abend wollen wir tanzen geh'n" German 8 5
07 Flag of Sweden Sweden Brita Borg "Augustin" Swedish 9 4
08 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland Christa Williams "Irgendwoher" German 4 14
09 Flag of Austria Austria Ferry Graf "Der K und K Kalypso aus Wien" German 9 4
10 Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom Pearl Carr & Teddy Johnson "Sing, Little Birdie" English 2 16
11 Flag of Belgium Belgium Bob Benny "Hou toch van mij" Dutch 6 9

Scoreboard

P Country Artist Song Points
1st Flag of the Netherlands.svg The Netherlands Teddy Scholten "Een beetje" 21
2nd Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom Pearl Carr & Teddy Johnson "Sing, Little Birdie" 16
3rd France France Jean Philippe "Oui, oui, oui, oui" 15
4th Flag of Switzerland Switzerland Christa Williams "Irgendwoher" 14
5th Denmark, eurovision Denmark Birthe Wilke "Uh, jeg ville ønske jeg var dig" 12
6th Flag of Italy Italy Domenico Modugno "Piove (Ciao, ciao bambina)" 9
6th Flag of Belgium Belgium Bob Benny "Hou toch van mij" 9
8th Flag of Germany Germany Alice & Ellen Kessler "Heute Abend wollen wir tan" 5
9th Flag of Sweden Sweden Brita Borg "Augustin" 4
9th Flag of Austria Austria Ferry Graf "Der K und K Kalypso aus Wien" 4
11th Flag of Monaco Monaco Jacques Pills "Mon ami Pierrot" 1

International broadcasts and voting

The table above shows the order in which votes were cast during the 1959 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.

Voting and spokespersons

  1. Flag of Belgium Belgium - Bert Leysen
  2. Flag of the United Kingdom United KingdomPete Murray
  3. Flag of Austria Austria - Karl Bruck
  4. Flag of Switzerland Switzerland - Boris Acquadro
  5. Flag of Sweden Sweden - Roland Eiworth
  6. Flag of Germany Germany - TBC
  7. Flag of the Netherlands.svg The Netherlands - Siebe van der Zee
  8. Flag of Monaco Monaco - TBC
  9. Flag of Italy Italy - Enzo Tortora
  10. Denmark, eurovision Denmark - Svend Pedersen
  11. France France - Marianne Lecène

Commentators

External links

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