Eurovision Song Contest 1960
ESC 1960 Logo
Theme No Theme
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 Coporation (BBC)
Interval act Eric Robinson's Orchestra
Number of entries 13
Debuting countries Flag of Norway Norway
Returning countries Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg
Withdrawing countries None
Voting system Each country had 10 jury members who each awarded 1 point to their favourite song.
Nul points None
Winner France France
Eurovision Song Contest
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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. The contest was won by France with the song "Tom Pillibi", performed by Jacqueline Boyer.



Royal Festival Hall, London - host venue of the 1960 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.

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. The Netherlands were mistakenly announced as Holland (which is only the western part of the country of The Netherlands).


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

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.


Draw Country Artist Song Language Place Points
01 Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom Bryan Johnson "Looking High, High, High" English 2 25
02 Flag of Sweden Sweden Siw Malmkvist "Alla andra får varann" Swedish 10 4
03 Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg Camillo Felgen "So laang we's du do bast" Luxembourgish 13 1
04 Denmark, eurovision Denmark Katy Bødtger "Det var en yndig tid" Danish 10 4
05 Flag of Belgium Belgium Fud Leclerc "Mon amour pour toi" French 6 9
06 Flag of Norway Norway Nora Brockstedt "Voi Voi" Norwegian 4 11
07 Flag of Austria Austria Harry Winter "Du hast mich so fasziniert" German 7 6
08 Flag of Monaco Monaco François Deguelt "Ce soir-là" French 3 15
09 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland Anita Traversi "Cielo e terra" Italian 8 5
10 Flag of the Netherlands.svg The Netherlands Rudi Carrell "Wat een geluk" Dutch 12 2
11 Flag of Germany Germany Wyn Hoop "Bonne nuit ma chérie" German, French 4 11
12 Flag of Italy Italy Renato Rascel "" Italian 8 5
13 France France Jacqueline Boyer "Tom Pillibi" French 1 32

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