Eurovision Song Contest 1961
ESC logo 1961
Theme TBA
Final date 18 March 1961
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 Tessa Beaumont and Max Bozzoni
Number of entries 16
Debuting countries Flag of Finland Finland
Flag of Spain.svg Spain
Flag of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia
Returning countries None
Withdrawing countries None
Voting system Each country had 10 jury members who each awarded 1 point to their favourite song
Nul points None
Winner Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg
"Nous les amoureux" by Jean-Claude Pascal
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The Eurovision Song Contest 1961 was the sixth Eurovision Song Contest. It was held on 18 March 1961 and was the first to take place on a Saturday night, a tradition that has continued into modern times. It was hosted in the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès located in Cannes, France, where it had been staged two years previously. 

Luxembourg won for its first time with the song "Nous les amoureux" performed in French by Jean-Claude Pascal. As the contest overran its allocated time and the show was being broadcast live, the winning song's reprise was not shown in the UK.


440px-Cannes Palais des Festivals et des Congrès

Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, Cannes - host venue of the 1961 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 1960 editionwith the song "Tom Pillibi" performed by Jacqueline Boyer. 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. It also hosted the 1959 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.

Participating countries

A total of sixteen countries took part in the Contest, including the three debuting countries: Finland, Spain, and Yugoslavia. There were no returning or withdrawing countries this particular year.


Each performance had a conductor who maestro the orchestra.

Returning artists

The contest saw the return of two artists this year with the Belgian representative, Bob Benny, who previously participated in the 1959 contest and Nora Brockstedt, who performed for Norway in 1960.


Draw Country Artist Song Language Place Points
01 Flag of Spain.svg Spain Conchita Bautista "Estando contigo" Spanish 9 8
02 Flag of Monaco Monaco Colette Deréal "Allons, allons les enfants" French 10 6
03 Flag of Austria Austria Jimmy Makulis "Sehnsucht" German 15 1
04 Flag of Finland Finland Laila Kinnunen "Valoa ikkunassa" Finnish 10 6
05 Flag of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia Ljiljana Petrović "Neke davne zvezde" (Template:Transl) Serbian 8 9
06 Flag of the Netherlands.svg The Netherlands Greetje Kauffeld "Wat een dag" Dutch 10 6
07 Flag of Sweden Sweden Lill-Babs "April, april" Swedish 14 2
08 Flag of Germany Germany Lale Andersen "Einmal sehen wir uns wieder" German, French 13 3
09 France France Jean-Paul Mauric "Printemps, avril carillonne" French 4 13
10 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland Franca di Rienzo "Nous aurons demain" French 3 16
11 Flag of Belgium Belgium Bob Benny "September, gouden roos" Dutch 15 1
12 Flag of Norway Norway Nora Brockstedt "Sommer i Palma" Norwegian 7 10
13 Denmark, eurovision Denmark Dario Campeotto "Angelique" Danish 5 12
14 Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg Jean-Claude Pascal "Nous les amoureux" French 1 31
15 Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom The Allisons "Are You Sure?" English 2 24
16 Flag of Italy Italy Betty Curtis "Al di là" Italian 5 12

International broadcasts and voting

The table below shows the order in which votes were cast during the 1961 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 Italy Italy - Enzo Tortora
  2. Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom - Michael Aspel
  3. Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg - TBC
  4. Denmark, eurovision Denmark - Ole Mortennsen
  5. Flag of Norway Norway - Mette Janson
  6. Flag of Belgium Belgium - Ward Bogaert
  7. Flag of Switzerland Switzerland - Boris Acquadro
  8. France France - Armand Lanoux
  9. Flag of Germany Germany - Heinz Schenk
  10. Flag of Sweden Sweden - Roland Eiworth
  11. Flag of the Netherlands.svg The Netherlands - Siebe van der Zee
  12. Flag of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia - TBC
  13. Flag of Finland Finland - Poppe Berg
  14. Flag of Austria Austria - Emil Kollpacher
  15. Flag of Monaco Monaco - TBC
  16. Flag of Spain.svg Spain - Diego Ramírez Pastor

All the juries (apart from Austria and the United Kingdom) announced their votes in French.


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