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Eurovision Song Contest 1964
ESC 1964 logo
Theme N/A
Dates
Final date 21 March 1964
Host
Venue Tivolis Koncertsal

Copenhagen, Denmark

Presenter(s) Lotte Wæver
Conductor Kai Mortensen
Interval act Denmark, eurovision Denmark Danmarks Radio (DR)Ola & Barbro
Participants
Number of entries 16
Debuting countries Flag of Portugal.svg Portugal
Returning countries None
Withdrawing countries Flag of Sweden Sweden
Voting
Voting system Ten-member juries awarded points (5, 3 and 1) to their three favourite songs.
Nul points Flag of Germany Germany
Flag of Portugal.svg Portugal
Flag of Switzerland Switzerland
Flag of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia
Winner Flag of Italy Italy
"Non ho l'età" by Gigliola Cinquetti
Eurovision Song Contest
1963 Wiki Eurovision Heart (Infobox).svg 1965

The Eurovision Song Contest 1964 was the ninth edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. It was held in Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, after the country's victory in the 1963 edition. Italy won the contest for the first time scoring 49 points with the song "Non ho l'età", performed by Gigliola Cinquetti.

Location

The host venue for the contest was Tivolis Koncertsal (Tivoli Concert Hall) in Denmark's capital city Copenhagen, which lies within Denmark's famous amusement parkand pleasure garden Tivoli Gardens. The park, alluding by its name to the Jardin de Tivoli that existed in Paris, was opened on 15 August 1843, and is the second oldest amusement park in the world, after Dyrehavsbakken in nearby Klampenborg.

Format

Each country had 10 jury members who distributed three points among their one, two, or three favourite songs. The points were totaled and the first, second, and third placed songs were awarded 5, 3, and 1 votes in order. If only one song got every point within the jury it would get all 9 points. If only two songs were chosen, the songs would get 6 and 3 points in order.

A political protest occurred after the Swiss entry: a man trespassed onto the stage holding a banner that read "Boycott Franco & Salazar". Whilst this was going on, television viewers were shown a shot of the scoreboard; once the man was removed the contest went on.

The immediate response of the Koncertsal audience to the Italian entry was markedly enthusiastic and prolonged and, most unusually for a contest performance, after leaving the stage Gigliola Cinquetti was allowed to return to take a second bow. Her performance was given an unscheduled repeat on British television the following afternoon. In the event, she won the most crushing victory in the history of the contest, with a score almost three times that of her nearest rival, a feat extremely unlikely ever to be beaten under the post-1974 scoring system.

As with the 1956 contest, no video recording of the actual contest performance is known to survive (although one does of the shorter winning reprise); however like the 1956 contest an audio recording does exist. (Videos of Cinquetti's Sanremo performance and her Eurovision winning reprise have both appeared on YouTube.) Reports say that this is because there was a fire at the studios of DR, the Danish broadcaster, in the 1970s. No other broadcaster recorded the entire show (although segments of the contest do exist in the archives of NDR Germany) other than for the Winners' reprise. It has been speculated that the BBC once held a copy of the show, as an empty tape canister marked "Eurovision 1964" was found during a storage cleanup, but the tape was missing, presumably wiped. The audio of the entire show however is still intact, and an unofficial release of the show has been uploaded to YouTube with press-photos and some intact video parts to supplement the audio.

Participating countries

Further information: List of countries in the Eurovision Song Contest

Sweden did not participate because of a boycott by singers. They did however broadcast it. Portugal made its début in the contest, however they became the first country to score nul points on their début. Germany, Switzerland, and Yugoslavia also scored nul points for the first time. The Netherlands became the first country to send a singer of non-European ancestry, Anneke Grönloh was of Indonesian descent. The Spanish group Los TNT was the first group of three or more participants of the history of the ESC.

Returning artists

One artist returned to the contest this year, Switzerland's Anita Traversi that represented the country in 1960.

Conductors

Results

Draw Country Artist Song Language Place Points
01 Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg Hugues Aufray "Dès que le printemps revient" French 4 14
02 Flag of the Netherlands.svg The Netherlands Anneke Grönloh "Jij bent mijn leven" Dutch 10 2
03 Flag of Norway Norway Arne Bendiksen "Spiral" Norwegian 8 6
04 Denmark, eurovision Denmark Bjørn Tidmand "Sangen om dig" Danish 9 4
05 Flag of Finland Finland Lasse Mårtenson "Laiskotellen" Finnish 7 9
06 Flag of Austria Austria Udo Jürgens "Warum nur, warum?" German 6 11
07 France France Rachel "Le chant de Mallory" French 4 14
08 Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom Matt Monro "I Love the Little Things" English 2 17
09 Flag of Germany Germany Nora Nova "Man gewöhnt sich so schnell an das Schöne" German 13 0
10 Flag of Monaco Monaco Romuald "Où sont-elles passées" French 3 15
11 Flag of Portugal.svg Portugal António Calvário "Oração" Portuguese 13 0
12 Flag of Italy Italy Gigliola Cinquetti "Non ho l'età" Italian 1 49
13 Flag of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia Sabahudin Kurt "Život je sklopio krug" Bosnian 13 0
14 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland Anita Traversi "I miei pensieri" Italian 13 0
15 Flag of Belgium Belgium Robert Cogoi "Près de ma rivière" French 10 2
16 Flag of Spain.svg Spain Los TNT "Caracola" Spanish 12 1

Scoreboard

440px-Anneke Grönloh 1964 Eurovision dress

Dutch contestant Anneke Grönloh's dress

P Country Artist Song Points
1st Flag of Italy Italy Gigliola Cinquetti "Non ho l'età" 49
2nd Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom Matt Monro "I Love the Little Things" 17
3rd Flag of Monaco Monaco Romuald "Où sont-elles passées" 15
4th Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg Hugues Aufray "Dès que le printemps revient" 14
4th France France Rachel "Le chant de Mallory" 14
6th Flag of Austria Austria Udo Jürgens "Warum nur, warum?" 11
7th Flag of Finland Finland Lasse Mårtenson "Laiskotellen" 9
8th Flag of Norway Norway Arne Bendiksen "Spiral" 6
9th Denmark, eurovision Denmark Bjørn Tidmand "Sangen om dig" 4
10th Flag of the Netherlands.svg The Netherlands Anneke Grönloh "Jij bent mijn leven" 2
10th Flag of Belgium Belgium Robert Cogoi "Près de ma rivière" 2
12th Flag of Spain.svg Spain Los TNT "Caracola" 1
13th Flag of Germany Germany Nora Nova "Man gewöhnt sich so schnell an das Schöne" 0
13th Flag of Portugal.svg Portugal António Calvário "Oração" 0
13th Flag of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia Sabahudin Kurt "Život je sklopio krug" 0
13th Flag of Switzerland Switzerland Anita Traversi "I miei pensieri" 0

5 points

Below is a summary of all 5 points in the final:

N. Contestant Voting nation
8 Italy Austria, Belgium, Finland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, United Kingdom, Yugoslavia
2 Austria Italy, Spain
United Kingdom Norway, Switzerland
1 France Monaco
Luxembourg Germany
Monaco France
Norway Denmark

International broadcasts and voting

The table below shows the order in which votes were cast during the 1964 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 order Country Spokespersons Commentator Broadcaster
01 Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg TBC Robert Beauvais Télé-Luxembourg
02 Flag of the Netherlands.svg The Netherlands Pim Jacobs Ageeth Scherphuis NTS
03 Flag of Norway Norway Sverre Christophersen Odd Grythe NRK
04 Denmark, eurovision Denmark Pedro Biker No commentator DR TV
05 Flag of Finland Finland Poppe Berg Aarno Walli Suomen Televisio
06 Flag of Austria Austria Walter Richard Langer Willy Kralik ORF
07 France France Claude Darget Robert Beauvais Première Chaîne RTF
08 Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom Desmond Carrington David Jacobs BBC TV
Tom Sloan BBC Light Programme
09 Flag of Germany Germany Lia Wöhr Hermann Rockmann ARD Deutsches Fernsehen
10 Flag of Monaco Monaco TBC Robert Beauvais Télé Monte Carlo
11 Flag of Portugal.svg Portugal Maria Manuela Furtado Gomes Ferreira RTP
12 Flag of Italy Italy Rosanna Vaudetti Renato Tagliani Programma Nazionale
13 Flag of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia TBC Miloje Orlović Televizija Beograd
Gordana Bonetti Televizija Zagreb
Tomaž Terček Televizija Ljubljana
14 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland Alexandre Burger Theodor Haller TV DRS
Georges Hardy TSR
Renato Tagliani TSI
15 Flag of Belgium Belgium André Hagon Paule Herreman RTB
Herman Verelst BRT
16 Flag of Spain.svg Spain Julio Rico Federico Gallo TVE
- Flag of Sweden Sweden (non-participating country) - Sven Lindahl Sveriges Radio-TV

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