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Eurovision Song Contest 1965
ESC 1965 logo
Theme Napoli
Dates
Final date 20 March 1965
Host
Venue Sala di Concerto della RAI

Naples, Italy

Presenter(s) Renata Mauro
Conductor Gianni Ferrio
Executive supervisor Miroslav Vilček
Host broadcaster Radiotelevisione Italiana (RAI)
Interval act Mario del Monaco
Participants
Number of entries 18
Debuting countries Flag of Ireland Ireland
Returning countries Flag of Sweden Sweden
Withdrawing countries None
Voting
Voting system Ten-member juries awarded points (5, 3 and 1) to their three favourite songs.
Nul points Flag of Belgium Belgium
Flag of Finland Finland
Flag of Germany Germany
Flag of Spain.svg Spain
Winner Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg
"Poupée de cire, poupée de son" by France Gall
Eurovision Song Contest
1964 Wiki Eurovision Heart (Infobox).svg 1966
The Eurovision Song Contest 1965 was the tenth edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. It was held in Naples, Italy, following the Italian victory at the previous 1964 edition. Luxembourg won, for the second time in the history of the contest, with the song "Poupée de cire, poupée de son", performed by France Gall and composed by Serge Gainsbourg. Belgium, Finland, Germany, and Spain each scored "nul points" for the second time.

The 1965 contest marked the debut of Ireland, a country which later went on to dominate the competition. This was also the first contest with over 16 countries participating with a total of 18 entries. The Swedish entry was also sung in English. For the first time since 'Een beetje' in 1959, the winning song was not a ballad.

Location

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Sala di Concerto della RAI, Naples – host venue of the 1965 contest

The contest took place in Naples, the capital of region Campania in southern Italy and the third-largest city in Italy, after Rome and Milan. This is Italy's first hosting of the Eurovision Song Contest. The host venue was the then new Sala di Concerto della RAI (RAI Production Centre of Naples), founded few years prior to the contest, in the late fifties and early sixties. It is located in Viale Marconi in the district of Fuorigrotta. The structure has three TV studios for a total of 1227 m² and capacity of 370 persons, used for the filming of programs and fiction and an auditorium. The Neapolitan song archives are also housed in it.

Format

Each country had 10 jury members who distributed three points among their one, two, or three favourite songs. The points were totalled 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.

Participating countries

Further information: List of countries in the Eurovision Song Contest
18 countries took part, with the Eurovision Song Contest reaching its highest ever number. Sweden returned after a one-year absence, and Ireland debuted in the competition. 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. Belgium, Finland, Germany, and Spain all scored null points for the second time. The competition was also broadcast via the Intervision network, to the Eastern European nations for the very first time.

Ingvar Wixell, the Swedish participant performed his song in English instead of the original Swedish title "Annorstädes vals". The native languages were used for all of the other participants. This led to a rule being introduced for the next 1966 edition, that meant all participants had to perform their songs using one of their national languages.

Returning artists

Three artists returned for a second time in this year's contest: Udo Jürgens from Austria, whose previous participation was in 1964; Conchita Bautista from Spain, previously representation in 1961; and Vice Vukov from Yugoslavia, who last participated in 1963.

Conductors

Each performance had a conductor who led the orchestra.

Results

Draw Country Artist Song Language Place Points
01 Flag of the Netherlands.svg The Netherlands Conny van den Bos "'t Is genoeg" Dutch 11 5
02 Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom Kathy Kirby "I Belong" English 2 26
03 Flag of Spain.svg Spain Conchita Bautista "¡Qué bueno, qué bueno!" Spanish 15 0
04 Flag of Ireland Ireland Butch Moore "Walking the Streets in the Rain" English 6 11
05 Flag of Germany Germany Ulla Wiesner "Paradies, wo bist du?" German 15 0
06 Flag of Austria Austria Udo Jürgens "Sag ihr, ich lass sie grüßen" German 4 16
07 Flag of Norway Norway Kirsti Sparboe "Karusell" Norwegian 13 1
08 Flag of Belgium Belgium Lize Marke "Als het weer lente is" Dutch 15 0
09 Flag of Monaco Monaco Marjorie Noël "Va dire à l'amour" French 9 7
10 Flag of Sweden Sweden Ingvar Wixell "Absent Friend" English 10 6
11 France France Guy Mardel "N'avoue jamais" French 3 22
12 Flag of Portugal.svg Portugal Simone de Oliveira "Sol de inverno" Portuguese 13 1
13 Flag of Italy Italy Bobby Solo "Se piangi, se ridi" Italian 5 15
14 Denmark, eurovision Denmark Birgit Brüel "For din skyld" Danish 7 10
15 Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg France Gall "Poupée de cire, poupée de son" French 1 32
16 Flag of Finland Finland Viktor Klimenko "Aurinko laskee länteen" Finnish 15 0
17 Flag of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia Vice Vukov "Čežnja" Croatian 12 2
18 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland Yovanna "Non, à jamais sans toi" French 8 8

Scoreboard

P Country Artist Song Points
1st Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg France Gall "Poupée de cire, poupée de son" 32
2nd Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom Kathy Kirby 26
3rd France France Guy Mardel 22
4th Flag of Austria Austria Udo Jürgens 16
5th Flag of Italy Italy Bobby Solo 15
6th Flag of Ireland Ireland Butch Moore 11
7th Denmark, eurovision Denmark Birgit Brüel 10
8th Flag of Switzerland Switzerland Yovanna 8
9th Flag of Monaco Monaco Marjoire Noël 7
10th Flag of Sweden Sweden Ingvar Wixell 6
11th Flag of the Netherlands.svg The Netherlands Conny van den Bos 5
12th Flag of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia Vice Vukov 2
13th Flag of Norway Norway Kirsti Sparboe 1
13th Flag of Portugal.svg Portugal Simone de Oliveria 1
15th Flag of Spain.svg Spain Conchita Bautista 0
15th Flag of Germany Germany Ulla Wiesner 0
15th Flag of Belgium Belgium Lize Marke 0
15th Flag of Finland Finland Viktor Klimenko 0

5 points

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

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

International broadcasts and voting

The table below shows the order in which votes were cast during the 1965 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 the Netherlands.svg The Netherlands Dick van Bommel Teddy Scholten Nederland 1
02 Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom Alastair Burnet David Jacobs BBC1
David Gell BBC Light Programme
03 Flag of Spain.svg Spain Pepe Palau Federico Gallo TVE
04 Flag of Ireland Ireland Frank Hall Bunny Carr Telefís Éireann
Kevin Roche Radio Éireann
05 Flag of Germany Germany Lia Wöhr Hermann Rockmann ARD Deutsches Fernsehen
06 Flag of Austria Austria Walter Richard Langer Willy Kralik ORF
07 Flag of Norway Norway Sverre Christophersen Erik Diesen NRK and NRK P1
08 Flag of Belgium Belgium Ward Bogaert Herman Verelst BRT
Paule Herreman RTB
09 Flag of Monaco Monaco TBC Pierre Tchernia Télé Monte Carlo
10 Flag of Sweden Sweden Edvard Matz Berndt Friberg Sveriges Radio-TV and SR P1
11 France France Jean-Claude Massoulier Pierre Tchernia Première Chaîne ORTF
12 Flag of Portugal.svg Portugal Maria Manuela Furtado Gomes Ferreira RTP
13 Flag of Italy Italy Daniele Piombi Renato Tagliani Programma Nazionale
14 Denmark, eurovision Denmark Claus Toksvig Skat Nørrevig DR TV
15 Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg TBC Pierre Tchernia Télé-Luxembourg
16 Flag of Finland Finland Poppe Berg Aarno Walli TV-ohjelma 1
17 Flag of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia TBC Miloje Orlović Televizija Beograd
Mladen Delić Televizija Zagreb
Tomaž Terček Televizija Ljubljana
18 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland Alexandre Burger Theodor Haller TV DRS
Georges Hardy TSR
Giovanni Bertini TSI

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