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|Eurovision Song Contest 1965|
|Final date||20 March 1965|
|Venue|| Sala di Concerto della RAI
|Executive supervisor||Miroslav Vilček|
|Host broadcaster||Radiotelevisione Italiana (RAI)|
|Interval act||Mario del Monaco|
|Number of entries||18|
|Voting system||Ten-member juries awarded points (5, 3 and 1) to their three favourite songs.|
|Nul points|| Belgium|
"Poupée de cire, poupée de son" by France Gall
|Eurovision Song Contest|
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.
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.
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.
Further information: List of countries in the Eurovision Song Contest18 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.
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.
Each performance had a conductor who led the orchestra.
- The Netherlands - Dolf van der Linden
- United Kingdom - Eric Robinson
- Spain - Adolfo Ventas
- Ireland - Gianni Ferrio
- Germany - Alfred Hause
- Austria - Gianni Ferrio
- Norway - Øivind Bergh
- Belgium - Gaston Nuyts
- Monaco - Raymond Bernard
- Sweden - William Lind
- France - Franck Pourcel
- Portugal - Fernando de Carvalho
- Italy - Gianni Ferrio
- Denmark - Arne Lamberth
- Luxembourg - Alain Goraguer
- Finland - George de Godzinsky
- Yugoslavia - Radivoje Spasić
- Switzerland - Mario Robbiani
|1st||Luxembourg||France Gall||"Poupée de cire, poupée de son"||32|
|2nd||United Kingdom||Kathy Kirby||26|
|11th||The Netherlands||Conny van den Bos||5|
|13th||Portugal||Simone de Oliveria||1|
Below is a summary of all 5 points in the final:
|4||Luxembourg||Austria, Finland, Germany, Netherlands|
|United Kingdom||Belgium, Denmark, Spain, Switzerland|
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.