Eurovision Song Contest 1959

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Eurovision Song Contest 1959
Final 11 March 1959
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 None
Number of entries 11
Debuting countries
Returning countries
Withdrawing countries
Voting system Each country had 10 jury members who each awarded 1 point to their favourite song
Nul points None
Winning song  Netherlands
"Een beetje"
Eurovision Song Contest
◄1958 1959 1960►

The Eurovision Song Contest 1959 was the fourth edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. It was held on Wednesday 11 March 1959 in Cannes, France, following the country's victory at the 1958 edition.[1] The contest was won by the Netherlands with the song "Een beetje", performed by Teddy Scholten. This was their second and the first time a country had won the contest twice. Willy van Hemert was also the lyricist of "Net als toen", which won the Eurovision Song Contest 1957. Van Hemert was the first person to win the Eurovision Song Contest twice.


Palais des Festivals et des Congrès in Cannes, France - Host venue of the 1959 Eurovision Song 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 1958 edition with the song "Dors, mon amour" performed by André Claveau. 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.


A new rule was created for this Eurovision, ensuring that no professional publishers or composers were allowed in the national juries. Italy gave one point to France, no points to the UK and seven points to the Netherlands placing them just three points ahead of the UK. Later on France gave only three points to Italy and four points to the Netherlands giving them a five-point lead over the UK, who were only one point ahead of France, leaving Italy behind in sixth position, behind Denmark, on nine points. Something that occurred this year, but never again, was that more than the winning entry was performed once again. The second and third placed songs, United Kingdom and France, were allowed to sing again at the end of the show, together with eventual winner, the Netherlands.

Participating countries

Luxembourg withdrew from the contest for the first time. The United Kingdom returned after missing the previous contest (appearing on the scoreboard as "Grande Bretagne") and finished second for the first time. The UK would have 15 second-place finishes in the country's history in the contest. Monaco made its debut in the contest, but came last.


Each performance had a conductor who maestro the orchestra.[2]

Returning artists

The contest saw the return of two artists who had participated in previous editions of the contest. Birthe Wilke for Denmark (previous entry in 1957); and Domenico Modugno for Italy (previously entry in 1958).


Draw Country Language[3] Artist Song English translation Place Points
01  France French Jean Philippe "Oui, oui, oui, oui" Yes, yes, yes, yes 3 15
02  Denmark Danish Birthe Wilke "Uh, jeg ville ønske jeg var dig" Oh, I wish I were you 5 12
03  Italy Italian Domenico Modugno "Piove (Ciao, ciao bambina)" It's raining (Bye, bye baby) 6 9
04  Monaco French Jacques Pills "Mon ami Pierrot" My friend Pierrot 11 1
05  Netherlands Dutch Teddy Scholten "Een beetje" A little bit 1 21
06  Germany German Alice & Ellen Kessler "Heute Abend wollen wir tanzen geh'n" Tonight we want to go dancing 8 5
07  Sweden Swedish Brita Borg "Augustin" 9 4
08   Switzerland German Christa Williams "Irgendwoher" From somewhere 4 14
09  Austria German Ferry Graf "Der K und K Kalypso aus Wien" The K and K calypso from Vienna 9 4
10  United Kingdom English Pearl Carr & Teddy Johnson "Sing, Little Birdie" 2 16
11  Belgium Dutch Bob Benny "Hou toch van mij" Please love me 6 9


Voting results
Total score File:ESCFranceJ.svg File:ESCDenmarkJ.svg File:ESCItalyJ.svg ESCMonaco.svg File:ESCNetherlandsJ.svg File:ESCGermanyJ.svg File:ESCSwedenJ.svg ESCSwitzerland.svg ESCAustria.svg File:ESCUnitedKingdomJ.svg File:ESCBelgiumJ.svg
Contestants France 15 4 1 2 4 1 1 2
Denmark 12 1 1 1 4 1 2 2
Italy 9 3 1 1 3 1
Monaco 1 1
Netherlands 21 4 7 1 2 3 1 3
Germany 5 2 1 1 1
Sweden 4 1 3
Switzerland 14 2 1 1 3 1 5 1
Austria 4 1 2 1
United Kingdom 16 1 1 2 5 3 2 2
Belgium 9 2 1 1 3 2
The table is ordered by appearance

International broadcasts and voting

The table above shows the order in which votes were cast during the 1959 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.[4]

Voting and spokespersons

  1.  Belgium - Bert Leysen
  2.  United Kingdom - Pete Murray
  3.  Austria - Karl Bruck
  4.   Switzerland - Boris Acquadro
  5.  Sweden - Roland Eiworth
  6.  Germany - TBC
  7.  Netherlands - Siebe van der Zee[5]
  8.  Monaco - TBC
  9.  Italy - Enzo Tortora
  10.  Denmark - Bent Henius
  11.  France - Marianne Lecène



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  3. "Eurovision Song Contest 1959". The Diggiloo Thrush. Retrieved 4 March 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  5. "Teddy Scholten eerste in Eurovisie Songfestival", Utrechts Nieuwsblad, 12 March 1959
  6. "Teddy Scholten won voor Nederland Songfestival". De Leeuwarder Courant (in Dutch). March 12, 1959. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Leif Thorsson. Melodifestivalen genom tiderna ["Melodifestivalen through time"] (2006), p. 20. Stockholm: Premium Publishing AB. ISBN 91-89136-29-2

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