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1956

Lugano

The Eurovision Song Contest 1956 was the first edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, held at the Teatro Kursaal in Lugano, Switzerland. Organised by the European Broadcasting Union, the pan-European music competition was an inspiration of the Italian Sanremo Music Festival. Lohengrin Filipello hosted the first contest which lasted approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes. Seven countries participated, with each of them performing two songs. Two jury members from all participating countries cast their votes in secret, based on which song was their favourite. Lys Assia won the contest for the host country Switzerland with the song "Refrain".

This first edition of the Eurovision Song Contest included few procedures that were not repeated at any of the other editions: Two songs for each country, secret voting, double voting of one country on behalf of another, optional inclusion of the jury members own represented country in their voting, only "Grand Prix" title reception for the winner, and a single male presenter to host the show. The other Contests include: One song for each country, scoreboard display, jury panel from each country, disqualification of the juries own country from their voting, material award, and a single or additional female presenter.

Draw

Country

Artist

Song

Place

01

Netherlands

Jetty Paerl

"De vogels van Holland"

2

02

Switzerland

Lys Assia

"Das alte Karussell"

2

03

Belgium

Fud Leclerc

"Messieurs les noyés de la Seine"

2

04

Germany

Walter Andreas Schwarz

"Im Wartesaal zum großen Glück"

2

05

France

Mathé Altéry

"Le temps perdu"

2

06

Luxembourg

Michèle Arnaud

"Ne crois pas"

2

07

Italy

Franca Raimondi

"Aprite le finestre"

2

08

Netherlands

Corry Brokken

"Voorgoed voorbij"

2

09

Switzerland

Lys Assia

"Refrain"

1

10

Belgium

Mony Marc

"Le plus beau jour de ma vie"

2

11

Germany

Freddy Quinn

"So geht das jede Nacht"

2

12

France

Dany Dauberson

"Il est là"

2

13

Luxembourg

Michèle Arnaud

"Les amants de minuit"

2

14

Italy

Tonina Torrielli

"Amami se vuoi"

2

 


1957

Frankfurt-am-Main

The Eurovision Song Contest 1957 was the 2nd Eurovision Song Contest and was held on March 3, 1957 inFrankfurt-am-Main. Like the first contest, this one was still mainly a radio programme, but there was a noticeable increase in the number of people with televisions. It was won by the Netherlands with "Net als toen", performed by Corry Brokken.
For some time, a rumour had existed that the privilege of hosting the 1957 contest was given to Germany because they had come in second place in 1956 with "Im Wartesaal zum großen Glück" by Walter Andreas Schwarz. In fact, not only were the official 1956 scores withheld, but the rule stating that the winning nation hosts the next year's Eurovision Song Contest had not yet been conceived. It was planned at the time that each participating country would take it in turns to host the event. However, as more countries wished to participate, this became impractical.

Draw

Country

Artist

Song

Place

Points

01

Belgium

Bobbejaan Schoepen

"Straatdeuntje"

8

5

02

Luxembourg

Danièle Dupré

"Amours mortes (tant de peine)"

4

8

03

United Kingdom

Patricia Bredin

"All"

7

6

04

Italy

Nunzio Gallo

"Corde della mia chitarra"

6

7

05

Austria

Bob Martin

"Wohin, kleines Pony?"

10

3

06

Netherlands

Corry Brokken

"Net als toen"

1

31

07

Germany

Margot Hielscher

"Telefon, Telefon"

4

8

08

France

Paule Desjardins

"La belle amour"

2

17

09

Denmark

Birthe Wilke & Gustav Winckler

"Skibet skal sejle i nat"

3

10

10

Switzerland

Lys Assia

"L'enfant que j'étais"

8

5

 


 

1958

Hilversum

The Eurovision Song Contest 1958 was the third Eurovision Song Contest. The contest took place inHilversum, Netherlands, following the country's win at the 1957 Contest, forming the convention that the winning country of the previous Eurovision Song Contest hosts the following year's contest. The event was held on 12 March 1958 at AVRO Studios. The winner was France with the song "Dors, mon amour", performed by André Claveau, written by Pierre Delanoë and composed by Hubert Giraud.

Ten countries participated. It was France's first win. Sweden made its debut while the United Kingdom did not enter the contest for the second and last time to date, after also missing the first contest in 1956. Together with 1956, it is the only contest that has not featured a single song in the English language. Unlike the first competition in 1956, the 1958 contest continued with the policy implemented in 1957 wherein each country was limited to one song entry. This policy has been kept to date.

Draw

Country

Artist

Song

Place

Points

01

Italy

Domenico Modugno

"Nel blu dipinto di blu"

3

13

02

Netherlands

Corry Brokken

"Heel de wereld"

9

1

03

France

André Claveau

"Dors, mon amour"

1

27

04

Luxembourg

Solange Berry

"Un grand amour"

9

1

05

Sweden

Alice Babs

"Lilla stjärna"

4

10

06

Denmark

Raquel Rastenni

"Jeg rev et blad ud af min dagbog"

8

3

07

Belgium

Fud Leclerc

"Ma petite chatte"

5

8

08

Germany

Margot Hielscher

"Für zwei Groschen Musik"

7

5

09

Austria

Liane Augustin

"Die ganze Welt braucht Liebe"

5

8

10

Switzerland

Lys Assia

"Giorgio"

2

24

 


1959

Cannes

The Eurovision Song Contest 1959 was the fourth Eurovision Song Contest. It was held in Cannes, following the French victory the previous year.[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.

Draw

Country

Artist

Song

Place

Points

01

France

Jean Philippe

"Oui, oui, oui, oui"

3

15

02

Denmark

Birthe Wilke

"Uh, jeg ville ønske jeg var dig"

5

12

03

Italy

Domenico Modugno

"Piove (Ciao, ciao bambina)"

6

9

04

Monaco

Jacques Pills

"Mon ami Pierrot"

11

1

05

Netherlands

Teddy Scholten

"Een beetje"

1

21

06

Germany

Alice & Ellen Kessler

"Heute Abend wollen wir tanzen geh'n"

8

5

07

Sweden

Brita Borg

"Augustin"

9

4

08

Switzerland

Christa Williams

"Irgendwoher"

4

14

09

Austria

Ferry Graf

"Der K und K Kalypso aus Wien"

9

4

10

United Kingdom

Pearl Carr & Teddy Johnson

"Sing, Little Birdie"

2

16

11

Belgium

Bob Benny

"Hou toch van mij"

6

9