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Eurovision Song Contest 1965

Eurovision Song Contest 1965
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Final20 March 1965
VenueSala di Concerto della RAI [it]
Naples, Italy
Presenter(s)Renata Mauro
ConductorGianni Ferrio
Directed byRomolo Siena
Executive supervisorMiroslav Vilček
Host broadcasterRadiotelevisione Italiana (RAI)
Interval actMario Del Monaco Edit this at Wikidata
Number of entries18
Debuting countries
Returning countries
Non-returning countriesNone
Voting systemTen-member juries awarded points (5, 3 and 1, or combinations thereof) to their three favourite songs.
Nul points
Winning song Luxembourg
"Poupée de cire, poupée de son"

The Eurovision Song Contest 1965 was the 10th edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Naples, Italy, following Gigliola Cinquetti's win at the 1964 contest in Copenhagen, Denmark with the song "Non ho l'età". It was the first time the contest took place in Italy, also marking the first time the Italian Peninsula and Southern European country hosted the event. The contest was held at Sala di Concerto della RAI on Saturday 20 March 1965, and was hosted by Renata Mauro.

Eighteen countries participated in the contest - setting a new record for the highest number of entrants. Sweden returned after their absence from the previous edition, while Ireland made their debut.

The winner was Luxembourg with the song "Poupée de cire, poupée de son", performed by France Gall, and written/composed by Serge Gainsbourg. This was Luxembourg's second victory in the contest, following their win in 1961. It was also the first winning song since the Netherlands' "Een beetje" in 1959 to not be a ballad.

For the fourth consecutive year, four countries all scored nul points; Belgium, Finland, Germany, and Spain - all of which finished with no points for the second time in the contest's history.[1]


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.[1][2]


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

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.[1] 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.[1]

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.[1]

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, whose previous participation was in 1961; and Vice Vukov from Yugoslavia, who last participated in 1963.


Each performance had a conductor who led the orchestra.[3]


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


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.

Voting results
Total score
United Kingdom
Netherlands 5 5
United Kingdom 26 5 1 6 3 1 5 5
Spain 0
Ireland 11 3 5 3
Germany 0
Austria 16 3 5 5 3
Norway 1 1
Belgium 0
Monaco 7 5 1 1
Sweden 6 3 3
France 22 1 3 1 3 5 3 1 5
Portugal 1 1
Italy 15 3 1 1 3 3 3 1
Denmark 10 5 5
Luxembourg 32 5 1 3 5 5 3 1 1 5 3
Finland 0
Yugoslavia 2 1 1
Switzerland 8 3 5

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 Belgium1, Denmark, Spain, Switzerland
2 Austria Ireland, Portugal
France Monaco, Yugoslavia
Denmark Luxembourg, Sweden
1 Ireland Italy
Monaco United Kingdom
Netherlands Norway
Switzerland France
1.^ Belgium gave the United Kingdom 6 points.

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.[1]

Voting order Country Spokespersons Commentator Broadcaster
01  Netherlands Dick van Bommel[5] Teddy Scholten Nederland 1[6]
02  United Kingdom Alastair Burnet[citation needed] David Jacobs BBC1
David Gell BBC Light Programme
03  Spain Pepe Palau Federico Gallo TVE
04  Ireland Frank Hall Bunny Carr Telefís Éireann
Kevin Roche Radio Éireann
05  Germany Lia Wöhr Hermann Rockmann ARD Deutsches Fernsehen[7]
06  Austria Walter Richard Langer Willy Kralik ORF
07  Norway Sverre Christophersen Erik Diesen NRK and NRK P1
08  Belgium Ward Bogaert Herman Verelst BRT
Paule Herreman RTB[8]
09  Monaco TBC Pierre Tchernia Télé Monte Carlo
10  Sweden Edvard Matz[9] Berndt Friberg Sveriges Radio-TV and SR P1[10]
11  France Jean-Claude Massoulier[11] Pierre Tchernia Première Chaîne ORTF[12]
12  Portugal Maria Manuela Furtado Gomes Ferreira RTP
13  Italy Daniele Piombi Renato Tagliani Programma Nazionale
14  Denmark Claus Toksvig Skat Nørrevig DR TV
15  Luxembourg TBC Pierre Tchernia Télé-Luxembourg[12]
16  Finland Poppe Berg Aarno Walli TV-ohjelma 1
Erkki Melakoski Yleisohjelma[13]
17  Yugoslavia Ljubo Jelčić Miloje Orlović Televizija Beograd
Mladen Delić Televizija Zagreb
Tomaž Terček Televizija Ljubljana
18   Switzerland Alexandre Burger Theodor Haller TV DRS
Jean Charles[14] TSR
Giovanni Bertini TSI

National jury members

  •  Finland – Cay Idström, Benedikt Zilliacus, Jutta Zilliacus, Esko Mustonen, Juhani Valsta, Antti Wahlström, Bojen Huldén, Albert Pelli, Leena Lehtonen, Anssi Sinnemäki[13]


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  6. ^ "Nederlandse televisiecommentatoren bij het Eurovisie Songfestival". Eurovision Artists (in Dutch).
  7. ^ "Tag – TV-Programme". Archived from the original on 22 November 2005.
  8. ^ "The Eurovision Song Contest". 20 March 1965 – via IMDb.
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  10. ^ Leif Thorsson. Melodifestivalen genom tiderna ["Melodifestivalen through time"] (2006), p. 54. Stockholm: Premium Publishing AB. ISBN 91-89136-29-2
  11. ^ Tchernia, Pierre et al. (20 March 1965). 14ème Concours Eurovision de la Chanson 1965 [10th Eurovision Song Contest 1965] (Television production). Italy: RAI, ORTF (commentary).
  12. ^ a b Christian Masson. "1965 – Naples". Retrieved 10 August 2012.
  13. ^ a b "18 iskelmää osallistuu tänään Eurovisiokilpailuun Napolissa", Helsingin Sanomat, 20 March 1965
  14. ^ "Au Grand Prix Eurovision de la Chanson". Radio TV - Je vois tout. Lausanne, Switzerland: Le Radio SA. 11 March 1965.

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