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T'en va pas (Esther Ofarim song)

Switzerland "T'en va pas"
Eurovision Song Contest 1963 entry
Country
Artist(s)
Language
Composer(s)
Géo Voumard
Lyricist(s)
Conductor
Finals performance
Final result
2nd
Final points
40
Appearance chronology
◄ "Le retour" (1962)   
"I miei pensieri" (1964) ►

"T'en va pas" (English: Don't Go) was the Swiss entrant to the Eurovision Song Contest 1963. It was sung in French by Esther Ofarim.[1]

The song performed tenth on the night (following Yugoslavia's Vice Vukov with "Brodovi" and preceding France's Alain Barrière with "Elle était si jolie"). At the close of the voting, the song had received 40 points, placing 2nd in a field of 16.

Controversially, after Norway had announced its votes, the presenter Katie Boyle told the jury spokesman that he had read the scores incorrectly and must repeat them later in the correct format. However, despite the spokesman's mistakes the actual attribution of points had seemed clear. When Katie went back to Norway again at the end of the voting for them to repeat their results, their votes had ostensibly been changed, altering the outcome of the contest and giving the victory to Norway's neighbours Denmark at Switzerland's expense.

"T'en va pas" was released as single on Philips Records in 1963 and it reached No. 39 on the German charts.[2]

"T'en va pas" was succeeded as Swiss representative at the 1964 contest by Anita Traversi singing "I miei pensieri".

References

  1. ^ "Eurovision Song Contest 1963". Songs4Europe.com. Retrieved 12 June 2012.
  2. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Esther Ofarim - T'en vas pas". Dutch Charts. Retrieved 2020-06-02.