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The show

Final
Saturday, 18 March, 1961, 19:00
Location
Palais des Festivals, Cannes, France
Host broadcaster
RTF
Presented by
Jacqueline Joubert
TV Director
Marcelle Cravanne
Interval Act
Tessa Beaumont & Max Bozzoni

The show

Final
Saturday, 18 March, 1961, 19:00
Location
Palais des Festivals, Cannes, France
Host broadcaster
RTF
Presented by
Jacqueline Joubert
TV Director
Marcelle Cravanne
Interval Act
Tessa Beaumont & Max Bozzoni

The Eurovision Song Contest 1961 returned to Cannes for the second time in two years. The number of participants began to rise as the Eurovision Song Contest became increasingly popular.

Saturday slot

Just like in 1959, the Palais des Festivals was the venue of this year's contest. The presenter of the show was Jacqueline Joubert, who already did this task in 1959. The stage used for the show was much bigger than in previous years, and it was magnificently decorated with flowers.
The number of participants of this year’s song contest rose to 16 as Spain, Yugoslavia and Finland all made their respective debuts. For the first time, the contest took place on a Saturday night which would come to be the contest's home.

About the winner

Luxembourg had its first of 5 victories in 1961 with the song Nous Les Amoureux performed by Jean-Claude Pascal. Critics called the song a lullaby, but Jean-Claude Pascal was awarded 31 points in total, with the UK entry finishing second for the third year running. 

Facts & figures

  • Germany's entry Einmal Sehen Wir Uns Wieder was performed by Lale Andersen who shot to fame two decades earlier with her rendition of Lili Marleen. However, Mrs. Andersen only managed to score 3 points and 13th place.

Participants & Results

R/O
Country
Artist
Song
Points
Ranking
01SpainConchita BautistaEstando Contigo89
02MonacoColette DeréalAllons, Allons Les Enfants610
03AustriaJimmy MakulisSehnsucht115
04FinlandLaila KinnunenValoa Ikkunassa610
05YugoslaviaLjiljana PetrovicNeke Davne Zvezde98
06The NetherlandsGreetje KauffeldWat Een Dag610
07SwedenLill-BabsApril, April214
08GermanyLale AndersenEinmal Sehen Wir Uns Wieder313
09FranceJean-Paul MauricPrintemps (avril Carillonne)134
10SwitzerlandFranca di RienzoNous Aurons Demain163
11BelgiumBob BennySeptember, Gouden Roos115
12NorwayNora BrockstedtSommer I Palma107
13DenmarkDario CampeottoAngelique125
14LuxembourgJean-Claude PascalNous Les Amoureux311
15United KingdomThe AllisonsAre You Sure?242
16ItalyBetty CurtisAl Di Là125
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