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The show

Final
Saturday, 21 March, 1964, 19:00
Location
Tivolis Koncertsal, Copenhagen, Denmark
Host broadcaster
DR
Presented by
Lotte Waever
EBU Supervisor
Miroslav Vilcek
TV Director
Poul Leth Sørensen
Interval Act
Ballet-Harlequinade

The show

Final
Saturday, 21 March, 1964, 19:00
Location
Tivolis Koncertsal, Copenhagen, Denmark
Host broadcaster
DR
Presented by
Lotte Waever
EBU Supervisor
Miroslav Vilcek
TV Director
Poul Leth Sørensen
Interval Act
Ballet-Harlequinade

The 1964 Eurovision Song Contest took place in Copenhagen, Denmark. Italy scored its first victory with a song performed by 16-year-old Gigliola Cinquetti who had already won the Italian San Remo Festival with her entry Non Ho l’Età.

Protest on stage

The 1964 Eurovision Song Contest took place in the famous Tivoli Concert Hall in Copenhagen. The event became highly politicised with demands that right-wing dictatorships in Spain and Portugal should be excluded from the contest. There was even some trouble during the contest as just before the Belgian entry, a man entered the stage holding a banner saying "Boycott Franco and Salazar". He was quickly removed from the stage. 
As in the three previous contests, 16 countries participated in the competition. Portugal made its debut whilst Sweden chose not to enter. Germany, Portugal and Switzerland each scored zero points for the first time. In the case of Portugal, it was the first time in the history of the contest that a newcomer did not receive any points at all.

About the winner

Italy celebrated its first victory with the song Non Ho l’Età, performed by 16-year-old Gigliola Cinquetti. Gigliola would also take part in 1974 and would become the host of Eurovision Song Contest of 1991, together with Toto Cutugno.

Facts & figures

As with the first ever contest in 1956, there is no known recording of the show. This is said to be as a result of a fire at the studios of Danish broadcaster DR in the 1970s and the fact that none of the other broadcasters recorded the entire show. A short recording of the winning reprise survives as does the audio recording of the contest. 

Participants & Results

R/O
Country
Artist
Song
Points
Ranking
01LuxembourgHugues AufrayDès Que Le Printemps Revient144
02The NetherlandsAnneke GrönlohJij Bent Mijn Leven210
03NorwayArne BendiksenSpiral68
04DenmarkBjørn TidmandSangen Om Dig49
05FinlandLasse MårtensonLaiskotellen97
06AustriaUdo JürgensWarum Nur, Warum?116
07FranceRachelLe Chant De Mallory144
08United KingdomMatt MonroI Love The Little Things172
09GermanyNora NovaMan Gewöhnt Sich So Schnell An Das Schöne13
10MonacoRomualdOù Sont-elles Passées?153
11PortugalAntónio CalvárioOração13
12ItalyGigliola CinquettiNon Ho L'étà491
13YugoslaviaSabahudin KurtZivot Je Sklopio Krug13
14SwitzerlandAnita TraversiI Miei Pensieri13
15BelgiumRobert CogoiPrès De Ma Rivière210
16SpainTim, Nelly and TonyCaracola112
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