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Naples 1965

Naples 1965

The 1965 Eurovision Song Contest took place in Naples and saw Luxembourg win again. The winning entry, performed by France Gall, Poupée De Cire, Poupée De Son, is a milestone moment in the history of the show since it is the first time that a pop song won the Eurovision Song Contest.

Sweden returns, Ireland debuts

Italy and its national broadcaster RAI hosted this year's contest for the first time. 18 countries took part, at that point, the number of participants ever. After a year of absence, Sweden returned to the competition and Ireland debuted. Belgium, Germany, Finland and Spain all scored nul points while Luxembourg won for the second time with the highly controversial Poupée De Cire, Poupée De Son sung by teenager France Gall. The song went on to become a massive hit in almost all European countries and had a major impact on the type of songs entered into the contest in the following years.
Swedish participant Ingvar Wixell performed his song -originally called Annorstädes Vals -  in English instead of Swedish while all the other participants sang in their native languages. This incident led to a rule change meaning that all participants would have to perform their songs in their respective national languages.

Facts & figures 

  • For the first time, the Eurovision Song Contest was broadcast not only by the European Broadcasting Union, but also by Intervision, its Eastern European counterpart.

The show

Final
Saturday, 20 March, 1965, 19:00
Location
Sala di Concerto della RAI, Naples, Italy
Host broadcaster
RAI
Presented by
Renata Mauro
EBU Supervisor
Miroslav Vilcek
TV Director
Romolo Siena
Interval Act
Mario del Monaco

The contest

Number of participants
18
Winner