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Eurovision Song Contest 1956

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The Eurovision Song Contest 1956 was the first Eurovision and was held in Lugano[?], Switzerland, on Thursday, May 24th 1956. With Lohengrin Fihpello[?] as the presenter, the contest was won by Lys Assia who represented Switzerland, with her song Refrain.

This first contest was mainly a radio program, though there were cameras in the studio for the benefit of the few Europeans who had television. The backdrops behind the singers were, perhaps understandably, not very lavish.

It had been strongly recommended that each participating country have a preliminary national song contest. Austria, Denmark and the United Kingdom were disqualified from the final contest, however, as all of them registered after the official deadline.

All participating countries sent two jury members to Lugano, except for Luxembourg who allowed the Swiss jury to vote on their behalf. This, combined with the fact that juries were allowed to vote for any song including those of their own country, perhaps explains the success of the Swiss entry. Among the many rumors which followed the contest was one suggesting Lys Assia's other entry did not get a high placing, explaining why it was never released.

Table of contents

Results

Country
(Language)
Artist Song
(Translation)
Place Points
Belgium[?]
(French)
Fud Leclerc[?] Messieurs les Noyés de la Seine (http://34sp.eurosong.net/~songthrush/web/bel56a)
(The Drowned Gentlemen of the Seine)
2 -
Belgium
(French)
Mony Marc[?] Le plus beau jour de ma vie (http://34sp.eurosong.net/~songthrush/web/bel56b)
(The Most Beautiful Day of my Life)
2 -
France[?]
(French)
Mathé Altéry[?] Le temps perdu (http://34sp.eurosong.net/~songthrush/web/fra56a)
(The Lost Time)
2 -
France
(French)
Dany Dauberson[?] Il est là (http://34sp.eurosong.net/~songthrush/web/fra56b)
(He is Here)
2 -
Germany[?]
(German)
Walter Andreas Schwarz[?] Das Lied vom großen Glück (http://34sp.eurosong.net/~songthrush/web/ger56a)*
(...)
2 -
Germany
(German)
Freddy Quinn[?] So geht das jede Nacht (http://34sp.eurosong.net/~songthrush/web/ger56b)
(That's how it is Every Night)
2 -
Italy[?]
(Italian)
Franca Raimondi[?] Aprite le Finestre (http://34sp.eurosong.net/~songthrush/web/ita56a)
(Open the Windows)
2 -
Italy
(Italian)
Tonina Torrielli[?] Amami se Vuoi (http://34sp.eurosong.net/~songthrush/web/ita56b)
(Love me if you Want)
2 -
Luxembourg[?]
(French)
Michèle Arnaud[?] Les Amants de Minuit (http://34sp.eurosong.net/~songthrush/web/lux56b)
(The Lovers of Midnight)
2 -
Luxembourg
(French)
Michèle Arnaud Ne Crois Pas (http://34sp.eurosong.net/~songthrush/web/lux56a)
(Do Not Believe)
2 -
Netherlands[?]
(Dutch)
Jetty Paerl[?] De Vogels Van Holland (http://34sp.eurosong.net/~songthrush/web/ned56a)
(The Birds of Holland)
2 -
Netherlands
(Dutch)
Corry Brokken[?] Voorgoed Voorbij (http://34sp.eurosong.net/~songthrush/web/ned56b)
(Over Forever)
2 -
Switzerland[?]
(German)
Lys Assia Das alte Karussel (http://34sp.eurosong.net/~songthrush/web/swi56a)
(The Old Carrousel)
2 -
Switzerland
(French)
Lys Assia Refrain (http://34sp.eurosong.net/~songthrush/web/swi56b)
(Refrain)
1 -
Venue: Teatro Kursall[?] - Lugano[?], Switzerland
The table is ordered by the countries names.
*Known on the albumn recording as "Im Wartesaal zum Großen Glück" (In the Waiting Room for Happiness)

First Appearances Belgium[?], France[?], Germany[?], Italy[?], Luxembourg[?], Netherlands[?], Switzerland[?]

Voting Structure Each Country had 2 Jury Members who each awarded 1-10 points for each song.

Score Sheet

  Juries
Netherlands There was no scoreboard for this contest, as the voting was not made public. Some Eurovision fans have tried to get it released to the public, but have failed to do so.
Switzerland
Belgium
Germany
France
Luxembourg
Italy
Netherlands
Switzerland
Belgium
Germany
France
Luxembourg
Italy
The table is ordered by appearance.


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