The Eurovision Song Contest began in 1956, and was the brainchild of Sergio Pugliese from Italy’s RAI television station, alongside Marcel Bezençon from the European Broadcasting Union. The contest was based on the already existing Sanremo Song Festival, a festival which still continues to this day in Italy.
The contest was held on the 24th of May, 1956, and the host country was Switzerland. The contest was held in Lugano at the Teatro Kursaal, in the Italian-speaking Canton of Ticino. The show lasted an hour and 40 minutes in total, and featured 7 nations. Each nation was represented by two songs, and the voting was done in the form of two jury members, who all cast their votes in secret. The host of the show was Lohengrin Filipello.
The show was mainly broadcasted via radio, although was filmed for those who had a television. As for the rules of the 1956 contest, only solo artists were allowed, and their acts were backed up with an orchestra. In terms of voting, there was controversy surrounding the fact that all juries travelled to Lugarno to cast their votes, however the jury of Luxembourg were unable to make it, and as such, the Swiss jury voted on behalf of the Luxembourg jury. This was controversial as Switzerland was decided the winner, potentially due to these extra votes.
The full results of the contest are unpublished, and as such, we only know the winner of the contest. Because of this, the results shown down below reference all other songs as 2nd place due to the unknown results.
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Here is the winning song!