EuroRevision: Luxembourg Hosts for the First Time (1962)

The 7th edition of Eurovision was held in Luxembourg for the first time, following Jean-Claude Pascal’s win the previous year. The contest was held at Villa Louvigny in Luxembourg City, and was hosted by Mireille Delannoy. The Conductor for the show was Jean Roderès.

The contest was held on Sunday the 18th of March, and a total of 16 countries took part. There were no nations withdrawing from previous years, nor debuting or returning countries.

There were some technical errors throughout the show, with a short power failure rendering the screens dark after France’s entry was performed. There was another power failure during the Netherlands entry, which seemed to have affected their score in the voting.

Here is the full list of participants:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Monaco
  • Netherlands
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom
  • Yugoslavia

There were four artists who returned to Eurovision in 1962, including Camillo Felgen, who had represented Luxembourg in 1960, joined by François Deguelt who represented Monaco in 1960. Fud Leclerc was representing Belgium for the fourth time, having participated in 1956, 1958 and 1960. Jean Philippe returned after representing France in 1959, however returned to represent Switzerland.

Returning artist François Deguelt, who finished in second place for Monaco

Here are the competitors:

  • Marion Rung – Tipi-tii (Finland) 🇫🇮
  • Fud Leclerc – Ton Nom (Belgium) 🇧🇪
  • Victor Balaguer – Llámame (Spain) 🇪🇸
  • Eleonore Schwarz – Nur in der Wiener Luft (Austria) 🇦🇹
  • Ellen Winther – Vuggevise (Denmark) 🇩🇰
  • Inger Berggren – Sol och Vår (Sweden) 🇸🇪
  • Conny Froboess – Zwei Kleine Italiener (Germany) 🇩🇪
  • De Spelbrekers – Katinka (The Netherlands) 🇳🇱
  • Isabelle Aubret – Un Premier Amour (France) 🇫🇷
  • Inger Jacobsen – Kom Sol, Kom Regn (Norway) 🇳🇴
  • Jean Philippe – Le Retour (Switzerland) 🇨🇭
  • Lola Novaković 0 Ne Pali Svetla u Sumrak (Yugoslavia)
  • Ronnie Carroll – Ring-A-Ding Girl (United Kingdom) 🇬🇧
  • Camillo Felgen – Petit Bonhomme (Luxembourg) 🇱🇺
  • Claudio Villa – Addio, Addio (Italy) 🇮🇹
  • François Deguelt – Dis Rien (Monaco) 🇲🇨

The winner of the show was France, who had won for the third time in five years (1958 and 1960). This was also the third consecutive winning song that had been performed in French. Monaco finished in second place with 13 points, and third was Luxembourg. A total of four nations finished with the dreaded ‘nul points’, Belgium, Spain, Austria and The Netherlands.

Watch the winning performance below: