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Eurovision Song Contest 1960

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The Eurovision Song Contest 1960 was the fifth edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. It was held on Tuesday 29 March 1960 in London. Although the Netherlands had won the contest in 1959, the Netherlands Television Foundation declined to host another contest so soon after staging the event in 1958. The honour of hosting the contest therefore passed to the United Kingdom, which had come second in 1959. Therefore, the BBC chose Catherine Boyle (as she was then known) to be the mistress of ceremonies at the contest for the first time. France's win this year was their second in the contest. The contest was won by France with the song "Tom Pillibi", performed by Jacqueline Boyer.
Location
The 1960 Eurovision Song Contest was hosted in London. The Royal Festival Hall, the venue for the 1960 contest, is a 2,900-seat concert, dance and talks venue within Southbank Centre in London. It is situated on the South Bank of the River Thames, not far from Hungerford Bridge. The result was a win for France, however Germany, Monaco and the UK led in the early stages of voting. The UK came second with 25 points, four more points than the winning song in 1959, and Monaco came third on 15 points making up for their disappointing début result the year before.
Participating countries
Interest in the contest started to grow across Europe, with the number of participating nations increasing to 13 this year. Norway made its debut with one of their leading jazz singers. Luxembourg returned to the contest after a one-year break with a song in native Luxembourgish language. The Netherlands were mistakenly announced as Holland (which is only the western part of the country of The Netherlands).
Conductors
The conductors of the orchestra for each country's performance were: United Kingdom - Eric Robinson Sweden - Thore Ehrling Luxembourg - Eric Robinson Denmark - Kai Mortensen Belgium - Henri Segers Norway - Øivind Bergh Austria - Robert Stolz Monaco - Raymond Lefèvre Switzerland - Cédric Dumont Netherlands - Dolf van der Linden Germany - Franz Josef Breuer Italy - Cinico Angelini France - Franck Pourcel
Returning artists
The contest saw the return of one artist who had participated in its previous editions, with Belgium's representative Fud Leclerc, who previously represented the country in 1956 and 1958.
Results
Scoreboard
Each country had 10 jury members who each awarded 1 point to their favourite song.
International broadcasts and voting
The table above shows the order in which votes were cast during the 1960 contest along with the spokesperson who was responsible for announcing the votes for their respective country. Each national broadcaster also sent a commentator to the contest, in order to provide coverage of the contest in their own native language. Details of the commentators and the broadcasting station for which they represented are also included in the table below.
Voting and spokespersons
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Eurovision Song Contest 1960 - Deutsch -> English  Italiano -> English  Norske -> English  Svenska -> English  Danske -> English  
Eurovisiesongfestival 1960 - Nederlandse -> English  
Конкурс песни Евровидение 1960 - Русский -> English  
Concours Eurovision de la chanson 1960 - Français -> English  
Konkurs Piosenki Eurowizji 1960 - Polska -> English  
Пісенний конкурс Євробачення 1960 - Український -> English  
Festival de la Canción de Eurovisión 1960 - Español -> English  
ユーロビジョン・ソング・コンテスト1960 - 日本語 -> English  
Festival Eurovisão da Canção 1960 - Português -> English  
Eurovizijos dainų konkursas 1960 - Lietuvos -> English  
1960-as Eurovíziós Dalfesztivál - Magyar -> English  
Eurovision laulukilpailu 1960 - Suomalainen -> English  
1960年歐洲歌唱大賽 - 简体中文 -> English  
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