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Eurovision Song Contest 1964
File:ESC 1964 logo.png
Final21 March 1964
VenueTivolis Koncertsal
Copenhagen, Denmark
Presenter(s)Lotte Wæver
Musical directorKai Mortensen
Executive supervisorMiroslav Vilček
Host broadcasterDanmarks Radio (DR)
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Number of entries16
Debuting countriesFile:Flag of Portugal.svg.png Portugal
<templatestyles src="Template:Tooltip/styles.css" />Returning countriesNone
<templatestyles src="Template:Tooltip/styles.css" />Non-returning countriesFlag of Sweden.svg Sweden
Voting system5, 3, and 1 points for 3 favourite songs from each country.
Winning songFlag of Italy.svg Italy
"Non ho l'età"
1963 ← Eurovision Song Contest → 1965

The Eurovision Song Contest 1964 was the ninth edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. It was held in Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, after the country's victory in the 1963 edition. Italy won the contest for the first time scoring 49 points with the song "Non ho l'età", performed by Gigliola Cinquetti.


Further information on the host city: Copenhagen
File:Tivoli Concert Hall-2.jpg

Tivolis Koncertsal, Copenhagen - host venue of the 1964 contest.

The host venue for the contest was Tivolis Koncertsal (Tivoli Concert Hall) in Denmark's capital city Copenhagen, which lies within Denmark's famous amusement park and pleasure garden Tivoli Gardens. The park, alluding by its name to the Jardin de Tivoli that existed in Paris, was opened on 15 August 1843, and is the second oldest amusement park in the world, after Dyrehavsbakken in nearby Klampenborg.[1]


Each country had 10 jury members who distributed three points among their one, two, or three favourite songs. The points were totaled and the first, second, and third placed songs were awarded 5, 3, and 1 votes in order. If only one song got every point within the jury it would get all 9 points. If only two songs were chosen, the songs would get 6 and 3 points in order.[2]

A political protest occurred after the Swiss entry: a man trespassed onto the stage holding a banner that read "Boycott Franco & Salazar". Whilst this was going on, television viewers were shown a shot of the scoreboard; once the man was removed the contest went on.

The immediate response of the Koncertsal audience to the Italian entry was markedly enthusiastic and prolonged and, most unusually for a contest performance, after leaving the stage Gigliola Cinquetti was allowed to return to take a second bow. Her performance was given an unscheduled repeat on British television the following afternoon. In the event, she won the most crushing victory in the history of the contest, with a score almost three times that of her nearest rival, a feat extremely unlikely ever to be beaten under the post-1974 scoring system.

As with the 1956 contest, no video recording of the actual contest performance is known to survive (although one does of the shorter winning reprise); however like the 1956 contest an audio recording does exist. (Videos of Cinquetti's Sanremo performance and her Eurovision winning reprise have both appeared on YouTube.) Reports say that this is because there was a fire at the studios of DR, the Danish broadcaster, in the 1970s. No other broadcaster recorded the entire show (although segments of the contest do exist in the archives of NDR Germany) other than for the Winners' reprise.[2] It has been speculated that the BBC once held a copy of the show, as an empty tape canister marked "Eurovision 1964" was found during a storage cleanup, but the tape was missing, presumably wiped.[3] The audio of the entire show however is still intact, and an unofficial release of the show has been uploaded to YouTube with press-photos and some intact video parts to supplement the audio.

Participating countries[]

Further information: List of countries in the Eurovision Song Contest

Sweden did not participate because of a boycott by singers. They did however broadcast it. Portugal made its début in the contest, however they became the first country to score nul points on their début. Germany, Switzerland, and Yugoslavia also scored nul points for the first time. The Netherlands became the first country to send a singer of non-European ancestry, Anneke Grönloh was of Indonesian descent.[2] The Spanish group Los TNT was the first group of three or more participants of the history of the ESC.

Returning artists[]

One artist returned to the contest this year, Switzerland's Anita Traversi that represented the country in 1960.[2]



Draw Country Artist Song Language[5] Place Points
01 File:Flag of Luxembourg.svg Luxembourg Hugues Aufray "Dès que le printemps revient" French 4 14
02 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands Anneke Grönloh "Jij bent mijn leven" Dutch 10 2
03 Flag of Norway.svg Norway Arne Bendiksen "Spiral" Norwegian 8 6
04 Flag of Denmark.svg Denmark Bjørn Tidmand "Sangen om dig" Danish 9 4
05 File:Flag of Finland.svg Finland Lasse Mårtenson "Laiskotellen" Finnish 7 9
06 File:Flag of Austria.svg Austria Udo Jürgens "Warum nur, warum?" German 6 11
07 Flag of France.svg France Rachel "Le chant de Mallory" French 4 14
08 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom Matt Monro "I Love the Little Things" English 2 17
09 Flag of Germany.svg Germany Nora Nova "Man gewöhnt sich so schnell an das Schöne" German 13 0
10 File:Flag of Monaco.svg Monaco Romuald "Où sont-elles passées" French 3 15
11 File:Flag of Portugal.svg.png Portugal António Calvário "Oração" Portuguese 13 0
12 Flag of Italy.svg Italy Gigliola Cinquetti "Non ho l'età" Italian 1 49
13 File:Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg Yugoslavia Sabahudin Kurt "Život je sklopio krug" Bosnian 13 0
14 File:Flag of Switzerland (Pantone).svg Switzerland Anita Traversi "I miei pensieri" Italian 13 0
15 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Belgium Robert Cogoi "Près de ma rivière" French 10 2
16 File:Flag of Spain (1945–1977).svg.png Spain Los TNT "Caracola" Spanish 12 1


File:Anneke Grönloh 1964 Eurovision dress.jpg

Dutch contestant Anneke Grönloh's dress

Voting results
Total score Luxembourg Netherlands Norway Denmark Finland Austria France United Kingdom Germany Monaco Portugal Italy Yugoslavia Switzerland Belgium Spain
Contestants Luxembourg 14 3 3 5 3
Netherlands 2 1 1
Norway 6 5 1
Denmark 4 1 3
Finland 9 3 3 3
Austria 11 5 1 5
France 14 1 3 5 3 1 1
United Kingdom 17 1 5 3 1 1 1 5
Germany 0
Monaco 15 3 5 3 1 3
Portugal 0
Italy 49 5 5 5 5 5 3 3 5 5 3 5
Yugoslavia 0
Switzerland 0
Belgium 2 1 1
Spain 1 1
The table is ordered by appearance

5 points[]

Below is a summary of all 5 points in the final:

N. Contestant Voting nation
8 Italy Austria, Belgium, Finland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, United Kingdom, Yugoslavia
2 Austria Italy, Spain
United Kingdom Norway, Switzerland
1 France Monaco
Luxembourg Germany
Monaco France
Norway Denmark

International broadcasts and voting[]

The table below shows the order in which votes were cast during the 1964 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.[2]

Voting order Country Spokespersons Commentator Broadcaster
01 File:Flag of Luxembourg.svg Luxembourg TBC Robert Beauvais Télé-Luxembourg
02 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands Pim Jacobs Ageeth Scherphuis NTS[6]
03 Flag of Norway.svg Norway Sverre Christophersen[7] Odd Grythe NRK[7]
04 Flag of Denmark.svg Denmark Pedro Biker No commentator DR TV
05 File:Flag of Finland.svg Finland Poppe Berg[8] Aarno Walli Suomen Televisio[9]
06 File:Flag of Austria.svg Austria Walter Richard Langer Willy Kralik ORF
07 Flag of France.svg France Claude Darget Robert Beauvais Première Chaîne RTF[10]
08 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom Desmond Carrington David Jacobs BBC TV
Tom Sloan BBC Light Programme
09 Flag of Germany.svg Germany Lia Wöhr Hermann Rockmann ARD Deutsches Fernsehen
10 File:Flag of Monaco.svg Monaco TBC Robert Beauvais Télé Monte Carlo
11 File:Flag of Portugal.svg.png Portugal Maria Manuela Furtado Gomes Ferreira[11] RTP
12 Flag of Italy.svg Italy Rosanna Vaudetti Renato Tagliani Programma Nazionale
13 File:Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg Yugoslavia TBC Miloje Orlović Televizija Beograd
Gordana Bonetti Televizija Zagreb
Tomaž Terček Televizija Ljubljana
14 File:Flag of Switzerland (Pantone).svg Switzerland Alexandre Burger Theodor Haller TV DRS
Georges Hardy TSR
Renato Tagliani TSI
15 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Belgium André Hagon Paule Herreman RTB[10]
Herman Verelst BRT
16 File:Flag of Spain (1945–1977).svg.png Spain Julio Rico Federico Gallo TVE[12]
- Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden (non participating country) Sven Lindahl Sveriges Radio-TV[13]


  1. Tivoli – Tivoli Gardens Copenhagen – Copenhagen Portal – Tourist Guide. Retrieved on 15 August 2011.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 "Eurovision Song Contest 1964". EBU. Retrieved 14 June 2012.
  3. The Lost Tapes: BBC documentary about wiping during the 60s, aired on BBC Three in 2009
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 4.12 4.13 4.14 4.15 "Conductors 1964". Retrieved 29 February 2016.
  5. "Eurovision Song Contest 1964". The Diggiloo Thrush. Retrieved 4 March 2012.
  6. "Dokumentaire over Schiermonnikoog". De Leeuwarder Courant (in Dutch). 23 March 1964.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Dyrseth, Seppo (OGAE Norway)
  8. "Selostajat ja taustalaulajat läpi vuosien? • Viisukuppila". Retrieved 10 August 2012.
  9. "Selostajat ja taustalaulajat läpi vuosien? • Viisukuppila". Retrieved 10 August 2012.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Christian Masson. "1964 - Copenhague". Retrieved 10 August 2012.
  11. Diário de Lisboa, 22 March 1964
  12. "FORO FESTIVAL DE EUROVISIÓN • Ver Tema - Uribarri comentarista Eurovision 2010". Retrieved 10 August 2012.
  13. Leif Thorsson. Melodifestivalen genom tiderna ["Melodifestivalen through time"] (2006), p. 48. Stockholm: Premium Publishing AB. ISBN 91-89136-29-2

External links[]

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