The Eurovision Song Contest 1964 was the ninth Eurovision Song Contest. It was held in Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark after the Danish victory the previous year. Italy won the contest for their first time scoring 49 points with the song "Non ho l'età", performed by Gigliola Cinquetti.[1]


 [hide*1 Location


For more details on the host city, see Copenhagen.[1][2]"Tivolis Koncertsal"-Tivoli Concert Hall, Copenhagen - Host venue of the contest.

The host venue for the contest was Tivoli Concert Hall-Tivolis Koncertsal in Denmark's capital cityCopenhagen, 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 August 15, 1843, and is the second oldest amusement park in the world, after Dyrehavsbakken in nearby Klampenborg.[2]

Copenhagen has a strategic location and excellent infrastructure, with the largest airport in Scandinavia,[3] Kastrup, located 14 minutes by train from the city centre, making it a regional hub and a popular location for regional headquarters and conventions.[4]


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.[1]

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.[1] 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.[5]

Participating countries[edit]Edit

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.[1] The Spanish group Los TNT was the first group of three or more participants of the history of the ESC.

Returning artists[edit]Edit

One artist returned to the contest this year, Switzerland's Anita Traversi that represented the country in 1960.[1]



Draw Country Language[7] Artist Song English translation Place Points
01 Luxembourg French Hugues Aufray "Dès que le printemps revient" Once spring returns 4 14
02 Netherlands Dutch Anneke Grönloh "Jij bent mijn leven" You are my life 10 2
03 Norway Norwegian Arne Bendiksen "Spiral" 8 6
04 Denmark Danish Bjørn Tidmand "Sangen om dig" The song about you 9 4
05 Finland Finnish Lasse Mårtenson "Laiskotellen" Idling 7 9
06 Austria German Udo Jürgens "Warum nur warum?" Only why, why? 6 11
07 France French Rachel "Le chant de Mallory" Mallory's song 4 14
08 United Kingdom English Matt Monro "I Love the Little Things" 2 17
09 Germany German Nora Nova "Man gewöhnt sich so schnell an das Schöne" How quickly we get used to nice things 13 0
10 Monaco French Romuald "Où sont-elles passées" Where have they gone? 3 15
11 Portugal Portuguese António Calvário "Oração" Prayer 13 0
12 Italy Italian Gigliola Cinquetti "Non ho l'età" I'm not old enough 1 49
13 Yugoslavia Bosnian Sabahudin Kurt "Život je sklopio krug" Life has come full circle 13 0
14   Switzerland Italian Anita Traversi "I miei pensieri" My thoughts 13 0
15 Belgium French Robert Cogoi "Près de ma rivière" Nearby my river 10 2
16 Spain Spanish Tim, Nelly & Tony "Caracola" Conch 12 1


[3][4]Dutch contestant Anneke Grönloh's dress

Voting results
[5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16] [17] [18] [19] [20] [21]
[22] 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[edit]Edit

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[edit]Edit

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.[1]

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