The Eurovision Song Contest 1957 was the second edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. It was held on Sunday 3 March 1957 in Frankfurt-am-Main, West Germany. It was won by the Netherlands with “Net als toen”, performed by Corry Brokken. Like the first 1956 edition, this one was still mainly a radio programme, but there was a noticeable increase in the number of people with televisions.
For some time, a rumour had existed that the privilege of hosting the 1957 contest was given to Germany because they had come in second place in 1956 with “Im Wartesaal zum großen Glück” by Walter Andreas Schwarz. In fact, not only were the official 1956 scores withheld, but the rule stating that the winning nation hosts the next year’s Eurovision Song Contest had not yet been conceived. It was planned at the time that each participating country would take it in turns to host the event. However, as more countries wished to participate, this became impractical.
After being devastated in the Second World War during the early 1940s, Frankfurt rebuilt itself well into the 1950s into one of Europe’s most prominent financial centres. With investments coming in from both national and international financial institutions, 1957, the year of the contest, already saw the first of Frankfurt’s high-rise business buildings.
In this year’s contest the Italian entry lasted for 5:09 minutes, whilst the UK’s entry lasted for only 1:52 minutes. It was because of songs like the former that a rule was eventually introduced restricting each song to a maximum of 3 minutes; this rule still applies.
In a change of rules from the previous year’s contest, duos were allowed to compete. Danish representatives, Birthe Wilke and Gustav Winckler, were the first of such acts to participate under this rule change. At the end of their performance, the couple exchanged the longest kiss in the contest’s history, although only people with televisions could actually see it. This was due to a member of the production staff forgetting to give a pre-arranged sign that the kiss should end.
This was the first year where the juries were contacted by telephone. It was also the first time the Netherlands won the contest. Another notable change was that the national juries could not vote for their own song, a rule which would be continued throughout the contest’s subsequent history.
Each performance had a conductor who maestro the orchestra.
- Belgium – Willy Berking
- Luxembourg – Willy Berking
- United Kingdom – Eric Robinson
- Italy – Armando Trovajoli
- Austria – Carl de Groof
- Netherlands – Dolf van der Linden
- Germany – Willy Berking
- France – Paul Durand
- Denmark – Kai Mortensen
- Switzerland – Willy Berking
The contest saw the return of two artists who had participated in the previous edition of the contest. Corry Brokken for Netherlands; and Lys Assia for Switzerland.
|01||Belgium||Dutch||Bobbejaan Schoepen||Straatdeuntje||Street tune||8||5|
|02||Luxembourg||French||Danièle Dupré||Amours mortes (tant de peine)||Dead love (so much sorrow)||5||8|
|03||United Kingdom||English||Patricia Bredin||All||–||7||6|
|04||Italy||Italian||Nunzio Gallo||Corde della mia chitarra||Strings of my guitar||6||7|
|05||Austria||German||Bob Martin||Wohin, kleines Pony?||Where to, little pony?||10||3|
|06||Netherlands||Dutch||Corry Brokken||Net als toen||Just like then||1||31|
|07||Germany||German||Margot Hielscher||Telefon, Telefon||Telephone, telephone||4||8|
|08||France||French||Paule Desjardins||La belle amour||Beautiful love||2||17|
|09||Denmark||Danish||Birthe Wilke & Gustav Winckler||Skibet skal sejle i nat||The ship will sail tonight||3||10|
|10||Switzerland||French||Lys Assia||L’enfant que j’étais||The child I was||8||5|
International broadcasts and voting
The table below shows the order in which votes were cast during the 1957 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