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The Eurovision Song Contest 1961 was the 6th in the long running annual show. Because of Jacqueline Boyer's win with Tom Pillibi, the contest returned to Cannes for a second time. Jacqueline Joubert hosted for a second time, the last time being in 1959 when the contest was held in Cannes before.

The number of participating delegates is rising, so the aura and atmosphere of the competition is increasing. This led to the contest, and the following ones being held on a Saturday night as more and more families started to tune in to the show - with a television! Spain, SFR Yugoslavia and Finland made their debuts. The United Kingdom placed second for the second time in a row with Are You Sure? by The Allisons. This contest was the first to have multiple last placers.

Participants

Draw Country Artist Song Language Translation Place Points
01 IconSpain Spain Conchita Bautista Estando contigo Spanish Being with you 9 8
02 IconMonaco Monaco Colette Deréal Allons, allons les enfants French Let's go, let's go, children 10 6
03 IconAustria Austria Jimmy Makulis Sehnsucht German Longing 15 1
04 IconFinland Finland Laila Kinnunen Valoa ikkunassa Finnish Light in the window 10 6
05 IconYugoslavia Yugoslavia Ljiljana Petrović Neke davne zvezde Serbian Some distant stars 8 9
06 IconThe Netherlands The Netherlands Greetje Kauffeld Wat een dag Dutch What a day 10 6
07 IconSweden Sweden Lill-Babs April, April Swedish -- 14 2
08 IconGermany Germany Lale Andersen Einmal sehen wir uns wieder German We'll see each other once again 13 3
09 IconFrance France Jean-Paul Mauric Printemps, avril carillonne French Springtime, April rings 4 13
10 IconSwitzerland Switzerland Franca di Rienzo Nous aurons demain Tomorrow, we'll have 3 16
11 IconBelgium Belgium Emilius Wagemans September, gouden roos Dutch September, golden rose 15 1
12 IconNorway Norway Nora Brockstedt Sommer i Palma Norwegian Summer in Palma 7 10
13 IconDenmark Denmark Dario Campeotto Angelique Danish -- 5 12
14 IconLuxembourg Luxembourg Jean-Claude Pascal Nous les amoureux French We, the lovers 1 31
15 IconUnited Kingdom United Kingdom The Allisons Are You Sure? English -- 2 24
16 IconItaly Italy Betty Curtis Al di là Italian Beyond 5 12
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