- Eurovision Song Contest 1958
name = Eurovision Song Contest 1958
12 March 1958
Dolf van der Linden
host = flagicon|Netherlands NTS
venue = AVRO Studios,
winner = flag|France
Dors, Mon Amour"
vote = Each country had 10 jury members who each awarded 1 point to their favourite song.
entries = 10
debut = flag|Sweden
return = None
withdraw = flag|United Kingdom
null = None
con = Eurovision Song Contest
pre = ◄1957
nex = 1959►The Eurovision Song Contest 1958 was the 3rd
Eurovision Song Contest. The convention that the winning country from a year hosted the following year's contest was introduced in this year. France's win was their first. It was the last time to date that the United Kingdom did not enter the contest. Unlike the competitions in 1956 and 1957, countries were now limited to entering a single song, which has remained the policy to date. Together with 1956, it is the only contest that has not featured a single song in the English language.
Sweden, a country that would later be one of the most successful in the contest, debuted this year.
The juries were not in the studio like in 1956. Like in 1957, this year they stayed in their own countries, listening to the event. Once the songs had all been sung, juries sent their results via
telephone. The Italian entry was not picked up properly in some of the other countries, which meant that after all the other songs had been presented, Domenico Modugnohad to sing it again. Later on, it became very successful in the United States, where it has become commonly known as Volare, and got two Grammy Awards. It is one of few Eurovision songs that has reached #1 at the US singles charts. At the 50th anniversary show "Congratulations" in 2005, it was elected the 2nd best Eurovision entry ever.
The interval acts was music by the
Metropole Orkest, under the lead of conductor Dolf van der Linden. This year, there were two interval acts; one in the middle, one after all the songs were played. Francewon the contest for the first time.
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