1957: I ♥ The Eurovision Song Contest

Eurovision 1957 Songs

The second Eurovision Song Contest in 1957 was held in Frankfurt, West Germany and was apparently still a ‘radio show’ but also being filmed at the same time. Thankfully, this time, the ‘tapes’ weren’t lost by some idiot so we still have them today.

There were 10 countries competing and this year saw the first time the United Kingdom take part. It was the first time duos were allowed to enter, there was a song that was over 5 minutes long and there was also the longest Eurovision kiss ever. Wow – all this and it’s only the second contest!

The United Kingdom were represented by Patricia Bredin with a song called “All”. Someone really ought to have told this lady that The Wizard Of Oz was 20 years ago and this was not an audtion for Glinda The Good Witch.

Belgium were next with a song called “Straatdeuntje” from Bobbejaan Schoepen. All I want to say to this man is stop f***ing whistling and take your hands out your pockets! The song may translate as “Street Tune” but you’re not on the street now – this is Eurovision! Oh yeah, and what’s the deal with your hair Bob?

Danièle Dupré from Luxembourg sang “Amours mortes (tant de peine)” or for the non French speakers – “Dead love (so much sorrow)”. She’s got a look of Lady Gaga about her but she really needs to work on her dance moves – swaying around will get you nowhere sweetheart!

The Italian entry was performed by a man called Nunzio Gallo with the song “Corde della mia chitarra” (Strings Of My Guitar). This was the one that was over 5 minutes long – probably because the guitar man spent over a minute plucking his strings before the singing even began. Was it worth the wait? No, not really – his bow-tie was the most exciting thing about the whole thing!

Austria’s song title was ace! “Wohin, kleines Pony?” (Where to, little pony?) and was sung by Bob Martin (not the pet man Bob). What a cheery man and what a happy song. I wonder where Bob and his pony ended up?

Margot Hielscher from Germany sang about a telephone in the form of “Telefon, Telefon”. If she had teamed up with the girl from Luxembourg we could have had an olden days version of Beyonce & Lady Gaga.

France’s entry came from Paule Desjardins with a song called “La belle amour” (Beautiful Love). She’s showing a bit too much cleavage for those days in my opinion. Put them away Paule – no one wants to see your beautiful love!

The first ever duo came from Denmark in the shape of Birthe Wilke & Gustav Winckler singing “Skibet skal sejle i nat” (The ship will sail tonight). It looks like these two were the first people to raid the dressing up box at Eurovision.

After winning the contest the previous year Lys Assia thought she would try again for Switzerland singing “L’enfant que j’étais” (The child I was). Sadly her winning streak as well as her youth was truly over as she finished 8th.

And the winners? Corry Brokken from The Netherlands returned and took the prize with a song called “Net als toen” (Just like then) – not to be confused with Tommy Cooper’s “Just Like That”. Well done Corry!

Eurovision 1957 Full Contest

If that’s not enough for you and you want more – there is a recording of the full performance!

What was your favourite? Let me know in the comments below or get me on Twitter @PopAndTalk

1956: I ♥ THE EUROVISION SONG CONTEST

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