Special Sub-Topic: Eurovision: 1957
|Where was the 1957 "Eurovision Song Contest" held?
Germany. The competition took place at the Grosser Sendesaal des Hessischen Rundfunks in Frankfurt, Germany. Deutsches Fernsehen ARD was the host television company, although most of the audience still were listening on radio rather than television. Deutches Fernsehen ARD, now known as "Das Erste" ("The First"), is a German public television station, and first broadcast nationwide on 1 November 1954.
|Which country won the 1957 "Eurovision Song Contest"?
The Netherlands. The Netherlands won with their entry "Net als toen" ("Just Like Then"). The song is a woman asking her husband if he remembers when their marriage still had romance. It was composed by Guus Jansen, with lyrics by Willy van Hemert.
|The UK's 1957 entry was a song called "All". Who sang it?
Patricia Bredin. Patricia Bredin is a British actress and singer whose accomplishments include co-starring in "The Desert Mice" with Sid James and also taking over the role of Guenevere from Julie Andrews in the Broadway stage version of Camelot. At one minute fifty-two seconds the UK entry was far shorter than the average Eurovision entry.
|Something about one entry was the longest yet seen. What "longest" occured with this entry?|
kiss. It was a kiss. Duos were allowed this year, and the Danish entry, performed by Birthe Wilke and Gustav Winckler had them kissing at the end of the song. They were supposed to be cued to end the kiss, but the production person responsible for giving the cue forgot...
|How many entries in the 1957 "Eurovision Song Contest" were sung in French?
three. Three of the entries were sung in French. They were:
France - "La belle amour" ("Beautiful Love")
Luxembourg - "Amours mortes (tant de peine)" ("Dead Love (So Much Sorrow)") and
Switzerland - "L'enfant que j'etais" ("The Child I Was").
|While it was suggested that "Eurovision Song Contest" entries not exceed three minutes in length, the 1957 competition saw some discord when one song was not disqualified despite being longer. Whose long entry stirred up resentment?|
Italy. Italy's entry, "Corde della mia chitarra" ("Strings of My Guitar") ran for five minutes nine seconds. It's rather ironic that this song, the longest in the history of the competition, was performed immediately following the shortest in the history of the competition. Needless to say, by the next year a rule was instituted limiting songs to three minutes thirty seconds, later amended to just three minutes.
|How many countries started their "Eurovision Song Contest" career at the 1957 competition?
three. Three countries joined the competition this year. Denmark's "Skibet skal sejle i nat" ("The Ship Will Sail Tonight") placed third. The United Kingdom came in seventh with their entry, "All", while poor Austria took last place with their "Wohin, kleines Pony?" ("Where, Little Pony?").
|Who was the presenter at the 1957 Eurovision Song Contest?
Anaid Iplicjian. Anaid Iplicjian presented the show. Born in Croatia, she has acted in numerous films and television programmes.
The others are all European television presenters.
|There's always a halftime - what was the entertainment for the halftime of the 1957 Eurovision Song Contest?
there wasn't any halftime show. There was no halftime show this year.
Heinz Schroder was a German puppeteer, Kerry Christensen is an American yodeler and The Flying Wallendas are a circus act.
|Ten countries vied for the 1957 "Eurovision Song" crown. That there should have been a 1st position, 2nd position, 3rd etc, all the way to 11th, right? Wrong - or is it? How many countries, if any, tied for position?
four. Four countried tied for two positions. Luxembourg and Germany tied for fourth position with eight points each, while Belgium and Switzerland vied for eighth place with five points each.
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