Special Sub-Topic: Eurovision: 1960
|Where was the 1960 Eurovision Song Contest held?
England. The Netherlands should have held it, but declined, so the UK stepped in to help. The competition was held in the Royal Festival Hall in London, England. Built for the 1951 Festival of Britain, the Hall was the first post-war Grade I listed building. It is the home of the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
|Which country won the 1960 Eurovision Song Contest?
France. France won with its song "Tom Pillibi". The song is sung by a woman about her lover, who she says has great riches, then adds that he's a total liar and really doesn't have what she claimed, but she loves him anyway. (The English-language version of the song just covered the part about him being a liar...)
|The UK's 1960 entry was a song called "Looking High, High, High". Who sang it?
Bryan Johnson. Bryan Johnson, born in 1926, was an actor who also sang. He was the brother of singer Teddy Johnson.
Opie is an operatic baratone, while Grant is a reggae singer.
|One country sang its entry in a language not used before. Which country did this?
Luxembourg. Luxembourg sang its entry "So laang we's du do bast" ("As Long as You are There") in Luxembourgish. Yes, that really is a language, one of the High German languages, found in the west central region of Germany and parts of Belgium and France as well in Luxembourg.
|How many entries in the 1960 Eurovision Song Contest were sung in French?
three. Three entries were sung in French. They were
Belgium - "Mon amour pour toi" ("My Love for You")
France - "Tom Pillibi" (no translation) and
Monaco - "Ce soir-la" ("That Night")
|For one country, the 1960 contest was its first. Which country was this?
Norway. Norway took part this year for the first time. Their entry, "Voi Voi" (no translation), placed joint fourth with eleven points.
|One country returned to Eurovision after staying out for at least one cycle. Which country came back?
Luxembourg. Luxembourg returned after a one-year absence. Their entry, "So laang we's du do bast" (As Long as You are There") bottomed out in thirteenth position, with one point having been awarded by Italy.
|Who was the presenter at the 1960 Eurovision Song Contest?
Katie Boyle. Katie Boyle presented the competition for the first time. She began her career as a model and actress, became famous in the UK for presenting the Eurovision competition, and holds the dubious distinction of being the first, and, as of 2009, only, contestant to vote herself off the game show "The Weakest Link" (hosted by Anne Robinson).
|There's always a halftime - what was the entertainment for the halftime of the 1960 Eurovision Song Contest?
Eric Robinson's Orchestra. Eric Robinson and his orchestra entertained the British television public once a month. The programme, "Music for You", was broadcast live on a Wednesday evening.
Gordon Murray is a puppeteer, Lewis Ganson was a magician and Dave Allen was a comedian.
|Thirteen countries vied for the 1960 Eurovision Song crown. That there should have been a 1st position, 2nd position, 3rd etc, all the way to 13th, right? Wrong - or is it? How many countries, if any, tied for position?
six. Six countries tied for three positions. Norway and Germany tied for fourth position. Switzerland and Italy vied for eighth, and Sweden and Denmark tied for tenth position.
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