||UK – Ronnie Carroll – Say Wonderful Things (English)
Music/Lyrics: Philip Green/Norman Newell
Conductor: Eric Robinson
In contrast to his first Eurovision entry the year before, this is a sincere ballad. Slightly dated perhaps, but still not unpleasant to listen to.
| Annie Palmen
||The Netherlands - Annie Palmen - Een Speeldoos (Dutch)
Music/Lyrics: Pieter Goemans/Pieter Goemans
Conductor: Dolf Van der Linden
One of four songs to score zero, the Dutch were starting to make a habit of either winning or finishing near the bottom. Drawn second, it possibly got lost among the plethora of ballads it was up against.
| Heidi Brühl
||Germany - Heidi Brühl – Marcel (German)
Music/Lyrics: Charly Niessen/Charly Niessen
Conductor: Willy Berking
The Germans were already showing that they were not afraid to be different and ‘Marcel’ works well. There is a slight circus feel to it but at least they are not stuck in the 1950s.
| Carmella Corren
||Austria - Carmela Corren - Vielleicht Geschieht Ein Wunder (German)
Music/Lyrics: Erwin Halletz/Peter Wehle
Conductor: Erwin Halletz
There are a few bursts of energy from the orchestra but other than that, this is quite an uneventful, steady ballad.
| Anita Thallaug
||Norway - Anita Thallaug – Solhverv (Norwegian)
Music/Lyrics: Dag Kristoffersen/Dag Kristoffersen
Conductor: Øivind Bergh
Sporting a very 1960s hair style, Anita has the ‘honour’ of scoring Norway’s first ‘nul points’. She can count herself as little unlucky. She sang this nice ballad very clearly.
| Emilio Pericoli
||Italy - Emilio Pericoli - Uno Per Tutte (Italian)
Music/Lyrics: Tony Renis/Alberto Testa and Giulio Rapetti
Conductor: Gigi Ciccherello
This is one of the most un-Italian songs they have ever entered, its cabaret style differing wildly from the traditional Italian sound. A brave song to try, but justified with the resulting third place.
| Laila Halme
||Finland - Laila Halme - Muistojeni Laulu (Finnish)
Music/Lyrics: Börje Sundgren/Börje Sundgren
Conductor: George de Godzinsky
The first and last 30 seconds of Finland’s third entry consists almost exclusively of “la-la-la”. In between, Laila sings a very gentle, inoffensive ballad.
| Grethe and Jørgen Ingmann
||Denmark - Grethe and Jørgen Ingmann – Dansevise (Danish)
Music/Lyrics: Otto Francker/Sejr Volmer-Sørensen
Conductor: Kai Mortensen
The husband and wife team gave Denmark and Scandinavia their first winner. Jurgen’s guitar arrangement makes the song distinctive from its competitors, managing to be different enough to stand out but not too different to annoy the more conservative jurors.
| Vice Vukov
||Yugoslavia - Vice Vukov – Brodovi (Serbo-Croat)
Music/Lyrics: Mario Nardelli/Mario Nardelli
Conductor: Miljenko Prohaska
Like their first two entries, this is an international style ballad, but this year, a male represented them for the first time. The arrangement is quite dramatic at times.
| Esther Ofarim
||Switzerland - Esther Ofarim - T'en Va Pas (French)
Music/Lyrics: Géo Voumard/Emile Gardaz
Conductor: Eric Robinson
The song which finished second (or was it first? We’ll never know) is a lovely ballad. It’s certainly a cut above most of its rivals, supported mainly by piano and strings.
| Alain Barrière
||France - Alain Barrière - Elle Était Si Jolie (French)
Music/Lyrics: Alain Barrière/Alain Barrière
Conductor: Franck Pourcel
OK, so France had already won twice by now, but this is arguably their best entry yet. A lovely ballad with a piano arrangement adding to its beauty.
| José Guardiola
||Spain - José Guardiola - Algo Prodigioso (Spanish)
Music/Lyrics: Fernando Garcia Morcillo/Camillo Murillo Janero
Conductor: Rafael Ibarbia
Not exactly third time lucky for Spain! ‘Algo Prodigioso’ wants to be a Spanish epic but doesn’t quite manage it.
| Monica Zetterlund
||Sweden - Monica Zetterlund - En Gång I Stockholm (Swedish)
Music/Lyrics: Bobbie Ericsson/Beppe Wolgers
Conductor: William Lind
Images of a Stockholm jazz club are conjured up listening to this. There were apparently no jazz fans on the juries as this didn’t score.
| Jacques Raymond
||Belgium - Jacques Raymond – Waarom (Flemish)
Music/Lyrics: Hans Flower/Wim Brabants
Conductor: Francis Bay
This is a ballad in the classic style. It’s neither particularly interesting nor particularly boring.
| Françoise Hardy
||Monaco - Françoise Hardy - L'amour S'en Va (French)
Music/Lyrics: Françoise Hardy/Françoise Hardy
Conductor: Raymond Lefévre
As with the preceding Belgian song, this is a ballad typical of the day but clearly appealed more to the juries. Depending on your taste, it’s either dull or pure class.
| Nana Mouskouri
||Luxembourg - Nana Mouskouri - A Force De Prier (French)
Music/Lyrics: Raymond Bernard/Pierre Delanoë
Conductor: Eric Robinson
Greek born star Nana was one of the many foreigners to represent Luxembourg. The principality had sent standard French ballads up to now; this is one of them but is slightly superior.