Eurovision Review – 1965: An invasion of women

The victory of squeeky little Gigliola brought the contest for the first time to Italy, thankfully in an era were nobody had yet heard of Toto Cutugno and so the evening went along smoothly. Pop music had started to surface and being a platform for contemporary music ESC would soon start to see the first symptoms of the future of music. Thank. God.

Gigliola had made a clear impact and a lot of countries were represented by young women who thankfully had decided not to copy last year’s winner. Some still got stuck in the remains of the musical past (Switzerland with a Piaf copy, Denmark with a funeral hymn, Norway with yet another kindergarten song, Belgium without identity – but well done to us for finally sending a woman to represent us!), others went for their national sound (Portugal with something very dramatic, Spain with something very latino) and others listened to what was going on in charts at the time. Monaco sadly chose the wrong singer for quite a modern song and Germany’s singer couldn’t seem to keep up with the timing in her melody so that leaves us with three real contenders – but that’s for later on.

The men had learnt something as well it seems and didn’t go for the obvious grand gestures but rather smooth songs with beautiful atmosphere. France however had to count on a singer who couldn’t really sing, while Sweden and Yugoslavia had singers who tried a tad too hard and ruined their rather fabulous songs by drowning out all emotions. No, give us the Italian, Finnish, Austrian and Irish singers any day with their heartfelt and well timed renditions of their fragile love songs.

The real star of the night would not be France Gall but the man who was responsible for her success. Serge Gainsbourg must be one of the most genius of all people who ever had anything to do with Eurovision (songwise) and deserves our eternal gratitude for sculpting music the way he did. He changed the music scene forever and he did it brilliantly.

But does that mean the complete package convinced Dimivision? Find out now:

1 point: Spain
2 points: Yugoslavia
3 points: Germany
4 points: Austria
5 points: Finland
6 points: Italy
7 points: Ireland

8 points: Netherlands – Het is genoeg

A swinging opening, bongo drums inclusive! Conny Van Den Bos sings it superbly, and her sparkling personality shines through while holding on to the quite sassy lyrics. Spicy, and me likey.

10 points: Luxembourg – Poupée de cire, poupée de son

Now, this is a difficult one for me. It’s a classic and it’s written brilliantly, but I just can’t ignore the fact that ms. Gall annoys the bloody hell out of me with her squeaky voice and immature composure. Yes, she was only 17 at the time but she sounds only 12 and she sings terribly quite honestly. So no douze points from moi.

12 points: United Kingdom – I belong

I’m ashamed to say I had never heard this nor her before I put on this DVD. Then, while doing my research I discovered this little lady was fierce competition for my beloved Dusty Springfield and I have to say: darling knows how to sing! I belong is not the best song ever to have graced Eurovision but is bubbly enough and ms. Kathy Kirby does a marvellous job of selling it. I often feel the United Kingdom are overestimated in ESC context but in this case they should have walked with it.

No change at the top, but United Kingdom is coming dangerously close. Mind you, it will not look like this forever – oh no…

1             Netherlands  66
2             United Kingdom 64 (2)
3             Italy 56 (2)
4             France 52 (1)
5             Denmark 40 (2)
6             Luxembourg 40 (1)
7             Switzerland 37
8             Germany 36 (1)
9             Sweden 34
10           Monaco 32

Only two to go and we’re done with black and white – can’t wait.


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Overly opinionated. Slightly off my rocker. There's no such thing as a guilty pleasure.

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