|Eurovision Song Contest 1964|
|Final||21 March 1964|
|Musical director||Kai Mortensen|
|Directed by||Poul Leth Sørensen|
|Executive supervisor||Miroslav Vilček|
|Host broadcaster||Danmarks Radio (DR)|
|Opening act||Tivoli Youth Guard|
|Number of entries||16|
|Voting system||Ten-member juries awarded points (5, 3 and 1) to their three favourite songs.|
|Winning song|| Italy|
"Non ho l'età"
The Eurovision Song Contest 1964 was the 9th edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Copenhagen, Denmark, following Grethe & Jørgen Ingmann's win at the 1963 contest in London, United Kingdom with the song "Dansevise". It was the first time the contest took place in Denmark - also marking the first time a Nordic country hosted the event. The contest was held at Tivolis Koncertsal on Saturday 21 March 1964, and was hosted by Lotte Wæver.
The winner was Italy with the song "Non ho l'età", performed by Gigliola Cinquetti, written by Nicola Salerno and composed by Mario Panzeri. This was Italy's first victory in the contest, which was the first victory for a Southern European country. At the age of 16 years and 92 days, Gigliola Cinquetti became the youngest winner of the contest yet; a record she held until 1986.
The host venue for the contest was Tivolis Koncertsal (Tivoli Concert Hall) in Denmark's capital city Copenhagen, which lies within Denmark's famous amusement park and pleasure garden Tivoli Gardens. The park, alluding by its name to the Jardin de Tivoli that existed in Paris, was opened on 15 August 1843, and is the second oldest amusement park in the world, after Dyrehavsbakken in nearby Klampenborg.
Each country had 10 jury members who distributed three points among their one, two, or three favourite songs. The points were totaled and the first, second, and third placed songs were awarded 5, 3, and 1 votes in order. If only one song got every point within the jury it would get all 9 points. If only two songs were chosen, the songs would get 6 and 3 points in order.
A political protest occurred after the Swiss entry: a man trespassed onto the stage holding a banner that read "Boycott Franco & Salazar". Whilst this was going on, television viewers were shown a shot of the scoreboard; once the man was removed the contest went on.
The immediate response of the Koncertsal audience to the Italian entry was markedly enthusiastic and prolonged and, most unusually for a contest performance, after leaving the stage Gigliola Cinquetti was allowed to return to take a second bow. Her performance was given an unscheduled repeat on British television the following afternoon. In the event, she won the most crushing victory in the history of the contest, with a score almost three times that of her nearest rival, a feat extremely unlikely ever to be beaten under the post-1974 scoring system.
As with the 1956 contest, no complete video recording of the actual contest performance was known to survive; however, unlike the 1956 contest (where the interval act is mostly missing), a complete audio recording does exist in the form of the DR radio broadcast. Some clips of the contest survive, including part of the opening ceremonies, including some of presenter Lotte Wævers welcoming remarks, as well as the majority of the repeat performance of "Non ho l'età" from the end of the broadcast. A copy of the entire contest is claimed to exist in the French television archives, although this is currently unconfirmed.  A persistent myth, even repeated on the official Eurovision site, is that the tape was destroyed in a fire in the 1970s. More recent interviews with DR, however, state that the broadcast was never recorded in the first place, allegedly due to no tape machines being available at the studio. The audio of the entire show, however, is still available online, and fan reconstructions using available clips, press-photos and other sources have been made. In 2013, fan channel ESCplus released the full reprise of the winning song in Germany, edited together using recently recovered footage from Germany.
Sweden did not participate because of a boycott by singers. They did however broadcast it. Portugal made its début in the contest, however they became the first country to score nul points on their début. Germany, Switzerland, and Yugoslavia also scored nul points for the first time. The Netherlands became the first country to send a singer of non-European ancestry, Anneke Grönloh was of Indonesian descent. The Spanish group Los TNT was the first group of three or more participants of the history of the ESC.
- Luxembourg – Jacques Denjean
- Netherlands – Dolf van der Linden
- Norway – Karsten Andersen
- Denmark – Kai Mortensen
- Finland – George de Godzinsky
- Austria – Johannes Fehring
- France – Franck Pourcel
- United Kingdom – Harry Rabinowitz
- Germany – Willy Berking
- Monaco – Michel Colombier
- Portugal – Kai Mortensen
- Italy – Gianfranco Monaldi
- Yugoslavia – Radivoje Spasić
- Switzerland – Fernando Paggi
- Belgium – Henri Segers
- Spain – Rafael Ibarbia
Below is a summary of all 5 points in the final:
|8||Italy||Austria, Belgium, Finland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, United Kingdom, Yugoslavia|
|United Kingdom||Norway, Switzerland|
Broadcasters, commentators and spokespersons
Listed below is the order in which votes were cast during the 1964 contest along with the spokesperson who was responsible for announcing the votes for their respective country.
- Luxembourg – TBC
- Netherlands – Pim Jacobs
- Norway – Sverre Christophersen
- Denmark – Pedro Biker
- Finland – Poppe Berg
- Austria – Walter Richard Langer
- France – Jean-Claude Massoulier
- United Kingdom – TBC
- Germany – Claudia Doren
- Monaco – TBC
- Portugal – Maria Manuela Furtado
- Italy – Rosanna Vaudetti
- Yugoslavia – Oliver Mlakar (Co-host of the 1990 contest)
- Switzerland – Alexandre Burger
- Belgium – Luc Beyer de Ryke
- Spain – Víctor Balaguer (Spanish representative in 1962)
Broadcasters and commentators
Each national broadcaster also sent a commentator to the contest, in order to provide coverage of the contest in their own native language.
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