The Eurovision Song Contest 1961 was the 6th in the long running annual show. Because of Jacqueline Boyer's win with Tom Pillibi, the contest returned to Cannes for a second time. Jacqueline Joubert hosted for a second time, the last time being in 1959 when the contest was held in Cannes before.

The number of participating delegates is rising, so the aura and atmosphere of the competition is increasing. This led to the contest, and the following ones being held on a Saturday night as more and more families started to tune in to the show - with a television! Spain, SFR Yugoslavia and Finland made their debuts. The United Kingdom placed second for the second time in a row with Are You Sure? by The Allisons. This contest was the first to have multiple last placers.


Draw Country Artist Song Language Translation Place Points
01 Flag of Spain Spain Conchita Bautista Estando contigo Spanish Being with you 9 8
02 Flag of Monaco Monaco Colette Deréal Allons, allons les enfants French Let's go, let's go, children 10 6
03 Flag of Austria Austria Jimmy Makulis Sehnsucht German Longing 15 1
04 Flag of Finland Finland Laila Kinnunen Valoa ikkunassa Finnish Light in the window 10 6
05 Flag of SFR Yugoslavia Yugoslavia Ljiljana Petrović Neke davne zvezde Serbian Some distant stars 8 9
06 Flag of the Netherlands The Netherlands Greetje Kauffeld Wat een dag Dutch What a day 10 6
07 Flag of Sweden Sweden Lill-Babs April, April Swedish -- 14 2
08 Flag of Germany Germany Lale Andersen Einmal sehen wir uns wieder German We'll see each other once again 13 3
09 France France Jean-Paul Mauric Printemps, avril carillonne French Springtime, April rings 4 13
10 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland Franca di Rienzo Nous aurons demain Tomorrow, we'll have 3 16
11 Flag of Belgium Belgium Emilius Wagemans September, gouden roos Dutch September, golden rose 15 1
12 Norway Norway Nora Brockstedt Sommer i Palma Norwegian Summer in Palma 7 10
13 Flag of Denmark Denmark Dario Campeotto Angelique Danish -- 5 12
14 Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg Jean-Claude Pascal Nous les amoureux French We, the lovers 1 31
15 Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom The Allisons Are You Sure? English -- 2 24
16 Flag of Italy Italy Betty Curtis Al di là Italian Beyond 5 12