2nd Eurovision Song Contest
Net Als Toen (Corry Brokken) - The Netherlands
The 2nd Eurovision Song Contest was held at the Großer Sendesaal des Hessischen Rundfunks in Frankfurt am Main, West Germany, on Sunday, 3rd of March 1957 and it was won by The Netherlands, with the song "Net Als Toen" sung in Dutch by Corry Brokken who had already represented her country the previous year. This was the first of The Netherlands’s four victories to date, the other ones being 1959, 1969 and 1975. France came second and Denmark third.
The rule that the winning country would host the next year did not exist yet and it seems the initial idea was that each participating country would take it in turns to host it. So the fact that Germany did host the show in 1957 had actually nothing to do with their coming in second place the previous year as it has been suggested by some, mainly and among other reasons because the scores from 1956 were never made public.
Like the first contest this was mainly a radio program, however, there were already more televisions and therefore more people could see, and not just hear the show. The United Kingdom, Austria and Denmark which couldn't make it in time the previous year, did this time join the seven participating countries from the first contest making it a total ten.
The second contest saw new rules introduced and some changed. From this year each participant country would only perform one song. Duos were allowed to compete (This year’s Danish representatives being the first duo ever) but no groups. This rule was not changed until 1970. From this year too, the juries could not vote for their own song and they could be contacted by phone in case there were not present at the show. But most important of all, after lots of criticisms for the secrecy and lack of information on the previous year’s voting, this year’s voting process was broadcasted in its totality and, to the audience’s excitement, they could hear each country’s juries giving their votes, live! The EBU would soon discover that this part of the show was as intriguing and interesting, if not more, than the performances themselves. The voting would become one of the Eurovision Song Contest’s trademarks.
Apart from the winning artist, Corry Brokken, the second Eurovision Contest saw also the return of Lys Assia, the previous and first ever winner, who could not repeat her success and ended only 8th.
See you in Hilversum for the 3rd Eurovisión Son Contest in 1958