Every Monday for the next few weeks, we will be looking back at former participating nations at the Eurovision Song Contest. This week, we look back at Luxembourg, a country that competed 37 times – the last in 1993, when Eastern expansion started to take place.
Luxembourg debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest back in 1956, when the Contest was held in Lugano, Switzerland. Switzerland was one of seven countries making their debut in 1956, the inaugural Contest. Michele Arnaud represented Luxembourg in 1956 with her entries “Ne crois pas” and “Les amants de minuit”.
While participating in the Contest, Luxembourg have chosen to sing predominately in French. While French was the main choice, we have also seen English and Luxembourgish partially used too on rare occasions.
In 1961, 1965, 1972, 1973 and 1983 Luxembourg took victory at the Eurovision Song Contest. In 1961, Jean-Claude Pascal took victory with “Nous les amoureux”. In 1965, France Gall took victory with “Poupee de cire, poupee de son”, one of Luxembourg’s most famous victories.
In 1972, Vicky Leandros took victory with “Aires toi”. In 1983, Corinne Hermes took Luxembourg’s final victory with “Si la vie est cadeau”. In 1973 however, Anne-Marie David took another famous victory with “Tu te reconnaitras”.
Video: YouTube/Jack McHammer
Luxembourg have not participated in the Eurovision Song Contest since they last entered in 1993, in Millstreet. RTL have yet to show an interest in returning, while the government have received several petitions over time asking for the nations return. Only time will tell if the Grand Duchy will make a return.
Author: Richard Taylor
Source: Eurovision Ireland