Running Order: Recap of Eurovision Song Contest 1956

Welcome to Running Order, a new Eurovision Lemur series in which I, an ignorant American whose Song Contest knowledge only dates back to 2006, tries to get caught up on the whole of Eurovision history from the beginning.

I’ve always felt bad that I’ve never systematically gone back and watched all of the older shows. Not that I’m totally ignorant of the past: I’ve probably seen most of the shows from 1970 through 2005 at least once (although often only once). But I’ve almost totally ignored the 1950s and 1960s. That’s a lot of music I have been missing out on.

Until now. During Eurovision off-seasons, I will be (re)watching all of the pre-2006 Song Contests in order expand my Eurovision horizons. And also to bolster my Pantheon pages.

OK, so this may be a bit self-serving.

Of course, there is one drawback with starting with the beginning: the 1956 show only exists in audio form. This means means I won’t find any additions to the Misfires and Campiest Performances pages. (Lys Assia is already on the Divas page, of course.) So really, I’m just looking for some awesome songs to bestow a Seal of Approval upon.

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