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Poupée De Cire, Poupée De Son
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Draw Position 15, Final Position 1, Points (Final) 32

 "Poupée de cire, poupée de son" (English: Doll of wax, doll of sawdust) was the winning entry in the Eurovision Song Contest of 1965. It was performed in French by French singer France Gall, representing Luxembourg.

Composed by Serge Gainsbourg, it was the first song to win Eurovision that was not a ballad. It was nominated as one of the fourteen best Eurovision songs of all time at the Congratulations special held in October 2005.

As is common with Gainsbourg's lyrics, the words are filled with double meanings, wordplay, and puns. The title can be translated as "Wax doll, Sawdust doll" (a floppy doll stuffed with sawdust) or as "Doll of wax, Doll of sound" (with implications that Gall is a "singing doll" controlled by Gainsbourg).

Sylvie Simmons wrote that the song is about "the ironies and incongruities inherent in baby pop"--that "the songs young people turn to for help in their first attempts at discovering what life and love are about are sung by people too young and inexperienced themselves to be of much assistance, and condemned by their celebrity to be unlikely to soon find out."

This sense of being a "singing doll" for Gainsbourg reached a peak when he wrote "Les Sucettes" ("Lollipops") for Gall.

The day after her Eurovision victory the single had sold 16,000 copies in France, four months later it had sold more than 500,000 copies.

At the close of voting, it had received 32 points, placing first in a field of 18.

It was succeeded as Luxembourgish representative at the 1966 Contest by Michèle Torr with "Ce soir je t'attendais".

The French public retrospectively reproached Gall and Gainsbourg for having represented [and won for] Luxembourg and not for their own country.

Two years later Sandie Shaw entered and won with another puppet themed song, "Puppet on a String".

 

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