Lys Assia

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Lys Assia
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Lys Assia (2012)
Background information
Birth name Rosa Mina Schärer
Born (1924-03-03) 3 March 1924 (age 90)
Origin Aargau, Switzerland
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1942–present

Lys Assia (born Rosa Mina Schärer; 3 March 1924, Rupperswil, Aargau, Switzerland) is a Swiss singer who won the first Eurovision Song Contest in 1956. When Assia was a young girl she was a dancer. In 1940, however, she stood in for a female singer. People who heard her singing liked it, so she changed from dancing to singing.

In 1956 she was the winner of the very first Eurovision Song Contest, in which she sang for Switzerland. She had also been in the German national final of that year and returned to the contest again for Switzerland in 1957 and 1958. Schärer married Johann Heinrich Kunz on 11 January 1957 in Zürich. Kunz died just nine months later after battling a serious illness.[citation needed]

In September 2011, Assia entered her song "C'était ma vie" written by Ralph Siegel and Jean Paul Cara into the Swiss national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan.[1][2] The song, however, only came eighth in a closely fought national selection. She attended the event in Baku as a guest of honour.[3]

In 2012, Assia entered the Swiss National Final Die grosse Entscheidungs Show to represent Switzerland in Malmö at the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 with the song "All In Your Head" featuring the hip-hop band New Jack.[4] There were rumours of Assia representing San Marino, however it was announced on 30 January 2013 that Valentina Monetta would represent San Marino.[5]

In 1957 she became the first artist in the Eurovision Song Contest to perform in the contest on her birthday. It took 30 years for a repeat occurrence with Sanja Doležal, lead singer from Novi fosili group, representing Yugoslavia in 1987.[citation needed]

Discography[edit]

Lys Assia at Eurovision Song Contest 1958

References[edit]

  1. ^ "First Eurovision winner Lys Assia submitted a song in the Swiss selection". Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Lys Assia". Les archives de la Radio télévision suisse (in French) (Radio télévision suisse). Le projet de numérisation des archives de la RTS. 6 November 2011. Retrieved 23 May 2013. "Document" 

    En 2012, une chanteuse de 87 ans décide de représenter une nouvelle fois la Suisse au Concours Eurovision de la Chanson. Ce n'est pas une inconnue : Lys Assia n'est autre que l'interprète de Refrain, premier Grand Prix de ce concours en 1956, qui avait permis à la Suisse de remporter sa première victoire.

  3. ^ Verena Teuber. Eurovision weekend held in Berlin from 3 August-5 August. OGAE Germany. 1 July 2012.
  4. ^ "Switzerland: Lys Assia’s 2013 entry previewed". escXtra. Retrieved 19 December 2012. 
  5. ^ Roxburgh, Gordon (30 January 2013). "It's Valentina Monetta again for San Marino". EBU. Retrieved 5 February 2013. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
None
Winner of the Eurovision Song Contest
1956
Succeeded by
Netherlands Corry Brokken
with "Net als toen"
Preceded by
Debut entry
Switzerland in the Eurovision Song Contest
1956
with "Das alte Karussell" and
"Refrain"
1957
with "L'enfant que j'étais",
1958
with "Giorgio"
Succeeded by
Christa Williams
with "Irgendwoher"