Sandra Kim

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Sandra Kim
Sandra Kim, 22 septembre 2012.jpg
Kim in 2012
Sandra Caldarone

(1972-10-15) 15 October 1972 (age 46)
Montegnée, Belgium

Sandra Caldarone (born 15 October 1972), better known as Sandra Kim, is a Belgian singer of Italian descent who won the Eurovision Song Contest 1986. Her father was an Italian immigrant from Torrebruna in the Province of Chieti in the Abruzzo region of Italy.[1]

Kim was born in Montegnée, near Liège, and started singing when she was seven. At the time of her Eurovision win, she was only 13 years old, making her the youngest winner of the contest, even though the lyrics of her song "J'aime la vie" ("I love life") claim her to be 15;[2] the Swiss petitioned to have the song disqualified after her real age was revealed. Kim also represented Belgium at the Yamaha Music Festival in Tokyo during the autumn of 1986 and sang the title song for the French animated television series Il était une fois... la vie. Kim's pop rock album Make Up was released on 12 May 2011, containing songs written by famous Belgian artists like Salvatore Adamo, Dani Klein (Vaya Con dios), Ozark Henry, Anthony Sinatra (Piano Club), Jacques Duval and David Bartholomé (Sharko).

Personal life[edit]

In 1994, Kim married Olivier Gerard. They divorced a year later.[3] She has been married to Jurgen Delanghe since 2001.[4]



  • J'aime la vie (1986, French)
  • Bien dans ma peau (1988, French)
  • Balance tout (1991, French) / Met open ogen (1991, Dutch)
  • Les Sixties (1993, French) / Sixties (1993, Dutch)
  • Onvergetelijk (1997, Dutch)
  • Heel diep in mijn hart (1998, Dutch, 2-track single)
  • Make Up (2011, English and French)

Singles (some)[edit]

  • "Tokyo Boy" (French)
  • "Bel me, schrijf me" (duet with Flemish singer Luc Steeno, Dutch)
  • "Anyway the Wind Blows" (2010, English)


  1. ^ "Spéciale Italie: gros plan sur la solidarité belge". 9 April 2009. Retrieved 27 August 2018.
  2. ^ O'Connor, John Kennedy. The Eurovision Song Contest - The Official History. Carlton Books, UK. 2007 ISBN 978-1-84442-994-3
  3. ^ Houbrechts, Dirk (December 2001). "Sandra Kim". The Belgian Pop & Rock Archives. Flanders Music Centre.
  4. ^ "Sandra Kim". Eurosong nieuwsbrief (in Dutch). DGW Internet Solutions. Archived from the original on 24 July 2011. Retrieved 10 January 2008. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Norway Bobbysocks!
with "La det swinge"
Winner of the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Republic of Ireland Johnny Logan
with "Hold Me Now"
Preceded by
Linda Lepomme
with "Laat me nu gaan"
Belgium in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Liliane Saint-Pierre
with "Soldiers of Love"

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