Today Lys Assia is able to celebrate her 90 year birthday looking back on a glorious career. She has earned herself the nickname Eurovision's Grand Dame winning the very first edition of the contest held in 1956. Age is not stopping Lys, who is still going strong.
She represented the Netherlands in 1956 with the song De Vogels Van Holland and she was the first artist to perform at the first Eurovision Song Contest which was hosted in the Swiss resort of Lugano. She died yesterday in Amstelveen at the age of 92.
The group Takasa, representing Switzerland at this year's Eurovision Song Contest, found some time to answer our questions right after one of their rehearsals in Malmö and they even delighted us singing a typical Swiss song. You can see it in this video interview, which has been recorded in 3D.
After many speculations Lys Assia has now issued a press release stating that she will not be representing another country, as things looks right now, but that she is negotiating about playing some kind of role at the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest.
The very first winner of the Eurovision Song Contest, Lys Assia failed to reach this season's Swiss national final and thereby it looked like 2013 wouldn't be the year where we saw Lys back on the Eurovision stage fighting to win the trophy. Yesterday rumours however spread fast claiming her to represent San Marino instead, and today Lys answered back.
Melodifestivaklubben OGAE Sweden held its annual convention outside the town of Eskilstuna on Saturday the 13th of October. The 120+ crowd got a chance to see and meet up with the first Eurovision winner Lys Assia and the former ESC entrants Sinpus, Joan Franka, Birgitta Haukdal, Esther Hart and also a handful of former participants from Melodifestivalen.
The deadline for submissions for the Swiss national selections came to a close yesterday, with a sizeable downturn in entries registered compared to last year. The list of submitted entries includes some suprising names and shows considerable overseas interest.