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Alexandru Busa


29/Sep 2011 at 12:56

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Lys Assia (Switzerland) - © EBU

First Eurovision winner

Lys Assia submitted a song in the Swiss selection

Lys Assia, the first winner of the Eurovision Song Contest, has submitted a song in the Swiss online selection for Die Grosse Entscheidungsshow. Assia won the first edition of Europe's favorite TV show hosted by Switzerland in 1956 and she will try to represent her country in Baku with a song written by Ralph Siegel who also penned the German winning entry of the Eurovision Song Contest 1982.

One day before the official deadline to submit an entry in the online selection conducted by the Swiss broadcaster SF for Die Grosse Entscheidungsshow, the first winner of the Eurovision Song Contest Lys Assia decided to submit a song written by Ralph Siegel who was responsible for the German victory at the Eurovision Song Contest 1982. 

Lys Assia will compete for one spot in the televised final of the Swiss national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 with the song C'est ma vie. A mix of 50% online voting and 50% expert jury voting will decide upon the six acts that will qualify for the grand final of Die Grosse Entscheidungsshow.

Switzerland hosted the first edition of the Eurovision Song Contest in 1956 when Lys Assia won the big trophy representing her home country with the song Refrain

You can listen to Lys Assia's song C'est mai vie by clicking on this link

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Marianna . [53533]
Sun 2 Oct 2011 18:35:11

It is great, but also surprising that this lady still shows interest in ESC. Unfortunately, competition has changed a lot of her time.
Disappearance of live orchestra is most significant loss. :(

All the best for your life in the future, Lys Assia ! (L)

Kostas Stat-hero-s [64036]
Sun 2 Oct 2011 09:15:33

Well,this is a surpise!but is it good or bad for Lys?
Firstly,Lys is the first esc winner,participated 3 times and
loves eurovision till now,after 58 years!Let's think,why did
Lys want to participate again?to win?of course not.she is not crazy to believe that an 85-years old woman with a dated ballad can win eurovision in the 21th century!so why?for glory maybe?
of course not,she had too glory already.for popularity?no!
so,it is from true passion and love for this contest!!!
She is one of true spirits of Esc!!She doesn't want to win or to
become popular,she just want to do the same thing that did when she was just 22!!

1th Eurovision to 58th Eurovision;
how many changes have happened to this contest till now?
how many years of story?how many songs?
but after 58 years eurovision had become better???
Most of the people would answer NO!
Lys,is one of the people who lived Eurovision from the begin
when esc was a baby and she was her mum!
When Lys comes back.that means she loves eurovision and believe the contest is still fine!

So guys,if you believe that eurovision is becoming a contest with pop singers,with no true songs with no true music protect it!We can save's not too late!
So,let's all vote for Lys!!!We can change this thing guys!
let's prove that we,eurofans, love quality!!!
Who of you won't help your mother?
It's a shame.

Alexandros Roussos [16979]
Sun 2 Oct 2011 06:12:36

Ιf Lys returns to the ESC, she will broke all the records: 1)the oldest ever singer on a Eurovision stage, 2)the singer that would have sung the most (5) songs as a solo artist, 3) the singer that returns to the contest after 54 years from her last appereance (1958)!
But I doubt if the Swiss give her the ticket to Baku!
Anyway, good luck to Lys and Ralph (that will be his 20th ESC entry)!!!

Simon Hylands [26600]
Sun 2 Oct 2011 01:49:37

This is a massive risk... I hope that the Swiss broadcasters don't give Lys the chance to do something there's a strong chance she'll end up regretting!

» San ● ♥ [60088]
Sat 1 Oct 2011 21:58:53

Don't see why not :P.

Song is pleasant enough, not my cup of tea. Could do well (especially with the juries). Kinda Patricia Kaas-esque IMO.

Reckon it'll win just because it's Lys Assia.

Good luck to her! :)

Jack! Eurovision [64051]
Sat 1 Oct 2011 11:33:12

Love it so much!!!

paul cl [66028]
Sat 1 Oct 2011 00:35:09

sure a sad reflection on what has become ESC IMO, uff am still here (just about) these days between here, never here, etc, but thanks to u am in touch with Oxi step with Shevek via mail?! :-) pablito xx

adarvus ceterum [32383]
Sat 1 Oct 2011 00:25:34

Now the song is back. :)
As I sad: It's a mess ...
The song is fine enough but the lyrics are terribly trite / wanna be profound ...

♪ L ♫ [58775]
Sat 1 Oct 2011 00:04:18

Yeah, it must have been removed and re-uploaded while I was listening to the others or something. I'm glad it's still there though *phew*

Shevek Urras [60988]
Fri 30 Sep 2011 23:54:46

Try entering using another link. Laila's link did not work for me either.


Shevek Urras [60988]
Fri 30 Sep 2011 23:53:35

No, it isn't, Togravus. I've just listened to it.

Shevek Urras [60988]
Fri 30 Sep 2011 23:52:49

I agree, Laila. MR.DA-NOS FEAT. MATTHEW's Lass Dich Gehen is quite a good song. As I said before, I lost track of the new songs and I'll try listening to the ones people suggest. There are a few good choices available now.

P.S.: there is even a song in Portuguese; Marko told me that and I gave it a try. It's below average material.

adarvus ceterum [32383]
Fri 30 Sep 2011 23:51:37


The song you have posted is gone ... :(
This Swiss internet thing is a mess!

♪ L ♫ [58775]
Fri 30 Sep 2011 23:23:29

There are some better songs now, this is my favourite now (just a few left I haven't heard:

1. It's good
2. It's in German

I really hope that will be one of the lucky few to make it to the TV final.

Ramon Ramos [16974]
Fri 30 Sep 2011 23:13:09

I'd be delighted if Lyss do it again. I hope Swiss people do not hesitate to select her.

dave hayes [12667]
Fri 30 Sep 2011 23:09:24

I was expecting to hate this but i actually love it! A touch of class.

paul cl [66028]
Fri 30 Sep 2011 19:58:35

sorry I meant 2012 (below)

paul cl [66028]
Fri 30 Sep 2011 19:56:39

well good luck to her, but I can't imagine (though you never know!) that she'll get the ticket to Baku, just another underhand way of Ralph S clinging on to his outnumbered ESC days...(isn't he as old as she is now?!), but in journalistic terms (am sure good old ralph thought of that!), it means a a few news items in a few countries to "generate interest" ("Swiss miss of the 50s, may get to represent Switzerland in 2011, Ralph S involved etc....then he gets to retire with a few more euros in his account..!)!

Potato Lion [33314]
Fri 30 Sep 2011 19:26:27

I really hope she beats all the young upstarts with tosh in English. Switzerland should sing in French, German, Italian or Retro Romanish.

Tomo . [12427]
Fri 30 Sep 2011 19:25:34

This is absolutely awful.

Norwegian bloke in Sweden [63708]
Fri 30 Sep 2011 18:08:17

I asked myself this question: Do I want the performer and singer Lys Assia in Baku, or the legendary Grand Lady of ESC? I quite like the song when it's a cosy, nostalgic song. And for Christs sake, she's 85!!! OMG. If she's... Well, almost as good live, I'd be even more impressed. It's for certain old-fashioned, but still. Anyway, I went through my question and I think I'd like to see her as the legend of ESC rather than the performer with this song. There is most likely songs I like far more in the Swiss NF. Still I wish her good luck as well as heaps of my respect and adornment! :)

she cannot make better result than patricia kaas ,

Eres Tu [20270]
Fri 30 Sep 2011 15:27:36

simplement merveilleux

Euroguy UK7458 [27142]
Fri 30 Sep 2011 13:02:21

Wow! Great Song! Please get through...

Daniel C דניאל כ [60086]
Fri 30 Sep 2011 12:37:56

If she can put in a good performance, I see no reason why she shouldn't represent Suisse. Having said that, I wouldn't like to see her do really badly and I think that might happen, as the song is rather dated.

Ulrik Raben [37553]
Fri 30 Sep 2011 12:11:30

Good luck Lys!

Another victory?

Zohar ... [10195]
Fri 30 Sep 2011 09:45:34

Why am I not suprised ? Really, I've been suspecting her comeback
Afterall, she's been going to Eurovision for the past few years, she obviously been following it for longer. She sees the circus that it had become, and points exactly where she can be different and stand out, (by being the absolute opposite)...


Why with a Ralph Siegel song ??? (hadn't she learnt better in 21st century)

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