Eurovision – Eurovision Times would like to wish the Eurovision Song Contest a very Happy Birthday! 60 years ago today, on 24th May 1956. the first Eurovision Song Contest was broadcast from Switzerland and Lys Assia was the first winner.
In the last 60 years the contest has gone from strength to strength with this year’s contest attracting 204 million viewers.
Lys still attends the contest whenever possible and said,
“This day, 60 years ago. I sang for my beloved home country Switzerland in a show called the Eurovision Song Contest. Only 7 countries participated in a small venue on an even smaller stage with only one camera. I presented two beautiful songs ‘Das alte Karrussel‘ and ‘Refrain‘. At the end of the evening the winner was announced: Switzerland’s Lys Assia with her evergreen ‘Refrain‘. I never thought that this show would become such a big and successful event. I’m still proud of what I achieved that day. It means a lot to me. I want to thank you all for the kind wishes and messages. I received messages from all over the world. In times of war, crises, hatred and other insecurities Eurovision brings countries and people together to celebrate, let’s never forget that.”
Here’s to the next 60 years!