Lys Assia, at 88 years old, has her mind set up to beat last year’s oldest ever performer record set by one of the Russian grannies and UK’s Engelbert Humperdinck. She has been once again written a song by veteran composer Ralph Siegel, reports Swiss Blick.ch.
Last year the pair also had a song in the Swiss final, called C’était ma vie. That ballad was deemed by the judges as too old-fashioned and it did not get the audience votes in the end either. This time they have taken the judges’ advice and added four rappers from Bern.
Lys Assia won the first even Eurovision Song Contest held in Switzerland in 1956 and took part also in 1957 and 1958, when she was the runner-up with Giorgio.
Ralph Siegel (66) celebrated his 40 years in music business this May in Baku by inviting selected journalists for a three course dinner in his honour. He has so far had 20 entries in the Eurovision Song Contest since 1974.
The Swiss selection for 2013 is currently running as we have reported previously.
News report on Swiss TV (in German)
Lys Assia – C’était ma vie from 2011