Lys Assia, the very first winner in the Eurovision Song Contest, remains an important symbol of the festival. Since taking first place with “Refrain” way back in 1956, she’s been a constant presence. We love her attitude. We love her fire! And we love hearing her opinions.

Lys has now published Lys’ list, which ranks her Top 20 favourite songs for Eurovision 2014. It’s clear that this lady loves ballads and mellow tracks as she gave Belgium first place, and ranked Norway, Austria, Sweden, San Marino, Montenegro and the Netherlands in her Top 10. What do you think of her picks?

Lys Assia’s Top 20

1. Belgium
2. Norway
3. Denmark
4. Austria
5. Sweden
6. San Marino
7. UK
8. Netherlands
9. Montenegro
10. Armenia
11. Latvia
12. Malta
13. Switzerland
14. Russia
15. Ukraine
16. Hungary
17. Israel
18. Italy
19. France
20. Iceland

Judit Sebok contributed this report from Hungary. You can follow her on Twitter at @sjudy03. Then like our Facebook page to keep up-to-date with all the latest news and gossip.

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Klajdi
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Klajdi

Belgium 1st LOL. My top 2 is in. That’s something at least! Anyway still bad top. I have to tell and my opinion and not to say “Omg, she is 90 years old, don’t talk people..” -_-

AnesBosna
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AnesBosna

I don’t understand why you all are being rude to a 90 year old woman about her taste… Would you really go to a woman, hear her taste of the year and tell her that her taste sucks? She is 90! Ofc she likes these kind of entries you hate and hate the kind of entries you like. Latvia, cuz it’s a cute song. Iceland, cuz of the message, and Malta & Netherlands, cuz they’re calm songs. Can’t stand how alot of comments here have no respect for elderly peoples tastes…

redarrow
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my 12 points will go to malta … great song

Dan
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Dan

Woah The Netherlands is in the top 10, not bad not bad : D And I thought our song has no chance xD Thanks Madam .

This is my opinion
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This is my opinion

Victory is between Sweden and Norway I believe

This is my opinion
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This is my opinion

Her list, her taste is rather something wide, as she likes different types of songs, mixed ballads and uptempos, but how on earth did she manage to like San Marino song? Hmmm!…

This is my opinion
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This is my opinion

She would pick Belgium entry as her top favourite number 1 that is, the entry is called “Mother” perfect for her as she is old

Jony
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Jony

Where is Azerbaijan??????????????????? Why so low Sweden?????????? horror

Scar
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Scar

I’d be surprised if Belgium takes it all this year lol

ello
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ello

i surprised she didn’t put spain in her top 20 knowing her taste.

Robyn
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Robyn

Guys, this is just Lys Assia’s favourite 20 songs from Eurovision 2014. It’s not the 20 songs she thinks will be in the final or will score the highest or whatever.

She’s 90-year-old Eurovision fan who’s come up with a list of 20 songs that she enjoys the most. That’s all.

Liam Thorne
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Liam Thorne

Hmmmmmm…. Albania? Spain? Azerbaijan? Why aren’t they here!?

Also. What are Iceland, Latvia and Russia doing here?
They will not make the final…

I don’t agree with her; nor do I think her top will have an easy route to get to the final.

fikri
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fikri

no azerbaijan? pfft, this woman has lost her sense of hearing and music!

Branko
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Branko

Spain maybe nr. 21 and Germany maybe nr. 22?

MF
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MF

Well whatever…I’m not yet 90, so can’t judge her top.

Fatima
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Fatima

Oh dear Lys I don’t think the top two will even get to the final

tom
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tom

90 y.o.? my ass!!!
bullshit from boring german and french folk songs lover!

Francel
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Francel

Lys…you forgot Spanish entry ??. She should to be in Top10.
Perhaps Lys Assia has never danced in the rain 😉

Julian
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Julian

“Question : was this the same person who didn’t put last years winner (Denmark) in her top 20 last year?”

Based on this the winner could be Spain, Ireland, Romania, Azerbaijan, Greece. Still lots of options, difficult to predict.

Charles
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Charles

At least she places Norway #2 and that is all that matters to me …

Tom
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Tom

What do you guys even mean by ‘she has bad taste’? the woman is 90 years old for christ sake… what did you expect? it was quite obvious that Belgium would be on top 😉 I for one like the belgian song, and so will the judges this year. As for me i hope Armenia or Hungary wins… And for those of you who wondered why Azerbaijan isnt in her list? It’s a boring song 🙂 its as simple as that… On top of that, it’s the 5th time in a row Azerbaijan sends a balad… I say bring back… Read more »

ello
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ello

Question : was this the same person who didn’t put last years winner (Denmark) in her top 20 last year?

Jericho
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Jericho

She has bad taste. Belgium ?!

Timselvision
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Timselvision

Omg the Netherlands are in her top 10 and Belgium is her winner? Go Benelux! :p

Zack
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Zack

I would have shit a brick had she put Poland in her Top 5. Lys Assia and twerking will never be used in the same sentence, well aside from this one or something along the lines of “Lys Assia doesn’t like twerking.”

Nebi
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Nebi

I kind of like her list but not necessarily the order.

Digi
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Digi

Forse San Marino Campeone de Eurovision 2014 en Eurovision 2015 da San Marino. Forza San Marino. In Bocca Al Luppo 🙂

SpirK
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SpirK

Finding some similarities with Lys Assia’s list. Not only me, but the whole Eurovision community loves Lys Assia! Still remember her fantastic song with NewJack ”All in your head”. That one should have represented Switzerland! Go Lys! You can be 90 years old and still go to eurovision, cause a person’s spirit doesn’t have an age!

Callum Nowacki
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Callum Nowacki

She only ranked San Marino in the top 10 cause Ralph Siegel composed it.. 😀

DJ
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DJ

I think it’s slightly inappropriate for her to comment on favorites given her ongoing presence; it would be far better for her to remain neutral if only to avoid the ‘old lady likes slow music’ label.

Julian
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Julian

Probably first 4-5 are her choices. The rest are just fill in the blanks. But it is the reporters fault not hers.

Jacob
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Jacob

Old woman has in your top10 in majority calm songs exactly.It’s not surprising. I cannot imagine even that she can give for example my country Poland as leader ;D Belgium has so usual song and no chance for victory. Probably UK will be the first and I wish Molly gold in the grand final.

Robyn
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Robyn

I like to imagine her rocking out to “Moustache”.

Dhani
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that’s old news wiwibloggs LOL i think this came out more than a week ago!!

AlvaRito_Spain
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AlvaRito_Spain

Denmark!!! :D:D:D:D
But… Latvia 11???

Ceyhun
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Ceyhun

Where is Azerbaijan ??? THis woman has no taste .Azerbaijan has THE BEST SONG !!!!! We gonna win ; )

Heidi
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I love Lys. She is awsome! I think it’s cool that she is not going with the flow and chose the most popular songs.
Denmark in top 3 – yeah 😉

Ryan from NL
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Ryan from NL

Well, it’s clear she has an eye for quality. The common female singer with a dramatic uptempo cliche Eurovision song does not fool her. Norway, Austria, Sweden, UK, Netherlands, Montenegro and Armenia are in my top 10 too.. OK well, top 15 at least.

Joyce
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Joyce

Hey wiwi…you forgot very subtile to mention that also the netherlands is in her TOP 10, thats not very nice of you:))

I think the lady has good taste by the way!

BIONDA
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BIONDA

DIFFERENT TIMES FOR THE FIRST WINNER OF EUROVISION WITH LIVE ORCHESTRA BACK THEN, DIFFERENT TASTE FROM MINE.MY TOP 20 IS TOTALLY DIFFERENT.

Sam
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Sam

Lys Assia loves good music, the Dutch entry is in her top 10! It must have been a shock for the Wiwibloggs crew, haha!

Armond
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Armond

Belgium is not the best ballad. Spain is. & I love Rise like a Phoenix too.