In what is shaping up to be an annual occurrence, Lys Assia, the first ever winner of the Eurovision Song Contest, has revealed her top 20 picks for 2015. The 91-year old singer says that she is not decreeing who should win this year, but merely wants to share the 20 songs she thinks are the best musical compositions.
Ms Assia, who was crowned “Queen of Eurovision” by host Graham Norton at Eurovision Greatest Hits in London, chose “A Monster Like Me” as her favourite to win in Vienna. We’re happy that her first choice is a very modern and edgy song. Mørland & Debrah Scarlett must be chuffed!
Spain, San Marino, Estonia and the United Kingdom round up Lys’ top five, while her native Switzerland only managed to grab the 17th spot. We are also surprised to see Italy place only 10th in Ms Assia’s top 20. We had expected that the romantic love anthem “Grande Amore” would be number one in her preferences.
As last year, most of Lys’ list is made up of ballads – although granted, 2015 is not exactly the year of up-tempo songs. Having said that, we are not exactly shocked to see Lys pick the very retro UK number “Still In Love With You” as her fifth choice. Maybe seeing Electro Velvet perform the song live in London helped her with this decision?
Lys Assia’s Top 20 for 2015
3. San Marino
5. United Kingdom
12. Czech Republic
Lys Assia won the very first edition of the Eurovision Song Contest back in 1956, with the French language song “Refrain”. She returned to the contest in 1957 and 1958 and to the national selection in 2011 and 2012. She is expected to be present as a guest of honour at the 60th edition of Eurovision in Vienna.
Did the Queen of Eurovision get it right this year? What do you think of Lys Assia’s top 20 for 2015?