Complete video footage of Lys Assia’s reprise performance as the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 1956 has been found.
Good Evening Europe blog has uncovered footage of Lys Assia’s reprise performance as the winner of the first edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. The footage which first emerged on YouTube five months ago is by photographer Vincenzo Vicari (1911-2007) who had been hired to photograph the event.
The footage features a charming moment in which Lys forgets the lines to her winning song “Refrain” and asks for the chorus to start again. Previously the only footage available of the 1956 contest had been a 2-minute clip of the reprise.
Good Evening Europe has found further photos from Vincenzo Vicari which provide further insights into the 1956 contest in Lugano. The photos appear to show that the stage changed for each of the acts performing, with a different set of prints used for each country. Also among the images found are those from the rehearsals in the run-up to the show.
The Eurovision Song Contest 1956 and 1964 are the only contests where full video footage of the contest does not exist. Footage of the 1956 contest is presumed to have been destroyed and no longer exists, while the 1964 contest according to DR was never recorded.
Photograph: SRF | Source: Good Evening Europe