Emil Ramsauer who as part of the group Takasa represented Switzerland at Eurovision 2013 has sadly passed away.
Emil Ramsauer who represented Switzerland at Eurovision 2013 as part Takasa with the song “You and Me” has sadly passed away at the age of 103. The singer was 95 at the time of the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 and still is the oldest person to have taken to the Eurovision stage.
In 2018 Emil Ramsauer also became the first Eurovision singer to reach the age of 100. The whole Eurovoix team would like to send our condolences to the family and friends of Emil Ramsauer.
The group Takasa used to be called Heilsarmee. The band had to change their name after it was ruled by the EBU that they could not use the Heilsarmee name due to its link to the Salvation Army. The Salvation Army said that Takasa “Sounds mysterious and embodies vitality, while keeping a meaning close to our spirituality”. The name means “clean” in Swahili. The group sadly failed to qualify to the final at the contest.
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Switzerland hosted the first Eurovision Song Contest in 1956 a contest that they won. Lys Assia won the first contest with the song “Refrain”, it wasn’t until 1988 that Switzerland would win the contest again. At the contest in Dublin, it was Celine Dion with “Ne partez pas sans moi” who beat the United Kingdom to victory by just 1 point. In 2021 Switzerland finished 3rd with Gjon’s Tears, this was Switzerland’s first top three since 1993.