Switzerland in the Eurovision Song Contest 1956

(Redirected from Das alte Karussell)

Switzerland held a national pre-selection to choose the two songs that would go to the Eurovision Song Contest 1956. It was held on 28 April 1956.

Eurovision Song Contest 1956
Country Switzerland
National selection
Selection processNational final
Selection date(s)28 April 1956
Selected entrantLys Assia
Selected song"Das alte Karussell"
and "Refrain"
Selected songwriter(s)"Das alte Karussell":

Finals performance
Final result1st: "Refrain"
N/A: "Das alte Karussell"
Switzerland in the Eurovision Song Contest
1956 1957►

Before EurovisionEdit

National finalEdit

The final was held on 28 April 1956 in Lausanne, where "Das alte Karussell" and "Refrains" reached the first two places, as the two entries which were sent to the Eurovision Song Contest, both performed by Lys Assia. The points and rankings of the other songs remain unknown.[1]

Final – 28 April 1956
Draw Artist Song
1 Jo Roland "Vendredi"
2 Lys Assia "Sei doch nicht so eifersüchtig"
3 Lys Assia and Quinteta Radiosa "Das alte Karussell"
4 Jo Roland "L'allée aux ormeaux"
5 Anita Traversi "Bandella ticinese"
6 Jo Roland "La ballade des bonnes années"
7 Lys Assia and Quinteta Radiosa "Le bohémien"
8 Jo Roland "Les deux coquins (L'argent et l'amour)"
9 Jo Roland "J'ai triché"
10 Lys Assia and Quinteta Radiosa "Addio bella napoli"
11 Lys Assia and Quinteta Radiosa "Refrains"

"Refrains" was co-written by Émile Gardaz and Géo Voumard, and "Das alte Karussell" was written in German and composed by Georg Benz Stahl.[2]

At EurovisionEdit

1956 was the only year the Contest allowed two entries per country. For Eurovision, the "s" in "Refrains" was dropped from the title, and the song went on to win the inaugural Eurovision Song Contest. The result of "Das alte Karussell", as well as the scores and placings of the other songs including the points of "Refrain", weren't declared.

"Das alte Karussell" was performed second in the contest, following the Netherlands and preceding Belgium. "Refrain" performed ninth at the second round with the same order of countries. Both of the Swiss entries were conducted at the contest by the musical director Fernando Paggi. As Lys Assia represented Switzerland singing both songs, she is one of only two performers to do so in one Eurovision edition, alongside Michele Arnaud for Luxembourg this same year with two entries in French. With this, Switzerland as well as Assia, are the only country and performer with two songs in two different languages in Eurovision history.

The two entries were succeeded as Swiss representative at the 1957 contest by Assia again with "L'enfant que j'étais", and "Refrain" was succeeded as Eurovision winner in 1957 by Corry Brokken representing the Netherlands with "Net als toen".


  2. ^ "Géo Voumard, a Founder of the Montreux Jazz Festival, Dies at 87". The New York Times. Agence France-Presse. 8 August 2008. Retrieved 11 September 2008.

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