Sandra Kim

Sandra Caldarone (born 15 October 1972), better known as Sandra Kim, is a Belgian singer of Italian descent who won the Eurovision Song Contest 1986. Her father was an Italian immigrant from Torrebruna in the Province of Chieti in the Abruzzo region of Italy.[1]

Sandra Kim
Sandra Kim, 22 septembre 2012.jpg
Kim in 2012
Born
Sandra Caldarone

(1972-10-15) 15 October 1972 (age 48)
Montegnée, Belgium
NationalityBelgian
OccupationSinger
Spouse(s)
Olivier Gerard
(m. 1994; div. 1995)

Jurgen Delanghe
(m. 2001)

At the time of her Eurovision win, she was only 13 years old, making her the youngest winner of the contest, even though the lyrics of her song "J'aime la vie" ("I love life") claim her to be 15;[2] the Swiss petitioned to have the song disqualified after her real age was revealed. This petition ended up failing and Kim went on to win that year's Eurovision song contest. Kim also represented Belgium at the Yamaha Music Festival in Tokyo during the autumn of 1986 and sang the title song for the French animated television series Il était une fois... la vie. Kim's pop rock album Make Up was released on 12 May 2011, containing songs written by famous Belgian artists like Salvatore Adamo, Dani Klein (Vaya Con dios), Ozark Henry, Anthony Sinatra (Piano Club), Jacques Duval and David Bartholomé (Sharko). She also won the first season of the Belgian version of The Masked Singer.

Early lifeEdit

Kim was born in Montegnée, near Liège to a hairdresser mother and accordionist father[1], and started singing when she was seven.

Personal lifeEdit

In 1994, Kim married Olivier Gerard. They divorced a year later.[3] She has been married to Jurgen Delanghe since 2001.[4]

DiscographyEdit

AlbumsEdit

  • J'aime la vie (1986, French)
  • Bien dans ma peau (1988, French)
  • Balance tout (1991, French) / Met open ogen (1991, Dutch)
  • Les Sixties (1993, French) / Sixties (1993, Dutch)
  • Onvergetelijk (1997, Dutch)
  • Heel diep in mijn hart (1998, Dutch, 2-track single)
  • Make Up (2011, English and French)

Singles (some)Edit

  • "Tokyo Boy" (French)
  • "Bel me, schrijf me" (duet with Flemish singer Luc Steeno, Dutch)
  • "Anyway the Wind Blows" (2010, English)
  • "Who Are You (07/11/2020, English)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Spéciale Italie: gros plan sur la solidarité belge". Rtbf.be. 9 April 2009. Retrieved 27 August 2018.
  2. ^ O'Connor, John Kennedy. The Eurovision Song Contest - The Official History. Carlton Books, UK. 2007 ISBN 978-1-84442-994-3
  3. ^ Houbrechts, Dirk (December 2001). "Sandra Kim". The Belgian Pop & Rock Archives. Flanders Music Centre.
  4. ^ "Sandra Kim". Eurosong nieuwsbrief (in Dutch). DGW Internet Solutions. Archived from the original on 24 July 2011. Retrieved 10 January 2008.
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
  Bobbysocks!
with "La det swinge"
Winner of the Eurovision Song Contest
1986
Succeeded by
  Johnny Logan
with "Hold Me Now"
Preceded by
Linda Lepomme
with "Laat me nu gaan"
Belgium in the Eurovision Song Contest
1986
Succeeded by
Liliane Saint-Pierre
with "Soldiers of Love"

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