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The video of the very first edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, a musical show organized by the European Broadcasting Union, is considered lost.

Eurovision 1956 Switzerland Lys Assia - Refrain02:20

Eurovision 1956 Switzerland Lys Assia - Refrain


The show, even if it was filmed for TV, was mainly considered as a radio show for this very first edition. It was broadcasted live on 24th May 1956, in Lugano, Switzerland. 14 songs competed, woth each country presenting 2 entries. It is the only edition in which only the winning song was announced (Switzerland, with the song "Refrain", sung by Lys Assia), being the rest of positions unknown.

Eurovision Song Contest 1956 full contest01:21:02

Eurovision Song Contest 1956 full contest

Unfortunately, all that has been found of the broadcasting is the nearly-full audio broadcast of the show (still missing a part of the interval act), and a short video of the winning reprise of the song, donated by the winner of the edition, swiss singer Lys Assia, who had a copy without sound of that performance.

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