No comeback for Swiss Eurovision singer

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Dec. 11, 2011, 9:02 p.m. | World — by Associated Press

In this picture taken Saturday evening, Dec. 10, 2011, Swiss singer Lys Assia, the first winner of the European Song Contest in 1956, performs during the Swiss finals for the selection of the entrant for the European Song Contest 2012 of Baku, in Kreuzlingen, Switzerland.
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The first-ever winner of the Eurovision Song Contest has failed in her attempt to make a comeback in the continent's annual popsong festival. Eighty-seven-year-old Lys Assia had sought to become the oldest singer to participate in the Eurovision contest that she won the year of its inception in 1956 with the song "Refrain."

Assia placed eighth out of 14 in a pre-round to select a singer to represent Switzerland, organizers said Sunday. The jury said that her ballad "C'etait ma vie" ("it was my life") lacked "modern elements."

The 2012 Eurovision Song Contest is to be held in Baku, Azerbaijan. The event boasts participants from across Europe and is broadcast live across the continent. Votes cast by viewers and a jury determine the winner.
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