Solitude, cancer and oblivion: the fate of the three winners of the Eurovision Song Contest was tragic. Photo and video

Eurovision winners, whose fate was tragic

In 2023, Liverpool will host the 67th Eurovision Song Contest. For the first time musicians gathered to demonstrate their vocal skills and compete for victory on May 24, back in 1956. Show then took place in Lugano, Switzerland. Participated only seven countries, each representing two songs. Since then, Eurovision has changed a lot, gaining the status of the most prestigious song contest, which over the years has opened to the world more than one star. However, for some of them, the show has become the pinnacle of success.

OBOZREVATEL offers to remember the participants who won Eurovision and found international fame, but soon disappeared from the radar. The fate of these musicians was tragic.

André Claveau



André Claveau represented France at Eurovision-1958. The contest was just gaining momentum then, but it already guaranteed the participants popularity. Claveau worked as a designer of jewelry until one day he won an amateur vocal competition and found himself on the radio during World War II. Hearing the talented amateur performer sing, the French were shocked. The beautiful timbre and heartfelt compositions quickly amassed an army of fans. When the musician won the song contest with the song Dors mon amour, there was no doubt that his fan base would only increase, but it did not turn out the way everyone was sure. The artist's career declined, he stopped releasing songs and appearing in public. The Frenchman became a recluse and lived in seclusion for the rest of his life.

France Gall

In 1965, the Eurovision Song Contest was won by Luxembourg, represented by France Gall. The singer's real name is Isabelle Geneviève Marie Anne Gall. She was born into a musical family - her father wrote songs for Edith Piaf and other legends of the time. So already at the age of 16 the girl became megapopular in France, and her compositions were played on the radio every day. Serge Gainsbourg wrote songs for the singer. He is the author of the single Poupée de cire, poupée de son, which brought France the victory in the contest. After the triumph at Eurovision, the artist's career went uphill. Walt Disney even offered her the lead role in the adaptation of "Alice in Wonderland". But the success was cut short after a high-profile scandal.


The singer's song titled Les sucettes ("Lollipops"), written by the same Serge Gainsbourg, was found to have very unchildish overtones. This news quickly spread in the press and put an end to the career of a successful singer. Fans and music critics began to find hidden meanings in the songs of France Gall, because of which she was accused of promoting sexual promiscuity, and even necrophilia. But that was not the end of the story. Soon the singer managed to whiten her reputation, she began to cooperate with the composer Michel Berger and returned to the pedestal of popularity. In addition, romantic feelings were born between France and Michel - the couple got married and had a daughter.

If you think there's nothing tragic about this story, because it ended with a happy ending, you're wrong. The singer and composer's daughter was diagnosed with a terminal illness, and Frans herself faced breast cancer. However, Michelle was the first to die unexpectedly of a heart attack. Then the daughter was gone, and a short time later, Gall herself passed away from cancer.

Dana International


1998. Dana International from Israel wins the Eurovision Song Contest with the song Diva. A few years ago Dana was Yaron Cohen - a guy who felt like a girl since childhood, and therefore constantly dressed up in women's outfits, wore bright makeup and performed in clubs in Tel Aviv. His main feature, however, was his impeccable voice. His vocal talent and unusual image helped Yaron to earn enough money for a sex change operation, so Dana International already came to Eurovision.

The song contest helped the singer gain international fame. Regular tours, big royalties and crowds of fans became an integral part of Dana's life. But nothing lasts forever. And so the career of the Eurovision winner went downhill: new albums were not sold, concerts and even small shows were canceled. In 2011, Dana tried again to repeat her triumph and perform at the Eurovision Song Contest, but she did not even make it to the finals. And so she went into oblivion.

Earlier OBOZREVATEL told that bookmakers have formed their forecasts and decided on the favorite of Eurovision-2023. This contestant is far ahead of other competitors. Unfortunately, Ukraine is losing ground.

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