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

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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.

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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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