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Philippe Lafontaine


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Singer and composer Philippe Lafontaine was born on May 24, 1955 in Gosselies, Belgium.

Lafontaine spent a short time in a Jesuit college that he left at 17 to pursue a career in music. His first successes came from the writing and recording of jingles for television commercials (including Stella Artois and Coca Cola. Throughout the 1980s he joined the musical comedy “Brel en mille temps”, touring in Dakar, Moscow, and Leningrad, and he released three albums. The song “Coeur de Loup” was his first big hit and launched his career once and for all in Europe. The song garnered many awards in Belgium, France and Quebec. He represented Belgium in the Eurovision Song Contest 1990 in Zagreb with his own composition “Macédomienne” dedicated to his Macedonian wife, ending in 12th place. In 2001, he ventured for a 2nd time in musical comedy, composing “Celia Fee”, a musical for children and adults alike. His lyrics are known for being full of double entendres.

Eurovision Song Contest 1990 - Zagreb
Entry for Belgium

Performer: Philippe Lafontaine
Song title: Macédomienne
Song writer(s):
Song composer(s): Philippe Lafontaine

Sang in Position: 3
Final Position: 12
Total Points: 46

The present Croatian capital of Zagreb was the choice of Yugoslavia’s broadcaster JRT as host city for the 1990 Eurovision Song Contest. 22 countries participated in the 1990 Eurovision Song Contest, the same ones as in 1989. Many of the songs were about the political changes in Europe like the fall of the Iron Curtain and a united Europe. Norway’s song Brandenburger Tor and Austria’s Keine Mauern Mehr reflected the German re-unification topic.


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