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Séverine

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Séverine (born October 10, 1948), born Josiane Grizeau, is a French singer.

Born in Paris, Séverine won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1971 for Monaco, performing “Un banc, un arbre, une rue” (A bench, a tree, a street), with music by Jean-Pierre Bourtayre and words by Yves Dessca. It was recorded in English as “Chance In Time”, in German as “Mach die Augen zu (und wünsch dir einen Traum)” and Italian as “Il posto”. The French version made #9 in the UK charts in April 1971, whereas the English version, released on CBS rather than Philips, did not chart. The song charted highly in most other European markets. Séverine had further success in France and Germany, but never again on an international scale.

Séverine made two further attempts at winning the Eurovision Song Contest, participating in the German national finals of 1975 and 1982. Neither song won. She accompanied Monaco’s delegation to the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 in Athens.



Eurovision Song Contest 1971 - Dublin
Entry for Monaco

Performer: Séverine
Song title: Un Banc, Un Arbre, Une Rue
Song writer(s): Yves Dessca
Song composer(s): Jean-Pierre Bourtayre

Sang in Position: 3
Final Position: 1
Total Points: 128

For the first time in the history of the Eurovision Song Contest, Ireland hosted the event at the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin.

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