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Anne-Marie David

Anne-Marie David
Background information
Birth name Anne Marie David
Born May 23, 1952 (1952-05-23) (age 57)
Arles, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France
Origin Paris, France
Genres Pop
Occupations Singer
Years active 1970–1987, 2003–present
Labels Energise Records

Anne-Marie David (born May 23, 1952) is a French singer. She has the rare, although not unique, distinction of having represented two different countries at the Eurovision Song Contest, with considerable success on both occasions.

David was born and raised in Arles in the south of France. She started her musical career at age 18 when she moved to Paris and became involved with musical theatre. In 1972, she was cast in the Mary Magdalene role in the French version of Jesus Christ Superstar. 1972 also saw her submit the song "Un peu romantique" to the French selection committee for the Eurovision Song Contest. It made the final shortlist of ten songs but did not win.

In 1973, she was selected to represent Luxembourg as the Grand Duchy sought to repeat its previous year's triumph on home soil in the Eurovision Song Contest.. She thus joined the long list of non-native performers to have represented the country in the contest, which also includes France Gall and Vicky Leandros. The 1973 contest crystallised into a titanic three-way battle between songs that have since established themselves as Eurovision classics: David's "Tu te reconnaîtras", the Spanish entry "Eres tú", and the United Kingdom's "Power to All Our Friends", performed by Cliff Richard, five years after he first represented his country with "Congratulations". Ultimately a mere six points separated third place from the winner, but it was David that had the edge, and she duly secured a second successive triumph for Luxembourg.

After the contest, she started touring the world. She lived in Turkey for a while. She recorded two singles in Turkish and one longplay in Turkey and got several awards there.

She returned to Eurovision in the 1979 contest held in Jerusalem, this time representing her native France with the song "Je suis l'enfant soleil". However, it was her turn to find herself on the wrong end of a tight three-way finish, with the Israeli entry "Hallelujah" edging to a home victory.

She started to tour in France in 1980s. Between 1982-1983, she continued her musical career in Norway. In 1987, she retired from music, but returned in 2003. In 2005, she sang at the 50th anniversary of the Eurovision Song Contest in 2005 and agreed to take part in the anniversary festival staged in Copenhagen where she performed the 1972 Eurovision winner "Après Toi." She had attented the live music show of Turkish Radio Television (TRT) before the 2009 ESC Final was aired live, with Johny Logan (1980, 1987 ESC winner)

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Vicky Leandros
withAprès toi
Winner of the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Vicky Leandros
withAprès toi
Luxembourg in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Ireen Sheer
withBye Bye I Love You
Preceded by
Joël Prévost
withIl y aura toujours des violons
France in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
withHé, hé M'sieurs dames


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