Sandra Kim

Sandra Caldarone (born 15 October 1972), better known as Sandra Kim, is a Belgian singer of Italian descent who won the Eurovision Song Contest 1986 for Belgium. Her father was an Italian immigrant from Torrebruna in the Province of Chieti in the Abruzzo region of Italy.

Kim was born in Montegnée, near Liege, and started singing when she was seven. At the time of her Eurovision win, she was only 13 years old, making her the youngest winner of the Contest, even though the lyrics of her song “J’ aime la vie”(“I love life”) claim her to be 15; the Swiss petitioned to have the song disqualified after her real age was revealed. Kim also represented Belgium at the Yamaha Music Festival in Tokyo during the autumn of 1986 and sang the title song for the French animated television series Il etait une fois… la vie.

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