martes, 5 de enero de 2010

APRÈS TOI-VICKY LEANDROS


"Après toi" (French for "After you") was the winning song of the Eurovision Song Contest 1972 performed in French by Greek singer Vicky Leandros representing Luxembourg. The song was co-written by Leandros' father Leandros Papathanasiou, also known as Leo Leandros, under one of his pseudonyms; Mario Panas. This was Vicky Leandros' second entry in Contest, in 1967 she had finished 4th with "L'amour est bleu" (better known under its English title "Love is Blue") which subsequently went on to become a worldwide hit when covered by French orchestra leader Paul Mauriat.

"Après toi" is a dramatic ballad, with the singer telling her lover what will happen to her once he has finally left her for someone else; "Without you I will be nothing but the shadow of your shadow".

The song was performed seventeenth on the night (following Belgium's Serge & Christine Ghisoland with "À la folie ou pas du tout" and preceding the Netherlands' Sandra & Andres with "Als het om de liefde gaat"). By the close of voting, it had received 128 points, placing it first in a field of 18.

The song was released in Britain in an English translation, "Come What May", also sung by Vicky Leandros, it reached no. 2 in the UK charts. Leandros also recorded the song in German ("Dann kamst du"), Spanish ("Y despues"), Greek ("Mono esi") and Japanese ("Kako e"). Just like "L'amour est bleu", the song was also covered in a large number of other languages; in Finland, Carola Standertskjöld recorded a version in Finnish as "Tulethan – rakastan", in Sweden Ann-Louise Hanson recorded it in a Swedish translation under the title "Vad än sker" and in Spain, Paloma San Basilio sang it in Spanish as "Si te vas".

It was succeeded as Contest winner in 1973 by Anne-Marie David singing "Tu te reconnaîtras", also for Luxembourg.