1958 Contest Song Reviews: Austria and Switzerland

Having (regrettably) finished last with their debut entry, Austria fall back on a more predictable Eurovision formula, with Liane Augustin’s “Die ganze Welt braucht Liebe” (The Whole World Brings Love) treading the well-worn path of the ballad end of the chanson genre. Lyrically, it speaks to the universal need for love, hardly a new concept either. There isn’t much here to stand out from the rest of the entries.

Lys Assia returns for Switzerland one last time with “Giorgio”, easily her most upbeat song of her Eurovision entries. It is also rather ridiculous: the song gallops along with such an equine beat that I’m not entirely sure whether Giorgio is her lover or perhaps her horse and this is a response to “Wohin, kleines Pony?”. Somehow, she manages to make the words “chianti” and “risotto” sound like nonsense with rapid repetition. I found these distortions particularly jarring at first, but after a few listens they started to make more sense (sort of). This time, Assia mixes German and Italian, meaning she bows out having sung in three of her country’s four official languages.