Singer from Montegnée who will be remembered mostly for her victory
in the Eurovision Song Contest of 1986.
"J'aime la vie"
62 sec. - 121 Kb.
song : R. Marino - Atria, J.P. Furnemont, A.Crisci
Producer : Musiclub & J.P. Lebens
Year : 1986
Record co. : Carrere
Born in October 1972 as Sandra Caldarone, her singing talents were discovered
when she was only 11 (and she had been singing for a few years already) in a contest
in Tilleur. As a singer for the group Musiclub she then took part in the contest
"L'ambrogino d'oro" in Milan in 1985 with the song "Ami Ami".
Half a year later she was even selected to be the Belgian participant for the
Eurovision Song Contest that was held in Bergen (Norway) in 1986.
If it was because of her fresh appearance, the reach of her voice, the Italian
"drive", the optimistic lyrics (Ik hou van het leven) or the arrangements
(reminds me of hit-factories such as Modern Talking and the like...) ... who knows.
Fact is that no jury left the thirteen year old girl without points, thus giving
Belgium the first (and to this day only) victory in the 40-year history of the
With this, Sandra Kim immediately earned thousands of fans (see the links or the
song of Bange Konijnen "Shit, Ik ben verliefd
op Sandra Kim" - Shit, I'm in love with ...). The year after in Brussels
(after a number of quarrels between the different television stations and language
groups in Belgium), she presented the prize in Brussels together with Viktor
Lazlo to Johnny Logan.
In the years that followed, Sandra Kim finished high-school (she switched to
"artistic" education), but also continued to work on her career. Her
second best-selling single became "Tokyo Boy", a song with which she
also got a prize at the festival in Japan.
In the nineties, she became a television presenter for "Dix qu'on aime"
(Ten - songs - we love), a program on RTL with a hitparade of french songs. She
also managed to pop up in the Flemish counterpart of this hitparade in duets with
Flemish singers such as Luc Steeno ("Bel me, schrijf me") and Frank
For a long time, things got very quiet around the singer in the middle of the
nineties. She married and then divorced youth pal Olivier Gérard and also
her cooperation with her discoverer and producer since the beginning Marino-Atria
came to an end.
In 1998 she took back her place in the spotlights with a song sung in Dutch
in which she tries to present an image of herself as a chanteuse in the genre
of Barbra Streisand and Céline Dion. Of this last one she recorded "My
heart will go on" as "Heel diep in mijn hart op", again a hit in
Flanders. As she said herself "These ladies give me cold shivers. If you
can make people feel emotions with nothing but your voice, then you're a good
interpreter. Streisand knows how to do that better than anyone. Believe it or
not, my ultimate dream is still the same as it was ten years ago : to sing a duet
with her !".
In 1999 she took on a musical-career (as Eponyme in the Belgian staging of
the ever popular "Les Misérables", later in a musicalcompilation
called "Musicals from the heart"), and did she sing a duet with
Helmut Lotti and Paul Michiels "Song for Kosovo"
(raising funds for the refugees in the Balkan).
In 2001 Sandra Calderone made sort of a come-back with the italian-sung "Vivere
uguale" and "J'ai pas fini de t'aimer" - a french version
of "I just can't stop loving you" of Michael Jackson & Siedah Garrett.
Also in this year, she will marry again, with the West-Vlaming Jurgen Delanghe.
|Buy CD's of this artist
- J'aime la vie (1986)
- Bien dans ma peau (1987)
- Balance Tout (1991)
- Met open ogen (1991)
- Sixties (1993)
- Onvergetelijk (met Frank Galan) (1997)
- Heel diep in mijn hart (1998)
- I piu grandi successi di (1988)
- Best of Sandra Kim (1994)
- Het Beste van Sandra Kim (Master Series, 1997)
- Sandra Kim.com, the official site
- Sandra Kim page by Chris Vandenabeele
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