Carmela Corren, the Israeli performer who represented Austria in the Eurovision Song Contest back in 1963, has sadly passed away at the age of 83, according to Viennese Eurovision podcast Merci, Chérie.

Corren represented the nation at the contest in London with “Vielleicht geschieht ein Wunder” finishing seventh. The performer was born in Tel Aviv and started out as a dancer, before moving to singing after injury. Carmela was discovered by American TV producer Ed Sullivan in 1956, and was invited to appear on his show in New York after she had left the Israeli military.

She later toured South Africa with former Eurovision alumni Cliff Richard and had a long-standing recording career throughout the 60s and 70s, in German, English and Hebrew.

Our thoughts at ESC United are with her family, friends and loved ones at this sad time.

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