Switzerland holds a special place in the history of the Eurovision Song Contest, as one of the founding members of the competition and the host of the very first contest in Lugano, 1956. Switzerland also made history by winning the first-ever contest with “Refrain” performed by Lys Assia. Sadly, Lys Assia passed away in 2018, but she had been a guest of honour at almost every Eurovision Song Contest held thereafter. During the first contest, only seven countries participated, and each country had two songs in the race. As there was no established voting system at that time, there was only a winner, with all other songs coming in second place.