BELGIUM – Sandra Caldarone, aka Sandra Kim, was a guest of the television show “69 minutes sans chichi” of the Belgian TV RTBF. She told a lot about herself, her family and her relationship with “J’aime la vie”.
Presenter Joëlle Scoriels takes us back to 30 years ago when in Bergen (Norway) the then 13-year-old Sandra brings her only victory in the Eurovision Song Contest to Belgium.
That event made Sandra Kim a true icon in Belgium, able like few other things to unite a country that is otherwise culturally split. As proof of this fact, in 1990 she was chosen by King Baudouin to attend a concert for the king’s 60th anniversary and his 40th reign.
But “J’aime la vie” turned out to be a kind of curse for Sandra. Tired of always singing the same song, she definitely wanted to move on.
From the video, we learn that the singer has changed her mind thanks to the words of Annie Cordy. The Belgian singer and actress advised Sandra to “be proud of her song” because it is part of her repertoire and because she is loved and recognized by the people.
And the song turned out to be a gold mine for Sandra, called upon to perform it on the rooftops of Rotterdam during the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 interval act.
But the most exciting part of the interview is certainly the one in which Sandra talks about her affections, her and her family.
I have no children … My sister. to me, she is like my daughter. I love my family and friends very much. For me, this is real wealth. I don’t care about clothes, jewels, they are the real luxury for me.
And the emotions continued (as you can see in this video) when the presenter gave Sandra a letter from her father.
In my family, we are very discreet. We scream we get angry, we make fun of ourselves. But we never say “I love you” enough because they are strong words. I prefer to write it and he had the same idea. And he really moved me.