Ann Christy (singer)

Ann Christy

Ann Christy with The Adams, 1975
Background information
Birth name Christianne Leenaerts
Born (1945-09-22)22 September 1945
Origin Antwerp, Belgium
Died 7 August 1984(1984-08-07) (aged 38)
Genres Pop
Occupation(s) Singer

Ann Christy (born Christianne Leenaerts, 22 September 1945 in Antwerp – 7 August 1984 in Meise) was a Belgian singer who enjoyed success in her native country and is best known internationally for her participation in the 1975 Eurovision Song Contest.

Early career

Christy began a singing career with The Adams Orchestra, whose drummer, Marc Hoyois, she later married. Her first solo recordings met with little success. During this period she toured in Belgium and France with Salvatore Adamo. In 1968 she won the Knokke Cup singing contest.

Eurovision Song Contest

Christy's first attempt to represent Belgium in the Eurovision Song Contest came in 1970 with the song "Le temps, le vent" ("Time, Wind") which failed to progress past the semi-final stage. She did better the following year, when "Dag vreemde man" ("Hello Stranger") finished in second place. A third attempt in 1973, when each of five chosen acts performed two songs, ended in third place for "Bye Bye". (Christy's other song, "Meeuwen" ("Seagulls"), was unplaced).[1]

Christy was finally successful in 1975, when "Gelukkig zijn" ("Being Happy") was chosen as Belgium's representative in the twentieth Eurovision Song Contest which took place on 22 March in Stockholm. Christy sang the first half of the song in Dutch and the second half in English, and although the song had been tipped to do well, it ended the evening in a very disappointing 15th place out of 19 entries.[2]

Later career

In 1977 Christy played in 152 performances of a musical adaptation of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream in the town of Mechelen.

She had a major hit in Belgium in 1980 with "De Roos", a Dutch-language version of Bette Midler's "The Rose". In 2008 this track topped a list of 1,000 classics voted for by the general public in a poll for Belgian radio channel, Radio 2.[3]

Compilations of Christy's work have been issued regularly in Belgium since her death, and recently these have included previously unreleased recordings.


Christy was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 1982, and died on 7 August 1984, aged 38.[4]


  1. "Eurovision Song Contest National Finals archive". 2013-05-11. Retrieved 2013-09-24.
  2. "Gelukkig zijn". 2010-03-21. Retrieved 2013-09-24.
  3. - 1,000 Classics (in Dutch) Archived 24 March 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. "Biography (in Dutch)". Retrieved 2013-09-24.
Preceded by
Jacques Hustin
with Fleur de liberté
Belgium in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Pierre Rapsat
with Judy et Cie
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