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Germany in the Eurovision Song Contest

With the exception of 1996, Germany has participated in every Eurovision Song Contest since its beginning in 1956. No other country has been represented as often. France and the United Kingdom come in a close second, missing only two contests each. Despite a high participation record, Germany has only won one contest, in 1982.

Although German contestants have had limited success compared to their neighbors, public interest remains high and the contest is one of the most watched events each year.

Germany, along with the United Kingdom, France and Spain, is one of the "Big Four" countries that are automatically qualified to the final, regardless of the placing. This is due to being the largest financial contributors to the contest. However it was reported that the "Big Four" could lose their status and have to compete in the semi-finals for the first time in the 2009 contest. However this never progressed, and the "Big Four" will keep their ststus for the 2009 contest.

The Eurovision Song Contest semi-final is broadcast on NDR, and the final is broadcast on ARD.

In recent years Germany have been notable for their adoption of musical styles which are not typical of Eurovision, such as country and western (Texas Lightning - "No No Never" in 2006) and swing (Roger Cicero - "Frauen Regier'n Die Welt" in 2007).

After coming joint-last in the 2008 contest, ARD annouced that changes would occur to the national final, Vorentscheid, for 2009. Thomas Herrmanns will also not be returning to host the contest.

1996 absence

ARD has selected an artist and song to represent them at the Eurovision Song Contest 1996, set to be held in Oslo, Norway. Due to the large number of countries wanting to compete at Eurovision, the EBU decided to use a pre-selection method to reduce the 30 countries wanting to compete down to 23. Unfortunately for Germany its entry, Leon with "Planet of Blue", failed to get enough points to progress to the final. ARD and the EBU were not happy with this, as Germany was the biggest financial contributor at the time. This was the only time that Germany was absent from the contest.

Contestants

Year Performer Song Place Points
1956 Walter Andreas Schwarz Im Wartesaal Zum Großen Glück NA NA
1956 Freddy Quinn So Geht Das Jede Nacht NA NA
1957 Margot Hielscher Telefon, Telefon 4 8
1958 Margot Hielscher Für Zwei Groschen Musik 7 5
1959 Alice & Ellen Kessler Heute Abend Wollen Wir Tanzen Geh'n 8 5
1960 Wyn Hoop Bonne Nuit Ma Chérie 4 11
1961 Lale Andersen Einmal Sehen Wir Uns Wieder 13 3
1962 Conny Froboess Zwei Kleine Italiener 6 9
1963 Heidi Brühl Marcel 9 5
1964 Nora Nova Man Gewöhnt Sich So Schnell An Das Schöne 13 0
1965 Ulla Wiesner Paradies, Wo Bist Du 15 0
1966 Margot Eskens Die Zeiger Der Uhr 10 7
1967 Inge Brück Anouschka 8 7
1968 Wencke Myhre Ein Hoch Der Liebe 6 11
1969 Siw Malmkvist Primaballerina 9 8
1970 Katja Ebstein Wunder Gibt Es Immer Wieder 3 12
1971 Katja Ebstein

Diese Welt 3 100
1972 Mary Roos Nur Die Liebe Läßt Uns Leben 3 107
1973 Gitte Junger Tag 8 85
1974 Cindy & Bert Die Sommermelodie 14 3
1975 Joy Fleming Ein Lied Kann Eine Brücke Sein 17 15
1976 Les Humphries Singers Sing Sang Song 15 12
1977 Silver Convention Telegram 8 55
1978 Ireen Sheer Feuer 6 84
1979 Dschinghis Khan Dschingis Khan 4 86
1980 Katja Ebstein Theater 2 128
1981 Lena Valaitis Johnny Blue 2 132
1982 Nicole Ein Bißchen Frieden 1 161
1983 Hoffmann & Hoffmann Rücksicht 5 94
1984 Mary Roos Aufrecht Geh'n 13 34
1985 Wind Für Alle 2 105
1986 Ingrid Peters Über Die Brücke Geh'n 8 62
1987 Wind Laß Die Sonne In Dein Herz 2 141
1988 Maxi & Chris Garden Lied Für Einen Freund 14 48
1989 Nino de Angelo Flieger 14 46
1990 Chris Kempers & Daniel Kovač Frei Zu Leben 9 60
1991 Atlantis 2000 Dieser Traum Darf Niemals Sterben 18 10
1992 Wind Träume Sind Für Alle Da 16 27
1993 Münchener Freiheit Viel Zu Weit 18 18
1994 Mekado Wir Geben 'Ne Party 3 128
1995 Stone & Stone Verliebt In Dich 23 1
1997 Bianca Shomburg Zeit 18 22
1998 Guildo Horn Guildo Hat Euch Lieb! 7 86
1999 Sürpriz Reise Nach Jerusalem - Kudüs'e Seyahat 3 140
2000 Stefan Raab Wadde Hadde Dudde Da? 5 96
2001 Michelle Wer Liebe Lebt 8 66
2002 Corinna May I Can't Live Without Music 21 17
2003 Lou Let's Get Happy 11 53
2004 Max Can't Wait Until Tonight 8 93
2005 Gracia Run & Hide 24 4
2006 Texas Lightning No No Never 14 36
2007 Roger Cicero Frauen Regier'n Die Welt 19 49
2008 No Angels Disappear 23 14
2009

Voting history (1975-2008)

Germany traditionally gives high marks to Turkey, which could be due to the large Turkish minority living in the country. Germany has received most points from the Iberian Peninsula (Spain and Portugal).

Germany has given the most points to...

Rank Country Points
1 142
2 138
3 120
4 115
5 109

Germany has received the most points from...

Rank Country Points
1 169
2 145
3 127
4 122
5 117

Hostings

Year Location Venue Presenter
1957 Frankfurt am Main Großer Sendesaal des Hessisches Rundfunk Anaïd Iplicjian
1983 Munich Rudi-Sedlmayer-Halle Marlene Charell

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