Sunday, 11 July 2010

Germany 1961

The national final was held on 25 February at the Kurtheater in Bad Homburg vor der Höhe, hosted by Heinz Schenk. Thirteen songs took part, with the winner being decided by a 21-member jury. It is not known by what method the songs were scored, and only the top four placements are currently known. One of the other participants was Christa Williams, who had represented Switzerland at Eurovision in 1959.


1. Einmal sehen wir uns wieder - Lale Andersen
2. Ticke-ticke-tack - Fred Bertelmann
3. Wer das Spiel kennt - Rolf Simson
4. Es war ein reizender Abend - Frank forster

other participants:

Was tut man nicht alles aus Liebe - Dieter Thomas Heck
Colombino (ich weiß ein Tag wird kommen) - Friedel Hensch
Pedro - Christa Williams
Jeden Tag voll Sonnenschein - Heinz Sagner
Napolitano - Renée Franke
Wer das Spiel kennt - Rolf Simson
Dich hat das Schicksal für mich bestimmt - Ernst Lothar
Langsamer Walzer - Bobby Franco
Du bist meine Welt - Peggy Brown
Nach Mitternacht - Detlef Engel

Lale Andersen (March 23 1905 – August 29 1972) was a German chanson singer-songwriter born in Bremerhaven, Germany. She is best known for her interpretation of the song "Lili Marleen" in 1939, which became tremendously popular on both sides during the Second World War.

In 1961 Lale represented Germany at the ESC in Cannes. Lale Andersen was arguably the best-known singer yet to have taken part at Eurovision, being famous throughout Europe and beyond as the originator of Lili Marleen, one of the most iconic songs of the Second World War. Aged 55 on the night of the contest, she was also the oldest. Lale Andersen came 13th with the song Einmal sehen wir uns wieder.

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