Saturday, 7 August 2010

Germany 1975

The German national final to select their entry, Vorentscheid 1975: Ein Lied für Stockholm, was held on February 3 at the Hessischer Rundfunk Studio 1 in Frankfurt am Main, and was hosted by journalist Karin Tietze-Ludwig, already well known for hosting the international preview Auftakt für Brighton a year before.

Fifteen songs made it to the national final, which was broadcast by Hessischer Rundfunk to ARD broadcasters across West Germany. The winner was decided by nine regional juries with four members each. Each jury member would assign points 1 to 5 for their five favorite songs. The highest score a song could possibly receive  was 180.

The winning entry was Ein Lied kann eine Brücke sein, performed by Joy Fleming and composed by Reiner Pietsch with lyrics by Michael Holm. Other notable competitors included 1971 Contest winner Séverine, two-time German representative Katja Ebstein, German representative Mary Roos, and Peggy March, well known in Germany and briefly in the U.S. for the song I Will Follow Him.

The results:

01. Ein Lied kann eine Brücke sein - Joy Fleming, 134 points
02. Alles geht vorüber - Peggy March, 128 points
03. Eine Liebe ist wie ein Lied - Mary Roos, 115 points
04. Hör wieder Radio - Love Generation, 115 points
05. Ich liebe dich - Katja Ebstein, 110 points
06. Du und ich und zwei Träume - Shuki & Aviva, 108 points
07. Dreh dich im Kreisel der Zeit - Séverine, 97 points
08. Die total verrückte Zeit - Maggie Mae, 97 points
09. Ein Lied zieht hinaus in die Welt - Jürgen Marcus, 90 points
10. Er gehört zu mir - Marianne Rosenberg, 86 points
11. Am Fuß der Leiter - Peter Horton, 79 points
12. San Francisco Symphony - Die Jokers, 57 points
13. Heut' bin ich arm, heut' bin ich reich - Werner W. Becker, 54 points
14. Du - Ricci Hohlt, 38 points
15. Sonja, ich rufe dich - Ricky Gordon, 37 points

In the weeks before the contest Germany was one of the favorites for 1st place but it is said the song was maybe to modern for the contest and the dress which Joy was wearing maybe to tight so the juries ignored her and her song. At the ESC Joy came only 17th.

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