Friday, 13 August 2010

Germany 1978

Germany was represented by Ireen Sheer, with the song Feuer, at the 1978 Eurovision Song Contest. Feuer was chosen as the German entry at the national final on 20 February, and was the second of Sheer's three Eurovision appearances; she had previously represented Luxembourg in 1974 and would later be a member of a six-piece ensemble in 1985, again on behalf of Luxembourg.

The 1978 German final is notable for the fact that voting was to be split in a 2:1 ratio between an "expert" jury and a panel of radio listeners but after hearing the songs, the expert jury decided that none was up to par and refused to vote, leaving the choice entirely in the hands of the radio panel.

The final was held at the studios of broadcaster SWF in Baden-Baden, hosted by Detlef Werner and broadcast on radio only. 15 songs took part with the winner originally intended to be decided by a combination of expert jury and radio listeners. However, once all the songs had been performed the expert jury stated that if these were the best songs on offer, Germany would be well-advised to withdraw completely from the 1978 contest as all were substandard. As the jury refused to vote, SWF decided that the decision would therefore be made by the radio listeners alone. Each member of the radio panel scored each song between 1 and 10 and the song with the highest average score became the winner.

The participants in the final included Germany's Eurovision 1974 representatives Cindy & Bert; Peter, Sue & Marc and Helena Vondráčková, Czechoslovakia's premier female vocalist who had won the Intervision Song Contest in 1977.


01. Feuer - Ireen Sheer, average score: 5.56
02. Liverpool - Sunrise, average score: 5.34
03. Charlie Chaplin - Peter, Sue & Marc, average score: 5.31
04. Chanson d'été - Cindy & Bert, average score: 5.30
05. Was die Sterne lenkt - Cindy & Bert, average score: 5.15
06. Ein Lied für Europa - Royal Brewery, average score: 5.04
07. Nein, weinen werd' ich nicht - Marianne Rosenberg: average score: 5.03
08. Louisiana - Jonny Hill, average score: 4.90
09. Mädchen wie Helena - Tony, average score: 4.51
10. Komm und bleib die Nacht bei mir - Albatross, average score: 4.16
11. Lieder die aus dem Radio klingen - Jochen Brauer Group, average score: 4.07
12. Männer wie du - Helena Vondráčková, average score: 3.98
13. Ich trag' deinen Namen - Freya & Bernd Wippich, average scoe: 3.91
14. Susann - Andy Norden, average score: 3.81
15. Kennst du die Zeit - Brunhilde Lamberty, average score: 3.70

On the night of the ESC final in Paris Ireen Sheer performed 13th in the running order. At the close of voting Feuer had received 84 points from 14 countries (including a maximum 12 from Finland), placing Germany 6th of the 20 entries.

You can click here if you want to know more about Ireen Sheer.

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