Germany in the Eurovision Song Contest 1956

Germany was one of seven countries to enter the Eurovision Song Contest 1956, the first Eurovision Song Contest to be held. The German broadcaster ARD held a national final to select two entries to represent the country: Walter Andreas Schwarz with "Im Wartesaal zum großen Glück" and Freddy Quinn with "So geht das jede Nacht". Neither song won the Contest, held in Lugano, Switzerland.

Eurovision Song Contest 1956
Country Germany
National selection
Selection processNational Final
Selection date(s)1 May 1956
Selected entrantWalter Andreas Schwarz
& Freddy Quinn
Selected song"Im Wartesaal zum großen Glück"
& "So Geht Das Jede Nacht"
Finals performance
Final resultN/A
Germany in the Eurovision Song Contest
1956 1957►

Before EurovisionEdit

National finalEdit

The German national final was held on 1 May 1956 and was presented by Heinz Piper.

Draw Artist Song Place
1 Lys Assia - -
2 Rolf Baro - -
3 Eva Busch - -
4 Angèle Durand - -
5 Margot Eskens - -
6 Friedel Hensch & Die Cyprys - -
7 Margot Hielscher - -
8 Bibi Johns - -
9 Freddy Quinn "So geht das jede Nacht" 1
10 Walter Andreas Schwarz "Im Wartesaal zum großen Glück" 1
11 Hans Arno Simon - -
12 Gerhard Wendland - -

There was a rumour that Lys Assia performed the song "Ein kleiner gold'ner Ring" (A Little Golden Ring) in the national final. However, this turned out to be incorrect, as she remembered only that she took part with a song of that title in a German music festival - it turned out that she competed with this song in the German Schlager Festival of 1961.[1]


  1. ^ Jan Feddersen: Ein Lied kann eine Brücke sein, Hoffmann und Campe 2002.