Germany in the Eurovision Song Contest 1962

Germany was represented by Conny Froboess, with the song '"Zwei kleine Italiener", at the 1962 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 18 March in Luxembourg City. Twelve artists and 24 songs took part in the German preselection, which consisted of four semi-finals, followed by the final on 17 February. Each show was held in a different German city.

Eurovision Song Contest 1962
Country Germany
National selection
Selection processDeutschen Schlager-Festspiele 1962
Selection date(s)Semi-finals
12 January 1962
19 January 1962
26 January 1962
2 February 1962
Final
17 February 1962
Selected entrantConny Froboess
Selected song"Zwei kleine Italiener"
Selected songwriter(s)
  • Christian Bruhn
  • George Buschor
Finals performance
Final result6th, 9 points
Germany in the Eurovision Song Contest
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There were several past and future Eurovision representatives among the participants: Wyn Hoop (Germany 1960), Siw Malmkvist (Sweden 1960 & Germany 1969), Jimmy Makulis (Austria 1961), Carmela Corren (Austria 1963) and Margot Eskens (Germany 1966).

Before EurovisionEdit

National finalEdit

Semi-finalsEdit

Four semi-finals were held to select the 12 qualifiers for the final. Each artist performed two songs and a jury selected which of the two should go forward to the final.[1]

Semi-final 1 - FrankfurtEdit
Semi-final 1–12 January 1962
Draw Artist Song Result
1 Conny Froboess "Hallo hallo hallo" Eliminated
2 Conny Froboess "Zwei kleine Italiener" Advanced
3 Rita Paul "Canzonetta d'amore" Eliminated
4 Rita Paul "La luna romantica" Advanced
5 Jimmy Makulis "Ich habe im Leben nur Dich" Advanced
6 Jimmy Makulis "Keiner weiß wohin" Eliminated
Semi-final 2 - StuttgartEdit
Semi-final 2–19 January 1962
Draw Artist Song Result
1 Peter Beil "Dein erster Kuß" Eliminated
2 Peter Beil "Ein verliebter Italiener" Advanced
3 Peggy Brown "Das Lexikon d'amour" Advanced
4 Peggy Brown "Ein Wiederseh'n mit Jacky" Eliminated
5 Siw Malmkvist "Der eine, der bist Du" Eliminated
6 Siw Malmkvist "Die Wege der Liebe (sind wunderbar)" Advanced
Semi-final 3 - CologneEdit
Semi-final 3–26 January 1962
Draw Artist Song Result
1 Pirkko Mannola & Wyn Hoop "Komm ein bißchen näher zu mir her" Eliminated
2 Pirkko Mannola & Wyn Hoop "Mama will dich sehen" Advanced
3 Ralf Bendix "Das Neueste aus Paris" Eliminated
4 Ralf Bendix "Spanische Hochzeit" Advanced
5 Margot Eskens "Ein Herz das kann man nicht kaufen" Advanced
6 Margot Eskens "Jeder braucht jeden Tag Liebe" Eliminated
Semi-final 4 - MunichEdit
Semi-final 4–2 February 1962
Draw Artist Song Result
1 Carmela Corren "Eine Rose aus Santa Monica" Advanced
2 Carmela Corren "Irgendwie geht es immer weiter" Eliminated
3 Bill Ramsey "Hilly Billy Banjo Bill" Advanced
4 Bill Ramsey "Old Jonny war ein Wunderkind" Eliminated
5 Ann-Louise Hanson "Au revoir, auf wiederseh'n" Eliminated
6 Ann-Louise Hanson "Sing kleiner Vogel" Advanced

FinalEdit

The national final was held on 17 February at the Kurhaus in Baden-Baden, hosted by Klaus Havenstein. The winning song was chosen by voting from six regional juries and an additional jury in the theatre.[2]

Final - 17 February 1962
Draw Artist Song Points Place
1 Conny Froboess "Zwei kleine Italiener" 19 1
2 Rita Paul "La luna romantica" 2 6=
3 Jimmy Makulis "Ich habe im Leben nur Dich" 0 11=
4 Peter Beil "Ein verliebter Italiener" 0 11=
5 Peggy Brown "Das Lexicon d'amour" 2 6=
6 Siw Malmkvist "Die Wege der Liebe (sind wunderbar)" 18 2
7 Pirkko Mannola & Wyn Hoop "Mama will dich sehen" 6 4
8 Ralf Bendix "Spanische Hochzeit" 5 5
9 Margot Eskens "Ein Herz das kann man nicht kaufen" 8 3
10 Carmela Corren "Eine Rose aus Santa Monica" 1 8=
11 Bill Ramsey "Hilly Billy Banjo Bill" 1 8=
12 Ann-Louise Hanson "Sing kleiner Vogel" 1 8=

At EurovisionEdit

On the night of the final Froboess performed 7th in the running order, following Sweden and preceding the Netherlands. "Zwei kleine Italiener" was one of very few fun, uptempo songs in what in retrospect is usually rated as one of the dreariest contests of all. Each national jury awarded 3-2-1 to their top three songs, and at the close of voting "Zwei kleine Italiener" had received 9 points, placing Germany 6th of the 16 entries. The German jury awarded its 3 points to contest winners France.[3]

VotingEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ ESC National Finals database 1962 - semis
  2. ^ ESC National Finals database 1962
  3. ^ ESC History - Germany 1962
  4. ^ a b "Results of the Final of Luxembourg 1962". Eurovision Song Contest. Archived from the original on 30 March 2021. Retrieved 30 March 2021.