Germany in the Eurovision Song Contest 1972

Germany was represented by Mary Roos, with the song "Nur die Liebe läßt uns leben", at the 1972 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 25 March in Edinburgh. "Nur die Liebe läßt uns leben" was the winner of the German national final, Ein Lied für Edinburgh, held on 19 February. Roos would later represent Germany again in 1984.

Eurovision Song Contest 1972
Country Germany
National selection
Selection processEin Lied für Edinburgh
Selection date(s)19 February 1972
Selected entrantMary Roos
Selected song"Nur die Liebe läßt uns leben"
Selected songwriter(s)
  • Joachim Heider
  • Joachim Relin
Finals performance
Final result3rd, 107 points
Germany in the Eurovision Song Contest
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Before EurovisionEdit

Ein Lied für EdinburghEdit

The final was held at the TV studios in West Berlin, hosted by Karin Tietze-Ludwig and Renate Bauer. Twelve songs took part with voting done in two parts by a 10-member jury. Firstly, each jury member awarded between 1 and 5 points to each song. The votes were tallied and the four highest-scoring songs went through to the next round. Each juror then named their favourite of the remaining four.

The voting was close (4-3-3-0) and the choice of "Nur die Liebe läßt uns leben" was not particularly warmly received, as "Geh' die Straße" by Cindy & Bert had won the first voting round and had received the best audience reception of the twelve songs. Roos herself expressed surprise at the victory, saying that she had assumed she had lost after the initial voting, and was returning to her dressing room to remove her make-up when she was declared the winner.[1]

First Round – 19 February 1972
Draw Artist Song Songwriter(s) Points Place
1 Edina Pop "Meine Liebe will ich dir geben" Ralph Siegel, Fred Weyrich 27 6
2 Teddy Parker "Ich setze auf Dich" Teddy Parker, Kurt Hertha 18 11
3 Olivia Molina "Die größte Manege der Welt" Erich Becht, Kurt Feltz 20 9
4 Cindy & Bert "Geh' die Straße" Werner Scharfenberger, Kurt Feltz 41 1
5 Marion Maerz "Hallelujah Man" Klaus Doldinger, Karlheinz Frynik 30 5
6 Adrian Wolf "Mein Geschenk an Dich" Ralph Siegel, Fred Weyrich 13 12
7 Su Kramer "Glaub an Dich selbst" Rudi Bauer, Gerd Thumser 38 3
8 Inga & Wolf "Gute Nacht Freunde" Reinhard Mey 38 3
9 Sandra "Das Leben beginnt jeden Tag" Hans Blum, Kurt Hertha 27 6
10 Sven Jensen "Grenzenlos" Günter Tilgert, Heinz Korn 19 10
11 Mary Roos "Nur die Liebe läßt uns leben" Joachim Heider, Joachim Relin 40 2
12 Peter Horton "Wann kommt der Morgen" Günter Engelhardt, Carl J. Schäuble 27 6
Detailed Jury Votes
Draw Song E. Hilliges C. Kneisel C. Eder W. Lau E. Natzke E. Böhmer H. Hirschmann C. Striegler H. Wernstedt E. Zalud Total
1 "Meine Liebe will ich dir geben" 4 2 3 3 2 2 3 3 2 3 27
2 "Ich setze auf Dich" 2 1 2 2 2 1 1 3 2 2 18
3 "Die größte Manege der Welt" 1 3 2 3 1 2 2 2 2 2 20
4 "Geh' die Straße" 3 4 4 5 2 5 5 5 4 4 41
5 "Hallelujah Man" 2 4 3 4 3 3 2 4 3 2 30
6 "Mein Geschenk an Dich" 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 3 1 1 13
7 "Glaub an Dich selbst" 3 5 5 3 4 3 3 5 3 4 38
8 "Gute Nacht Freunde" 3 5 3 4 3 4 4 4 4 4 38
9 "Das Leben beginnt jeden Tag" 4 2 3 3 2 2 3 4 2 2 27
10 "Grenzenlos" 3 2 1 3 1 2 2 3 1 1 19
11 "Nur die Liebe läßt uns leben" 4 3 4 3 3 5 5 3 5 5 40
12 "Wann kommt der Morgen" 3 2 2 4 2 3 2 4 3 2 27
Second Round – 19 February 1972
Draw Artist Song E. Hilliges C. Kneisel C. Eder W. Lau E. Natzke E. Böhmer H. Hirschmann C. Striegler H. Wernstedt E. Zalud Total Place
1 Cindy & Bert "Geh' die Straße" 1 1 1 3 2
2 Su Kramer "Glaub an Dich selbst" 1 1 1 3 2
3 Inga & Wolf "Gute Nacht Freunde" 0 4
4 Mary Roos "Nur die Liebe läßt uns leben" 1 1 1 1 4 1

At EurovisionEdit

On the night of the final Roos was drawn to perform first in the running order, preceding France. At the close of voting "Nur die Liebe läßt uns leben" had received 107 points, placing Germany third of the 18 entries, the third consecutive contest in which Germany finished in third place.[2][3]

VotingEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ ESC National Finals database 1972
  2. ^ "Final of Edinburgh 1972". Eurovision Song Contest. Archived from the original on 9 April 2021. Retrieved 9 April 2021.
  3. ^ ESC History - Germany 1972
  4. ^ a b "Results of the Final of Edinburgh 1972". European Broadcasting Union. Archived from the original on 9 April 2021. Retrieved 9 April 2021.