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Germany were present at the Eurovision Song Contest 1998, held in Birmingham, United Kingdom.
|Eurovision Song Contest 1998|
|Selection process||Countdown Grand Prix 1998|
|Selection date(s)||26 February 1998|
|Selected entrant||Guildo Horn|
|Selected song||"Guildo hat euch lieb!"|
|Selected songwriter(s)||Stefan Raab|
|Final result||7th, 86 points|
|Germany in the Eurovision Song Contest|
Originally, Germany was relegated from the contest because of its low average score over the previous four years, however after Italy withdrew from the contest, Germany was allowed to compete.
Countdown Grand Prix 1998Edit
The national final to select their entry, Countdown Grand Prix 1998, was held on 26 February 1998 at the Stadthalle Bremen, and was hosted by Axel Bulthaupt and Nena. The final decision was decided on televoting only; the top 3 were announced, but the other placings are known unofficially. The winning entry was "Guildo hat euch lieb!," performed by Guildo Horn and written and composed by Stefan Raab (under the pseudonym "Alf Igel").
|1||Shana||"Es regnet nie in Texas"||Franz Troja, Klaus Hirschburger||Unknown||9|
|2||Ballhouse||"Can-Can"||Ralph Siegel, Bernd Meinunger||Unknown||6|
|3||Maria Perzil||"Freut Euch!"||Markus Krüger, Dirk Schelpmeier||Unknown||10|
|4||Diana and Wind||"Lass die Herzen sich berühren"||Peter Weigel, Dave Tchorz, Andreas Lebbing||Unknown||5|
|5||Sharon||"Kids"||Ralph Siegel, Bernd Meinunger||Unknown||8|
|6||Guildo Horn||"Guildo hat euch lieb!"||Alf Igel||62%||1|
|7||Rosenstolz||"Herzensschöner"||Peter Plate, Andrea Rosenbaum||10.6%||2|
|8||Köpenick||"Carneval"||Ralph Siegel, Bernd Meinunger||Unknown||7|
|9||Fokker||"Gel-Song (Kleine Melodie)"||Fokker||Unknown||4|
|10||Hearts and Roses||"Du bist ein Teil von mir"||Jörg Evers||10.1%||3|
Heading into the final of the contest, BBC reported that bookmakers ranked the entry 8th out of the 25 entries. Horn was the ninth performer on the night of the Contest, following Israel and preceding Malta. At the Contest, he performed together with his band Die Orthopädischen Strümpfe. At the close of the voting the song had received 86 points, placing 7th in a field of 25 competing countries.
- ^ "The bookies' favourites". BBC News. 8 May 1998. Archived from the original on 1 November 2002. Retrieved 21 March 2021.
- ^ Spain originally gave its 12 points to Israel and 10 to Norway. After the broadcast it was announced that Spanish broadcaster wrongly tallied the votes and Germany should have got the top mark - 12 points - instead of being snubbed, as it happened. The mistake was corrected and so Germany was placed 7th over Norway. Israel and Norway both received 2 points less than originally and Croatia, Malta, Portugal, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Belgium, Estonia and Turkey all received one point less than indicated during the broadcast.
- ^ "Final of Birmingham 1998". European Broadcasting Union. Archived from the original on 13 April 2021. Retrieved 13 April 2021.
- ^ a b "Results of the Final of Birmingham 1998". European Broadcasting Union. Archived from the original on 13 April 2021. Retrieved 13 April 2021.