Germany in the Eurovision Song Contest 1999

For the Eurovision Song Contest 1999, Germany was represented by "Reise nach Jerusalem – Kudüs'e Seyahat", performed by Sürpriz. Both parts of the title translate to "Journey to Jerusalem" in English, in Germany "Reise nach Jerusalem" also is the name for the party game musical chairs.

Eurovision Song Contest 1999
Country Germany
National selection
Selection processCountdown Grand Prix 1999
Selection date(s)12 March 1999
Selected entrantSürpriz
Selected song"Reise nach Jerusalem – Kudüs'e Seyahat"
Selected songwriter(s)
Finals performance
Final result3rd, 140 points
Germany in the Eurovision Song Contest
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Before EurovisionEdit

Countdown Grand Prix 1999Edit

On March 12, the German final was held at the Stadthall in Bremen, and was hosted by Axel Bulthaupt and Sandra Studer (who had taken part in 1991, representing Switzerland as Sandra Simo). There were 11 songs in the final, and the winner was decided by televoting - which was also open to Swiss viewers, since song number 9 was performed by a Swiss act. (Due to their bottom placing in 1998, Switzerland were not taking part.) Michael von der Heide would represent Switzerland in 2010.

Between the guests of the show was Giora Feidman and the music producer Thomas M. Stein.

On 16 March 1999, it was announced that the winning song, being "Hör den Kindern einfach zu" performed by Corinna May, had been released in 1997 by another act and was thus disqualified, since entering a cover song was contrary to the rules.[1] She would later represent the country in 2002. Wind had represented Germany on three previous occasions: 1985, 1987 and 1992.

Final – 12 March 1999
Draw Artist Song Songwriter(s) Televote Place
1 Jeanette Biedermann "Das tut unheimlich weh" Andreas Bärtels, Rick Rossi, Kristina Bach 12.2% 4
2 Carol Bee "Lover Boy" Candy DeRouge, Carol Bee Unknown 7
3 Patrick Lindner "Ein bißchen Sonne, ein bißchen Regen" Alfons Weindorf, Bernd Meinunger Unknown 6
4 Megasüß "Ich habe meine Tage" Windsor Robinson, Jürgen Magdziak, C. Funke Unknown 8
5 Sürpriz "Reise nach Jerusalem – Kudüs'e Seyahat" Ralph Siegel, Bernd Meinunger 16.2% 2
6 Elvin "Heaven" Andreas Linse, Eric Brodka Unknown 9
7 Corinna May "Hör den Kindern einfach zu" Frank Zumbroich 32.6% 1
8 Naima "Itsy Bitsy Spider" Oliver Göddecke, Alexander Seidl, Robert Parr Unknown 11
9 Michael von der Heide "Bye Bye Bar" Thomas Fessler, Jeannot Steck, Micha Lewinsky Unknown 5
10 Wind "Lost in Love" Norbert Beyerl, Werner Schüler Unknown 10
11 Cathrin "Together We're Strong" Hermann Weindorf, Peter Bischof-Fallenstein 15.9% 3

At EurovisionEdit

Germany performed 21st on the night of the contest, following Malta and preceding Bosnia and Herzegovina. At the end of the voting, "Reise nach Jerusalem – Kudüs'e Seyahat" received 140 points (12 points from Israel, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal and Turkey), finishing 3rd of 23 countries.[2]



  1. ^ "German entrant dropped in Eurovision row". BBC News. 16 March 1999. Retrieved 29 August 2022.
  2. ^ "Final of Jerusalem 1999". European Broadcasting Union. Archived from the original on 12 April 2021. Retrieved 12 April 2021.
  3. ^ a b "Results of the Final of Jerusalem 1999". European Broadcasting Union. Archived from the original on 12 April 2021. Retrieved 12 April 2021.