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 1956 Contest, held in Lugano, Switzerland.
|Eurovision Song Contest 1956|
|Selection process||National final|
|Selection date(s)||1 May 1956|
|Selected entrant||Walter Andreas Schwarz|
and Freddy Quinn
|Selected song||"Im Wartesaal zum großen Glück"|
and "So geht das jede Nacht"
|Selected songwriter(s)||"Im Wartesaal zum großen Glück":|
Walter Andreas Schwarz
"So geht das jede Nacht":
|Germany in the Eurovision Song Contest|
The German national final was held on 1 May 1956 and was presented by Heinz Piper. Two songs were selected for the Eurovision Song Contest 1956.
|6||Friedel Hensch und die Cyprys||Unknown|
|9||Freddy Quinn||"So geht das jede Nacht"|
|10||Walter Andreas Schwarz||"Im Wartesaal zum großen Glück"|
|11||Hans Arno Simon||Unknown|
There was a rumour that Lys Assia performed the song "Ein kleiner gold'ner 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.
The rules of the 1956 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest allowed two songs per country for the only time in Eurovision history, with the two songs from each of seven countries performing via two rounds at the same order of countries. Both entries were conducted by host Switzerland's Fernando Paggi. "Im Wartesaal zum großen Glück" was performed fourth and "So geht das jede Nacht" eleventh, both following Belgium and preceding France's two songs. The scoreboard of the 1956 Contest has never been made public, making any statements about placing and points impossible. However, there is considerable speculation that "Im Wartesaal zum großen Glück" placed second, after Switzerland. The two entries were succeeded as German representative at the 1957 contest by Margot Hielscher with "Telefon, Telefon".
- Jan Feddersen: Ein Lied kann eine Brücke sein, Hoffmann und Campe 2002.
- OGAE Germany – Der Fanclub zum Eurovision Song Contest