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Danish songwriter Remee who wrote the 2008 German Eurovision Song Contest entry for No Angels has launched a new online magazine. The magazine is free and 100% advert financed and Remee is hoping to attract even more talents around him.

Official Presentation of the German Entry

Alex Swings, Oscar Sings

This evening at the Echo Awards in Germany, there was a special performance of the song thas was internally picked to represent Germany at the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest. This is the oppertunity to get an idea about how the song will look on the stage in Moscow.  

Germany Choose an Unknown for Moscow

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Today, German broadcaster NDR, announced the selection of duo, Alex Swings Oscar Sings, to represent Germany in the Eurovision Song Contest in May.

Editorial: 2009 allocation draw analysis

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A bit of luck in the draws can help a country towards winning the Eurovision Song Contest. Now that we know who have been allocated to which semi-finals it is time to start speculating about who has been given a bit of a walk over to the final and who is in for what appears to be a mission impossible.

1968

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Basic information
Date: 
6 April 1968
Venue: 
Royal Albert Hall, London, United Kingdom
Broadcaster: 
BBC
Presenter(s): 
Katie Boyle
About the contest: 

Organising the contest for the third time, the BBC again called on the linguistic skills of Katie Boyle to host the event, also for the third time. They also secured the talents of Cliff Richard to represent his country. His song, Congratulations, became a huge hit. Spain achieved its first win with Massiels La La La, one of the most ridiculed songs to come from the contest. Isabelle Aubret returned for France with a very serious song six years after she won the contest. As sometimes happens, rumours surfaced after the contest that votes were 'bought' by General Franco to help Spain, and that Cliff would have won had the voting been a true reflection of the opinions of the jurors.

As happened in 1967, each country had a jury of ten people who gave a point to their favourite song.

Trivia: 
The title of Cliff Richard’s song was not originally 'Congratulations'. The word 'Congratulations' replaced the original words, 'I think I love you'. When Bill Martin heard this, he thought it was “a load of rubbish.” His reasoning was that you don’t say that to someone, you say either ‘I love you’ or I don’t love you'. The words were subsequently changed to the version that is so well known today.
About the songs: 
Carlos MendesCarlos Mendes Portugal - Carlos Mendes – Verão (Portuguese)
Music/Lyrics: Pedro Osório/José Alberto Diogo
Conductor: Joaquim Luis Gomes

All is going well until the first chorus, where the song takes an unexpected and slightly odd turn. The effect is to make the song sound messy.

 Ronnie ToberRonnie Tober The Netherlands - Ronnie Tober – Morgen (Dutch)
Music/Lyrics: Joop Stokkermans/Theo Strengers
Conductor: Dolf Van Der Linden

Ronnie gives a cheerful performance of Morgen, which is a decent enough song without being inspiring.

 Claude LombardClaude Lombard Belgium - Claude Lombard - Quand Tu Reviendras (French)
Music/Lyrics: Jo van Wetter/Roland Dero
Conductor: Henri Segers

Claude made her way through a very gentle and understated ballad. Her voice helps to give the song a nice, haunting quality.

 Karel GottKarel Gott Austria - Karel Gott - Tausend Fenster (German)
Music/Lyrics: Udo Jürgens/Walter Brandin
Conductor: Robert Opratko

For the sixth year in a row, Austria entered a ballad, and a powerful one at that. Karel sings it like he means it.

 Chris Baldo and Sophie GarelChris Baldo and Sophie Garel Luxembourg - Chris Baldo and Sophie Garel - Nous Vivrons d'Amour (French)
Music/Lyrics: Carlos Leresche/Jacques Demarny
Conductor: André Borly

Despite being one of three songs sung by a duo this year, Chris does most of the work. In fact, Sophie only joins in during the chorus.

 Gianni MascoloGianni Mascolo Switzerland - Gianni Mascolo - Guardando Il Sole (Italian)
Music/Lyrics: Aldo d'Addario/Sanzio Chiesa
Conductor: Mario Robbiani

With possibly the best song they had sent to date, Switzerland were ‘looking at the sun’ and reaching for the stars with this classy, strings based ballad. Maybe Gianni’s orange suit put the jurors off.

 Line and WillyLine and Willy Monaco - Line and Willy - A Chacun Sa Chanson (French)
Music/Lyrics: Jean-Claude Olivier/Roland Valade
Conductor: Michel Colombier

Generous use of the accordion makes this song more memorable than it otherwise would have been. There is a key change, but the tempo and melody stay the same.

 Claes-Göran HederströmClaes-Göran Hederström Sweden - Claes-Göran Hederström - Det Börjar Verka Kärlek, Banne Mej (Swedish)
Music/Lyrics: Peter Himmelstrand/Peter Himmelstrand
Conductor: Mats Olsson

As well as having one of the longest titles in the history of the contest, this is guaranteed to bring a smile to your face, as is Claes’ performance. In an era when the singer basically stood behind the microphone and sang, it’s a lively one.

 Kristina HautalaKristina Hautala Finland – Kristina Hautala - Kun Kello Käy (Finnish)
Music/Lyrics: Esko Linnavalli/Juha Vainio
Conductor: Ossi Runne

This is a nice mid-tempo song which moves along steadily and contains no surprises. It makes for pleasant listening, though.

 Isabelle AubretIsabelle Aubret France - Isabelle Aubret – La Source (French)
Music/Lyrics: Daniël Faure/Guy Bonnet and Henri Dijan
Conductor: Alain Goraguer

La Source is one of the most fondly remembered songs from the 1968 contest. It’s an infinitely superior ballad to Isabelle’s 1962 winner. C’est la vie.

 Sergio EndrigoSergio Endrigo Italy - Sergio Endrigo – Marianne (Italian)
Music/Lyrics: Sergio Endrigo/Sergio Endrigo
Conductor: Giancarlo Chiaramello
Sergio won the Sanremo festival with a different song, Canzone Per Te. Marianne is slightly different from the stereotypical Italian song, relying on guitar as much as strings. It moves along with a fluent tempo.
 Cliff RichardCliff Richard United Kingdom - Cliff Richard – Congratulations (English)
Music/Lyrics: Bill Martin and Phil Coulter/Bill Martin and Phil Coulter
Conductor: Norrie Paramor

In Cliff Richard, the BBC had persuaded one of the biggest international stars ever to sing in the contest to perform in his own contest. The song (which was a big hit in many countries) was written by the same team who wrote Puppet on a String. It can still be heard at birthday parties over 40 years later. 

 Odd BørreOdd Børre Norway - Odd Børre - Stress (Norwegian)
Music/Lyrics: Tor Hultin/Ola B. Johannessen
Conductor: Øivind Bergh

No-one could accuse Odd of not being enthusiastic. He sways Tom Jones like and adds to the impact of the song. A fat lot of good it did him!

 Pat McGeeganPat McGeegan Ireland - Pat McGeegan - Chance Of A Lifetime (English)
Music/Lyrics: John Kennedy/John Kennedy
Conductor: Noel Kelehan

Pat, father of former world boxing champion Barry McGuigan, continued Ireland’s by now predictable sequence of sending a male singing a ballad. That aside, it’s a decent song and does what it needs to do.

 MassielMassiel Spain – Massiel – La, La, La (Spanish)
Music/Lyrics: Ramón Arcusa and Manuel de la Calva/Ramón Arcusa and Manuel de la Calva
Conductor: Rafael Ibarbia

Forty years after it won, La La La is still used as an example of a typical Eurovision song. The verses are calm and the chorus a bit more bouncy.

 Wencke MyhreWencke Myhre Germany - Wencke Myhre - Ein Hoch Der Liebe (German)
Music/Lyrics: Horst Jankowski/Carl Schäuble
Conductor: Horst Jankowski

Norwegian Wencke sung for Germany. It’s lively and Wencke’s face is very expressive throughout.

 Luci Kapurso and Hamo HajdarhodzicLuci Kapurso and Hamo Hajdarhodzic Yugoslavia - Luci Kapurso and Hamo Hajdarhodzic - Jedan Dan (Serbo Croat)
Music/Lyrics: Djelo Jusic and Stipica Kalogjera/Stipica Kalogjera
Conductor: Miljenko Prohaska

The use of a traditional guitar gives Jedan Dan an appeal it would otherwise be lacking. The song opens with the chorus, moving into a more melodic verse.

1967

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Basic information
Date: 
8 April 1967
Venue: 
Großer Festsaal der Wiener Hofburg, Vienna, Austria
Broadcaster: 
ORF
Presenter(s): 
Erika Vaal
About the contest: 

After years of growing year on year, fewer countries participated in 1967 than 1966. Denmark decided to withdraw and wouldn’t return until 1978. Louis Neefs, Vicky (Leandros), Géraldine and Fredi were making their first appearances in the contest, while Claudio Villa and Raphael were making their second. Sandie Shaw gave the United Kingdom its first win ten years after making its debut in the contest. She sung all five songs on the Rolf Harris Show in what was possibly one of the strongest national selections held in that country. Many argue that Puppet On A String was the weakest of the five songs available for the British public to vote for (by post, how things change!), but it won easily, getting more than double the votes of the Irish song in second.

In a return to the voting system used years before, each country had ten jurors who each awarded one point to their favourite song.

About the songs: 
Thérèse SteinmetzThérèse Steinmetz The Netherlands - Thérèse Steinmetz - Ring-dinge (Dutch)

Music/Lyrics: Johnny Holshuysen/Gerrit den Braber

Conductor: Dolf van der Linden

The first song and the first daft title of the night. The song is quite calm and tuneful. 

 VickyVicky Luxembourg – Vicky - L'amour Est Bleu (French)

Music/Lyrics:  André Popp/Pierre Cour

Conductor:  Johannes Fehring

This was the third big international hit to emerge from the contest. The song builds steadily as it progresses and is one continuous chorus, with the odd bridge thrown in for good measure.

 Peter HortenPeter Horten Austria - Peter Horten - Warum Es Hunderttausend Sterne Gibt (German) 

Music/Lyrics: Kurt Peche/Karin Bognar

Conductor: Johannes Fehring

Austria’s chances of retaining the Eurovision crown seemed good. Peter was given a melodic ballad which starts gently and builds dramatically during the chorus.

 Noëlle CordierNoëlle Cordier France - Noëlle Cordier - Il Doit Faire Beau Là-bas (French)

Music/Lyrics: Hubert Giraud/Pierre Delanoë

Conductor: Franck Pourcel

Easy, gentle verses are followed by a more intense chorus, sung by a pure voiced Noëlle Cordier.

 Eduardo NascimentoEduardo Nascimento Portugal - Eduardo Nascimento - O Vento Mudou (Portuguese) 

Music/Lyrics: Nuño Nazareth Fernandes/João Magalhães Pereira

Conductor: Armando Tavares Belo

Maintaining a steady tempo throughout, the song is nice enough to listen to, but was always unlikely to set the scoreboard alight.

 GéraldineGéraldine Switzerland – Géraldine - Quel Coeur Vas-tu Briser? (French)

Music/Lyrics: Daniël Faure/Gérard Gray

Conductor: Hans Möckel

Switzerland entered a soft ballad which feels a little bit stale in a contest full of fresher, more contemporary sounding songs. Perhaps this is why it didn’t score.

 Östen WarnebringÖsten Warnebring Sweden - Östen Warnebring - Som En Dröm (Swedish)

Music/Lyrics: Curt Peterson, Marcus Österdahl, Patrice Hellberg/Curt Peterson, Marcus Österdahl, Patrice Hellberg

Conductor: Mats Olsson

A very sombre and at times, dark song from Sweden. Not what they are known for, but there’s nothing wrong with being different.

 FrediFredi Finland – Fredi - Varjoon-suojaan (Finnish)

Music/Lyrics: Lasse Mårtenson/Alvi Vuorinen

Conductor: Ossi Runne

Most people know Fredi from the 1976 contest. The two songs are completely different. ‘Varjoon-suojaan’ is a serious and dramatic song delivered by a serious looking Fredi.  

 Inge BrückInge Brück Germany - Inge Brück – Anouschka (German)

Music/Lyrics: Hans Blüm/Hans Blüm

Conductor: Willy Berking

In the early history of the contest, Germany entered good quality songs which stood a good chance of winning. ‘Anouschka’ does not let the side down. It holds the ear from beginning to end.

 Louis NeefsLouis Neefs Belgium - Louis Neefs - Ik Heb Zorgen (Flemish)

Music/Lyrics: Paul Quintens/Phil van Cauwenbergh

Conductor: Francis Bay

Louis kept the string section of the orchestra busy throughout this mid tempo song.

 Sandiw ShawSandiw Shaw United Kingdom - Sandie Shaw - Puppet On A String (Englsih)

Music/Lyrics: Bill Martin, Phil Coulter/ Bill Martin, Phil Coulter

Conductor: Kenny Woodman

The United Kingdom’s first win came via a song which arguably was the worst song in a strong national selection. On the international stage however, it improves and was good enough to beat the competition.

 RaphaelRaphael Spain – Raphael - Hablemos Del Amor (Spanish)

Music/Lyrics: Manuel Alejandro/Manuel Alejandro

Conductor: Manuel Alejandro

Raphael, competing in his second successive contest, delivered a strong performance of a song full of emotion and drama.

 Kirsti SparboeKirsti Sparboe Norway - Kirsti Sparboe – Dukkemann (Norwegian)

Music/Lyrics: Tor Hultin/Ola B. Johannessen

Conductor: Øivind Bergh

Starting like the opening sequence of a western, ‘Dukkemann’ soon settles down into a pleasant song which moves along quite nicely.

 Minouche BarelliMinouche Barelli Monaco - Minouche Barelli - Boum-badaboum (French)

Music/Lyrics: Serge Gainsbourg, Michel Colombier/ Serge Gainsbourg

Conductor: Aimé Barelli

The second daft title of the 1967 contest and a daft song too. Minouche gives an understated performance of a song which demands a bit more gusto in the presentation. With more ‘Boum Boum’s’ than Basil Brush, there is something appealing about it.

 Lado LeskovarLado Leskovar Yugoslavia - Lado Leskovar - Vse Roze Sveta (Serbo Croat)

Music/Lyrics: Urban Koder/Milan Lindic

Conductor:
Marijo Rijavic

This is a show song which includes a bit of spoken word. The tempo doesn’t alter during the song

 Claudio VillaClaudio Villa Italy - Claudio Villa - Non Andare Più Lontano (Italian)

Music/Lyrics:
Gino Mescioli/Vito Pallavicini

Conductor: Giancarlo Chiaramello

Italy broke from their tradition of ending the winning combination from the Sanremo festival. Instead, the winning singer sang a different song, a suitably passionate and powerful Italian ballad.

 Sean DunphySean Dunphy Ireland - Sean Dunphy - If I Could Choose (Englsih)

Music/Lyrics: Michael Coffey/Wesley Burrows

Conductor: Noel Kelehan

The liveliest of the Irish entries so far. That said, it’s still a ballad but does build in tempo at times. Sean often mentions ‘the hills of Clare’, a phrase that’s open to misinterpretation if ever there was one.

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The latest album from three times Eurovision Song Contest winner was in September released in Denmark, Sweden and Norway and made it to the charts in all three countries. At the end of January Irishman in America will be released in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

1966

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Basic information
Date: 
5 March 1966
Contest type: 
Grand Final
Venue: 
Grand Auditorium de RTL, Villa Louvigny, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Broadcaster: 
CLT
Presenter(s): 
Josiane Shen
About the contest: 

Persistence paid off for Udo Jurgens, who ‘waltzed’ to victory at his third attempt. At the same time, he also gave Austria its first and so far only victory. Two ladies who would host the contest in the mid 1980’s had their first taste of the Eurovision stage. Monaco travelled to Luxembourg with one of the shortest songs in the history of the contest. Kenneth McKellar caused something of a stir when he appeared on stage dressed in full traditional Scottish dress. The United Kingdom had one of their worst finishes for many years (including following years). A coincidence?

For the third year in a row, the result was decided by juries giving five points to their favourite song, three to the second favourite and one to their third favourite.

 

Trivia: 
Domenico Modugno’s participation in the contest looked in doubt when, feeling less than happy with the orchestra, he left the stage in anger during rehearsals.
About the songs: 
Margot EskensMargot Eskens

 Germany - Margot Eskens - Die Zeiger Der Uhr (German)

Music/Lyrics: Walter Dobschinski/Hans Bradtke

Conductor: Willy Berking

Margo and Germany came to the contest with a gentle, floating ballad, something they hadn’t really tried before.

 Ulla PiaUlla Pia Denmark – Ulla Pia - Stop, Ja Stop - Ja Stop, Mens Legen Er Go (Danish) 

Music/Lyrics: Erik Kåre/Erik Kåre

Conductor: Arne Lamberth

Lots of brass moves this song along quite briskly. It occasionally pauses before re-launching itself on the listener.

 ToniaTonia

Belgium – Tonia - Un Peu De Poivre, Un Peu De Sel (French)

Music/Lyrics: Paul Quintens/Phil van Cauwenbergh

Conductor: Jean Roderes

This is a lively piece of 60’s French pop, which keeps Tonia very busy. She sings non stop from start to finish.

 Michèle TorrMichèle Torr

Luxembourg - Michèle Torr - Ce Soir Je T'attendais (French)  

Music/Lyrics: Bernard Kesslair/Jacques Chaumelle

Conductor: Jean Roderes

The introduction makes you think that Tom Jones is about to leap on to the stage. However, the very feminine looking (and sounding) Michèle starts singing. She sings a mid-tempo song which builds for the chorus and even more at the end.

 Berta AmbrozBerta Ambroz Yugoslavia - Berta Ambroz - Brez Besed (Serbo-Croat) 

Music/Lyrics: Mojmir Sepe/Elza Budav

Conductor: Mojmir Sepe

Yugoslavia were starting to establish themselves as a country to be relied on to provide a decent song. ‘Brez Besed’ cements that reputation. Another good song and another good ballad.

 Åse KlevelandÅse Kleveland Norway - Åse Kleveland - Intet Er Nytt Under Solen (Norwegian)

Music/Lyrics: Arne Bendiksen/Arne Bendiksen

Conductor: Øivind Bergh

The woman who would host the contest 20 years later sings a fairly quiet song. She strums a guitar and the song is given some life by some bold brass.

 Ann-Christine NyströmAnn-Christine Nyström

Finland - Ann-Christine Nyström – Play-boy (Finnish) 

Music/Lyrics: Ossi Runne/Ossi Runne

Conductor: Ossi Runne

A mid-tempo effort from Finland which, like their (almost) neighbours Denmark, makes good use of the brass section.

 Madalena IglesiasMadalena Iglesias Portugal - Madalena Iglesias - Ele E Ela (Portugese)

Music/Lyrics: Carlos Canelhas/Carlos Canelhas

Conductor: Jorge Costa Pinto

Portugal tried something more up-tempo for their third entry. It moves along nicely, occasionally drifting into calm before changing up a gear again. 

 Udo JürgensUdo Jürgens Austria - Udo Jürgens - Merci Chérie (German) 

Music/Lyrics: Udo Jürgen Bockelmann/ Udo Jürgen Bockelmann & Thomas Hörbiger

Conductor: Hans Hammerschmid

It was third time lucky for Udo and if he didn’t win with ‘Mercie Cherie’, he was never going to win. It’s very much in the piano ballad mould of his two previous entries and flows along fluently.

 Lill Lindfors and Svante ThuressonLill Lindfors and Svante Thuresson Sweden - Lill Lindfors and Svante Thuresson - Nygammal Vals Eller Hip Man Svinaherde (Swedish)

Music/Lyrics: Bengt-Arne Wallin/Björn Lindroth

Conductor:
Gert Ove Andersson

Another future presenter, Lill teamed up with Svante to give an engaging and entertaining performance of this cheerful song.

 RaphaelRaphael Spain – Raphael - Yo Soy Aquél (Spanish)

Music/Lyrics: Manuel Alejandro/Manuel Alejandro

Conductor: Rafael da Ibarbia

Raphael made his way through his dramatic song with a suitably dramatic performance.

 Madeleine PascalMadeleine Pascal

Switzerland - Madeleine Pascal - Ne Vois-tu Pas? (French)

Music/Lyrics: Pierre Brenner/Roland Schweizer

Conductor: Jean Roderes

Switzerland entered a steady ballad which, while being nice enough, doesn’t make you want to turn up the volume.

 TerezaTereza Monaco – Tereza - Bien Plus Fort (French)

Music/Lyrics: Gérard Bourgeois/Jean-Max Rivière

Conductor: Alan Goraguer

At just under two minutes, this is the shortest song in the contest. Like Luxembourg, it’s a mid-tempo ballad but with a little less drama.

 Domenico ModugnoDomenico Modugno Italy - Domenico Modugno - Dio Come Ti Amo (Italian)

Music/Lyrics: Domenico Modugno/Domenico Modugno

Conductor: Angelo Giacomazzi

Having achieved a worldwide hit with his Eurovision entry eight years earlier, Domenico joined the ‘nul points’ club this time. As this song won Sanremo, it is a sharp reminder of how national and international tastes can vary.

 Dominique WalterDominique Walter France - Dominique Walter – Chez Nous (French)

Music/Lyrics: Claude Carrère/Jacques Plante

Conductor: Franck Pourcel

The title is repeated a lot, and I mean a lot! That aside, it’s a fairly gentle, inoffensive song which neither makes you want to turn off, or be in a hurry to listen to again.

 Milly ScottMilly Scott

The Netherlands - Milly Scott - Fernando En Philippo (Dutch)

Music/Lyrics: Kees de Bruyn/Gerrit den Braber

Conductor: Dolf van der Linden

A chirpy little number from the Dutch with a few silly sounds for good measure. Milly sings about Fernando and Philippo alternately.

 Dickie RockDickie Rock Ireland – Dickie Rock - Come Back To Stay (English)

Music/Lyrics: Rowland Soper/Rowland Soper

Conductor: Noel Kelehan

Definitely not a ‘rock’ song. Dickie sung a pleasant ballad, whose title gives the theme of the song away.

 Kenneth McKellarKenneth McKellar

United Kingdom - Kenneth McKellar – A Man Without Love (English)

Music/Lyrics: Cyril Ornadel/Peter Callander

Conductor: Hary Rabinowitz

Given the popularity of British pop music at the time, many have wondered why a more famous singer wasn’t asked to represent the United Kingdom. That said, and despite the outfit, Kenneth gave a good performance of this sincere ballad and can count himself unlucky not to have finished higher up the scoreboard.

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