Germany 1999

SürprizCorinna May was disqualified as the winner of the German final on March 16th by German TV channel NDR. The melody had appeared on a CD by another singer with English lyrics in 1997, and was therefore not original, as required by the rules. Composer Frank Zumbroich admitted this, and so the second-placed song "Reise nach Jerusalem - Kudues'e Seyahat" (Journey To Jerusalem). performed by Sürpriz (left) will represent Germany in Jerusalem.

Cathrin, who had been placed third in the telephone vote, now moves up to 2nd with 'Together we're strong.'

No third place was announced.

Play Real Audio full length clips:

  1. "Reise nach Jerusalem - Kudues'e Seyahat" (Journey To Jerusalem). performed by Sürpriz

  2.  'Together we're strong' performed by Cathrin
     "Hör den Kindern einfach zu" performed by Corinna May

Corinna winsThe picture on the right shows Corinna May receiving the trophy from presenters Sandra Studer & Axel Bulthaupt.

Corinna May won the German contest on March 12th with "Hör den Kindern einfach zu". She had over 33% of the 680,000 votes cast by the German public, and was a clear winner.

Rather like last year, a rather rowdy show, but the lullaby-like song (with a bizarre Scottish ending with bagpipes) seemed a clear favourite with the crowd, who booed a few acts, notably Patrick Lindner.

My comments:

  1. Jeanette - Nice song from a young girl backed with three inaudible violins

  2. Carol Bee - Lots of dancing

  3. Patrick Lindner - told us "I'm not Guildo", and showed us with his very schlager song

  4. Megasüß - was two girl rap singers, and was terrible

  5. SCathrinürpriz - Multlingual Turkish delight, with a very Turkisk mid-section. Rather too sickly for me

  6. Elvin - a man at a piano with a head microphone

  7. Corinna May - Lullaby with dozens of familiar ideas tossed in. Blind singer has a very hard face

  8. Naima - dark girl with forgettable song

  9. Michael von der Heide - this year's Paul Oscar. Very camp, with two girls in red backing

  10. Wind - now down to four. Rather off-key. Despite the English title, this was in German.

  11. Cathrin (above right) - wobbly start, but this rouser was popular in the hall, because of its towering shout the house down moments. Easily my favourite

The Interval act was Israeli singer Noa (below left), who sang a fine song "One becomes two" which is on the album from the show, now out in Germany. It's called 'Countdown Grand Prix 1999' and has all 11 songs, plus others, One place on the net to get it from is Cost is 33DM.

After Noa we were 'treated' to the most god-damned awful racket from some guy called Loa Falkman who had a transparent saxophone. Truly a low point.

NoaThen the results, and a tearful Corinna thanked Germany for the win, little realising it would soon be taken from her.

Of course, had the Turkish final not been on at the same time (and available all over Germany on cable), perhaps Turkish viewers would have voted more for Sürpriz, and it might have won outright.

Anyway, Sürpriz, will probably get by quite well in Jerusalem, and Ralph Siegel is there again as writer with Bernd Meinunger - the team that brought us Nicole in 1982, but lots of lesser stuff since (and Mekado)


There's now a nice official German site with pictures and 20 second sound clips at this link.

Originally Matthias Reim had a song but it was withdrawn





Record Company

Lover Boy

Carol Bee 

Candy de Rouge

Candy de Rouge & Carol Shantay Brown

Columbia/ Sony

Das tut unheimlich weh

Jeanette Biedermann 

Andreas Bärtels & Rick Rossi

Kristina Bach


Together We're Strong


Herman Weindorf

Peter Bischof Fallenstein 




Andreas Linse

Eric Brodka


Bye, Bye Bar

Michael von der Heide 

Thomas Fessler, Jeannot Steck & Micha Lewinsky

Micha Lewinsky

Schweizer Fernsehen DRS & BMG Ariola Schweiz

Ein bißchen Sonne, ein bißchen Regen

Patrick Lindner 

Alfons Weindorf

Bernd Meinunger

BMG Ariola München

Ich habe meine Tage


Windsor Robinson & Jürgen Magdziak

Windsor Robinson, Jürgen Magdziak & Claus Funke

Electrola/ EMI

Hör den Kindern einfach zu

Corinna May 

Frank Zumbroich

Frank Zumbroich


Itsy Bitsy Spider


Oliver Göddecke, Alexander Seidl, Robert Parr

Oliver Göddecke, Alexander Seidl, Robert Parr


Reise nach Jerusalem - Kudüs'e seyahat


Ralph Siegel

Bernd Meinunger

Jupiter Records

Lost in Love


Norbert Beyerl

Werner Schüler

Koch International

CathrinPresenters will be Axel Bulthaupt (who did it last year) and from Swiss TV, Sandra Studer, better known as Sandra Simo who represented Switzerland in the 1991 Eurovision Song Contest, and last year presented the ill-fated Swiss selection. (The winner Gunvor got no points in the Birmingham final)

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