Jan 17, 2016
Thanks to FB for photos cover pics
Well this year Germany have certainly turned things around after that last placing in Vienna. When
Ann Sophie sang 'Black Smoke' Then after much confusion about the Xavier Naidoo-saga last year, NDR did a 90 degree about turn, and went from a internal selection to finally having a National selection next month. (as they normally do anyhow! phew! )
Alot of the songs in the final, are released already this month and available to listen to, and I am impressed with a few entries. The standard seems to have lifted in the past 12 months in Germany, one of my favourites is KEOMA a duo who have the haunting 'Protected' song, with the right presentation this certainly has a 'goosebumps factor 9' and the one to check out for me. (I have it download already + dance mix)
Then we have a safer choice of Jamie Lee Kriewitz singing 'Ghost' this has already risen to No: 11 in the German charts last month, as Jamie Lee was the most recent winner of The Voice of Germany. So this will certainly be the one to beat as the german public should vote for a radio hit song they know so well.
Ralph Siegel has some serious competition with Laura Pinski, yet this tune has been kept under wraps and should be completely new and fresh, I hope it will be very different from 2015's 'Chain of Light' and put Herr Siegel back on top?
Here is the full line up for the German National Final, it should be an interesting and lets hope non of the artists opt out like what happened in 2015 at the national final.
He is know as Mr Grand Prix with a long history of writing Eurovision hits for his homeland Germany. Ralph penned the first Germany winner 'Ein Bisschen Freiden' way back in 1982.
In recent years Siegel has each year presented the San Marino Eurovision entry, three years running sung by non other than Valentina Monetta, and just last year Michele Perniola & Anita Simoncini's 'Chain of Light', Ralph has wrote the Germany Eurovision entry 14 times in the past.
The last time was back in 2003 when Germany finished in 11th place and Lou sang 'Lets get happy' it's been a long while since then.
The new song is 'Under the sun we are one' for the Germany and will be sung by Laura Pinski on 25th February 2016, it will be great to see Ralphy back in Stockholm this year.
Jan 3, 2016
The year was 1988 the tune- Shangri-La, the location was Dublin, Ireland just after Johnny Logan's second runaway victory of 1987 The song written by songwriter Peter de Wjn, who wrote 'Ticket to the tropics' a previous dutch number one hit for Gerard Joling in 1985
On the scoreboard, Greece and Luxembourg gave Netherlands 12 points, however the song was up against tunes from Celine Dion and UK's Scott Fitzgerald.
Gerard's career took off after Eurovision not only in Netherlands he sold many Gold records in Asia as well, later in 2005 Gerard became a headliner of the popular schlager group De Toppers and this meant he returned to Eurovision stage in 2009 in Moscow with the song 'Shine'.
As was the requiement at Eurovision 1988 this song was sung in dutch, I enjoy the english version alot more and it is available still in i-tunes, if you can check it out as well.
Dateline: Eurovision 1988
Result: 9th place
Artist: Gerard Joling