Germany in the Eurovision Song Contest 1975

Eurovision Song Contest 1975
Country  Germany
National selection
Selection process Vorentscheid 1975
(Ein Lied für Stockholm)
Selection date(s) 3 February 1975
Selected entrant Joy Fleming
Selected song "Ein Lied kann eine Brücke sein"
Finals performance
Final result 17th, 15 points
Germany in the Eurovision Song Contest
◄1974 • 1975 • 1976►

West Germany (performing under the banner Germany) was present at the Eurovision Song Contest 1975, held in Stockholm, Sweden.

The German national final to select their entry, Vorentscheid 1975: Ein Lied für Stockholm, was held on 3 February at the Hessischer Rundfunk Studio 1 in Frankfurt am Main, and was hosted by journalist Karin Tietze-Ludwig, already well known for hosting the international preview "Auftakt für Brighton" a year before.

Fifteen songs made it to the national final, which was broadcast by Hessischer Rundfunk to ARD broadcasters across West Germany. The winner was decided by nine regional juries with four members each. Each jury member would assign points 1 to 5 for their five favorite songs. The highest score a song could possibly receive (with every jury member from every region voting 5 on one song) was 180.

The winning entry was "Ein Lied kann eine Brücke sein," performed by Joy Fleming and composed by Reiner Pietsch with lyrics by Michael Holm. Other notable competitors included 1971 Contest winner Séverine, two-time German representative Katja Ebstein, past German representative Mary Roos, and Peggy March, well known in Germany and briefly in the U.S. for the song "I Will Follow Him."

National final

Draw Artist Song Informal translation Points Place
1 Marianne Rosenberg Er gehört zu mir He belongs to me 86 10th
2 Peggy March Alles geht vorüber Everything passes 128 2nd
3 Peter Horton Am Fuß der Leiter At the bottom of the ladder 79 11th
4 Die Jokers San Francisco Symphony San Francisco Symphony 57 12th
5 Séverine Dreh dich im Kreisel der Zeit Twirl with the spinning top of life 97 7th (tie)
6 Joy Fleming Ein Lied kann eine Brücke sein A song can be a bridge 134 1st
7 Maggie Mae Die total verrückte Zeit The totally crazy time 97 7th (tie)
8 Werner W. Becker Heut' bin ich arm, heut' bin ich reich Today I'm poor, today I'm rich 54 13th
9 Mary Roos Eine Liebe ist wie ein Lied A love is like a song 115 3rd (tie)
10 Ricci Hohlt Du You 38 14th
11 Ricky Gordon Sonja, ich rufe dich Sonja, I'm calling you 37 15th
12 Jürgen Marcus Ein Lied zieht hinaus in die Welt A song lingers in the world 90 9th
13 Love Generation Hör wieder Radio Listen to the radio again 115 3rd (tie)
14 Katja Ebstein Ich liebe dich I love you 110 5th
15 Shuki and Aviva Du und ich und zwei Träume You and I and two dreams 108 6th

At Eurovision

Joy Fleming performed fourth on the night of the contest, following France and preceding Luxembourg. At the close of the voting the song had received 15 points, placing 17th in a field of 19 competing countries. It was the lowest ranking Germany had seen in the competition to this point, and would continue to hold the distinction of having the lowest ranking out of all the German Eurovision songs until 1991, when the German entry that year placed 18th.


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