Allemagne 1958


Germany was represented by Margot Hielscher, with the song ‘ »Für zwei Groschen Musik« , at the 1958 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 12 March in Hilversum, Netherlands. « Für zwei Groschen Musik » was chosen at the German national final held on 20 January. This was Hielscher’s second consecutive Eurovision appearance for Germany.


The national final was held on 6 February at the Kleine Westfalenhalle in Dortmund, hosted by Anaid Iplikjan and Kurt A. Jung. Twelve songs took part, with the winner being decided by a jury. Only two song titles with performers are currently confirmed: the winning song and « Die Braut der sieben Meere » by Lale Andersen. The remaining performers were: Evelyn Künnecke, Erni Bieler, Fred Bertelmann, Gitta Lind, Vico Torriani, John Paris, Margret Fürer, Georg Thomalla, Peter Lorenz and Fred Weyrich.[1]

At Eurovision

On the night of the final Hielscher performed 8th in the running order, following Belgium and preceding Austria. Hielscher’s performance in 1957, when she had sung into a telephone receiver, is credited as the first to introduce a visual performance element into Eurovision, and she followed this in 1958 by appearing onstage wearing a tiara and a sash proclaiming her ‘Miss Juke Box’, while manoeuvring a stack of records in her hands as she sang. At the close of voting « Für zwei Groschen Musik » had received 5 points, placing Germany 7th of the 10 entries. The German jury awarded 5 of its 10 points to Belgium.[2]