Allemagne 1962

Germany was represented by Conny Froboess, with the song ‘ »Zwei kleine Italiener« , at the 1962 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 18 March in Luxembourg City. Twelve artists and 24 songs took part in the German preselection, which consisted of four semi-finals, followed by the final on 17 February. Each show was held in a different German city.

There were several past and future Eurovision representatives among the participants: Wyn Hoop (Germany 1960), Siw Malmkvist (Sweden 1960 & Germany 1969), Jimmy Makulis (Austria 1961), Carmela Corren (Austria 1963) and Margot Eskens (Germany 1966).

Semi-finals

Four semi-finals were held to select the 12 qualifiers for the final. Each artist performed two songs and a jury selected which of the two should go forward to the final.[1]

Final

The national final was held on 17 February at the Kurhaus in Baden-Baden, hosted by Klaus Havenstein. The winning song was chosen by voting from six regional juries and an additional jury in the theatre.[2]

Final – 17 February 1962
Draw Artist Song Points Place
1 Conny Froboess « Zwei kleine Italiener » (Two little Italians) 19 1
2 Rita Paul « La luna romantica » (The romantic moon) 2 6=
3 Jimmy Makulis « Ich habe im Leben nur Dich » (I only have you in life) 0 11=
4 Peter Beil « Ein verliebter Italiener » (An Italian in love) 0 11=
5 Peggy Brown « Das Lexicon d’amour » (The encyclopedia of love) 2 6=
6 Siw Malmkvist « Die Wege der Liebe (sind wunderbar) » (The ways of love (are wonderful)) 18 2
7 Pirkko Mannola & Wyn Hoop « Mama will dich sehen » (Mum wants to see you) 6 4
8 Ralf Bendix « Spanische Hochzeit » (Spanish wedding) 5 5
9 Margot Eskens « Ein Herz das kann man nicht kaufen » (A heart is something one cannot buy) 8 3
10 Carmela Corren « Eine Rose aus Santa Monica » (A rose from Santa Monica) 1 8=
11 Bill Ramsey « Hilly Billy Banjo Bill » 1 8=
12 Ann-Louise Hanson « Sing kleiner Vogel » (Sing, little bird) 1 8=

At Eurovision

On the night of the final Froboess performed 7th in the running order, following Sweden and preceding the Netherlands. « Zwei kleine Italiener » was one of very few fun, uptempo songs in what in retrospect is usually rated as one of the dreariest contests of all. Each national jury awarded 3-2-1 to their top three songs, and at the close of voting « Zwei kleine Italiener » had received 9 points, placing Germany 6th of the 16 entries. The German jury awarded its 3 points to contest winners France.[3]

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