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The Germany national final to select their entry, Countdown Grand Prix 1998, was held on 26 February at the Stadthalle Bremen, and was hosted by Axel Bulthaupt and Nena. The final decision was decided on televoting only; the top 3 were announced, but the other placings are known unofficially.
|1||Shana||« Es regnet nie in Texas »||It never rains in Texas||9th|
|2||Ballhouse||« Can-Can »||Can-Can||6th|
|3||Maria Perzil||« Freut Euch! »||Be glad||10th|
|4||Diana & Wind||« Lass die Herzen sich berühren »||Let the hearts touch each other||5th|
|5||Sharon||« Kids »||Kids||8th|
|6||Guildo Horn||« Guildo hat euch lieb!«||Guildo loves you||62%||1st|
|7||Rosenstolz||« Herzensschöner »||Heart’s desire||10,6%||2nd|
|8||Köpenick||« Carneval »||Carnival||7th|
|9||Fokker||« Gel-Song (Kleine Melodie) »||Hair gel song (little melody)||4th|
|10||Hearts and Roses||« Du bist ein Teil von mir »||You’re a part of me||10,1%||3rd|
Horn was the ninth performer on the night of the Contest, following Israel and preceding Malta. At the Contest, he performed together with his band Die Orthopädischen Strümpfe. At the close of the voting the song had received 86 points, placing 7th in a field of 25 competing countries.
Points awarded to Germany
|12 points||10 points||8 points||7 points||6 points|
|5 points||4 points||3 points||2 points||1 point|
Points awarded by Germany
|1 point||United Kingdom|
- Spain originally gave its 12 points to Israel and 10 to Norway. After the broadcast it was announced that Spanish broadcaster wrongly tallied the votes and Germany should have got the top mark – 12 points – instead of being snubbed, as it happened. The mistake was corrected and so Germany was placed 7th over Norway. Israel and Norway both received 2 points less than originally and Croatia, Malta, Portugal, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Belgium, Estonia and Turkey all received one point less than indicated during the broadcast.
(Note: Entries scored out are when Germany did not compete)
(Note: All information are in order of appearance