Germany was represented at the Eurovision Song Contest 2003 by Lou with the song « Let’s Get Happy« , written by Ralph Siegel and Bernd Meinunger. Germany’s representative was chosen during a national final called Countdown Grand Prix Eurovision.
- Countdown Grand Prix Eurovision
- At the Eurovision Song Contest
- After the Eurovision Song Contest
- Sources and external links
Countdown Grand Prix Eurovision
Before the show
|“||This defeat gives me the chance to make people separate from the old image of the song contest in Germany too. Esthetically, we want to make a huge jump from old-fashioned schlager to modern pop music.||”|
Nevertheless, the formula was similar as in recent years – the best known record labels in Germany were again asked to submit entries for the national final. Furthermore, five well-known newspapers and magazines were asked to submit one song each: Tabloid BILD submitted Elmar Brandt‘s project Die Gerd Show with a parody on Gerhard Schröder to Kiel, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung submitted DJMDG, die tageszeitung Senait, who was also supported by politician Claudia Roth, Freistil were submitted by teenager magazine Yam! and Tagträumer feat. Aynur by Turkish newspaper Hürriyet. Actually, 15 songs were supposed to be presented, but Joachim Deutschland and his song « Marie » were disqualified, because the singer had insulted the Bavarian minister-president Edmund Stoiber in one of his other songs and because of inappropriate lines in his entry.
Ich Troje took part as ‘Troje’ in the German national final although they had previously already won the Polish national final with « Keine Grenzen-Żadnych granic« . They would have not been allowed to take part in the competition for two countries according to the rules. Later in Riga, the band would receive its only twelve points from Germany. Two of the acts have previously taken part in a German national final: Lou and Tagträumer, both in 2001.
For the sixth time in a row and for the last time so far, Axel Bulthaupt hosted the German national final. In the first round of televoting, 601809 votes were cast and Die Gerd Show was the winner of that round with 98455 votes and would enter the second round along with Lou (second place, 85984 votes) and Beatbetrieb (third place, 66418 votes). In the second round, 367415 were cast and the results changed dramatically: Die Gerd Show now has only finished third with 111601 votes, Beatbetrieb came second with 116214 votes and Lou won the national final with 139600 votes exactly. Actually, only the top three of the first round were supposed to be revealed, but BILD has published the results shortly after the competition after all (see below).
The interval act was performed by Modern Talking. Renārs Kaupers, host of the 2003 Eurovision Song Contest, also appeared in the show and so did Marie N, his co-host and winner of the 2002 Eurovision Song Contest, who performed her own winning song « I Wanna » again.
(music and lyrics)
|1||Sascha Pierro||« Wenn Grenzen fallen »
(Sascha Pierro, Patrick Benzer, Peter Hoffmann)
|When borders fall||10th|
|2||Charlemaine||« Life »
(Peter Ries, Charlemaine)
|3||DJMDG||« Die Seite, wo die Sonne scheint »
|The side, where the sun shines||13th|
|4||Lou||« Let’s Get Happy«
(Ralph Siegel, Bernd Meinunger)
|5||Elija||« Somehow – Somewhere »
(André Franke, William Lennox)
|6||Beatbetrieb||« Woran glaubst Du? »
(Theo Eißler, Michael Janz, Derek von Krogh, Tobi Wörner)
|What do you believe in?||3rd||2nd|
|7||Isgaard||« Golden Key »
(Jens Lück, Sabina Lück)
|8||VIBE||« Für immer »
(Daniel Biscan, Philipp Palm, Julian Maas)
|9||Troje||« Liebe macht Spaß »
(André Franke, Joachim Horn-Benges)
|Love is fun||6th|
|10||Lovecrush||« Love Is Life »
(Sabine Mayer-Foster, Peter Bischof-Fallenstein)
|11||Die Gerd Show||« Alles wird gut »
(Elmar Brandt, Peter Burtz, Dieter Müller-Christ, Frank Kurt-Meyer, Michael Kernbach)
|Everything will be alright||1st||3rd|
|12||Senait||« Herz aus Eis »
(Senait, Frank Ramond, Oliver Pinelli)
|Heart of ice||4th|
|13||Freistil||« Hörst Du meine Lieder? »
(Nico Sukup, Philip Schmid, Simon Schmid, Fabian Keitel, Dieter Falk)
|Do you hear my songs?||11th|
|14||Tagträumer feat. Aynur Aydın||« Living in a Perfect World »
(Andy Jonas, Arno Brugger)
Again, a compilation album of the national final was released. Apart from the 14 competing entries, it included the German entry of 2002 « I Can’t Live Without Music » and the winner of that year, « I Wanna« . As compilations cannot enter the album charts in Germany, little can be said about the commercial success.
For the first time since 1999, the German entry would not enter the German single charts. From the 14 competing songs, only two reached the top 100: « Alles wird gut » was the most successful one peaking at #18. The disqualified entry « Marie » by Joachim Deutschland also reached the single charts.
|« Woran glaubst Du? »||80||–||–|
|« Alles wird gut »||18||–||–|
|« Marie »||32||–||–|
At the Eurovision Song Contest
In the Eurovision Song Contest, Germany finished joint 11th with 53 points. The highest vote came from Sweden – 10 points. Iceland was the first country to vote and gave eight points to Germany, which put the country in third place after the first points announced.
Points awarded by Germany
Points awarded to Germany
|12 points||10 points||8 points||7 points||6 points|
|5 points||4 points||3 points||2 points||1 point|
After the Eurovision Song Contest
In an interview at the aftershow party of the Eurovision Song Contest, Lou was asked why she did not reach a better position. She answered that she was “too old, too fat and too ugly”. That quote made it to the front page of BILD the Monday after the contest. Previously, Lou had made it to front page of that newspaper stating that she lost weight for Riga and reduced her wrinkles with Botox.
- John Kenney O’Connor: Eurovision Song Contest – Das offizielle Buch zu 50 Jahren europäischer Popgeschichte, Gondrom 2005
- The 2003 German national final at eurovision.de
- aufrechtgehn.de – Deutsche Vorentscheidung 2003
- de:Deutsche Vorentscheidung zum Eurovision Song Contest 2003
- POLISH NATIONAL FINAL 2003
- GERMAN NATIONAL FINAL 2003
- aufrechtgehn.de – Eurovision Song Contest 2003
(Note: Entries scored out are when Germany did not compete)