Friday, April 24, 2009

Tonight 27 years ago... Ein bißchen Frieden

Harrogate in North Yorkshire hosted the 27th Eurovision on April 24, 1982. The opening of the contest was used to tell people where Harrogate is as no one ever heard of the town before (or after for that matter). Only 18 countries took part when France, Italy and Greece decided to stay home. Two songs of peace are remembered from this contest; Finland's Nuku pommiin and the winner, Germany's Ein bisschen Frieden. Finland scored a flat zero while Germany took the most convincing win ever at that point. It got 1,61 times the votes the runner up Israel got. Ralph Siegel finally won after Dschingis Khan (4th in 1979), Theater (2nd in 1980) and Johnny Blue (2nd in 1981) and Nicole started a very succesful career as the ultimate German schlager queen that continues even today. The song charted all over Europe selling over 3 million copies in various languages Nicole recorded (German, English, French, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Danish, Russian...) and is the last Eurovision winner to make it Number One in the UK.Anna Vissi, Stella, Jahn Teigen and Anita Skorgan were there, too.

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