Can't Wait Until Tonight
|"Can't Wait Until Tonight"|
|Eurovision Song Contest 2004 entry|
|◄ "Let's Get Happy" (2003)|
|"Run & Hide" (2005) ►|
"Can't Wait Until Tonight" was the German entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 2004, performed in English by Max. The song was written and composed by Udo Schild, known also as Leon Delray, the comedian and entertainer Stefan Raab, who previously had written both Guildo Horn's 1998 entry "Guildo hat euch lieb!" and his own "Wadde hadde dudde da?" in 2000 .
Despite Germany having finished 11th at the 2003 Contest and thus missing the automatic qualification that a top-ten berth would bring, the song was pre-qualified for the final as Germany (along with France, Spain and the United Kingdom) are part of the "Big Four" and guaranteed entry at any Contest. Thus, it was performed eighth on the night (following the Netherlands' Re-Union with "Without You" and preceding Albania's Anjeza Shahini with "The Image of You"). At the close of voting, it had received 93 points, placing 8th in a field of 24. Until the 2009 Contest, it was the last top 10 finish for a "Big Four" country.
The song is a ballad, with Max singing about his desire for his lover and telling her that he "can't wait until tonight/for being with you". He goes on to tell her about how he felt the first time he saw her and how much he wants to prove his love.
The performance was relatively subdued, however Max performed one chorus in Turkish, which was greeted with considerable applause by the crowd – the Contest being held that year in Istanbul. In an interview after the performance, writer Stefan Raab jokingly told Sertab Erener that he had written the song specifically for her. Max was accompanied by Raab (on the acoustic guitar) and some members of the Heavytones (the band from TV total) during his gig.
|Austrian Singles Chart||2|
|Belgian Singles Chart||11|
|German Singles Chart||1|
|Swiss Singles Chart||4|
- Official Eurovision Song Contest site, history by year
- Detailed info & lyrics, Diggiloo Thrush