On March 12, the German final was held at the Stadthall in Bremen, and was hosted by Axel Bulthaupt and Sandra Studer (who had taken part in 1991, representing Switzerland as Sandra Simo). There were 11 songs in the final, and the winner was decided by televoting - which was also open to Swiss viewers, since song number 9 was performed by a Swiss act. (Due to their bottom placing in 1998, Switzerland were not taking part.) Michael von der Heide would represent Switzerland in 2010.
On March 16, it was announced that the winning song had been released in 1997 by another act and was disqualifed, since entering a cover song was (and still is) contrary to the rules. She would later represent the country in 2002. Wind had represented Germany on three previous occasions: 1985, 1987 and 1992.