Reise nach Jerusalem – Kudüs'e seyahat

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Germany "Reise nach Jerusalem – Kudüs'e seyahat"
Eurovision Song Contest 1999 entry
Country Germany
Artist(s) Zeyno Filiz, Deniz Filizmen,
Bülent Ural, Yasemin Akkar,
Savas Ucar, Chicco Özden
As Sürpriz
Languages German, Turkish, English, Hebrew
Composer(s) Ralph Siegel
Lyricist(s) Bernd Meinunger
Finals performance
Final result 3rd
Final points 140
Appearance chronology
◄ "Guildo hat euch lieb!" (1998)   
"Wadde hadde dudde da?" (2000) ►

"Reise nach Jerusalem – Kudüs'e seyahat" ("Journey to Jerusalem" in both languages, while the expression also is the German name for the game Musical Chairs) was the German entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1999, performed in German, Turkish and English (the live version also added lyrics in Hebrew) by Sürpriz.

The song was performed twenty-first on the night, following Malta's Times Three with "Believe 'n Peace" and preceding Bosnia and Herzegovina's Dino and Béatrice with "Putnici". At the close of voting, it had received 140 points, placing 3rd in a field of 23.

The song is remarkable for being the first appearance by members of the Turkish-German minority in a major role for their home country. The song was written by prolific writer-composer duo Ralph Siegel and Bernd Meinunger. It is also the first occasion on which the German entry contained lyrics in Hebrew and Turkish (although the live version of Max's "Can't Wait Until Tonight" in 2004 contained Turkish lyrics).

It was succeeded as German representative at the 2000 Contest by Stefan Raab with "Wadde hadde dudde da?".

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