Germany in the Eurovision Song Contest 1983

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Eurovision Song Contest 1983
Country  Germany
National selection
Selection process Ein Lied für München
Selection date(s) 19 March 1983
Selected entrant Hoffmann & Hoffmann
Selected song "Rücksicht"
Finals performance
Final result 5th, 94 points
Germany in the Eurovision Song Contest
◄1982 1983 1984►

Germany was represented by duo Hoffmann & Hoffmann, with the song "Rücksicht", at the 1983 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 23 April in Munich, following Nicole's victory for Germany in 1982. "Rücksicht" was the winner of the German national final, held on 19 March.


The final was held at the Bayerischer Rundfunk TV studios in Munich, hosted by Carolin Reiber. 12 songs took part and the winner was chosen by a panel of approximately 500 people who had been selected as providing a representative cross-section of the German public. Among the other participants were former German representative Wencke Myhre (1968) and future entrant Ingrid Peters (1986).[1]

Draw Artist Song Informal Translation Votes Place
1 Holger Thomas "Mein Hit heißt Susi Schmidt" My hit is called Susi Schmidt 2609 10
2 Veronika Fischer "Unendlich weit" Infinitely far 2523 11
3 Hoffmann & Hoffmann "Rücksicht" Consideration 4251 1
4 Angela Branca "Warum hältst Du mich nicht fest?" Why don't you hold me tight? 3222 8
5 Bernd Clüver "Mit siebzehn" At the age of 17 3933 3
6 Ingrid Peters & July Paul "Viva la Mamma" Long live Mum 3983 2
7 Peter Rubin "Wie ein Mann" Like a man 3427 6
8 Wencke Myhre & Sohn Dani "Wir beide gegen den Wind" The two of us against the wind 3752 5
9 Harry Belten "Angelo" Angelo 2111 12
10 Leinemann "Ich reiß' alle Mauern ein" I break down all the walls 3314 7
11 Mara "Sternenland" Land of stars 2987 9
12 Costa Cordalis "Ich mag Dich" I like you 3902 4

At Eurovision[edit]

On the night of the final Hoffmann & Hoffmann performed 14th in the running order, following Cyprus and preceding Denmark. At the close of voting "Rücksicht" had received 94 points (including a maximum 12 from Luxembourg), placing Germany 5th of the 20 entries, the country's fifth consecutive top 5 finish. The German jury awarded its 12 points to Sweden.[2]

"Rücksicht" became the biggest domestic hit of Hoffmann & Hoffmann's career, reaching number 8 on the German singles chart. However, in March 1984, less than a year after their Eurovision appearance, lead singer Günter Hoffmann committed suicide at the age of 32.

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