Germany in the Eurovision Song Contest 1997

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Eurovision Song Contest 1997
Country  Germany
National selection
Selection process Der Countdown läuft
Selection date(s) 27 February 1997
Selected entrant Bianca Shomburg
Selected song "Zeit"
Finals performance
Final result 18th, 22 points
Germany in the Eurovision Song Contest
◄1996 1997 1998►

Germany was represented by Bianca Shomburg, with the song "Zeit", at the 1997 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 3 May in Dublin. "Zeit", composed by prolific Eurovision duo Ralph Siegel and Bernd Meinunger, was the winner of the German national final, held on 27 February.


The final was held in Lübeck, hosted by Jens Riewa. Nine songs took part and the winner was chosen by televoting, converted into percentages. "Zeit" received over three times more votes than the second-placed song. Other participants included the previous year's German winner Leon – who had notoriously been eliminated in the audio-only pre-qualifying round of the 1996 Eurovision – and Michelle, who would represent Germany in 2001.[1]

Draw Artist Song Informal translation Votes Place
1 Verliebte Jungs "Ich bin solo" I am solo 1.8% 9
2 Michaela "Es lebe die Liebe" Long live love 9.3% 5
3 Jeana "Kein "bitte verzeih' mir"" No "Please forgive me" 5.8% 6
4 All About Angels "Engel" Angel 4.3% 7
5 Michelle "Im Auge des Orkans" In the eye of the hurricane 11.8% 3
6 Leon "Schein (meine kleine Taschemlampe)" Shine (my little torch) 13.0% 2
7 Bianca Shomburg "Zeit" Time 40.2% 1
8 Viveca "Komm zurück" Come back 2.5% 8
9 Anke Lautenbach "Zwischen Himmel und Erde" Between heaven and earth 11.4% 4

At Eurovision[edit]

On the night of the final Shomburg performed 11th in the running order, following Spain and preceding Poland. At the close of voting "Zeit" had received 22 points, placing Germany joint 18th (with Bosnia-Herzegovina) of the 25 entries. Germany was one of five countries chosen to trial televoting in the 1997 contest, and the 12 points were awarded to Turkey.[2]


Points awarded to Germany[edit]

Points awarded to Germany
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point

Points awarded by Germany[edit]

12 points  Turkey
10 points  United Kingdom
8 points  Ireland
7 points  Estonia
6 points  Poland
5 points  Cyprus
4 points  Italy
3 points  Bosnia and Herzegovina
2 points  Spain
1 point  Croatia

See also[edit]