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.
Between the guests of the show was Giora Feidman and the musuc producer Thomas M. Stein.
On 16 March 1999, it was announced that the winning song, being "Hör den Kindern einfach zu" performed by Corinna May, had been released in 1997 by another act and was thus disqualified, since entering a cover song was contrary to the rules. She would later represent the country in 2002. Wind had represented Germany on three previous occasions: 1985, 1987 and 1992.