Wadde hadde dudde da?

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Germany "Wadde hadde dudde da?"
Eurovision Song Contest 2000 entry
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5th
Final points
96
Appearance chronology
◄ "Reise nach Jerusalem - Kudüs'e seyahat" (1999)   
"Wer Liebe lebt" (2001) ►

"Wadde hadde dudde da?" (A kind of mixture of some different German dialects related to the German expression "Was hast Du denn da?", English translation: "What do you have there?") was the German entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 2000, performed in an invented dialect of German by comedian Stefan Raab. The song was the fifteenth performed on the night, following Denmark's Olsen Brothers with "Fly on the Wings of Love" and preceding Switzerland's Jane Bogaert with "La vita cos'è?". At the close of voting, it had received 96 points, placing fifth in a field of 24.[1]

The idea of the song could have come from Raab's show TV total, where a short snippet from another TV-show shows a woman with her dog, which carries something in its mouth to her. In a childish cutesy dialect she asks the dog what he has there (in its mouth), hence the "Wadde hadde dudde da?".

Raab had previously written and composed Guildo Horn's "Guildo hat euch lieb!" in the 1998 contest, and "Wadde hadde dudde da?" is in a similar vein. The song opens with a monologue delivered in English and German in which Raab is described as "the sensational super sack of German television." Another voice explains in German that Raab had gone to America and promised "If I make it there"/"I'm never coming back to Germany again".

Raab's appearance consists of a rapid-fire hip-hop-inspired delivery of tongue twisters in an invented German dialect on the general theme of questions about what "he has there". After the opening lines, a female vocalists asks in broken English "I am so curious, I just wanna know what you there have?" (a reference to German word order). It is never revealed what Raab has there, but the final line "Oh my God", implies that it is something surprising.

The performance at the Contest was flamboyant, with Raab and his guitarists dressed in cowboy hats, and the six-person ensemble all wearing bright yellow clothing. An excerpt of the performance appeared in a montage of "Unforgettable Performances" at the Congratulations special in late 2005.

It was succeeded as German representative at the 2001 contest by Michelle with "Wer Liebe lebt".

References[edit]

  1. ^ Participants at the Eurovision Song Contest 2000. eurovision.tv. Accessed 30 March 2010.
Preceded by
"Reise nach Jerusalem – Kudüs'e seyahat"
by Sürpriz
Germany in the Eurovision Song Contest
2000
Succeeded by
"Wer Liebe lebt"
by Michelle