Germany needs no introduction. One of the biggest countries in Europe and Eurovision, they’ve been there (in at least the West form prior to reunification) since the beginning and have, in Eurovision terms, done it all. One of the big 5, they have no shortage of interesting entries and so German trivia is some of the best bits of trivia available. And for this quizmaster, he has German relatives, which makes it easy to support them in a competition like this. On to the quiz!
With a few weeks before we begin looking forward to Eurovision 2019, it’s that time in a Eurovision fan’s year to reflect on past years and all the good music and events they brought. And, also, some trivia.
So You Think You Know… is a series that will arrive each Wednesday, each time focusing on a new active Eurovision country. We are continuing alphabetically, Greece will be next.
Which infamous historical figure did Germany’s 1979 entry make light of?
The same band, named Dschinghis Khan, just like their song title, went on to record the wonderful Moskau and many other songs themed around world history.
Germany’s first winner in 1982 was re-recorded in several languages, including English. Where did its English version chart in the UK?
‘A Little Peace’ is to date the most recent Eurovision winner to have hit #1 in the UK. How different from today.
Wind are the only act in the history of Eurovision to do what?
They didn’t achieve the middle two, their third entry ruined that, and Johnny Logan would beat no. 3 anyway.
What is the only year in which Eurovision has been running that Germany did not compete?
Germany failed the pre-qualification round in 1996, a factor that might have been involved in that system being scrapped.
Ralph Siegel wrote many of Germany’s most famous Eurovision entries. Which year was the most recent that he wrote a song for Germany?
He has since written songs for Switzerland and San Marino. The song in 2003 was ‘Let’s Get Happy’.
Mekado sneaked around the ‘home language’ rule with several quick English words in ‘Wir geben ‘ne Party’. Which of these words wasn’t in the lyrics?
It was the first Eurovision song to reference hip-hop at all.
Where are 2006 entrants Texas Lightning from?
The band members were however made honorary Texan citizens a month after their Eurovision performance.
Lena achieved top 10 with both of her entries, true or false?
Taken By A Stranger finished 10th and you all know where Satellite finished!
Cascada’s ‘Glorious’ came under accusations of plagiarism of what song?
For Titanium imitators, see ‘Perfect Life’.
Jamie-Lee’s costume on Eurovision night in 2016 was inspired by which foreign culture?
Her and Netta may yet have started a kawaii trend.
If you haven’t already played them (or just want to play them again), check out the below links for the So You Think You Know… quizzes from past weeks.