Monday, 13 September 2010

Germany 1993

Germany was represented by the band Münchener Freiheit, with the song Viel zu weit, at the 1993 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on May 15 in Millstreet, Ireland. For the first time since 1977, the German entry was chosen internally. Münchener Freiheit were allowed to pick the song they like. The band chose the song Viel Zu Weit which was written by Stefan Zauner who is the singer of Münchener Freiheit.

Münchener Freiheit were internationally the best-known act in the 1993 contest, having had a very successful recording career throughout the previous decade. They were one of very few non-British Eurovision participants to have had a hit single in the United Kingdom (Keeping the Dream Alive in 1988) prior to their Eurovision appearance. However – as others such as Olivia Newton-John, Silver Convention and Baccara had found out before them – prior international success was no guarantee for Eurovision success.

On the night of the final Münchener Freiheit performed 3rd in the running order. At the close of voting Viel zu weit had received 18 point, placing Germany 18th of the 25 entries.

Münchener Freiheit was founded in the early 80's and consists of Stefan Zauner (vocals, keyboards), Aron Strobel (guitar and vocals), Rennie Hatzke (drums), Michael Kunzi (bass and vocals), and Alex Grünwald (keyboard). In the 80's they were very successful in Germany and other countries in Europe and America, they had many hits and made 15 albums. Their biggest hits were Tausendmal Du, Play it Cool, Keeping the Dream Alive and Ohne Dich. The band is still together and successful.

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