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29 years ago today - Germany get their first win with Nicole

Posted 24 April 2011 at 11:31

Surprise venue choice from BBC

Bucks Fizz brought the trophy home for the United Kingdom by winning with Making Your Mind Up in 1981, so therefore the United Kingdom broadcaster BBC had the responsibility of hosting in 1982. It came as a surprise to many when they opted for the North Yorkshire town of Harrogate to stage Europe's Favourite TV Show.
18 countries participated in 1982, and Jan Leeming, a BBC newsreader was chosen as the presenter in the Harrogate Conference Centre.

1982 Facts & Figures

  • Germany won by a clear 61 points, Nicole collected nine maximum 12 points along the way, in fact the only country not to vote for Germany was Luxembourg.
  • Nicole performed her winning reprise not only in German, but English, French and Dutch as well, in what would prove to be a masterstroke considering the release of the single throughout Europe.
  • France was absent due to the fact that the national broadcaster thought that the Eurovision Song Contest would not be interesting for its viewers any longer. But in 1983, France returned to the competition with a different broadcaster.
  • Greece also withdrew from the contest, leaving 18 countries in the competition. Greece was supposed to enter the contest with the song Sarantapente Kopelies performed by Themis Adamantidis but the Greek minister of culture Melina Mercouri decided to withdraw the song just two weeks before the contest as it did not meet her quality standards.
  • Finland's rocker Kojo, and his song Nuku Pommiin, a protest against the use of nuclear bombs positively bombed out scoring the dreaded nul points.
  • Cyprus, on only their second ever participation enjoyed what still is their joint best ever finsih, 5th place with Anna Vissi and Mono I Agapi. Anna had already participated in 1980 for Greece with Autostop and would return again in 2006, representing Greece in Athens with Everything.

Many successful years for Nicole

Following her popular victory in Harrogate, Nicole went on to enjoy a hugely successful career both in Germany and throughout Europe and the world. She continued to work with Ralph Siegel and Bend Meuninger.
The winning song, translated to A Little Peace for the English speaking market was a chart success in many countries. In the United Kingdom, it became the 500th number one single in the UK charts, and still is the last ever Eurovision Song Contest winner to top the charts there.
Nicole released numerous albums in Germany and continued her popularity for many a year to come. She was also the winner of the German Schlagerparade in 1991 with the song Ein Leises Lied.
In October 2010 she released her CD 30 Jahre Mit Leib Und Seele, a best of compilation to commemorate her 30th anniversary in pop music.
For full statistics, including the full line up and scoreboard check out our 1982 history pages here.
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