ESC History: Corinna May gets disqualified in 1999

Do you remember when Corinna May was disqualified from representing Germany in 1999?

Corinna May had won the national final with her anthem “Hör den Kindern einfach zu” (Just listen to the children) in front of Sürpriz, who eventually represented Germany in Jerusalem that year. What had happened? Some German media already saw May as the favourite to win the Eurovision Song Contest, when the scandal was revealed: The song had already been recorded and released in English in 1997 by another artist (“Where Have All The Good Times Gone“ by Number Nine) and thus had to be disqualified! Eventually, runners-up Sürprize were chosen to represent Germany and came 3rd in Jerusalem (including 12 points from Israel).

Corinna May tried again a year later with “I believe in god”, but that year Stefan Raab was the run-away winner with his gaga entry “Wadde hadde dude da?”. In 2002 May got the chance to represent Germany with her “I can’t live without music”,written by Ralph Siegel and Bernd Meinunger. Unfortunately she only came 21st.

Her song “Hör den Kindern einfach zu”, one of my Eurovision favourites! :

Announcement of the initial result:

May’s replacement Sürpriz – Reise nach Jerusalem:

May’s third try and first actual participation in 2002:


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