Monday, 6 September 2010

Germany 1990

The German national final took place on March 29, 1990 at the German Theatre in Munich and was hosted by Hape Kerkeling. The songs were presented live and the winning song was chosen by televoting. Chris Kempers and Daniel Kovac were chosen as the winners with the song Frei zu leben which was was composed by Ralph Siegel with lyrics by Michael Kunze.


01. Frei zu leben - Chris Kempers and Daniel Kovac, 11955 votes
02. Paloma blue - Xanadu, 8534 votes
03. Hollywood ist besser als Latein - Starlight, 6723 votes
04. Melissa - Divo, 6004 votes
05. Alles was ich haben will - Bandit, 4064 votes
06. Melodie d'amour - Isabel Varell, 3867 votes
07. Wetten, dass... - Mara Laurien, 2601 votes
08. Wieder zusamm' - Kennzeichen D, 2454 votes
09. Alpenglühn - Jürgen Drews, 1267 votes
10. Eine Nacht voll Zärtlichkeit - Malibu, 1180 votes

Frei zu leben was performed thirteenth on the night. At the close of voting, it had received 60 points, placing 9th of 22 countries competing.


Chris Kempers (born Christiane Kempers, January 7 1965, Mönchengladbach) is a German singer, best known for her participation in the 1990 Eurovision Song Contest.

Kempers took part in the German Eurovision selection in 1988 as a member of group Rendezvous with Du bist ein Stern für mich, which came 10th. In early 1990, she appeared on a television programme imitating Jennifer Rush, and was noticed by Ralph Siegel, who offered her the opportunity to perform one of his songs as a duet with Slovenian singer Daniel Kovac in the 1990 Eurovision selection, which was held on March 29 in Munich. Kempers and Kovacwon the pre-selection with Frei zu leben. Although the victory was by a considerable margin, it was unexpected, as not only had the song itself been seen by many as somewhat trite, but it was also considered by many viewers that Kovac had given a shaky vocal performance.

Following her Eurovision appearance, Kempers appeared in several stage musicals and worked briefly as a studio backing singer, but was unable to make a career breakthrough, and retired from the music industry soon thereafter.


Daniel Kovac (born 27 September 1956, Črna na Koroškem, Yugoslavia) is a Slovenian singer, best known for his participation in the 1990 Eurovision Song Contest.

Kovac moved to Germany with his family in 1968, and started working as a session singer in the late 1970s. In the 1980s he became a presenter for the Munich-based television music channel musicbox, at the same time hosting radio shows for Bayerischer Rundfunk. Kovac met Ralph Siegel through his studio work, and in 1990 was offered the chance by Siegel to perform a song in the German Eurovision selection.

Kovac subsequently worked as a presenter for music channel VH1. He remains musically active, leading his own band.

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