"To be in Jerusalem was very emotional", Ralph Siegel tells us about his participation in the 1979 Eurovision Song Contest with Dschinghis Khan. But of course nothing could top his first victory, with Nicole's Ein Bisschen Frieden in 1982 for their home country Germany: "Harrogate was such a small city, and the emotion to win is just very special."
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Having participated in so many Eurovision Song Contests to date and still coming up with new songs for this occasion almost every year, it is sometimes hard for Ralph Siegel to picture how many years have passed since his first participation. "It was a highlight that Nicole was just 17 years old at the time of her victory, and last October I sent her roses for her 50th birthday", he recalls one recent anecdote. "You suddenly see 33 years passing by, and I realise how old I am."
Of course the contest has changed a lot since its beginning in history - from a TV show broadcast from a small and formal venue to a high-tech show event using the most sophisticated equipment available, as we saw it broadcast from Vienna during the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest. This time, Ralph Siegel has represented San Marino with Chain Of Lights, sung by young Anita Simoncini & Michele Perniola. "It's a fantastic show here, it's fabulous what they are doing today - the whole hall is like a Chain Of Lights!"
Entries written by Ralph Siegel
|1974||Ireen Sheer||Bye Bye I Love You||Luxembourg|
|1976||The Les Humphries Singers||Sing Sang Song||Germany|
|1979||Dschinghis Khan||Dschinghis Khan||Germany|
|1980||Sophie & Magaly||Papa Pingouin||Luxembourg|
|1981||Lena Valaitis||Johnny Blue||Germany|
|1982||Nicole||Ein Bisschen Frieden||Germany|
|1985||Margo, Franck Olivier,
Diane Solomon, Ireen Sheer,
Malcolm & Chris Roberts
|Children, Kinder, Enfants||Luxembourg|
|1987||Wind||Lass die Sonne in dein Herz||Germany|
|1988||Maxi & Chris Garden||Lied für einen Freund||Germany|
|1990||Chris Kempers & Daniel Kovac||Frei zu leben||Germany|
|1992||Wind||Träume sind für alle da||Germany|
|1994||MeKaDo||Wir geben 'ne Party||Germany|
|1999||Sürpriz||Reise nach Jerusalem||Germany|
|2002||Corinna May||I Can't Live Without Music||Germany|
|2003||Lou||Let's Get Happy||Germany|
|2006||six4one||If We All Give A Little||Switzerland|
|2009||Andrea Demirović||Just Get Out Of My Life||Montenegro|
|2012||Valentina Monetta||The Social Network Song||San Marino|
|2013||Valentina Monetta||Crisalide (Vola)||San Marino|
|2014||Valentina Monetta||Maybe||San Marino|
|2015||Anita Simoncini &
|Chain Of Lights||San Marino|