Time-Warp Tuesday: Multilingual musical chairs

 

Contest: 44th, Jerusalem 1999

Song: Reise Nach Jerusalem – Kudüs’e Seyahat

Artist: Sürpriz

Representing: Germany

Result: 3rd

We all know that Eurovision entries don’t have to sound anything like where they come from – the proof being in the pudding of Finnish reggae and Norwegian Afro-schlager! It’s safe to say that this is one of, if not THE least German-sounding German entries ever. Performed in German, English, Turkish and Hebrew and written by former contest masters Bernd Meinunger and Ralph Siegel, it’s a terrific tune, albeit tailor-written for the Israeli audience. It’s far from being a typical up-tempo schlager number which makes the fact that it’s about the perennial party game Musical Chairs a little odd – but it’s still top-notch ethno-pop!

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