The online submission window for Das Deutsche Finale 2024 closes one week from today on October 5th. Among the many hopefuls who are still perfecting their entries to meet that deadline is one Eurovision veteran who is ready to compete for Germany for the first time in 20 years.

According to German newspaper Allgäuer Zeitung, Ralph Siegel – the prolific songwriter of Eurovision hits representing five countries across five decades – has been working on a song for the national final, to be sung by pop singer Aileen Sager.

In 2015, produced a video segment on Siegel’s career, which features some of his best-known contributions:

First was “Bye Bye I Love You“, written for Ireen Sheer of Luxembourg, which reached 4th place in 1974. Over the next few years he submitted such earworms as “Dschinghis Khan” (Germany 1979) and “Le Papa Pingouin” (Luxembourg 1980), came second for Germany twice in 1980 and 1981, and won the whole thing for Germany for the first time in 1982 with “Ein bißchen frieden“.

The last time Siegel penned a song for Germany was in 2003. The song “Let’s Get Happy” by Lou earned a respectable 11th place; a ranking Germany would be happy to achieve again next year.

But, keep in mind that anything could happen in this selection process, and no songs have been chosen yet for the national final.

Which of Ralph Siegel’s 23 contributions do #YOU appreciate most? Do #YOU think his newest song will make it to the national final? Let’s talk about it over the forum, or visit us on FacebookTwitter, InstagramYoutubeTikTok and Discord.

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