Margot Hielscher

Telefon, Telefon
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Draw Position 7, Final Position 4=, Points (Final) 8

"Telefon, Telefon" (Telephone, Telephone) was the German entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1957, performed in German by Margot Hielscher.

At the close of voting, it had received 8 points, placing 4th in a field of 10.

The song is a ballad, with Hielscher singing to a telephone and telling it that she enjoys receiving news (from the lyrics, it is implied that this is news from a lover) via that medium. In the course of the song, she answers the telephone and responds in English, French, Italian and Spanish. This section of the lyrics gave rise to what is generally considered the first "gimmick performance" in Contest history, with Hielscher in fact picking up a real telephone receiver during her performance. At the end of the song, she picks up the telephone again and explains (on the telephone) that she can't talk anymore because her song (which was actually this song) is ending.

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