12 December – Then the slap in the face

We often asks what makes a Eurovision winner. But the same could be said of what might make a last place song. Is it design or just pure fluke?

Of course, in these days of several hundred million votes up for grabs, it’s nigh on impossible to score no points at all. Unless you’re Gypsy.cz perhaps. But back in the 1960s when jurors had to pick one song to give their point to, it was easy for a song to slip through the net. As was the case with the song by today’s birthday girl Ulla Wiesner. But why zero? Was it Ulla’s delivery? Was it the writing talents of Barbara Kist and Hans Blum (he of other Eurovision songs including Über die Brücke geh’n)? Tone deaf jurors? Or a combination of all of these? Ulla probably doesn’t care anyway.

Ulla is 78 today.

Frohe Geburtstag, Ulla!