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Germany Ein bißchen Frieden
Nicole - Ein bißchen Frieden.jpg
Eurovision Song Contest 1982 entry
Country Germany
Artist(s) Nicole Hohloch
As Nicole
Language German
Composer(s) Ralph Siegel
Lyricist(s) Bernd Meinunger
Conductor Norbert Daum
Finals performance
Final result 1st
Final points 161
Appearance chronology
◄ Johnny Blue (1981)   
Rücksicht (1983) ►

"Ein bißchen Frieden" ("A Little Peace" in English) is a song in German, written by prolific German Eurovision-writing duo Ralph Siegel (music) and Bernd Meinunger (lyrics) for the Eurovision Song Contest 1982 in Harrogate, Yorkshire, England. It was performed by 17-year old high school student Nicole, resulting in Germany's only ever win at the Eurovision Song Contest by a record margin of sixty one points, setting a new record for the largest winning margin.

The song was the eighteenth and final song performed that evening (following Ireland's The Duskeys with "Here Today Gone Tomorrow"). At the close of voting, it had received 161 points, placing first in a field of 18.

The performance was unlike most other Eurovision entrants in that Nicole performed while seated on a stool, playing a white acoustic guitar and accompanied by a backing group which included a harpist. The gentle ballad described a wish for world peace, with the lyrics sung in first person, and also describes the beauty of the natural world.

After winning the contest, Nicole performed the reprise in four different languages: German, English, French and Dutch, and released recordings in five additional languages across Europe : Danish, Italian, Russian, and a German-English-Dutch combination and a German-English-Italian combination. It topped the charts in many countries, selling more than three million copies and the English version was the last Eurovision winner to top the charts in the United Kingdom. The English version also holds the honour of becoming the 500th British Number One.

The song was chosen in an internet poll conducted by the European Broadcasting Union in 2005 as one of the 14 most popular songs in the history of the Eurovision, and was one of the entrants in the Congratulations 50th anniversary concert in Copenhagen, Denmark, held in October 2005. Although Nicole was not at the concert, it was re-enacted by dancers equipped with white guitars and a live orchestra as the original footage was shown in the background. "Ein bißchen Frieden" finished as the seventh most popular song in the history of contest.

The song was succeeded as Contest winner in 1983 by "Si la vie est cadeau" by Corinne Hermès representing Luxembourg.

It was succeeded as German representative at the 1983 Contest by Hoffmann & Hoffmann with "Rücksicht".

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Chart positions

Country Peak
position
UK Charts 1
The Netherlands 1[1]
Germany Top 100 1
Austria Top 75 1
Norway Chart 1
Sweden Top 50 1
Swiss Chart 1

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Preceded by
Making Your Mind Up by Bucks Fizz
Eurovision Song Contest winners
1982
Succeeded by
Si la vie est cadeau by Corinne Hermes
Preceded by
"Ebony and Ivory" by Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder
UK number one single
15 May 1982 - 22 May 1982
Succeeded by
"House of Fun" by Madness
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