Germany resorts to Americans for Eurovision contest

Fri May 15, 2009 10:43am EDT
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BERLIN (Reuters Life!) - Desperate to rescue itself from disappointing performances in recent years, Germany is sending two Americans to sing and dance in the Eurovision Song Contest in Moscow on Saturday night.

Oscar Loya, a 29-year old American singer living in Munich, will represent Germany with the song "Miss Kiss Kiss Bang," a number drawing upon 1940s swing. Burlesque dancer Dita von Teese will join him on the stage.

The German composer and producer of the song, Alex Christensen, is famous in Germany for the hit song "Du hast den schoensten Arsch der Welt," or "You have the most beautiful bottom in the world."

Asked by Stern magazine what was German about Germany's entry to the contest, Christensen said: "What originates in Germany is German. I wrote the song in Hamburg. A German who buys Swedish furniture or drives Japanese cars remains a German."

In the last four years, Germany's Eurovision contribution has landed near the bottom in the rankings. It has come first only once -- in 1982, with the song "Ein bisschen Frieden," or "A Little Peace."

The Eurovision Song Contest was first held in 1956. It is one of the most-watched television events in Europe, drawing at least 100 million viewers.

(Reporting by Jacob Comenetz, editing by Paul Casciato)

<p>Oscar Loya (C) of Germany's Alex Swings Oscar Sings performs during a rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest final in Moscow May 15, 2009. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin</p>