German composer and writer of many a Eurovision song Ralph Siegel likes to return to the Malta Song for Europe in 2005. “I would be happy to return to Malta next year if I am invited again”, the Eurovision veteran told German newspaper taz today. His song It's a wonderful Life for girl duo Ali & Lis finished fifth in this year's Maltese final.
57 years old Siegel is known as the probably most devoted composer of songs for the Eurovision Song Contest. For more than three decades he wrote dozens of Eurovision entries, and not only for his home country Germany. Unknown is the number of songs he submitted to several national finals, as he often used pseudonyms. He scored his biggest success in 1982 with the winning song for Germany, Ein bißchen Frieden for Nicole, and also had several runners-up and third places.
In recent years, he seems to run out of luck though. His latest entries for Germany in 2002 and 2003 scored low, and after a change of rules for the national final of 2004, demanding participants to have a professional video clip played by music channel Viva, he did not enter a song to the German final, instead submitting one of his compositions to the Maltese final.