Udo Jürgens, who represented Austria in three consecutive years (1964-1966) at the Eurovision Song Contest and won in 1966 with the classic 'Merci Chérie', will be awarded the Deutscher Fernsehpreis (German Television Award) for his lifetime achievement tomorrow. The singer celebrated his 70th birthday on 30 September.
The Deutscher Fernsehpreis is an award for special achievements in the television industry. It is organized by the four biggest German TV stations ARD, ZDF (both public broadcasters), RTL and SAT.1 (both private channels). An independant jury picked the nominees in 22 different categories like documentation, TV play, movie, news, best actor and many more.
Jürgens will receive a special lifetime achievement award. ZDF director Markus Schächter said in a press release: “With Udo Jürgens, we honour one of the very big names of the show business; a composer, singer and entertainer of a superior grade and last but not least a showmaster who moulded German television.”
The award celebration will be broadcast on ZDF on Sunday 10th October as from 20:15 CET.