Ralph Siegel

Ralph Siegel (born 30 September 1945 in Munich) is a German record producer and songwriter.[1] He is married to the opera singer Kriemhild Jahn. He has three daughters, one of them Giulia Siegel divorced from German entrepreneur Hans Wehrmann.

Siegel is one of the most notable figures at the Eurovision Song Contest, in which he has participated with 24 songs so far, the latest being the 2017 Sammarinese entry "Spirit of the Night" by Valentina Monetta and Jimmie Wilson. In 1982, Siegel's and Bernd Meinunger's song "Ein bißchen Frieden" (A Little Peace), performed by Nicole won the Contest and became a hit in Europe. In February 2010, it was announced by RTÉ that he would have an entry in the Irish National Final-Eurosong 2010. The song titled 'River of Silence' was performed by Lee Bradshaw. It finished in last place. He also composed 'C'était ma vie', performed by Lys Assia for representing Switzerland in the Eurovision Song Contest. She reached an 8th position in Swiss National Final.

Siegel organized a comeback event for the Disco band Dschinghis Khan in June 2018.[2] Dschinghis Khan had been organized by Stiegel and Dr. Bernd Meinunger to compete in the 1979 Eurovision Song Contest[3]. After the success of their first hit, Dschinghis Khan, both men continued to write popular songs for this band, including Moskau and Hadschi Halef Omar[4]. Siegel makes a rare appearance playing classical guitar in 1984 video footage of Dschinghis Khan performing Corrida and Ole Ole[5].

Private Life

Ralph Siegel's first marriage was to Dunja Siegel from Slovakia in 1975, with whom he had two daughters Giulia Siegel (* 1974) and Marcella Siegel (* 1976). The marriage was divorced in 1989.

In 1992 he married Dagmar Kögel, née Weber. His third daughter Alana Siegel[6] (* 1996) was born The couple separated in 2002.

His third marriage to the soprano Kriemhild Siegel[7], née Jahn, lasted from 2006 until the official separation in August 2014. The legal divorce then took place in 2016.[8]

In 2015 he met the Swiss music manager Laura Käfer[9]. After a 3-year relationship, the couple got married in September 2018 in the church Grünwald near Munich.[10] Laura Siegel brought her daughter Ruby Siegel (* 2000), née Käfer into the marriage.

Eurovision Song Contest participations

YearSongArtistCountryPosition
1974"Bye Bye I Love You"Ireen Sheer Luxembourg4th
1976"Sing Sang Song"Les Humphries Singers Germany15th
1979"Dschinghis Khan"Dschinghis Khan4th
1980"Theater"Katja Ebstein Germany2nd
1980"Papa Pingouin"Sophie & Magaly Luxembourg9th
1981"Johnny Blue"Lena Valaitis Germany2nd
1982"Ein bißchen Frieden"Nicole Germany1st
1985"Children, Kinder, Enfants"Ireen Sheer, C. & M. Roberts, Olivier, Solomon Luxembourg13th
1987"Lass die Sonne in dein Herz"Wind Germany2nd
1988"Lied für einen Freund"Maxi & Chris Garden Germany14th
1990"Frei zu leben"Chris Kempers & Daniel Kovac9th
1992"Träume sind für alle da"Wind16th
1994"Wir geben 'ne Party"Mekado Germany3rd
1997"Zeit"Bianca Shomburg Germany18th
1999"Reise nach Jerusalem – Kudüs'e seyahat"Sürpriz Germany3rd
2002"I Can't Live Without Music"Corinna May Germany21st
2003"Let's Get Happy"Lou11th
2006"If We All Give a Little"six4one  Switzerland17th
2009"Just Get Out of My Life"Andrea Demirović Montenegro11th (semifinal)
2012"The Social Network Song"Valentina Monetta San Marino14th (semifinal)
2013"Crisalide (Vola)"11th (semifinal)
2014"Maybe"24th
2015"Chain of Lights"Michele Perniola & Anita Simoncini16th (semifinal)
2017"Spirit of the Night"Valentina Monetta & Jimmie Wilson18th (semifinal)

National final participations

YearSongArtistCountryPosition
1972"Hallelujah Man"Marion Maertz Germanyunplaced
"Mein Geschenk an dich"Adrian Wolf
"Meine Liebe will ich dir geben"Edina Pop
1975"Alles geht vorüber"Peggy March Germany2nd
1979"Ein Blick sagt mehr als jedes Wort"Gebrüder Blattschuß12th
1980"Pan"Costa Cordalis2nd
1981"Mannequin"The Hornettes
1982"Peter Pan"Paola
"Blue-Jeans-Kinder"Marianne Rosenberg8th
1984"Tingel Tangel Man"Harmony Four3rd
1985"Grün Grün Grün"Caro Pukke4th
"Die Glocken von Rom"Heike Schäfer2nd
1986"Telefon"That's Life12th
"Clowns"Clowns6th
"Die Engel sind auch nicht mehr das was sie war'n"Chris Heart Band3rd
"Wir gehör'n zusammen"Dschinghis Khan2nd
1987"Aus"Cassy7th
"Frieden für die Teddybären"Maxi & Chris Garden2nd
1988"Tanzen geh'n"Tammy Swift7th
1989"Ich hab' Angst"Dorkas3rd
1996"Echoes"Angela Wiedl & Dalila Cernatescu
1997"Engel"All About Angels7th
1998"Can Can"Ballhouse6th
"Carneval"Köpenick7th
1998"Kids"Sharon Brauner8th
2000"I Believe in God"Corinna May2nd
2001"A Song for our Friends"German Tenors4th
"Happy Birthday Party"Lou & Band3rd
2003"This Night Should Never End"Petra Frey Austria2nd
2004"It's a Wonderful Life"Ali & Lis Malta5th
2005"Time to Fall in Love Again"Louiseann Tate14th
"Don't Stop the Party"Ali & Lis8th
"The Angels Are Tired"Manuel7th
"He"Eleanor Cassar10th
"Addio, Ciao"Aldo Busuttil5th
"Sunshine in Your Eyes"Keith Camilleri4th
"A Miracle of Love"Nicole Süßmilch & Marco Matias Germany2nd
2009"Innocent Heart"Ruth Portelli Maltaeliminated at SF4
"Tonight at the Opera"Classic Rebels5th
"Blame it on Your Heart"Ruth Portellieliminated at SF5
2010"Rivers of Silence"Lee Bradshaw Ireland5th (Last)
2011"Não estamos sós"Emanual Santos Portugal20th on online selection
2011"I'll Follow the Sunshine"Domenique Azzopardi MaltaFinal 24
"This Is My Life"Valeria Tarasova Moldova7th
2012"C'était ma vie"Lys Assia  Switzerland8th
"Save a Little Sunshine"Irina Tarasiuc & MC Gootsa Moldova6th
"Mondo blu"Oksana Nesterenko Ukraine3rd
2013"All in Your Head"Lys Assia feat. New Jack  Switzerlandeliminated on online selection
2014"Over the Limit"Edona Gjinaj
2016"Under the Sun We Are One"Laura Pinski Germany4th
2017"Join Us In the Rain"Marks & Stefanet Moldova

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