Sad news is coming from Germany today, as the singer and Eurovision performer Margot Eskens has passed away. Margot started her career as a musician in 1954, when she won a music competition at the age of 18 and signed a deal with thd Polydoe record-label.
In 1962, she finished in third place at the German Schlagerfestival, which was also used as the German national final for the Eurovision Song Contest at the time. In 1963, when Heidi Brühl represented Germany with the song “Marcel”, Margot Eskens recorded the same song and was planned to perform it at Eurovision in case Heidi Brühl couldn’t do it due to her health problems.
In 1966, Margot was internally selected to represent Germany at the Eurovision Song Contest in Luxembourg with “Die Zeiger der Uhr“. Initially, the Dutch Eurovision winner Corry Brokken was offered to be singing that song for Germany but she turned it down, which finally brought She Margit on the Eurovision stage. Margot Eskens opened the show on the Eurovision evening and finished in 10th place out of 18 participants.
After Eurovision, she remained a popular name in the German film & music industry. In 2013, Margot was diagnosed with dementia and according to German media, was moved into a nursing home.
Margot eventually passed away in late July 2022, just a few weeks away from her 82nd birthday. We would like to express our condolences to her family and friends and may she rest in peace!