It’s been a while since I’ve done a “Big Four” country isn’t it? Well Germany are a great example of how this privileged group can turn its luck around with a bit of effort. It – along with the others – had a rough time in the mid-late 00’s, but struck gold after a conscious effort to pick a winner, picking Lena who went on to win the 2010 contest.
Germany have participated the most in Eurovision, entering every year, although their 1996 entry wasn’t pre-selected for the final and is their only missing piece.
Their track record is good over all this time, particularly during the 80’s, where they scored five top 2 finishes, along with their first win in 1982. They may have waited a long time for their first (and second) win, but they aren’t ready to let things slide now. Just as Lena was selected by a talent show, this is how Deutschland selected Roman Lob for Baku.
I’d written it off as a pretty nothingy ballad for a while but I’m really liking it now. Roman himself is a lovable bit of scruff (please don’t wear that manky hat though). Looks like a bit of a rocker indie type, but he’s singing a sensitive song and making puppy eyes to the camera. I like him already!
There is a danger that this won’t stand out in Baku, though they do have a great slot (20th) in the final this year. It never quite reaches a BIG climax but it does build, and gives him a decent glory note. I hope he does well but I’m not going to set my heart on it, in case I get disappointed, as I surely will do with my dear Netherlands.
The important thing is that Germany want to do well, and don’t think this is some stupid rigged contest for gays and drunks (at least not enough to stop them sending a proper entry). This key point is why Germany won in Oslo, and why they will probably win again before the UK win again.
As ever, check out my ESC2012 review page by clicking the Eurovision tab at the top of the page.