Big Five time, I haven’t done many of these so far, have I? I’m using a random number generator thing to do it, so don’t blame me. But anyway, yeah here’s DEUTSCHLAND.
As one of the Big Five, it’s easy to say that Germany have ‘enjoyed’ their status as one of the biggest contributors to the EBU, gaining them automatic entry to the Grand Final. But in reality, the last decade hasn’t been too kind to any of them. Germany though have seen one of the biggest turnarounds of a Big Five nation, emerging from a wilderness of near-bottom finishes to win the 2010 contest in Oslo, with Lena’s “Satellite”.
Lena returned to defend her crown on home soil, and finished 10th in Dusseldorf. The following year, Roman Lob also claimed a top 10 finish in Baku, but in Malmö last year, Cascada failed to impress and even ended up getting beaten by the UK! Was 2010 just a fluke, or will Germany claim its 3rd victory this year?
I covered the (surprisingly large) stadium show that made up the national final, with its particularly strange format. Three-piece female group Elaiza were victorious, and will hold the German flag in Copenhagen.
It’s unfortunately one of the few songs I’m not that crazy about, and I think the problem lies with the vocals. The song itself is alright if a little unexciting, it’s a curious bit of lite oompah music. But the lead lady’s vocals are just a bit screechy, sort of like Gwen Stefani but a bit more exaggerated. It just sort of ruins the tune a little bit, too many flourishes and not enough actual singing.
I could change my mind though, so far I’ve only really got the NF performance to go by, but it might end up being alright on the night. I wonder if it’ll get out of the bottom half of the leaderboard though.
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