It started the decade as Eurovision champion and earned three Top 10 finishes in a row thanks to Lena and Roman Lob.
But then things all went wrong for Germany. First Eurodance chart toppers Cascada failed to set the scoreboard alight in Malmö, then Elaiza underwhelmed in Copenhagen, and Ann Sophie received the dreaded nil points in 2015. Jamie-Lee placed last again the following year, and this year Levina only narrowly avoided the same fate, limping into 25th place with 6 points.
So now that Germany has confirmed for Eurovision 2018, we want to know who you think is Germany’s most robbed entry since 2013. Who deserved to do better? You can vote for as many of your German faves as you like, but you can only vote once, so make…it…COUNT! Below you can review all of the acts and then submit your votes at the bottom.
2013: CASCADA WITH “GLORIOUS”
21st place with 18 points
Hype followed Cascada all the way from the national final to Malmö, but accusations that they were past their prime pursued them all along the way. On stage, Eurobanger “Glorious” lost a lot momentum as lead vocalist Natalie Horler was trapped on a see-through staircase until the final 30 seconds of the track. Questions were also raised about Horler’s vocal performance on the night and during the all-important jury rehearsal.
2014: ELAIZA WITH “IS IT RIGHT”
18th place with 39 points
In many ways, Elaiza won just by getting to the Eurovision stage and performing “Is It Right”. The trio, who had earned a wildcard competition for relatively unknown acts, beat out many well-established acts in Germany’s national final.
Producers handed the girls the death slot in the running order, sandwiching them between eventual winner Conchita Wurst and Sweden’s Sanna Nielsen, who finished third. Up against the theatrics of “Rise Like A Phoenix” and polished perfection of “Undo”, “Is It Right” was crushed and forgotten on the night.
2015: ANN SOPHIE WITH “BLACK SMOKE”
27th with nil points
Similar to the year before, Ann Sophie’s victory may have been in getting to the Eurovision stage at all, as she didn’t win her national final. Indeed she lost by a landslide, only taking 21% of televotes during the head-to-head showdown with Andreas Kummert in the final. But when Andreas bowed out, she found herself thrust into the spotlight.
A victim of the way votes are calculated, Ann Sophie ended up with nil points at Eurovision despite actually earning points from both juries and televoters. Performing with her back to the audience for much of the early part of the song may not have helped matters…
2016: JAMIE-LEE WITH “GHOST”
26th with 11 points
After an abortive attempt to send Xavier Naidoo to Eurovision 2016, the German broadcaster settled on a national final, which included Jamie-Lee, the winner of The Voice of Germany. Equipped with a promising ballad in “Ghost”, it seemed Germany might avoid last place.
But anime attire that confused the audience, an entry which could be dull or dreamy depending on who you spoke to, and a less than ideal draw early in the contest (between host nation Sweden and newly resurgent France) conspired to thwart hopes of a German revival. Jamie-Lee ended up last — but notched up 10 points for her trouble.
2017: LEVINA WITH “PERFECT LIFE”
25th with six points
With more than a passing resemblance to mega-hit “Titanium”, Germany might have hoped some of Sia and David Guetta’s magic would rub off on their 2017 entry “Perfect Life”.
But despite a spirited effort from Levina, the song fell flat on the night, only saved from last place by a particularly unfortunate bum note from Spain’s Manel Navarro.
GERMANY AT EUROVISION 2018
A constant thread in the songs they entered between 2010-12 was contemporary appeal: “Satellite” was a chart hit across Europe, “Taken By A Stranger” edgy and cool, and “Standing Still” in the mould of the indie hits that were all the rage at the time. So perhaps that’s where Germany will recover its mojo — by tapping into trends rather than trying to set them.
So who are you voting for? Who deserved more and who deserved what they got? Tell us below — and let us know how you think Germany can do better!