You could call it a Cascadastrophe. This week gmx.de reported on the noticeable bullying that Greek Twitter users have directed towards Germany’s Cascada, the euro-dance act which finished in 21st position at Eurovision. And surprise, surprise: Germany didn’t receive any points from the Greek jury.
Yes, it seems the bailout really has pushed viewers into an anti-German state of mind. One of the first media outlets to rub salt into the wound was Greece’s Proto Thema, outlining that it was Angela Merkel’s “strict policies” which were responsible for Germany’s “flop” at the contest.
German broadcaster ARD has said little. But as we reported earlier this week, Thomas Schreiber did tell the press that it “was not just Cascada, but also Germany on the stage”. Rather than seeing Cascada’s front-woman Natalie Horler in a gold, bust-enhancing outfit last Saturday, perhaps the Greek audience only saw Angela? Or could it just be that Natalie’s live performance was weak? Or maybe it was because the music was outdated? (Oh, snap. That was controversial).
Tweets from all over Greece have suggested that the hate stems more from the political atmosphere than Cascada’s performance. A user going by the name of g_tzakis said, “I’d only like to suggest that, as a protectorate of Germany, we will obviously not vote for Germany”. Another user was far bitchier about the whole affair. It was “the gold that the Nazis stole from us that they’ve used to make their dresses”.
Even worse, amigaman_rief denounced every Greek who voted for “Glorious” as an “enemy of the state”. I’m sure a lot of ESC fans won’t be visiting Malia next year, then.
On personal reflection, the media response was obviously just an opportunity to be nasty towards Germany. This demonstrates that people aren’t mistaken when they say the contest is political.
But let’s be honest: Cascada didn’t do that well because her performance was weak. (Just read our review of her first rehearsal). At the beginning of the act Natalie’s voice clashed with the backing singers and she was out of sync a few times. Germany couldn’t have expected to do well after the performance was over, and not just because of the alleged corruption that’s now coming to light.
Greece may have out-performed Germany on the Eurovision scoreboard, but at least the Germans can take solace in this. Unlike Greece, Germany knows it could have afforded to win…