We are used to Eurovision being full of drama and we thought we had seen everything – but on Thursday night, Germany made it clear that they could top it all! As Unser Song für Österreich was nearing the end, it seemed like Germany had decided its winner. But suddenly and unexpectedly, Andreas Kümmert rejected the golden ticket to Vienna and insisted that Ann Sophie take his place. There is only one thing to ask – what happened, Germany? Let’s take look.
Germany is in shock, Europe is in shock. Andreas Kümmert won the German national selection Unser Song für Österreich and had the chance to fly the flag in Vienna – but he rejected it, a decision that is totally unprecedented in German Eurovision history. Andreas explained, “Thanks for your support, Germany, but right now I’m not in the right condition to do this and I want to give the chance to Ann Sophie. I’m just a little singer and she is the better choice.”
Meanwhile, wildcard entry Ann Sophie, who had already accepted second place, was just as speechless as everybody else. The host, Barbara Schöneberger asked Andreas if he was really sure about this. His reaction was short and to the point, saying “I’m sorry” before he left the stage. Ann Sophie, still shocked, asked if she was really going to Vienna and if people would like to see her there. The answer was yes, and she performed her song “Black Smoke” once again.
WATCH – ANDREAS KÜMMERT REJECTS EUROVISION
Why did Andreas decide to cancel his date with Eurovision?
In the press conference right after the show, ARD entertainment boss Thomas Schreiber stated that Andreas wanted to take part in the show but nothing further was likely to happen. “There were some problems with Andreas in The Voice of Germany in 2013 as he was really difficult to handle sometimes”, he explained.
New champion Ann Sophie was sympathetic towards Andreas: “We should just leave him alone now. He needs to find himself. He’s a great singer and I understand why he said he can’t do it or he doesn’t feel it as it’s too much for him – and that’s okay. He’s really brave and it’s great that he listened to his heart – everybody should listen to their hearts, even if you don’t know before that it will end like this.”
It seems that Andreas had been having a difficult time in the week before the national final. German news magazine Focus reports that Andreas verbally abused audience members at a concert on Saturday, while Stern magazine reports that Andreas was unwell in the days before Unser Song für Österreich and a doctor needed to be called after he came down with a fever of 40 degrees.
Was Andreas right to give the ticket to Ann Sophie? How do you rate his decision? Leave your comments below.