Unser Song 2017 wants singers 18 or over

Eurovision 2016 marked the second year in a row that Germany finished last on the scoreboard. Despite Jamie-Lee’s fantastic voice, unique staging and atmospheric song “Ghost”, she crash landed at the bottom.

It’s part of a broader trend. Over the past four years Germany has not managed to reach the left side of the scoreboard. Eurovision has not gone smoothly, and neither has their national selection. In fact, Germany’s Vorentscheid has repeatedly produced Eurodrama!

In 2015, winner Andreas Kümmert refused to accept his victory and gave his title to runner-up Ann Sophie, stating he was not able to go to Eurovision.

Later it was announced that Kümmert had initially won the superfinal between him and Ann Sophie with 78.7% of the vote. Ouch! In short, Germany did not send its strong preference.

Hoping to prevent something like that in 2016, Germany’s NDR decided to handpick the controversial singer Xavier Naidoo for Eurovision.

His selection sparked a backlash both in Germany and internationally. Protest and a petition (which counted more than 15,000 signatures) forced NDR decided to withdraw Naidoo and hastily stage a national selection.

Our first reaction to Jamie-Lee’s win:

“The Voice of Germany” winner Jamie-Lee Kriewitz won the national contest with her Asian inspired performance and her song “Ghost”. From the beginning wiwibloggers weren’t feeling the song, repeatedly stating that she would repeat Ann Sophie’s last-place finish.

In Stockholm that prophecy came true. Jamie-Lee finished at the bottom — but at least she earned 11 points.

Now Thomas Schreiber, Germany’s Eurovision coordinator, thinks he knows the answer why. Speaking to the Hannoversche Allgemeiner Zeitung, he said:

“The song was neither the big sensible ballad nor the exciting uptempo song. Internationally they didn’t understand why Germany was competing with a manga girl, while we know that Jamie-Lee is a genuine performer.”

Our first reaction to her Eurovision rehearsal:

Schreiber also revealed some details for Germany’s national final in 2017.

“Firstly, we have to search for songs, both nationally and internationally. Then we have to find the right performer. Next to that, the total production is important. The German public will have the final decision about the entry.”

Do you think Germany can finally break its bad results spell with this new method of searching? Let us know in the comment section below!

 

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Elin
Elin
4 years ago

I wonder if big 5 would do better if they had to qualify? Or is it only me that think that beeing in semifinal is importent. The audiense get their favorites there and they hold on to them.
Well last year italy had no problem but I think this year they should get a better place if they were in in semi. The sama for UK, Germany, Spain and France.

Abby
Abby
4 years ago

Cro would be an amazing choice he is known internationally and has a gimmick which we all know is very important for eurovision. #croforeurovision2017

GEF
GEF
4 years ago

If you go to Youtube and watch the ESC videos of the most underrated songs, you always find two countries, Spain and Germany.

It is always easy to criticise after a bad result and point at all the things that did not do well. But then look at the original ratings on blogs like Wiwibloggs and you see that the German and also the Spanish entries are far away from the bottom of the ranking.

V_AUS
V_AUS
4 years ago

Ghost was just a real downer to listen to, repeating the same melancholy chords and downward melodic lines over and over. It didn’t commit to being either a ballad or up-tempo. Ghost was practically identical in tempo to last year’s dud Black Smoke. Practically identical result. Jamie-Lee’s vocal performance was fine but what did her silly costume have to do with the song? She looked like she’d just been entertaining at a child’s birthday party.

Graph
Graph
4 years ago

Hmm . . . it seems that nowadays, “international” = Swedish.

Unless you’re San Marino.

Zephyr
Zephyr
4 years ago

I don’t get it. This song was pretty good.

mocosuburbian
mocosuburbian
4 years ago

just send laing and automatic 3rd place in the final

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
4 years ago

Bad sign is when you are dressed more Asian than the Asian actually competing in the contest.

Darren
Darren
4 years ago

Germany is my second favourite Eurovision nation after Sweden, but this year I don’t know what happened, Jamie is an amazing vocalist, the song was just outside my top 10 but it was still good, I think her appearance was the problem. While I congratulate her for being herself and bringing her unique style to the contest, her upbeat, cartoon style just didn’t suit the dark ballad that ‘Ghost’ was. And as in the case of Croatia, the outfit ruined the song. Germany has been doing badly since 2012, I hope they can recover. I’d love to see them win… Read more »

Alex
Alex
4 years ago

eVERYONE expected Germany to finish last. The song was very good, her voice and the staging too but the whole manga thing was a big WTF moment.

Blame it on the German team for not asking Jamie to perform in a more casual outfit.

oooops
oooops
4 years ago

Beccaboo1212, I know. The results are always random, Estonia had the best(but honestly not the most the most memorable) song. And they came last….

oooops
oooops
4 years ago

Dear Germany, I know you are probably jealous while we in Sweden have good music industry, but you don’t need to feel jealous. You have amazing artists. My favourite song in the whole National final season was not swede-penned, and was from your selection. “Mystery of a blood red rose”. So please just select Avantasia and your next eurovision gold will be guaranteed.
Greetings from the country with “the best music industry”

beccaboo1212
4 years ago

Jamie-Lee’s [undoubtedly] a great singer, but sometimes, the results turn out to be something nobody would expect. 🙁

Alex
Alex
4 years ago

This is probably a good idea… let’s not forget the successes of 2010 and 2012. Just keep the selection from turning into a drawn-out hot mess like the Lithuanian selection and it’ll be fine.

anders
anders
4 years ago

‘Laing’ is horrible in my opinion, Hugh. I’d love to see Trong on Eurovision Stage. He wanted to participate in 2015 so much with his Song “Jaywalk”, gave so much effort in making a Video and was so disappointed that he couldn’t even take part in the national final. And while Ann-Sophie got last place in the Song Contest he went over to Vietnam and won ‘Vietnam Idol’. Really.. screw you, Thomas Schreiber! I have no confidence in your words. Next year will be as powerless as the ones before. I don’t believe there will be a big Change. ARD/… Read more »

Nikos
Nikos
4 years ago

Good suggestions here. I think publicity hurt here just like it hurt Agnete. But no hate on Jamie-Lee because she is so young so I can understand it can be overwhelming to be in all the spotlight. Also, I think Germany has recently had WAY too dramatic staging which made it feel cold. Ann Sophie was trying too hard to be sexy, Jamie-Lee was not memorable besides the clothes, Cascada was restricted by that awkwards staircase and uncomfortable dress… I do hope Germany does not resort to Swedish imports. It has a well-developed music industry and lots of talent to… Read more »

Eric
Eric
4 years ago

But Jamie-Lee and Ann-Sophie had really nice songs and Fantastic voices. thats the aggravating part.

Hugh
Hugh
4 years ago

Just go with Laing. In German, a bit of fun, and aiming for 15-20 – let’s be real, that’s a good result for some countries, and Germany is now a part of that club – and musically well-regarded at home and abroad.

National finals are all well and good, until they give us “Ghost” or “Soldiers of Love”. Considering 3 of the top 5 were internal selections it really isn’t the case that the public know better a lot of the time.

Matt
Matt
4 years ago

Germany should choose Xavier Naidoo next year. It was bad idea not too choose him because of his thought. It was discrimination.

karminowe.usta
karminowe.usta
4 years ago

In my opinion Jamie`s creation and dress were terrible… Asian style in Eurovision isn`t good solution.

YoungsterJoey
YoungsterJoey
4 years ago

@David Who
Euro promotion events don’t matter. The show is watched by millions while events (such as the concerts) are attended by far significantly less. The casual ESC viewer will only rely on the 3-minutes on TV, not other promos. Jake & Joe did some promotion, as did Ira Losco and Hovi Star but burned in the televoting. Events do not matter.

And having a song released in late 2015 doesn’t affect performance. Poland 2014 (Slavic Girls song) was released early and longer and did OK, better than Germany.

GermanESCFan
GermanESCFan
4 years ago

The germans don’t have a good music taste! Especially that very old guys in the NDR and ARD! If we don’t consider the Stefan Raab entries our last top 10 place with ARD/NDR selection modes has been back in 2001 (already 15 years!) with a schlager song and we’ve been last 4 times in that period. Those guys would rather try to send damn Helene Fischer or that Schlager stuff. All over the world Adele’s 25 broke sale records, except in germany, where Helene FIscher had the most selling album in the third year a row! ARD/NDR should cooperate with… Read more »

tania
tania
4 years ago

the song wasn’t so bad. indeed i liked it when first heard at youtube. but the whole performance, artist’s outfit etc was rather strange and did not fit together….

The Brightest Falling Star
The Brightest Falling Star
4 years ago

I always loved this song and it was really underrated, it deserved at least top 10.

Vogzal Odessa
Vogzal Odessa
4 years ago

@fikri hahaha, yes, that’s what they are most probably trying to say… How pathetic is that? Well, surely not as much as seeing Eye-serbatchan collect all those douze points in 2011 and ranking as high as they did this year…
@Huh: Sanremo is actually still unbeatable when it comes to quality and variety of music … the overhyped Melfest doesn’t come close by any standard. So, perhaps organising a big national final with good songs and would be a good idea, and not only for Germany..

davve
davve
4 years ago

I kind of like Ghost as a song itself. And I think with a much better stage performance this could have been in the top10. She did not fit in with the song itself.

It was just a hot mess.

Mar
Mar
4 years ago

Jaime chose to keep her artistic image and integrity over a good staging that would match the song, and she paid the price.

danpito
danpito
4 years ago

>>>Jamie-Lee’s performance was indeed a remarkable one, strongly influenced by the Japanese culture, but probably too much refined/original and artsy for a mainstream show like ESC…

Marcus (day one)
Marcus (day one)
4 years ago

You’d think the Germans would be smart when it comes to picking a national selection formula. Because Stefan Raab withdrew from the German delegation in 2013 they couldn’t use the selection that chose Lena and Roman. The selection format in 2013 wasn’t a bad thing but they didn’t keep it and then went to the weird selection in which the wildcard singer went to Eurovision. And if an artist first song wasn’t good you could vote for their second? They should have a selection in theory similar to Lithuania with singers without songs and acts with songs. Although not a… Read more »

Mr.D
Mr.D
4 years ago

Germany, everyone expected last place for you last year and this year again. You choosed mega star Xavier Naidoo and you withdrawed him because some gays were crying, that he is homophobe. The biggest mistake you have ever made. In national final you had world-known Avantasia and you voted for bad Jamie-Lee. You have so great music scene and you are choosing so bad singers and songs. You deserved last places and now you must change everything. Choose Xavier Naidoo again, dont listen hysterical gays, make a good song for him and lets win Eurovision next year.

Huh
Huh
4 years ago

It would be nice if they would go Sanremo. It wouldn’t be nice if the would go Melfest

Robyn Gallagher
Admin
4 years ago

This is partly what Lithuania did for some of their NF entries this year – call for songs and match them with local singers. A few times it worked, but mostly it was a mess.

They should return to the system that led to the Lena/”Satellite” combo – selecting the best singer with the best song.

David Who
David Who
4 years ago

My point of view on Germany in 2016 was that Jamie-Lee hardly appeared at any big Euro promotion events in the run-up to the contest (compared to other artists). This was a factor in its failure. Another factor was that the full single (from The Voice in Germany) had already been released on YouTube in late 2015 and was already widely known well before the contest in May 2016. The song was edited down for length, but apart from that nothing was changed. As for the live staging in May – I don’t have a single positive thing to say… Read more »

fikri
fikri
4 years ago

“international search for songs”… incoming swedish-penned songs! 😛