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!
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!