We continue our series looking at the participating countries of Eurovision and the reasons why we love them so very much. Next up is Germany. It may have won the contest twice, but the country definitely knows the ups and downs of competitive song. Despite its various struggles in recent years, there is plenty to celebrate.
Germany is the only country not to have missed out on any contest since its debut back in 1956. As part of the big five, Germany has been pre-qualified for the final since the introduction of the semi-finals. But what makes us really love the nation in the contest? Here are 10 reasons why we love Germany at the Eurovision Song Contest!
1. They’re experts of unexpected turnarounds
In recent years, German Eurovision fans have had a lot to get through — and hope for change seemed to diminish over time. But right at breaking point Germany then deliver singers that leave a mark. In 2010, six years after their previous top ten finish, Lena burst onto the scene with “Satellite” and took the crown with a total of 246 points. And in 2018 Michael Schulte ended another set of unsatisfying results and ended up in fourth place! After the rain, the good times…
2. They send popular acts to the wasteland
Germany has often reached out to known acts to represent the nation. But there’s a bunch of artists whose careers didn’t recover from a bad finish at the song contest. The casting group No Angels had four chart-toppers in Germany — but they failed to keep the momentum going after Eurovision and split in 2011. Another example is Cascada, with their lead singer Natalie Horler. The group had huge success with hits such as “Every Time We Touch”, “Evacuate the Dancefloor” and “Pyromania”. But after their anticipated entry “Glorious” only finished 21st back in 2013, the group hasn’t had much chart action since. Thankfully — and unlike No Angels — they’re still putting out music! You can read our review of their latest single “Back for Good” here.
3. They know how to put on a show
In 2011, the Eurovision Song Contest took place in Düsseldorf following Lena’s triumph in Oslo. The show was hosted by Anke Engelke, Judith Rakers and Stefan Raab. Guiding us through the show, the trio immediately connected with the audience and created three amazing shows. Even in 2018, many fans still consider the 2011 edition one of the best contests ever. We would love to have another show in German hands soon.
4. They are known for changing the national selection method
Germany and its national selection deserve their own chapter. Not only do lots of unexpected things happen on the night, NDR also comes up with new formats every few years. Sure, looking back at what worked and what didn’t is a good thing, but establishing a national final format can take a few years. It is encouraging that NDR is sticking with the successful format that led to Michael Schulte being selected for Lisbon.
5. They offer some good drama
In recent years, the German selection process has delivered some iconic and unforeseen events. In 2014, wildcard winners and newcomers Elaïza beat established group Unheilig in the superfinal. The following year Andreas Kümmert won the hearts of the audience, but he refused to accept the win and thus Ann-Sophie was selected to travel to Vienna. Prior to the 2016 selection, German singer Xavier Naidoo was internally chosen to represent Germany. But due to questionable statements in the past and huge public protest among NDR employees, the broadcaster rescinded its offer for him to sing.
6. They’re actually fun!
One of the many stereotypes that Germans can’t shake is that they’re not that entertaining. They seem forever focused on work and their individual success. But some of the German Eurovision entrants have definitely proven otherwise. In 2010, Lena Meyer-Landrut won European hearts with her youthful insouciance. Prior to the grand final, she grabbed attention from journalists all over Europe following her amusing performance during a press conference. And in 2015 Ann Sophie made the best out of the some pretty difficult circumstances. Following her unfortunate zero-points finish, she rewrote the winning entry “Heroes”, singing “we are the zeros of our time”.
7. They gave us Ralph Siegel
Eurovision wouldn’t be the same without Ralph Siegel. The singer and composer has contributed 25 entries for the contest, including Nicole‘s “Ein bißchen Frieden”, which won the contest back in 1982. And of course he brought Valentina Monetta into the Eurovision family. But we also have to thank him for his continuous love for the contest. Back in May he organized a big event for the reunion of Dschinghis Khan in Munich. And his next Eurovision-pinned entry might just be around the corner!
8. And they brought us Dschinghis Khan
In 1979, Ralph Siegel composed his second entry for Germany in the contest. Performed by the same-titled group, the impossibly catchy “Dschinghis Khan” launched his massive career. Finishing in fourth place, the group went on to have further success. Their song “Moskau” topped the charts in countries from Germany all the way to Australia. In 2018, the group reunited, featuring two of their original members. Their song “Moskau” has been reworked by none other than Ralph Siegel. Just in time for the World Cup, they delivered a fresh remix in four different languages.
9. A night with Barbara Schöneberger
Once Barbara Schöneberger stepped onto the Eurovision scene, she couldn’t let go. Hosting the national final for years, she has become part of the German Eurovision family. Unfortunately, she couldn’t host the 2018 national final due to personal scheduling difficulties. However, she hosted the biggest German Eurovision party in Hamburg and was also selected as the German spokesperson. And she keeps on rocking those outfits!
10. Eurovision without Germany isn’t the same
As the country with the most appearances in the competition, you just can’t imagine having Germany miss out on the party. And while it might not always be obvious at first glance, their continuous support for the contest is unlike any other. They’ve given us lots of memorable entries, from Guildo Horn to Stefan Raab to the (perhaps somewhat unfortunate) Oscar Loya feat. Dita von Teese. Most importantly, the contest back in Düsseldorf is still one of the best-liked editions. Germany, you’re always welcome!
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