They’re one of the “Big Five” countries that automatically qualify for the grand final. And they have a rich history at Eurovision, having participated since the inaugural contest back in 1956. From a series of near-bottom finishes to remarkable turnarounds and at least two wins, Germany really has experienced more highs and lows than any rollercoaster (say it with us in German: achterbahn) at Europa Park. While there’s many decades to reminisce over, our next Eurovision Memories post from Florian looks at his home country in the 2010s – from a win, to nul points, to a legendary comeback.
Eurovision 2010: Oslo
This was in fact my first time watching the contest (simply wasn’t allowed to stay up this long before!) I wasn’t aware of the entire Eurovision bubble by any means, but knew we had a chance this time around. Lena‘s “Satellite” received massive support in Germany and there was some serious hype going on. And what a night it was! Receiving points from countries you could only think about at Eurovision was so relieving – an experience I’ll always remember! And, of course, this made me decide to follow the contest in depth now that it was coming to Germany.
Eurovision 2011: Düsseldorf
Taking place in my home nation, this was a very special contest for me. Not only was the show amazing (probably still my favourite to this day), there was also lots of fantastic entries. Lena put on another remarkable, yet totally different, show and I really loved it, too. Can we talk about how much Switzerland was robbed though? They clearly deserved better than that disastrous finish! The winner wasn’t exactly my cup of tea either, but overall to this day I look back to the Düsseldorf contest in the most positive way possible. Not to forget that we welcomed Italy back to the Eurovision family! Fantastico!
Eurovision 2012: Baku
This year had its highs and lows for me. While the whole atmosphere didn’t live up to recent years, once again, there was some amazing songs in the running. This will probably sound way too cliché, but “Euphoria” is still that song (for real!). We also had some epic moments with performances from Albania and Russia! Roman Lob did leave a great impression in Baku which resonated with both juries and televoters. Having to follow the footsteps of Lena, he faced a huge challenge, but for sure he delivered!
Eurovision 2013: Malmö
There was a point where I saw us heading off to another great year at Eurovision. Yes, there were loads of discussions going on with the similarities to “Euphoria”, but I knew that Natalie Horler, lead vocalist of Cascada, has the stage presence to deliver a great show and get those televotes. How wrong that played out! The voting part honestly felt like a party with no people coming to celebrate — what went wrong? That probably remains my biggest question of the entire year. Otherwise, the contest hosted by Petra Mede was another great edition.
Eurovision 2014: Copenhagen
My first (and so far only) Eurovision experience was surreal. I won’t forget the moment when Conchita was announced as the winner and the entire arena went crazy. It was one of the best experiences ever! Unfortunately for Elaiza, the competition was really strong and thus they couldn’t live up to their potential (and the running order… a disaster!) I guess that, while being a solid entry, it simply wasn’t enough to stand out from some of the other amazing performances from the likes of Austria, the Netherlands or Spain.
Eurovision 2015: Vienna
This year didn’t go as planned by any means. And looking back, it was all destined to go wrong after the events at the national final. But we did eventually prove that Spain isn’t the only country serving some good Eurodrama! Sadly, there wasn’t much Ann Sophie could do to turn her fate around. She did, however, take it with great humour — we are the zeros of our times!
Eurovision 2016: Stockholm
If there is a way to get depression from watching Eurovision, this was the year it all happened. While the stage presentation was a little too much, the song definitely wasn’t as bad as its result in Stockholm may suggest. With another unfortunate finish for Germany, I did start questioning whether we’d get back to better results anytime soon. It all seemed like despite trying different national final formats, nothing proved to get us back to the successful times of the beginning of the decade. Some even suggested that NDR should show the cold shoulder and say goodbye — thankfully that wouldn’t happen!
Eurovision 2017: Kiev
“Perfect Life” wasn’t the strongest song by any means, but Levina did the best that she could. The moment she performed Adele’s “When We Were Young” at the national final, I knew that she had something special. To my disappointment, the right song for her wasn’t there. Thus, the final outcome in Kiev wasn’t any big surprise, really. Still, Portugal’s victory should encourage all of us that there’s always a way to get back on the right path — you gotta keep trying!
Eurovision 2018: Lisbon
A totally renewed national final worked in our favour and Eurovision depression is no longer a thing in Germany! Michael Schulte‘s emotional performance didn’t only earn him a fourth place at the competition, he even went on to win one of the famous Bambi awards. His song received huge airplay as he landed in the top 20 of the Dutch year-end airplay charts. German Eurofans regained faith and — thank god — the fun didn’t stop with the votes coming in. Eventually, it could also make up for the weak performance at the Football World Cup later last year — they could take some things from the recent German rollercoaster ride at Eurovision to regain focus to lead them to better results.
What are your best and worst memories of Germany during recent years? Do you think there are some underrated songs or did they rightfully fail? Let us know down below!