It has become an annual tradition for Germany to host its own Eurovision show in the run-up to the contest, with panelists ranking this year’s entries. Back on Sunday, Spain topped the second songcheck. Tonight, Italy‘s Mahmood came out on top.

ABOUT THE GERMAN SONGCHECK

The songcheck has taken place every year since Lena’s triumph with “Satellite” at the 2010 contest. Hosted by Alina Stiegler and Stefan Spiegel, the hosts discuss the entries with a panel of experts, and also bring in comments from readers and viewers.

The 2018 programme sees some familiar faces as show guests. Germany’s commentator Peter Urban, radio host Thomas Mohr, Jan Feddersen, “Dr. Eurovision” Irving Wolther, Marcel Stober, Constantin “Consi” Zöller, singer and actor Isabel Varell, moderator and DJ Larissa Rieß, actress Kathrin Ingendoh, YouTuber Freshtorge and members of the Olivia Jones family join the two hosts. Besides, our very own William Lee Adams and Deban Aderimi are once again part of the programme, too.

A new feature of this year’s songcheck programme is the addition of a fan expert. Back in March, Paul Klur from Dortmund won the voting on their website and thus joins the other guests.

THIRD SHOW RANKINGS

Italy is the new leader of this year’s Songcheck ranking. Coming in with an average score of 10.35, he beats previous leader Tamta from Cyprus by a considerable margin. Switzerland’s Luca Hänni is now in second place with Tamta rounding out the top three. 

  1. Italy 10.35 (9.7 audience / 10 Stefan / 12 Alina)
  2. Switzerland 9.25 (9.5 audience / 8 Stefan / 10 Alina)
  3. Sweden 7.8 (7.6 audience / 10 Stefan / 6 Alina)
  4. Armenia 6.35 (6.7 audience / 6 Stefan / 5 Alina)
  5. United Kingdom 6.35 (5.7 audience / 8 Stefan / 6 Alina)
  6. Denmark 6.2 (5.9 audience / 5 Stefan / 8 Alina)
  7. Ireland 5 (5.5 audience / 3 Stefan / 6 Alina)
  8. Romania 4.9 (5.8 audience / 4 Stefan / 4 Alina)
  9. Austria 4.7 (4.9 audience / 4 Stefan / 5 Alina)
  10. Latvia 3.9 (4.8 audience / 3 Stefan / 3 Alina)
  11. Moldova 2.7 (3.9 audience / 1 Stefan / 2 Alina)

What do you think about the results of the third songcheck? Did Mahmood deserve to top the scoreboard? Comment down below!

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Clara

Proud of our Alessandro ! Mahmood, all the best for you, I hope you’ll have an international success remaining the nice and talented boy you are !

Una
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Una

A bit of harmless fun. I can’t take them seriously. In what regards Romania for example, I cannot put on equal footing these votes and those from the national final: Romania: international jury combined (music industry, former winner, Eurovision specialist, dedicated fans) puts On a Sunday on the first place with 4 scores of 12. German show: two non-specialists give the song 4 + 4. Romania televote: low scores for an unknown artist, regardless of the song. Same for the winner of the Romanian televote – highest score in a landslide regardless of the song; votes had been cast for… Read more »

Zay
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Zay

Mahmood can also top me 😛

melody
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melody

This is the kind of song the Germans listen to so I think the points are accurate this time

Valentino
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Valentino

2 people’s opinion matter that much! And the audience represents how many people 5….

Paul
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Paul

It sounds a bit like the Romanian National Final

Una
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Una

Four people gave On a Sunday 12 points. Let’s also talk about Emmelie de Forest that gave 8 and 10 points to songs co-written by Scandinavians.

Daniel
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Daniel

Germany is in the final because it always has the best songs.
100% talent.
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Gert (Songfestivalwerk)
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Let’s make Italy these few weeks before the start of the rehearsals the BIGGEST contender for the victory / top-favourite! Mahmood deserves it ;-)!

ESCFan2009
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ESCFan2009

Paenda was robbed! I am done XD

Nicolas
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Nicolas

I don’t know how it works exactly but how can he go over 10 ?

Skiwalko
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From what I know they score the songs Eurovision style (1-12).

Skiwalko
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By the way, I know it’s unrelated, but I have no other way of asking: what’s going on with “Overthinking It”? It’s mid-April already, I miss their dry humor.

nej
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nej

They wanted money even for sneezing, so…

Valentino
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Valentino

Yep…Although they did pretty good videos, it was becoming annoying the way they were begging for money everytime.

Weißbrot
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Weißbrot

Fun fact: I’m pretty sure Luca and Mahmood received two of the highest scores EVER given in the songcheck programme by the audience. For comparison, Francesco Gabbani got a 9.3 from the audience. I think Amir still holds the record with 9.8, so Mahmood was extremely close. Let’s see if Duncan can break it, but I doubt it.

Skiwalko
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I’m surprised Switzerland didn’t top that one, since, as I understand, Luca is quite a star in Germany. I guess it only proves “Soldi”‘s potential for a great placing.

Sam
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Sam

Couldn’t agree more. Italy will be the big contender for the win vs The Netherlands

Weißbrot
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Weißbrot

Dear Florian, there are mistakes in this article: Alina gave 8 to the UK, Stefan gave 6. This also means, that the UK is higher in the ranking than Denmark, the overall score of 5.35 is also wrong. Just wanted to mention this. 🙂

Weißbrot
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Weißbrot

Yeah, you also still have the description of the 2nd songcheck in the article.

Breebroo1
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Latvia is ROBBED

Marcel
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Marcel

It’s just a bad song :/

ESCFan2009
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ESCFan2009

Ah wonderful, you are Marcel from the songcheck, right? So may I ask you politely, why you said (pop)opera wouldn’t be successful at Eurovision (songcheck about KMH)? You have the right to hate the song, but last year Elina was in the Top 10 in televote! I mean, sorry, but Eurovision is about celebrating diversity (!) and of course, (pop)opera could also be successful as this voting shows. Are you just sad about Electric Fields becoming second? Don’t be, Kate will slay! 😀