It’s another of the big 5 now and poor Germany has suffered even more than the UK in recent years in the contest (aside from their 2010 win!), coming last in 2015 and 2016, and only a slight improvement last year with second from last. Can the Mick Hucknall-esque Michael Schulte improve their recent record? Continue reading “Eurovision 2018 previews countdown: #33 GERMANY – Michael Schulte – “You Let Me Walk Alone””
The final member of the big 5 to hold their national selection final, Germany are, like the UK, also having a midweek final with a selection of 6 finalists. It seems a decent quality field this year, although, again like the UK, Germany needs to send something exceptional to avoid finishing low in the grand final of the contest itself. Continue reading “Eurovision 2018 national selections: Unser Lied für Lissabon (Germany preview)”
Today (15 January 2018) is so called “Blue Monday” – the day it is claimed to be the most depressing of the year. It’s all nonsense of course – but an excuse for me to do a blue-related Eurovision post. So here are 5 past Eurovision entries, all with some connection to “blue”. Continue reading “5 Eurovision songs for Blue Monday”
So it’s my last post of 2017, and thought I small selection of party bangers was in order. Now, there are so many to choose from, I thought I’d make it quicker and pick one party banger from each of the Big 5! Continue reading “5 party bangers from the Big 5 for New Year’s Eve”
We’re not yet 10 songs into the countdown but we already encounter our second Big 5 country – Germany. They have more Eurovision appearances than any other country and have two wins under their belt, but they are desperate to avoid coming last this year. If they did, that would be three last place finishes in a row – and that would be a Eurovision record they definitely would not want. Can Levina help spare Germany’s blushes?
Continue reading “Eurovision 2017 previews countdown: #36 GERMANY – Levina – “Perfect Life””
It’s the biggest of the big 5, well in terms of population anyway, and provides the biggest TV audience after the UK. Germany have also has entered Eurovision more times than any other country. This year will be their 61st appearance in the contest. So, I have plenty of choice for my top 5 German entries of all time! Continue reading “My top 5 songs from…Germany”
I’ll be jetting off for warmer climes for a week, but I’m not forgetting my blog in the meantime and with the UK’s Bonfire Night (or Guy Fawkes’ Night) taking place this weekend, what better time for a fire-themed Eurovision top 5? As it turns out, very few Eurovision song titles have used the word “fire” in the title but I’ve dug into the archives and have 5 fire-themed songs for your enjoyment. Continue reading “Bonfire Night: a Eurovision top 5”
It’s taken a while to get to the next Big 5 country but we’ve finally got there and it’s time for – Germany. For a second year in a row there was controversy in their national selection. Last year, the winner of their national final dramatically turned down the opportunity to go to Vienna, so the runner up, Ann Sophie, went instead (scoring nul points and coming last in the final, rather unfairly though I thought). This year, they internally selected someone with a plan to do a national vote on which song he should sing. However the backlash was huge due to some rather unsavoury political and social views that the singer had expressed. So they went back to a regular national final, and the result was Jamie-Lee, the youngest woman performing in the contest.
Continue reading “Eurovision 2016 previews countdown: #13 GERMANY – Jamie-Lee – “Ghost””