Germany – The last two entries from Germany came from their unknown Clubkonzert system. This year’s will not. The new Head of Delegation for Germany, Carola Conze, has indicated that the Clubkonzert part of their selection method Unser Song für… will no longer be a part of the process.
The two previous wildcard winners Elaiza (2014) and Ann Sophie (2015) did poorly in their respective Eurovision Song Contests, finishing 18th and last (Ann Sophie with the infamous nul points).
Conze recognises that one problem is that most of the well established artists don’t want to take part in a competition, a situation similar in the UK. But when named artists have taken part, their success isn’t guaranteed either as Bonnie Tyler and Englebert Humperdinck can tell us. In Germany’s case, Cascada, well known across Europe, only finished in 21st place 3 years ago. Is, as always, the key to it, the strength of the song? Or as Conze says, the full package? Were Elaiza and Ann Sophie just, well, a bit dull?
Or is the answer that the German public are now out of sync with what the majority of Europe currently appreciates as a good song, despite seeming to be ahead of the game back in 2010 when Lena arguably helped to modernise the contest with the quirky ‘Satellite‘?
What do you think Germany needs to do this year to get back on the left hand side of the board, which is Conze’s goal? Let us know below!