Germany, Cascada and let’s face it 11 thousand fans in the arena last Saturday night in Malmo, were left wondering how Germany came 21st with 18 points in the Eurovision Grand Final of 2013. Puzzled and perplexed many German commentators have looked at the broader political scope of Europe and Eurovision for an explanation and come to the conclusion – Angela Merkel was the lose wheel.
Cascada received one of the biggest responses in the hall in Malmo last Saturday that one thought that the pre-contest favorite – Denmark – was going to be forgotten in the voting. However as the votes were called in it was clear to see that something was not going write for Germany.
According to the Irish Independent – Merkel maybe popular in Germany due to her handling of the Euro Zone crisis but that sentiment is not shared across Europe and it’s residents.
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“There’s obviously a political situation to keep in mind – I don’t want to say ‘this was 18 points for Angela Merkel, but we all have to be aware that it wasn’t just Cascada up there on stage (being judged) but all of Germany ’” said Thomas Schreiber, the coordinator of Germany’s ARD TV network.
Germany’s Eurovision commentator with ARD – the great Peter Urban – was asked why Germany finished so low down and was it an Anti-Merkel sentiment, he commented “It’s unexplainable, There’s some truth to that. There will also be two German soccer teams in the Champions League final next week and maybe people didn’t want Germany to win Eurovision too.”
In a Eurovision, whose new voting system that has caused so much political rumblings from Lithuania, through Russia and on to Azerbaijan – Germany could make a case for inclusion into this Allegiance.
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Author/Website co-founder and Editor in Chief Garrett Mulhall
Source – Independent.ie and Eurovision Ireland