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Another one of the Big Five makes it’s decision tonight. Just like the UK, Germany has gone for a midweek national final, so it’ll be interesting to see how well-viewed it is.
Six songs will battle tonight for that golden ticket to Lisbon in 12 May. You should know the drill by now. Hit refresh to see what we at EI think of the proceedings. You can watch the action HERE.
There are six songs tonight, and we’ll find a winner from a combination of public voting, an international jury, and a panel of Eurovisionists.
And here we go with another final. There’s a big crowd in Berlin for tonight’s show. It’s like Eurovision: Your Decision, but massiver.
We’re being reminded that Germany’s record of late has not been that good. Two last places and a last-but-one in the last three contests.
We speak to Peter Urban. He’s obviously dangerous enough that they need to keep him in a glass box.
The international jury consists of 20 members from various countries around Europe. We’ll know what they think later.
And onto the songs…
Natia Todua – My own way
She won ‘Voice of Germany’ you know. White is her outfit and slightly soully is her voice. It is an interesting mix with her dreadlocks. The verse is a little forgettable but the chorus makes up for it. It sounds a tad country & western. As a whole song, it’s quite formulaic and you can pick out where it’s going some time before it actually gets there. All it needed was a key change. It’s not a winner.
Ryk – You and I
Ryk’s postcard shows him liking acrobatics. His crab is beyond compare apparently. He’s starting his song at a piano, and is looking very earnest indeed. But what’s this? A girl on his piano? That’s different. The song starts slowly and appears to have no melody. However, once it gets going and builds the melody comes and it’s not bad. Ryk has a powerful voice when he needs it, I’ll give him that. The song is now building further, with a string quartet assisting him.
voXXclub – I mog Di so
Our only group seem to be a bunch of popular bunnies. What with their “oompah” sound and leather shorts. Yodelling? Not since, erm, 2017 has there been yodelling. They have the moves and could well have the win. This is instant and very listener-friendly. I think I’ve heard them do better stuff, but I like it. It has the advantage of being in a form of German too. Or maybe it’s proper German. Best one by a country mile so far.
We now go back to the presenters who are with the international jury. The jurors look very inscrutable. Which is exactly what they should be. We speak to Margaret Berger (NO 13). The winner needs the “X Factor”. Surely that phrase has been copyrighted by now. But back to the music…
Xavier Darcy – Jonah
Born in Scotland, to English and German parents, he obviously is courting the international vote. Naturally, his English intonation will be very good. And to be fair it is. His song has a more rocky theme – he might even be thinking he’s Ed Sheeran. I’m not sure though. However, there are cheers during his song probably because of his antics and energetic performance. It might do something.
Ivy Quainoo – House on fire
Ivy likes wandering around cities. We’re going dramatic and all big ballad now. This is because the staging is very dark with a selection of spotlights. And plenty of fire too. It’s quite a pleasant little song and the fiery motif gets more obvious as the song progresses. But yet, I don’t think it has that killer element that people will vote for.
Michael Schulte – You let me walk alone
Michael is a big star on Youtube we’re told. And he likes to song the Danish winner from 2000 – in Danish, naturally. His song is about his father, just so you know. It’s a plaintive song that isn’t without its charm. It could be an Ed Sheeran album track and he even has the slightly shaggy-haired look of Mr S too. He gets his message across very well, and it’s OK. Not outstanding, but not a duffer either. There are soaring notes towards the end that may also catch the voter’s ear. It won’t finish last.
Songs over, it’s time for the public of Germany to do their duty and vote vote vote. They can do so by telephone or text (SMS).
We get the usual recaps, shots of the Green Room (where water and coffee are the order of the day), and Jon Ola Sand.
Interval act time now, with a very young Mike Sänger (I think) rapping just for us. He’s joined by a cast of thousands, just to make it clear that he’s not one of the competing entrants tonight. Although it would make a good song for Lisbon.
More chat, and then a clip of Salvador (bless him) and his winning performance in Kyiv. Happy days. Good to know he’s on the mend.
More from the Green Room, although it’s more a cupboard than a Green Room. And it’s not very green either.
Time’s up for the voting public of Germany. So there’s a winner in the, ahem, “Green Room” somewhere.
Whilst the votes are being verified, we get to see some of the other songs picked so far. Switzerland, Albania, France, the UK (and the “Annie Lennox double”), Spain, and the Czech Republic all feature.
Results time. The points come from the three voting elements (public, Eurovisionists and international)
We get the five points first.
They go to Ryk, Voxxclub and Natia
Six points go to…
Voxxclub (making 11), Natia (making 11) and Natia (making 17 total)
Seven points go to…
Ivy (making 7), Ivy (making 14) and Xavier (making 7)
Eight points go to…
Xavier (making 15), Ryk (making 13) and Ivy (making 22 total)
Ten and twelve points go to…
Ryk (making 23 total) and Michael (making 12)
Xavier (making 25) and Michael (making 24)
Voxxclub (making 21 total) and Michael (making 36 total)
Michael Schulte will be going to Lisbon!
I hope you enjoyed the show, and of course this blog. Catch you soon!
Author: John Stanton
Source: Eurovision Ireland, ARD