Next up on our preview is the land of lederhosen, precision engineering and roads with no speed limits. It’s Germany!!!
Germany was one of the seven countries to take part in the very first Eurovision Song Contest in 1956. Apart from an absence in 1996, Germany has taken part in every single contest to date. They have won on two occasions, in 1982 when Nicole sang “Ein bisschen Frieden” and in 2010 when Lena sang “Satellite”. Last year, Levina came 25th in the final with “Perfect Life”, one place higher than the previous two years.
The German broadcaster, ARD, organised Unser Song für Lissabon (Our Song for Lisbon), to select the German entry for Lisbon. Six artists were selected and then took part in a songwriting camp to create their entries. In the final, the winner was chosen by a 100-member Eurovision panel, an international expert jury and public voting. After getting top marks in all three votes, Michael Schulte was awarded the German ticket to Lisbon.
Michael Schulte was born on April 30 1990 in Eckernförde in Schleswig-Holstein in northern Germany and grew up in Dollerup. As he lived close to the border with Denmark, he attended a Danish-language school where he graduated from in 2009. After finishing school, he went onto complete his civil service. His musical career kicked off in 2008, when he would publish covers of songs onto his YouTube channel. From there, he was signed with a management company, and later signed with Weinstein Media. He made his first TV appearance in 2011, where he participated in the first series of The Voice of Germany, placing third overall. Afterwards he signed with Edel AG, and released his debut studio album “Wide Awake” in 2012. He has released two further albums: “The Arising” in 2014 and “Hold the Rhythm” in 2017.
The song Michael will perform in Lisbon, “You Let Me Walk Alone”, was written and composed by Thomas Stengaard, Nisse Ingwersen, Nina Müller and Michael himself.
Germany may end their last-place woes yet! This song is heartfelt, beautifully constructed and full of sentimentality. It was the best of the bunch in the national final. It does come off a bit generic at times though. It’s not something exciting or new that we haven’t heard before. While I don’t think this will win, I think Germany have done enough to avoid the bottom of the scoreboard this time.
What Could Have Been
Another of the standout songs from the German selection was Ryk with “You and I”. Ryk’s soft voice combined with classical flares results in a beautiful song. This finished third in the final but it’s not without its fans. Conchita Wurst even said in an interview that this song was her favourite from the selection and that Germany may have passed up a winning song! Who knows what would have happened?
Viel Glück Deutschland!
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(Sources: eurovision.tv, ARD, Wikipedia, YouTube)