Like the other “big five” countries, Germany doesn’t really need to worry too much about the semi finals next Tuesday and Thursday, because they’re granted automatic qualification in the Grand Final on Saturday May 23.
There, however, they’ll face the full force of Europe’s best – as voted by Europe, and by us Aussies too!
The last time Germany won Eurovision was in 2010, when Lena swept the field with the excellent ‘Satellite’, but the last couple of years have seen them come crashing down to earth with lowly rankings thanks to Cascada and Elaiza.
But 24 year old Ann Sophie has been handed the task of resurrecting the German campaign and help them reclaim Eurovision gold.
Listening to the song here in the live arena, we have just two issues; a) it almost feels like Ann’s racing the music and b) in her higher register, she sounds a bit shrill.
Those issues don’t seem to have affected the betting, however, with Germany well placed to go top ten for the first time since 2012. Huit points.