Best of the Bunch: The Trials – Germany

Through our Best of the Bunch series, we gave a recap on the Eurovision entries from 2006 to 2015 and gave you the opportunity to choose your Best of the Bunch. As you may remember, the current Best of the Bunch winners were put into our ‘Ultimate Eurovision’ but it’s time to see which of the latest three entries have remained as your favourites! In our Best of the Bunch: The Trials series, we are going to recap the entries from a certain nation starting with 2016 and continuing through to the latest Eurovision season of 2018. Your job is to simply enjoy the music, and vote for your Best of the Bunch winner!

Today we are taking inspiration from the Big 5 nations, selecting Germany as our focus. The nation first made their debut in the first year of Eurovision itself and incredibly the nation has participated in every single contest since then. In total they have achieved two wins, the first in 1982 and the latest in 2010. Today we will be looking closely at the latest three entrants, and then it will be up to you to decide the Best of the Bunch!

Germany 2016

After Germany’s win of the contest in 2010, we saw lifted results from the Big 5 nation at Eurovision, up until 2015, where Germany finished in last place with nul points. The positive is that you can only go up from there, and it was up to the young artist Jamie-Lee to turn things around with her entry Ghost. Visually it was very unique, especially when we look at Jamie-Lee’s outfit, but the song fell flat on stage. Unfortunately, once again we saw Germany finish in last place, although at least they received some points!

Germany 2017

With two last places in a row, the pressure was on to avoid the trifecta of bad results. Germany decided to shake things up with their national selection, using an interesting format whereby artists were all expected to perform two pre-written songs, with the best song-artist combination to win the competition. That ended up being Levina with the song Perfect Life, but all was far from perfect for Germany. In the context of the competition, it was not strong enough to dramatically improve Germany’s results. Thankfully, Germany avoided the trifecta, but only by 1 place, as they finished in 25th place with just 6 points.

Germany 2018

That brings us to the most recent German entry, and the most successful entry we have seen from Germany since their win back in 2010. Through a national selection (which was once again revised from the previous years) it was decided that Michael Schulte would represent the nation with the personal and touching entry You Let Me Walk Alone. It was clear that this entry was destined for bigger things than the previous German entries, and the results reflected the quality of the entry. For the first time in years, Germany finished in the Top 10, having achieved 4th place with a total of 340 points.

So now you’ve seen all three performances, it’s time to vote for your Best of the Bunch!

If you want more Best of the Bunch from Germany check out our original series:

If you want to check out who made our Ultimate Eurovision, check it out here:

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