A furious German final took place in Hanover tonight. The twelve acts of this year have been all very special and enthusiastic to represent Germany at the Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö. The happy winner of the night is the band Cascada with Nathalie Horler with “Glorious”. A melodic pop song which reminds a bit of last year’s winning entry “Euphoria” in regards of music arrangement and melody.
The quality of this year’s songs has been very high. But the live performance has struggled due to sound errors, nervousness and a very poor stage illumination as well as weak camera technique. These facts have harmed the performances quite heavily. Sometimes the stage light has been far too dark especially for Betty Dietrich, and some songs did not fulfilled the hopes caused in the video clips e.g. the Priests, Ben Ivory, Nica & Joe. The perfect performance has been made by Cascada. On the other hand Nathalie hit every tone, she has used her stage experience, it was the most positive and uplifting entry of the night.
The voting has been a bit weird. The votes of the radio stations have almost been similar. The band LaBrassBanda received the highest votes from all of the radio stations. Everybody was allowed to vote up to 9 times. It depends how many email address the user have, so it’s almost clear that the fans of LaBrassBanda has started a voting wave. This has to be checked by the organisation.
At the end the five jury members have voted totally different – the favourite were Blitzkids, the televoters had Cascada as favourite. As the systems said that jury, radio stations and televoters will each have one third of the voting weight, Cascada made it, not a top winner, but an average winner which hits the taste of the majority.
This song is not a typical German entry. It even sounds a bit Scandinavian though. Cascada is very popular outside Germany so the chances are not the worst for Malmö. The outfit and stage performance has to be improved; more dancing elements would be desirable.