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By virtue of finishing last with nil-point in 2015, Germany is guaranteed a better result.
Germany simplified their national final this year, and as a result, they got the winner they wanted.
Jamie-Lee Kriewitz competed in a 3-way super final against Avantasia and Alex Diehl and will now travel to Stockholm with the song Ghost.
At the time of writing, Ghost is one of the better, higher quality songs selected to date. It’s a sophisticated, synthpop ballad aiming for this year’s purist vote, but I think it falls well short of being a potential winner for a number of reasons.
When watching the original studio version, the determination on Jamie-Lee’s face during the higher notes was quite endearing; she was really trying and that drew viewers into her song. Ghost may lack a big moment, but up until now, Jamie-Lee was the song’s main selling point.
The national final lost that feeling of intimacy and credibility in what will no doubt see Jamie-Lee being chalked up as an early favourite for the Barbara Dex award. The manga/lolita outfit detracted from what was meant to be a serious, authentic performance. If this outfit travels to Eurovision, Jamie-Lee will polarise opinion, and there’s only so many manga fans or Jimmy Saviles out there willing to vote for this, though the latter maybe a little preoccupied with other things to remember voting.
Going to Stockholm, Jamie-Lee needs to dump her 5-year old shopping companion and instead take her mum. I’d also like to see similar, intimate camera work as used in the studio video, as there’s a subtle, geeky, Lena-like vulnerability to exploit. Then as the song progresses, the staging would get brighter and our Lena mark-II could get more involved in the song and rhythm.
Ghost is very much a work-in-progress that has the potential to do well. By virtue of finishing last with nil-points in 2015, Germany is guaranteed a better result. My guess at this point is that they’ll finish around the top-10 mark; maybe less if the manga outfit stays.
Are Germany contenders this year?