Likely Televote Appeal
Likely Jury Appeal
It's difficult to predict Germany's finishing position without first seeing how the staging concept is developed.
In what was a very efficient German national final this year, Michael Schulte won the ticket to Lisbon with his emotional song, You Let Me Walk Alone,
I was sent the German songs the other day and quickly skimmed through them without giving them much attention. This is Germany, right?! However, on the day of rehearsals I gave them a proper listen to check if it was worthwhile watching the live show. Michael’s song was the only track I played more than once. In fact the official video had me thinking Germany could surprise this year given Roman Lob finished eighth in an extremely strong year. Admittedly, Roman had a harder hitting hook, but in terms of quality, You Let Me Walk Alone is far superior with its delicate, orchestral build. The comparisons to Ed Sheeran are justified.
The live show somewhat cooled my early enthusiasm. The staging was flat and the camerawork was bland. According to a friend of the site who watched rehearsals, the new production company tasked with Unser Song specialises in talkshows and gameshows, so staging a 3-minute musical performance and capturing mood is miles away from their normal routine. Even so, Michael top-scored with both the international juries and televote, which counts for something.
Where to go from here? Well Germany has to recapture the intensity and intimacy of the video with the steady-cam circling Micheal. The video captures the sort of warmth that served The Common Linnets and Salvador well in their respective years. It’s that sort of evocative presentation that could suddenly propel Germany to their best finish in years provided they get the mood right. There is potential.
My own idea at this early stage would be to have an empty piano and drum kit behind him to emphasise his isolation. Lots of low-level filament bulbs to add atmosphere. Then just as the middle-eight ends and the drums kick in, suddenly people appear playing the piano and drums as if to complete the story that he isn’t actually alone.
It’s difficult to predict Germany’s finishing position without first seeing how the staging concept is developed. At the time of writing, there are still songs to come from the likes of Australia, Belgium, Azerbaijan and the Netherlands, to name just a few. But based on the songs we know of, this is a competent entry that could do well if the standard of songs selected remain underwhelming or lack a discernible wow-factor. In such years, one looks for a widely accessible song that could engage TV viewers, or a diaspora vote magnet.
For now, though, this is a welcome improvement.
- Relevant song
- Has strong staging potential – has potential to wow visually
- Accessible and engaging
- Staging needs concept rethink
- Might not travel well in eastern Europe
- Competing against other serious songs
Are Germany finding their way again?