On this new series of weekly posts, we remind you of the winners of the past decade! Can you believe it that another Eurovision decade has passed? The 10 songs that got the gold for their countries will be presented in random order!
In this decade we saw, of course, ten winners. From that number Sweden won two times. Azerbaijan and Portugal won for their first time and Germany and Austria for second time. The Netherlands won for the fifth time after 44 years! Moreover, Ukraine, Denmark and Israel mark their 2nd, 3rd and 4th win respectively.
Germany in ESC
Germany was one of the first countries to join the contest back in 1956 at the very first event. That year and under the rules that were in use, the country sent two songs, Freddy Quinn with “So geht das jede Nacht” and Walter Andreas Schwarz with “Im Wartesaal zum großen Glück”. At that contest only the first placer was announced, all the others are marked as second.
From 1956, until today Germany has participated in a total of sixty-three times! The country every year sends a representative except for 1996. In 1996 a total of 30 countries wanted to participate and the host broadcaster – NRK – decided that only 23 will be able. With that in mind, all the nations sent an audio-only of their entries – Norway was a pre-qualified as a host country. Germany finished 24 and therefore didn’t perform at the live final. That is the only time the country was absent from the contest, although had the intentions to participate. The country is now part of the Big-5, meaning that is a pre-qualified for the final. The country has won two times in 1982 and 2010.
It has achieved the Top-10 thirty-five times not counting the first contest. At its first win in 1982, Germany was represented by Nicole and “Ein Bißchen Frieden” and in 2010 by Lena and “Satellite”. The other are: four times – 2nd place, five times – 3rd place, four times – 4th place, two times – 5th place, three times – 6th place, two times – 7th place, eight times – 8th place, three times – 9th place and two times – 10th place. Its most recent Top-10 result was in 2018 with Michael Schulte and “You Let Me Walk Alone”. The entry finished fourth with 340 points – the most of any other German entry! On the other hand, it has finished 7 times last, three of which with no points at all.
Germany in 2010
In 2010, the contest was held in Oslo, Norway, after its last year’s win. Germany chose its representative for the contest through a national final, Unser Star für Oslo 2010. The winner of the national final was Lena and her song was “Satellite”.
The song was composed by Julie Frost and John Gordon. At the final, it received a total of 246 points, 76 more than the runner-up.
Lena was born on 23 May 1991, in Hanover, Germany. Her full name is Lena Johanna Therese Meyer-Landrut. She won the national final, a couple of months before turning 19. Her victory boosted her career. Since then she has released several albums, all of which became a success. She has also given her voice to audiobooks and movies. For five seasons is one of the judges of the German version of The Voice Kids. Her most recent album was released on April 2019 and she released a single titled “Better” along with Nico Santos, on August.
What do you think about the song? Do you like it? Do you think is it one of the most memorable entries from Germany? Let us know in the comment box below.