Remember when Germany won the Eurovision Song Contest in 2010 and went on a bit of a Top 10 run for a few years after? Those good times came to a screeching halt last year when their entry “Black Smoke” tied for last place with the dreaded nil points distinction. To be fair, the song was not the country’s first choice, so it could be argued Germany tried to make the best of a bad situation.
Then there was this year, which was a bad situation all of Germany’s own making. Possibly in an effort to avoid a repeat of last year’s “thanks for the invite, but no” debacle, the country was going to go with the internal selection of Xavier Naidoo, an R&B artist who would bring a much-needed multicultural vibe to the festivities. That was until someone actually did a Google search on the guy and found this excerpt from Wikipedia:
Xavier Naidoo has blamed the Rothschild family for German’s 20th century history and has spoken at a meeting of the Reichsbürgerbewegung, the right-wing movement that seeks to restore Germany’s pre-1918 borders, denies the legal existence of the Federal Republic of Germany and claims Germany is a country occupied by enemy, foreign forces. However, Naidoo said nothing to promote or condone right-wing extremism or even simply right-wing thought. Instead, he spoke of peace, and that the goal of any political party or demonstration should promote peace. In this particular case he called upon the demonstrators to stop their hate-filled protest, in the hope of preventing violence. Though he mentioned historical political events, he did not glorify or defend these.
In case you didn’t click on those footnotes, both sources were retrieved in March of 2015. Couple that with allegations of anti-Semitic and homophobic lyrics and you can understand the schadenfreude of Germany’s self-induced situation. As a result, there is a national final for artists and songs, with “Ghost” by Jamie-Lee Kriewitz winning:
Is Germany trolling us? In a year of less than stellar lyrics, this entry is going above and beyond in terms of mixed metaphors, cliches, and an unclear central thesis. Although the above video does not provide the visual of the live performance, the audio of some of the note choices (tics?) is not encouraging. I’m not even sure if a rewrite would work, as the structure of the song has the feel of getting built backwards rather than organically.
Get your head in the game, Deutschland.