Thomas Schreiber the Head of Entertainment at ARD has reiterated that the broadcaster will not withdraw from the Eurovision Song Contest.
ARD has taken severe criticism over the past two days in the German press following two last place results and Levina finishing in 25th place with just six points in Kyiv. Mr Schreiber said that the focus of the broadcaster is now on reforming their selection process for the Eurovision Song Contest. The competition offers value for money with Germany paying around 380,000 Euros for over 7 hours of prime time content.
Germany’s recent results at the Eurovision Song Contest:
- 2017 – Levina – Perfect Life – 25th – 6 points
- 2016 – Jamie-Lee – Ghost – 26th – 11 points (Last)
- 2015 – Ann Sophie – Black Smoke – 27th – 0 points (Last)
- 2014 – Elaiza – Is It Right – 18th – 39 points
- 2013 – Cascada – Glorious – 21st – 18 points
- 2012 – Roman Lob – Standing Still – 8th – 110 points
Interest in the Eurovision Song Contest fell significantly this year with an average of 7.76 million viewers watching in Germany as Levina finished 25th with her song “Perfect life”. The viewing figures in Germany peaked at 9.3 million viewers. The average viewing figures for this years contest in Germany represent a fall of 1.57 million viewers over last years contest when Jamie-Lee represented her country with “Ghost”.
Levina is understandably disappointed with the rest which saw her pick up only 6 points, 3 points from the jury in Ireland and 3 points from the Swiss televote. She said after the contest that,
of course, I am totally sad – with this result I did not expect. But the ESC was a wonderful experience, the preparation and the time here in Kiev Has been great fun.
Source: HAZ, Eurovoix
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Germany was one of seven countries to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1956. The country has taken part in every contest since then, apart from in 1996 when they failed to make it through the qualifying round. To date Germany has won the contest twice, the first time being in 1982 when Nicole sang “Ein Bisschen Frieden” in Harrogate, which later became a global hit. Germany didn’t win again until 2010, when Lena sang “Satellite” in Oslo. She received 9 sets of 12 points, scoring 236 points overall. In the past two years Germany has finished last in the final.