Peter Urban who returns to the commentary booth for his 21st Eurovision this year, is hopeful that Michael Schulte can bring Germany a strong result in Lisbon.
Speaking with the German press, the commentator stated that he felt that this years selection process was far stronger than in previous years, agreeing with the choice of Michael Schulte. He’s hopeful that this year won’t be as hard in the commentary booth, following a last place finish in Vienna, followed by two second to last place results.
Peter Urban revealed that 2017 was the toughest year he’s ever had in the commentary booth after Levina finished second last. While his fondest memory came in 2010 when Lena won in Oslo with the song “Satellite”.
Regarding whether he wants to continue as the German commentator in to the future, he commented;
Yes, because it’s just a great atmosphere. Last year I had my 20th anniversary spokesperson at the ESC and the commentators from other countries had a cake for me and sang. We all embraced each other. As long as the NDR wants me, I’m mentally and physically fit, not confuse songs, singers or start numbers and pull up the right controls, I really do not think about saying goodbye.
Michael Schulte will represent Germany at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, Portugal. He was chosen after winning the German national selection show with his song “You Let Me Walk Alone”.
Germany in the Eurovision Song Contest
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. Germany has not placed above second last in their last participation’s.