“I’m being honest…” – What Bohlen thinks about our ESC defeat

Day one after the bitter defeat at ESC in Turin, Italy. Germany in last place. With actually zero points in the jury voting and just six points from the audience (two from Estonia, two from Austria and two from Switzerland).

Singer Malik Harris (24) started with hope for us, says to BILD after the music show: “Of course I’m disappointed if you don’t score as many points. I don’t know what caused it either. All I know is that the ESC writes its own laws, which often don’t have much to do with music.”


Between hope and disappointment: Malik Harris on the ESC stage – and a little later when it became apparent that it would not be his evening

Between hope and disappointment: Malik Harris on the ESC stage – and a little later when it became apparent that it would not be his evening Photo: Jens Büttner/dpa, picture alliance / ASSOCIATED PRESS

His own laws, there’s something to that. Dieter Bohlen (68) also watched the ESC. Music producer, composer, songwriter, singer, jury boss at DSDS for years. He is at home in music, he can allow himself to judge.

“I was surprised, there were some really great numbers and of course it was the first war Grand Prix, of course very different. That’s why the Ukrainians won, of course,” says Bohlen on Instagram. “Although I’m quite honest: Of course it wasn’t the best number.”

This year, the bookmakers agreed in advance: Ukraine will win the 66th Eurovision Song Contest. And of course the (music) world begrudges the country the victory in the war from the heart. But it also means that it basically didn’t matter how good the competition was. Bohlen: “The ESC used to be a competition for composers, who wrote the most beautiful number. Of course, it hasn’t been for a long time.”

And what did Dieter think of our Malik’s song “Rockstars”? “Perhaps that wasn’t the best number, but of course he definitely deserved a middle place.”

And further: “I think we’re kind of not that popular. We’ll never get more votes. I think people don’t love the Germans at the moment. No idea why.”

Bohlen finds encouraging words for Malik: “To our candidate: head up, it goes on.”


The right ones won, but the wrong ones might lose...

The right ones won, but the wrong ones might lose…Photo: Luca Bruno/dpa

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