“Cheer up, it goes on”: Bohlen defends the German ESC contribution

“Cheer up, keep going”
Bohlen defends German ESC contribution

At the ESC final in Turin, the German contribution ended up in last place. Wrongly, as Dieter Bohlen says on Instagram. The song by singer Malik Harris might not be the best number. But he didn’t deserve the last place.

Dieter Bohlen shared with his 1.5 million followers on Instagram how he rated the final of the Eurovision Song Contest, which took place in Turin on Saturday evening. “It used to be a competition for composers to see who would write the most beautiful number. Of course, that hasn’t been the case for a long time.” Bohlen added that he was “surprised” that the quality “was really good” and that there were “a few great numbers”.

On the victory of the band Kalush Orchestra from the Ukraine with their song “Stefania”, Bohlen explained that it was “the first war Grand Prix” and “of course very different”. That’s why “the Ukrainians won, although I’ll be honest: Of course it wasn’t the best number.”

For the German contribution – singer Malik Harris ended up in last place – Bohlen also gives his assessment: “That might not have been the best number, but he would have deserved such a middle place.” The pop titan also believes, “We’re somehow not that popular, we’ll never get more votes.” Bohlen continues: “I think people don’t love the Germans at the moment. I have no idea why.” In the direction of Malik Harris, Bohlen said: “Cheer up, it goes on.”

In Germany, 7.3 million people watched the final of the Eurovision Song Contest on television. A good 6.5 million people watched the first, another around 800,000 in the niche channel One, as announced by the NDR, which is in charge of the ESC. The show was by far the most watched TV show on Saturday evening in Germany. In the age group of 14 to 29 year olds, ARD achieved a huge rating of around 66 percent. The ESC is the world’s most noted music competition, around 200 million television viewers were expected worldwide.