Friday, 15 May 2015


It seems that every year there is a National Final in Europe that makes all the Euroanoraks like me that are watching sit up and say "WTF, did that actually just happen?"...  Last year in the Irish National Final, Dame Linda Martin showed us that she was a right potty mouth when she had a stand up row with a member of the audience that was criticising Louis Walshs' place on the panel, and she introduced a worldwide internet audience to the word "Gobshoite"...

This years' jaw-dropper came courtesy of the German national final when Andreas Kummert, who won the national final with 78% of the televotes, decided on stage that actually, he didn't want to go to Eurovision thanks for asking (and spending cash on televoting), and instead gave his ticket to Vienna to Ann-Sophie, who *had* come second with the song "Black Smoke".

I prefer Black Smoke to Andreas' pub-rock effort anyway, have a look and a listen to it here:

Check out the views of the panel below:

Asta Bjornsdottir: "I quite like the song but her voice.... she has a lot of it but, ach don‘t like this style how she places her voice in her throat."

Hasse Skoldebjer: "Anonymous song, average singer and her shoes are mega ugly. 2/10."

Annemieke Kelleter: "Germany, even though I have a lot of sympathy for her because of how she was elected at the NF I don't like this entry. The song is quite boring and lacks a nice hook & her voice is really screamy especially in the chorus. Not impressed."

Adam and Charlotte Lane: "Decent, well-written simple tune with a good hook in the chorus. Interesting piano riff. Good arrangement, nice vocal harmonies. Pretty powerful performance. I should have thought this would do well. 6/10."

Mixed views from the panel then, do be sure to let us know what you think - leave us a comment :D

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