Germany’s 2016 Eurovision Entry
We haven’t had enough properly stupid costumes this year. But Europe’s largest economy has stepped up in this respect. Now I know Croatia’s costume is INSANE but it’s not stupid. The Croatian costume is truly impressive and strange and enhances the mood of the song. But it’s not “silly” the way this German costume is. Jamie-Lee is sporting something that is part anime schoolgirl (Decora Kei style is what it’s called) part Oktoberfest porn – with a Carmen Miranda headpiece that robs the ensemble of any kind of erotic focus. I think I spotted a tiny inflatable panda in there.
People say very rude things about Germans and their sense of humour. But clearly there is such a thing as German humour, even if the rest of us don’t always understand it.
The performance video gives us good indication of what we’ll see on stage on Saturday. A full moon, a profligate display of dry ice, a spooky silhouetted forest and a song called “Ghost”. And the silliest costume in the competition just to de-spookify the whole show.
Interviewed, she says she “doesn’t take herself too seriously”. Which is just as well.
Although the words are haunting enough.
This is the ghost of you
Haunting the ghost of me
We’re playing house in these walls forever
Tell me who’s scared now!
Can we get an alternate ending?
Can we get an alternate ending, ooooohoohoh
We actually need silly stuff to look at because the song itself isn’t very strong – and seems to depend for it’s rhythmic interest upon everybody in the audience agreeing to clap along sympathetically.
Now Belgium is not particularly silly. Just linguistically clumsy
For a more sinister “fairy tale” unheimlich – go Albania
You may (indeed should) prefer Georgia.
If you want something very mainstream – go Norway…
Or, if you favour a keening wail of historical pain and suffering – here’s Ukraine…
Most people will want something a bit more optimistic. Like Denmark’s effort – see below…
Bulgaria could learn a lot about positive thinking from Søren.
If you’re keen on Balkan Country and Western Music, then you’ll like Slovenia’s entry…
Australia, bizarrely, are back…
If, in the meantime, you want to watch an implausible love story involving a sex worker from Vilnius – try Lithuania’s entry…
Here, by the way – is Macedonia’s offering…
Meanwhile, Ireland’s entry – Nicky Byrne out of Westlife – is sort of all growed up.
Here’s Serbia, in case you were wondering…
Then again there’s Ivan from Belarus, who may or may not be dancing naked with wolves…
In the meantime, here is Israel:
You might prefer this GameofThronesy offering from Switzerland
Here, on the other hand, is Poland.
And here’s cheery Latvia,
Someone else who doesn’t look cross at all is Malta’s representative –
Meanwhile, I found Bosnia and Herzegovina somewhat intriguing this year – see below…
More interesting than Montenegro, anyhow
Far, far more conventional is Azerbaijan
More chillingly, here is Estonia
But here, by way of some (but not much) relief is Cyprus
On a lighter note, see the Czech Republic’s offering…
San Marino – folks…
Meanwhile, here’s the Netherlands…
Here’s Austria by the way…