COUNTDOWN TO (CANCELLED) EUROVISION: #9 – GERMANY

#9 – Germany
Violent Thing
Ben Dolic
Songwriters: Borislav Milanov, Peter St. James, Dag Lundberg, Jimmy Thorén, Connor Martin

eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BiblioMusica has begun its Countdown To the now-cancelled Eurovision Song Contest 2020! Over 41 days I’m bringing you all the info on each song this year ranked in order of my personal preference from bottom to top. I’ll give the reasons for my personal rankings, and some background info on the song, artist, songwriters, and such.  Again, these are MY opinions, and I realize that the ESC fan community is a rabid one, and rarely everyone agrees with everyone else, so as they say, your mileage may vary. As of the official announcement on March 20 2020, ALL of this year’s songs are now officially “lost”; Eurovision’s executive committee has stated that all songs in the ESC 2021 contest MUST be new, so there will never be an “Official” winner of ESC 2020 thanks to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak causing the contest’s first-ever cancellation. So this is my only chance to rank them. The songs will all be spotlighted on a special called Eurovision: Europe Shine a Light, which will air LIVE on May 16, when the Grand Final should have been held, so that’s at least SOMETHING…

We have officially reached TOP TEN TERRITORY! YAY!

In at #9 this year is the official entry from Germany, “Violent Thing” by Ben Dolic. It is performed in English, and had a “bye” to the Grand Final on May 16 as a member of the “Big 5”. The song was chosen through the dual selection panels used by Germany for the contest.The country has not yet indicated whether they will retain Dolic as their representative for ESC 2021.

Born in Slovenia, Dolic has been in the public eye since the age of 12, when he was a semi-finalist in the Slovenian “Got Talent” franchise contests. He also worked with the group D-Base in 2016, and they competed to represent Slovenia in ESC that year, but did not make the national final. He launched himself to fame in Germany in 2018, taking second place in the countries’ “Voice” franchise competition.

What I’m thinking about this song…OMG I Love this song! The first time I heard it I would have thought I was listening to American singer Alec Benjamin – Dolic’s voice is very similar, a high soft tenor that normally might not be ideally suited to euro-dance music, but DAMN, kid, you hit it out of the ballpark with this one! The video is also stylish and well done, although it appears badly out of sync in places during the dance club sequences, but that could have been caused by a bad upload or even my own computer streaming rate. The one thing I feel I HAVE to take issue with, because ESC made such a HUGE deal about preserving “tradition” when cancelling the contest this year, is that in its single release form, it’s technically NOT QUALIFIED to be a Eurovision entry – at 3:24 (and that’s JUST the music, not the video), it’s WAY over the strict three minute limit for official contest entries. So one expects he would have had to trim something for the live performance. But that’s picking Eurovision rules nits – that’s really neither here nor there when it comes to the song – it’s JUST. DAMN. GOOD. PERIOD. Fan support is HUUUUUGE for the song and I think he would have cruised to a top ten finish for sure, if not even top five…

Germany’s history in the EuroVision contest is the most impressive of the entire lot of countries who have been involved with the contest; they have participated more times than any other country, present EVERY YEAR but one since the contest began in 1956, missing out only in 1996, when they were eliminated in a pre-show elimination round, which means they have appeared SIXTY FOUR times including 2020 – WOW!; They have won the Grand Championship twice – in 1982 with “Ein bißchen Frieden” performed by Nicole, and in 2010 with “Satellite“, performed by Lena. Recently they have had both success and failure, with Michael Schulte launching himself to stardom throughout most of Europe (and in some pockets in the U.S., including the TKR charts) with his 2018 entry “You Let Me Walk Alone“, which finished fourth and became an instant Eurovision classic. Last year, however, they didn’t do that well – “Sister” by the duo called Sisters finished second to last in the finals (with a “nul” points on the televote but NOT the jury vote), which is a shame as it was a great number that I had at #11 on my picks last year…

Here’s the official music video  – check it out…

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