The Shortlist (12): Germany

Who are the big favorites for Stockholm? In the next couple of weeks we will highlight some interesting participants, based on the odds they have been given by the bookmakers. This week we are providing a shortlist of the four countries that lead the board who have automatically qualified to the final. Today’s report is Germany.

Jamie-Lee Kriewitz
Seventeen-year-old Jamie-Lee rose to fame after becoming the first teenager to win The Voice Germany in late 2015. Her winning single is in fact the full version of the song she will represent Germany in Eurovision later this year “Ghost”.

Jamie-Lee performed “The Hanging Tree” at her audition for The Voice however re-performed it for Jennifer Lawrence during the Berlin premiere of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2. Jamie-Lee is a vegan and supporter of PETA. Her fashion style is influenced from Japanese Decora kei.

After the debacle with Xavier Naidoo, Germany’s entrant was again selected through the television selection “Unser Lied für Stockholm‘. Jamie-Lee won the national final after gaining 44.5% of the public vote after two rounds of voting. Her entry has currently peaked #11 in the German charts.

Her song “Ghost” is a synthpop ballad that has composition and vocal similarities to Australian singer, Lorde. Use of strong drums alongside Jamie-Lee’s impressively mature vocals adds dynamic quality to the modern ballad. Lyrically the track represents the wanting to restart a relationship without taking in consideration all the previous experiences that can conflict with a new beginning. Watch the video clip below!

Explaining the odds
Germany qualifies straight to the final due to being one of the ‘Big 6’ countries. Currently Germany is the fourth most popular country that automatically has qualified below Sweden, France & Italy and fourteenth overall to win the whole contest.

Germany is currently considered a potential top ten placing having previously won Eurovision in 2010. Germany’s current winning odds are at 34-to-1. This means that if you bet 1€ on Germany to win the competition again, you get 34€, thirty-four times the return if you turn out to be right.