Germany definitely had worse entries in the Eurovision Song Contest. Nevertheless, the bookmakers are now pushing Malik Harris and his song "Rockstars" deep into the junk area. This is also due to the difficult starting position in the final.
If you believe the betting providers, then Germany will again suffer a crushing defeat at the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) this year. Malik Harris slipped again on Friday afternoon with the bookmakers - to the very last place.
The 24-year-old and his song "Rockstars" brought up the bottom of the 25 participants in the overall ranking of some bookmakers. The starting position that Harris was assigned also contributes to the gloomy prognosis.
So he appears as 13th pretty much right in the middle of the show, which doesn't necessarily have to be a disadvantage per se. Directly before that, however, the top favorite formation Kalush Orchestra from the Ukraine will be making the stage unsafe with their song "Stefania". Observers expect that after their performance, the audience's attention could drop rapidly. After Harris, Monika Liu from Lithuania will start with "Sentimentai".
Meanwhile, We Are Domi got the thankless first place on the grid with "Lights Off" from the Czech Republic. The last artist to be sent on stage is the singer Stefan from Estonia with "Hope".
Germany has a long history of suffering with the ESC. Last year, Germany's ESC representative Jendrik came second to last with "I Don't Feel Hate" - back then in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Also at the ESC in 2019 before the corona-related break in 2020, Germany took 25th out of 26 places in Tel Aviv with the duo S!sters and the song "Sister".
Bookmakers calculated a 60 percent chance of winning for Ukraine this year. Great Britain with Sam Ryder ("Space Man"), Sweden with Cornelia Jakobs ("Hold Me Closer"), Italy with Mahmood and Blanco ("Brividi") and Spain with Chanel should also make the top five places in descending order ("SloMo") have chances.
Will Harris really be that bad? In the ntv.de interview some time ago, he gave much more ambitious goals. Among other things, he told Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR) this week how proud he was of his stage design in Turin, for which his home recording studio was rebuilt with grand piano and carpet. His staging is "very, very intimate. It's incredibly close, incredibly reduced," says Harris. He hopes to be able to stand out on the ESC stage with it.