What was the biggest surprise in 2014

For the German-speaking audience, Jan Delay opened the evening with what he himself calls "Rock". The rapper also showed that the way from the ESC to the supermarket is shorter than expected. As in previous years, the Reeperbahn became a party mile where you could enjoy TV broadcasts from Copenhagen. The Hamburg celebration was not only supported by Barbara Schöneberger, but also by Sido, Michelle, Helene Fischer and Adel Tawil, which makes one think of “Apocalypse Now” (“The Horror, The Horror”). And, let's admit it: Pop singer Adel Tawil's lyrics aren't that far removed from indie pop musician Thees Uhlmann. So the “Wort zum Sonntag” broadcast before the Eurovision Song Contest was actually better than many of the pieces previously played.

So it was a surprise that the ESC itself presented more pleasant pieces than in previous years. Armenia, which later got an astonishingly high rating, let you endure the competition almost soberly.

However, the contributions rarely sounded modern: As long as no dubstep rhythms are woven in, the assumption is that it will take another one, two or twenty years for musical trends to find their way. After all, the ESC already had scratching samples that had not been used since 1998.

Poland caused irritation with a borderline appearance. A little sexism and singing from "Hot Slavic Blood", the misanthrope in me, expected a higher ranking for the neighboring country. Austria's Conchita Wurst's performance, which was not only courageous, but also a wonderful vocalist, received only 7 points from Germany - and a whopping 10 points went to Poland for the crude show.
Another highlight was Finland, which sent the relatively young soft engine with "Something Better". Sympathetic youngsters who emulate the killers at a high level. There should have been more than 11th place.

After Softengine, it took until shortly before the end for the music fan to be provided with good food again: from Holland. The Common Linnets from the Netherlands played a beautiful neo-country song with an unexcited performance and thus landed quite rightly, albeit unexpectedly, in second place.

The UK then graduated. And again it looked as if the motherland of pop had signed a secret contract according to which they only wanted to send songs into the race that sound like they weren't written by native speakers. Maybe so that the other countries that write in English don't embarrass themselves completely.

Basically, a Eurovision song in 2014 also consists of text platitudes in which pairs of opposites are united. With this technology, Germany did not end up as far behind as assumed. For 2015 something like: "Is it right or wrong / I must sing my song / Is it wrong or right / Our future dark or bright?" Would be a sure candidate for another place in the midfield.

The political conflict between Ukraine and Russia also played a role at the ESC. When it came to scoring, Russia was repeatedly booed. Not necessarily sporty or fair, the behavior of the audience. Nevertheless, it was a pleasant contest with good songs, in which the two best pieces were actually in front - in which a strong statement was made against discrimination. Who would have thought that?!