It's 'Rockstars' to Turin – Malik Harris wins in Germany! 🇩🇪04 March 2022 at 22:48 CET
Germany 12 Points was the country’s national final that took place on Friday night –3 words the Germans will no doubt be hoping will be spoken aplenty and with aplomb as the results come rolling in on that Saturday night in May in Turin!
The German national final to find its Eurovision song had a nice and concise selection of 6 tunes in contention for the sought-after win. In the end, it was the song Rockstars which triumphed, performed by Malik Harris.
The German-American pop singer, rapper and songwriter Malik Harris (24) grew up near Landsberg am Lech. He comes from a very musical family: 'My grandpa was an opera singer, my grandma was a pianist and my dad plays several different instruments and teaches cello'. Malik’s first singles, Say The Name (2018) and Welcome to the Rumble (2019), were hits both on the airplay chart and on streaming platforms, too. He began his first solo tour in May 2019. He has also opened for international acts like James Blunt, Alex Clare, Jeremy Loops, Tom Odell and LP. His debut album, Anonymous Colonist, came out in August 2021.
'It’s a song that has incredible personal significance for me and offers a glimmer of hope in these difficult times, while also showing people that we’re all in the same boat.'
With no jury involved, it was 100% down to the public who got to represent Germany in Turin. That result was determined 50% by TV viewers watching on the night, and 50% by radio listeners who had been voting all week for their favourite song. Malik finished second in the radio vote (to Maël & Jonas), but a comfortable lead in the TV-viewer vote meant that his song Rockstars stormed to victory easily.
Another highlight of the night in Germany was a touching performance from Jamala, who was invited by German broadcaster ARD to sing her 2016 Eurovision Song Contest winner, 1944.
Germany at the Eurovision Song Contest
Germany was 1 of the founding countries of the Eurovision Song Contest and has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest every year since 1956, apart from in 1996, when its entry failed to qualify from a pre-selection round.
Germany’s early decades at the Eurovision Song Contest were a mixed bag; a couple of top 5 placings but finishing last with zero points in 1964 and 1965. It would take Germany until 1970 to reach the top 3 for the first time when Katja Epstein represented the country in Amsterdam.
Germany’s most successful decade at the Eurovision Song Contest was the 1980s where the country notched up 6 top 5 placings including 4 second-place finishes and its first victory in 1982, when Nicole won the contest in Harrogate with Ein bißchen Frieden. In 2010, Lena won the Eurovision Song Contest for Germany for the second time with the song Satellite.
Hoping to bring some Glorious Eurovision reults back to their nation in 2022, will be Malik Harris!