It has been almost 24 years since we heard German singer Stefan Raab sing “Wadde Hadde Dude Da?” during the Eurovision Song Contest 2000 in Stockholm (Sweden), ending in 5th place (of 24), and now rumour has it that he might return…
Stefan Raab returns to Eurovision?
German media has stated that the beloved German 2000 Eurovision entrant, Stefan Raab, might return to the contest.
Supposedly Stefan Raab is working together with the former had of TV channel ProSiebenSat.1, Daniel Rosemann, to come up with a new format for Germany to pick its representative for a Eurovision Song Contest no earlier than 2025. So, he might not go himself again, but since he seems to have a nose for what the Eurovision public wants, he might come up with a good idea to choose a next German representative.
Stefan Raab in the contest
Below you can find an overview of the accomplishments of Stefan Raab in the Eurovision Song Contest.
- In 1999 Stefan Raab wrote the song that represented Germany, which was Guildo Horn with the song “Guildo Hat Euch Lieb”, which ended in 7th place (of 25); Stefan Raab was also the conductor of the orchestra for this song.
- In 2000 Stefan Raab competed in the contest himself with the song “Wadde Hadde Dudde Da?”, obtaining 5th place (of 24).
- In 2004 Stefan Raab was the force behind German contestant, Max Mutzke, with the song “Can’t Wait Until Tonight”, who ended in 8th position (of 24) in the Grand Final.
- In 2010 Stefan Raab was contacted to co-organize the national selection of Germany, after a whole bunch of bad results in the years before. The name of the show was “Unser Lied für Oslo”, and resulted in Lena winning for Germany in 2011 with the song “Satellite”.
- Stefan Raab was also part of the 2011 German national selection, and also co-hosted the Eurovision Song Contest of that year in Düsseldorf (Germany).
The future of Germany’s national selection
This year saw TV channel NDR looking into giving the national selection back to TV channel ARD, because of the bad results of Germany in the contest and the (inter)national backlash that this situation comes with. The change, if it happens, will happen in 2025.
Germany in the contest
In the past couple of years Germany is booking very bad results in the contest, below you can find an overview of Germany of the past 4 editions of Eurovision. Germany is one of the Big Five countries, so this country does not have to compete in the Semi-finals.
- 2023: 26th (of 26), last
- 2022: 25th (of 25), last
- 2021: 25th (of 26), penultimate
- 2019: 25th (of 26), penultimate
In 2023 Germany was represented by Lord of the Lost with the song “Blood & Glitter” ending up 26th (of 26), thus last, in the Grand Final.