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Germany celebrates Lena's victory

AFP/The Local · 30 May 2010, 13:11

Published: 30 May 2010 11:11 GMT+02:00
Updated: 30 May 2010 13:11 GMT+02:00

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As soon as Lena was declared the winner, shouts of joy burst out from the crowds of thousands watching the event from giant screens displayed in the northern city of Hamburg and in Hannover, her home town in central Germany.

"Lena, you are making a dream come true," ran the headline in the online version of the Bild newspaper, which praised Germany's "sensational" victory.

"Incredible! Lena turns her head to Europe and won," said regional daily

Hamburger Abendblatt.

It was only Germany's second winner in the 54-year-old competition, and Lena's song was the clear winner, finishing with 246 points. Second-placed Turkey reached 170.

Over the last weeks, Germany had fallen for the natural-looking, spontaneous, and previously unknown young singer. She won audiences' hearts by candidly answering questions on her private life and criticism of her English accent.


Eurovision organisers said her "Satellite" song had become one of Germany's top downloads. "Love, Oh, Love/I gotta tell you how I feel about you/Cause I, Oh, I/Can't go a minute without your love," says its jerky chorus, in English like most of the songs in this year's contest.

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"All of Germany was trembling... and crossing its fingers: Lena Meyer-Landrut was carrying the hopes of a nation on her shoulders," said the news weekly Focus.

Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday also congratulated the unpretentious teen on her "super success" in Oslo.

"Lena strongly impressed me with her naturalness and warmth," Merkel said. "She is a wonderful example of young Germany."

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18:15 May 30, 2010 by Prufrock2010
Merkel is apparently preparing for her next career as a music critic after she no longer has a country to ruin.
21:06 May 30, 2010 by JohnnesKönig
fingers crossed? I think you mean"Daumen drücken"...
01:54 May 31, 2010 by pmach
Congrats Germany. Dont worry about the losers here that have to criticize the winner as they include only the truly un-cool and very lonely pencil pocket drooling nerds Like the two guys above my comment.
02:22 May 31, 2010 by Prufrock2010
pmach --

A career in music criticism awaits you if you ever learn anything about music and learn to write coherently. Thinking this s*it is cool doesn't cut it, bro, unless you're 13 years old. And by the way, if this is the best talent Germany could come up with, Germany's become a cultural wasteland.

(I can cut and paste, too.)
03:38 May 31, 2010 by MJTinNOLA
This is a joint US/German victory. The song, "Satellite" was written by Americans Julie Frost and John Gordon. This is much better than the last time when American Oscar Loya did that horrific "Miss Kiss Kiss Bang" in Moscow for Germany. And Prufrock, there are many talented German pop musicians: Peter Fox; Cleuso; Casandra Steen; Xaiver Naidoo; Sportfreunde Stille; Fettes Brot; Seeed; Fantastische Vier; Culcha Candela; Laith al-Deen; and so many others. The problem is most musicians in Germany consider Eurovision a joke, so they refuse to participate. I hope Lena changes some attitudes Germans have about the Grand Prix de Chanson.
05:31 May 31, 2010 by pmach
Again Prufrock your true colors are showing and your again proving to be a loser freak.

I have a very successful career already thanks, but I will give you this at least your jokes su&k consistently.

Music is a gift we all share moron. Perhaps your just retarded like everyone else here knows and haven't figured that one out yet so perhaps its you that needs to find a better hobby and how to chill out and relax (please have a heart attack you stress goyim).

If you don't like the music then go f%#@ off and listen to your own crap and don't tell others what good and whats not. Your just to stupid to educate anyone anyway. And music is definitely not your forte.

To make matters worse you pick on a 19 year old female who has done more with her life than you can ever dream and you have to attack her music style etc. In person we would all smash you little brains senseless but then again you wouldn't have the guts to say this in public because of the ass whop-pen you get from everyone in the bar. Face if your just a freak.

Germany won by a LANDSLIDE they are the best this year period. Or maybe your just jealous of people who are far superior to you like Lena. Poor proffruit cake, cant dance, sing or make friends or be famous like Nena. Sorry about your luck Prufruit cake.
09:55 May 31, 2010 by moistvelvet
It was by far the best song and am not surprised that it won by a landslide, even though at times she appeared to be a Lilly Allen/Kate Nash tribute act it was a refreshing change to see Germany taking the competition seriously. A great victory for Lena and Germany should be proud... but to win she did have to sing it in English! ;-)
11:35 May 31, 2010 by Prufrock2010
pmach --

Why do you duplicate your illiterate screeds on different threads? Are you not satisfied to make a fool of yourself on just one? And if you want to "smash my little brains senseless," come see me. I'm in Frankfurt.
11:42 May 31, 2010 by whatzup
Nice girl but hardly a musical genius. Eurovision is all about money which is unfortunate as there is enough noise pollution on the planet already. This is our own european musical oilspill and there seems to be no way to cap it at the moment.
12:46 May 31, 2010 by William Thirteen
as long as she pays all appropriate taxes & fees to support me in my dotage, I'm all in favor of her going on to a long, well remunerated career. just happy i don't have to listen to it...
13:18 May 31, 2010 by Prufrock2010
whatzup --

Good analogy.

William Thirteen --

This girl's face will be on milk cartons in 2 months under the caption: "Have You Seen This Missing Person?" Until then, unfortunately, her annoying little ditty will be ubiquitous in public places and on television shows for the 13 and under set. Thank goodness for ear plugs.

And what's all this nationalism about, by the way? I don't get it.
17:05 May 31, 2010 by Alofat
Prufrock you're obviously not well, please get help.
21:00 May 31, 2010 by marimay
Yeah he should have said 2 years not 2 months.
21:18 May 31, 2010 by Icarusty
""Lena strongly impressed me with her naturalness and warmth," Merkel said. "

She made me warm too, Merkel. Very warm.
00:00 June 1, 2010 by Prufrock2010
This girl makes Milli Vanilli sound like Mozart.
19:04 June 1, 2010 by Henckel
A wonderful victory for Germany!!!
22:15 June 1, 2010 by Prufrock2010
This gives kitsch a bad name.
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