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Germany: Isaak to Eurovision 2024 with "Always on the Run"

Isaak won the German national selection "Das deutsche Finale" tonight and will represent the country at Eurovision 2024 with the song "Always on the Run"

Tonight, Germany chose their representative for the Eurovision Song Contest 2024 in Malmö: Isaak will be competing in the Grand Final with the song "Always on the Run."

Germany 2024: Isaak – "Always on the Run"

"Always on the Run" was written by Greg Taro, Isaak Guderian, Kevin Lehr, and Leo Salminen.

Das deutsche Finale 2024


Isaak Guderian first gained popularity through his appearance in the German version of The X Factor in 2011. Before that, he mainly played his music as a street musician. In 2021, he also won the talent show Show your talent.

With his song "Always on the Run" Isaak won both the jury and the public vote.

Das deutsche Finale 2024

The German national final, Das deutsche Finale, took place in Berlin and was once again hosted by Barbara Schöneberger. International juries from eight different countries, as well as the public, gave points for their favorite song – each making up 50% of the vote. Fans were able to vote online and via televoting.

Nine acts competed for the ticket to represent Germany at the Eurovision Song Contest 2024 in Malmö. Eight artists were selected by the broadcaster, while Floryan won the wildcard in a separate show called Ich will zum ESC, with singer Ray Garvey and former Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst as the coaches.

Germany in Eurovision

Germany is a grand old country in the Eurovision Song Contest. They have participated 66 times since the beginning in 1956.

Germany 2010: Lena - "Satellite"

The only year Germany didn't participate was in 1996. Prior to the competition in 1996, 30 countries had signed up for participation, so the EBU had to make a selection. Judges from the participating countries made a secret vote, where the top-22 songs qualified. During this vote, the judges only listened to, but didn't watch, the contestants. This turned out to be highly unpopular, and it was also the only time this method was used. The result of the vote was that Germany was ruled out. This was the first and only time Germany didn't participate in the Eurovision Song Contest.

Germany 2010: Lena - "Satellite"

Germany's best results are two victories: in 1982 (Nicole - "Ein Bißchen Frieden") and 2010 (Lena - "Satellite"). Their worst results are nine last place finishes. Germany is a member of the "Big-5," which means they don't have to go through the Semi-final round and are automatically qualified for the Grand Final. They are also a member of "Club Nul Points," with zero points in 1964, 1965 and 2015.

About the author: Claire Schulte-Wieschen (Germany)

authorClaire is our correspondent in Germany. She watched her first Eurovision as an eight-year-old in 2002 and since then has also started to watch a lot of the national finals. She also wrote her Master thesis about Australian National Identity at Eurovision. It's hard to name just one favourite song, but she would go with Shum by Go_A from 2021.

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