You know you’re in trouble when your verse is better than your chorus. That’s one of the problems Germany has got this year with their song.
The opening Police-esque riff establishes expectation of something spectacular, but the chorus never delivers on the promise. It’s melody is a little trite, and its conclusion too polished as to make the return of the verse a tantalising prospect.
Denied the additional exposure some of the songs will get by virtue of having to compete for a place in the grand final, Germany looks set for a mid-table position at best.