Germany's Eurovision Song Contest nightmare has plunged the nation into a furious debate, with calls for a dramatic exit from the competition echoing through the country.
The devastating blow came as their hard-hitting rock entry Blood & Glitter by metal band Lord of the Lost fell flat, failing to win over both the juries and the public.
Originating from Hamburg, Lord of the Lost delivered a visually striking performance that left a lasting impression.
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Frontman Chris Harms, adorned in white makeup, donned a skin-tight red PVC bodysuit, leaving his right leg exposed, and sported golden devilish wings, resembling a character from a low-budget sci-fi film.
The German representatives managed to secure a mere 18 points, landing them at the bottom of the leaderboard.
To add insult to injury, Germany trailed behind the United Kingdom, who amassed 24 points, as well as other seemingly obscure entries like Moldova (96 points) and Croatia (123 points).
It appears that Germany's Eurovision misfortunes are becoming a recurring nightmare, as they also finished last in 2022, and second to last in both 2019 and 2021.
The country's dismal track record has triggered a crisis of confidence, prompting many to question whether their lack of votes is rooted in a deeper disdain for Germany among other European nations.
A scathing opinion piece in the German tabloid Bild lamented: "Is it now COOL in Europe to find us DOOF (dumb/goofy)? We help! Hundreds of thousands of refugees see Germany as a place of longing. And we [take] them.
"And when the Italians were overwhelmed by the flood of deaths at the height of Covid, we were the first to fly their patients to our clinics."
The writer expressed frustration over the lack of gratitude reflected in the Eurovision results.
Meanwhile, Thomas Gottschalk, a prominent German radio and television host, offered his perspective on the poor scores, claiming: "We are now being fooled by the rest of Europe when it comes to the rating at the ESC. They just don't like us."
While another asked: "Why are we still doing this to ourselves?"
Interestingly, the United Kingdom has long grappled with a similar sentiment, but in 2022, they managed to secure second place, only trailing behind Ukraine.
Singer-songwriter Sam Ryder's performance of Space Man proved that success was attainable, challenging the notion that Europe conspires against the UK in the voting process.
Yet, in Germany, commentators fervently argued that their entry was no worse than the others on display during the event in Liverpool.
Sweden's Loreen, a solo pop sensation, clinched the coveted number one spot.
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