In the end, only four points after the final telephone jury vote count separated Bonn’s Makeda from the winning duo S!sters at this year’s competition to select Germany’s Song for Europe: Unser Song für Israel in Berlin.
A new approach to finding the Eurovision entry led to a familiar conclusion – formulaic packaging wins over song again. Let’s take a young blonde girl and a young raven haired girl, make them seem like sisters, and call the song – ‘Sisters!’ Oh wait, let’s turn that ‘i’ upside down! Oddly, even the Bonn General Anzeiger in its Review refers to the girls as ‘Carlotta Truman und Laurita’ – conveniently(?) forgetting that Laurita has a different surname (though admittedly it does mention they are not sisters later on). In fact, they were not even a duo until Eurovision came along. In the end, the old formula approach won through.
It’s all a game really of course, and Makeda is well out of it. There are indeed some who will say that where Eurovision is concerned second place is actually winning – gaining the publicity, without that’ Eurovision’ brand hanging over your head. It was certainly a grand performance from Bonn’s rising star though. All those performances in the musical ‘Bodyguard’ paying off with a confident performance when it mattered. ‘The Day I Loved You Most’ is an excellent song but one that needs both a great vocal and plenty of dynamics to give it life. It got both on the night. I really couldn’t help but see and hear Rachel Marron (Whitney Houston) as I watched Makeda in her shimmering gold dress give her all. Somewhere, just out of camera-shot, Kevin Costner must have been standing and watching the proceedings with an attentive eye and a bad haircut.
Well done Makeda, on the evidence of Friday night you will be going a lot further than Tel Aviv with your career.