Brandenburg – 147 points: surprise victory for Subway to Sally at the “Bundesvision Song Contest 2008” on ProSieben
Hanover/Munich, February 15, 2008. Cut-throat final at the “Bundesvision Song Contest 2008”: Scoring 147 points, middle-aged rockers “Subway to Sally” are victorious in Stefan Raab’s Federal States’ Grand Prix. Only one point separated them from the act from Thuringia “Clueso”, which came second. It was only the final scores of the evening from Lower Saxony’s Minister President Christian Wulff that decided the contest. “The competition has never been this tense”, was the comment from initiator Stefan Raab following the show. “Who would have thought that the fans of middle-aged Rock would have been reaching for the telephone with such vim and vigor.” An audience of 8,500 in the sold-out TUI Arena in Hanover and up to 2.38 million watching at home followed the gripping neck-and-neck race to victory. The “Bundesvision Song Contest 2008” attracted 15 percent of 14- to 49-year-old viewers. Among the young audience (14-29 year-olds), a staggering 24.4 percent tuned into to watch the ProSieben show.
And the winners burst into tears of joy immediately following the show, with the band, their families and friends heartily embracing and rejoicing. “This is incredible, I can hardly believe it”, reveled lead singer Erik Fish, thrilled by the outcome: “This is an amazing success for us and shows just how popular our kind of music is in Germany.” But “Clueso” were not too upset about coming second: “We are just too ecstatic. Although losing by one point is really tough, I really don’t begrudge “Subway to Sally” their title. It’s fantastic that this competition offers a platform for such diverse styles of music.” It was an evening packed with surprises and it was the evening for the new east German states: the top two places went to rank outsiders – “Subway to Sally” and “Clueso”. And third place also went to a band from eastern Germany, namely “Down Below” from Saxony-Anhalt.
The next “Bundesvision Song Contest” will now take place in Brandenburg in 2009. The organizers are still looking for a suitable venue in Potsdam and surroundings. “No problemo”, commented Stefan Raab: “We’ll find the perfect hall. As a last resort, we can always turn up at Günther Jauch’s place”.