Nick's Eurovision winners: 1997-2016

Manchester 2001: Michelle – Wer Liebe Lebt (Germany)

2001 was a year of two fantastic women delivering incredible ballads in the contest. Following Rui Bandeira and Nicki French, we’re definitely in need of a ballad winning. There’s a choice of two here for me: Michelle for Germany and Natasha St-Pier for France.
Both of these women made the same mistake: Switching to English midway through. I don’t get why they did that. Ever since 1999, it was allowed to sing in a language other than your own, but these two songs show that being allowed to do something doesn’t necessarily mean that you should actually do it.
For once, I wish we could go back to a 1969 situation. Just let the two of them share the win, no issues there for me. I have to pick one though and in the end, it has to be Germany. Mainly because I think the song is severely underrated by the fans.
Like the United Kingdom, Germany has many options to host the contest. For 2002, I’ll just pick Cologne as host city.

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Nick van Lith

I'm one of the founding members of ESCXTRA.com. Eleven years after the start, I'm proud to say that I am now the Editor-in-Chief of this wonderful website. When I'm not doing Eurovision stuff, you should be able to find me teaching German to kids... And cheering on everything and everyone Greek, pretty much. Pame Ellada!

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