Cologne (dpa) - singer, juror - and now a winner himself: Musician Rea Garvey has won the second "Free European Song Contest" by Stefan Raab and ProSieben for his home country Ireland.

The 48-year-old prevailed relatively clearly against his competition on Sunday night in the live show - among other things, he received the highest rating of twelve points from Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

He sang his hit "The One".

Garvey was almost a bit puzzled when the result was clear.

"I never win anything," he said.

"Today I won!"

The show produced by Raab was invented last year as a replacement for the Eurovision Song Contest, which was canceled due to the corona pandemic.

That year it continued.

The mode is in a way based on the great ESC model.

Here, too, twelve points are the highest score per country.


With Garvey's victory, the trophy remains a little in the own family of broadcasters.

The musician is very busy on television - among other things as a juror on “The Voice of Germany” and “The Masked Singer”.

Germany took fifth place in the second “Free ESC”.

As in the previous year, Helge Schneider started - this time, however, as a parody of Udo Lindenberg.

His contribution was entitled «Supergeiler Helge Schneider».

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