Germany reveals Unser Song 2017 shortlist of 33 singers

They’re the country that has placed last at Eurovision in the past two years. Now German broadcaster ARD has revealed the 33 singers in the running for Germany‘s revamped national final in February.

Unser Song 2017 has a focus on matching up-and-coming young German singers with top quality songs. Public applications took place earlier this year, with almost 2500 young singers applying online or in person at the audition sessions in Hamburg and Cologne.

This was whittled down to the top 33, and on the weekend these singers auditioned again in Cologne. A jury assessed the singers, with representatives from the broadcasters NDR and ARD, production company Raab TV, as well as musical experts.

The jury now has to select just five singers to participate in the revamped national final on 9 February. The panel is looking for personality as well as singing ability.

The list of 33 does not feature any established stars, but a few acts have previous experience on television talent shows.

  • Kai Schernbeck auditioned for The Voice of Germany earlier this year, but neither of them could inspire any judges to turn around. Sina Rösener also suffered the same fate in her 2013 The Voice audition.
  • Elvira Michieva competed in the fifth German series of Popstars in 2006. While she was eliminated, she and two others were put together as the short-lived girl group Bisou. In 2010, as Elli Mishiyeva, she competed in the Azerbaijan national final with the song “Up, Up”.
  • In 2014, Felicia Lu Kürbiß was a contestant on the Germany talent show Rising Star.

Unser Song 2017 – shortlist

Click on each name for a video of the artist doing a “speed dating” Q&A – in German.

  1. Alessandro Capasso
  2. Alex Scuderi
  3. Anja Licht
  4. Axel Feige
  5. Beccy
  6. Coopa
  7. Elvira Michieva
  8. Felicia Lu Kürbiß
  9. Florian Brückl
  10. Helene Nissen
  11. Jo Marie Dominiak
  12. Kai Schernbeck
  13. Leonie Krakowski
  14. Levina
  15. Lisa Toh
  16. Luisa Skrabic
  17. Makeda Michalke
  18. Marvin Schloßhauer
  19. Mary-Anne Bröllochs
  20. Max-Antoine Meisters
  21. Meg Pfeiffer
  22. Nathan Trent
  23. Nila
  24. Patrice Gerlach
  25. Paul Köninger
  26. Philipp Ostendorf
  27. Sadi
  28. Sihna Maagé
  29. Sina Rösener
  30. Susanna Okonowski
  31. Sven Lüchtenborg
  32. Taylor Luc Jacobs
  33. Yosefin Buohler

At the grand final on 9 February, fans have speculated that the artist and song will be chosen separately. This is similar to the 2010 national final where audiences could vote for “Satellite” sung by either Lena or Jennifer Braun.

The five lucky singers will perform songs written for Eurovision. The broadcaster earlier said they were looking for top quality songs from both German and international songwriters.

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