Germany: Levina wins Unser Song 2017 and will sing “Perfect Life” at Eurovision

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Will two years of hurt finally be over? Germany hopes to avoid an unwanted hat-trick of last place finishes with their revamped national final Unser Song 2017. After four rounds that unfolded on live TV in a single night, we now know who has been put up to the task. Levina will sing “Perfect Life” at Eurovision 2017 in Kyiv.

Hosted by Barbara Schöneberger, the finalists consisted of Axel Feige, Felicia Lu Kürbiß, Helene Nissen, Levina and Yosefin Buohler.

But it was Levina who managed to slay the pack — so much so that the final round actually came down to her singing against herself.

Yes, originally meant to be a round of singer vs. singer singing either the same song or a rival one, her performances of “Wildfire” and “Perfect Life” finished first and second in Round 3 — resulting in a super-final featuring only her and two songs.

Ultimately the public chose the latter (despite the presumption, at least among us, that “Wildfire” had won the day).

An expert panel of Eurovision 2010 winner Lena Meyer-Landrut, singer-songwriter Tim Bendzko and television presenter Florian Silbereisen commented on all the performances. Fans outside Germany also had their say on the night using Germany’s Eurovision Vibes app, but the final decision was down to the televoters across Germany.

Unser Song 2017 — Round 1

The first round saw the five finalists cover a song of their choice. Helene opened the show with her rendition of Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues”, followed by Yosefin’s performance of Beyoncé’s “Love On Top”. Felicia covered Robyn’s “Dancing On My Own”, Axel performed his rendition of Chris Cornell’s “You Know My Name” and Levina tackled Adele’s “When We Were Young”. Two acts were eliminated after this round.

Eliminated in Round 1

  • Yosefin
  • Felicia

Unser Song 2017 — Round 2

The three remaining finalists all performed their versions of “Wildfire”, one of two potential Eurovision songs.

It was written by the American, Norwegian, and British songwriting team of Tofer Brown, Marit Larsen and Greg Holden. Another act was eliminated at this stage.

Eliminated in Round 2:

  • Helene

Unser Song 2017 — Round 3

Then there were two. The two remaining finalists performed the other potential Eurovision song “Perfect Life”.

The song was composed by the American songwriting team of Lindsey Ray, Lindy Robbins and Dave Bassett. The two combinations of singer and song with the highest number of votes advanced to the fourth and final round.

Going into the televoting, the European public didn’t give Germany much insight into who should win. In fact, the Eurovision Vibes voting was split 50-50.

Eliminated in Round 3

  • Axel — “Perfect Life”
  • Axel — “Wildfire”

Final round

In the end — after Levina sang her renditions of “Perfect Life” and “Wildfire” — the public voted and they had a clear winner, choosing “Perfect Life” with 69% of the vote.

The upbeat song of perseverance seems to argue that a perfect life involves sticking to your guns and overcoming the day-to-day struggles. As she sings: “I’ve been walking asleep, dreaming awake…I’m almost a sinner, nearly a saint, fighting with every step I take.”

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