Tim Bendzko won the 2011 Bundesvision Song Contest

Berlin’s Tim Bendzko won the 2012 Bundesvision Song Contest  on Thursday evening, defeating 15 other contestants with his song “Wenn Worte meine Sprache wären” (If words were my language).

Staged on Sep. 29, the contest is Germany’s domestic answer to the Eurovision Song Contest. Each of the 16 German states fields one contestant, and they go head-to-head on live TV. Set up in 2005 by German entertainer and Eurovision 2011 host Stefan Raab, the show requires that German-language lyrics make up at least 50% of each song.

Listen to Tim discussing his winning song here:

And listen to him performing it live:

Tim performs “Nur noch kurz die Welt retten”