Germany has decided—and boy was it complicated! Between guest performances from Emmelie de Forest and Italy’s 2014 entry Emma Marrone, Germany went through three rounds of voting at Unser Song für Dänemark. They eventually choose Elaiza with “Is It Right”. Quite the fairytale story for this talented group who were basically unknown just a few weeks ago.
Germany’s state broadcaster NDR announced seven finalists last December, and the eighth spot was filled a few weeks ago when Elaiza won the wildcard round competing against other relatively unknown artists.
Tonight, the competition pitted neofolk newcomers Elaiza against neo-50s rock The Baseballs, adult contemporary eletropop Das Gezeichnete Ich, harp-based “Folktronic-Pop” MarieMarie, pseudo-Irish pirate Santiano, sublimely cheesy soft rock Unheilig, acoustic sweetheart Madeline Juno, and soul hip-hop Oceana. The competition came down to a face-off between Elaiza’s “Is It Right” and Unheilig’s “Wir sind alle wie eins” – in the end Elaiza prevailed with their Balkan-flavoured, folk-infused crowd-pleaser.
The performers had to go through three rounds of voting. First, each group performed one song, which the audience then voted on. The four with the most votes moved on to the second round, where they each performed a different song. The public then voted on their favourite of the eight songs from the first and second rounds. The two groups whose songs received the most votes went to the final round – where the public again voted for their favourite. Talk about thorough!
What do you think – did the overly thorough competition help Germany make the right choice?