After Germany’s internal selection of Xavier Naidoo went up in smoke, NDR announced that they would, in fact, be hosting a national final. Whether this will take the form of Unser Song für Stockholm or a completely new format is to be announced. What we do know is that the Clubkonzert has been scrapped, as Germany’s new head of delegation Carola Conze “sees little future in it”. Now, after all that drama and intrigue, artists are coming out of the woodwork and revealing the songs they hope to sing in Germany’s national selection.
First up we have Andreas Kümm- errr, I mean Alex Diehl. The Bavarian singer-songwriter has sent a sweet little acoustic number covering the obvious theme of world peace. It’s very Andreas Kümmert. And judging by Andreas’ landslide victory last year, we can see this doing very well indeed – let’s just hope they don’t share opinions on how to deal with winning. He certainly has his fans. An online petition to get him to Eurovision already has 2,400 signatures.
The half-Swedish half-German singer Yosefin Buohler first hit the scene in 2008, when she reached the finals of Germany’s Got Talent. She also competed in Swedish Idol in 2013, but in the report below she reveals that her “heart beats for Eurovision”. She joins Betty Dietrich and Ason as Swedish artists who have attempted to represent Germany – and knowing Sweden, it’s going to be one competitive bid.
Sister Cristina may not be entering San Remo, but Gregorian could still bring some monk realness to Stockholm. The band have been going strong since 1991, and have teamed up with a young female singer for their Eurovision entry. In Unser Song für Malmö we saw a very similar entry from Die Priester – which only managed tenth place in a field of 12. Can this beat their effort?
One song each?
Interestingly, Gregorian posted the following on their official Facebook page:
Does their need for choosing one song mean that NDR have also scrapped the two song rule? Many have complained that this format prevents artists from concentrating on one, stronger entry and that it leads to many entrants being voted off before they are even able to perform their second song. All we can say is amen to that!