The international preview party season is upon us, with dozens of Eurovision 2016 hopefuls getting ready to perform all over Europe. But not every act is taking the same route to Stockholm. Jamie-Lee Kriewitz is staying local and has been very busy performing her Eurovision song “Ghost” all over Germany, racking up several appearances on TV and in concerts. It’s just a shame Germans can’t vote for her at Eurovision…
Jamie-Lee’s first big break came thanks to The Voice of Germany, where she won the fifth season back in December. In something of a full circle moment, she returned to Germany’s version of The Voice Kids during their semi-final show. After being asked by the kids what it was like knowing she was going to Eurovision, Jamie-Lee said she “still couldn’t believe it” that Germany had chosen her to represent the country.
In a performance alongside Team Sasha, Jamie-Lee naturally stands out and really carries her younger cohorts through some of the more challenging parts of the song. Watching the performance closely was Lena Meyer-Landrut, who acts as one of the coaches on The Voice Kids. Whilst there was no direct interaction between the two, Lena certainly seemed to be enjoying the performance and could be seen singing along with it.
During this tour we’ve also seen a slightly more reserved Jamie-Lee, who has give a more subtle take on her Japanese anime look.
This performance, at the Suppermintclub in her native Hanover, might just be our favourite version of “Ghost” we’ve yet. Jamie-Lee seems really at home on the stage here and her voice sounds amazing. We’re also loving her Totoro fantasy sweater: canary yellow never looked so good!
Similarly, Jamie-Lee’s taken an even more dressed-down approach in her performance at the Radio Hamburg Easter 2016 concert earlier in the week. Taking away from the staging and look we’ve become used to with “Ghost”, the song and artist stands out more.
Of course, the chances of Jamie-Lee moving away from her trademark style for the actual Eurovision performance are slim. In a short profile uploaded to the Eurovision Youtube account, Jamie-Lee talks about her love of “Japanese street fashion and Asian culture”, with many of the shots featured in the video showing that very clearly:
What do you think of Jamie-Lee’s recent performances? Do you think she has a chance to revive Germany’s fortunes in the contest? Let us know in the comments section below — and don’t forget to vote in our favourite automatic qualifier poll if Germany is your pick.