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.”

Are you happy? Can Germany avoid finishing bottom of the table again? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Nils
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Nils

I think we can all agree on Levina being a great performer. The problem is the song. Almost every German fan of the ESC – including me – is complaining about its flatness and the boredom it spreads. Unfortunately the ARD most likely won’t listen to us…

Maybe you can help us out by spamming the ARD website or its facebook page? 😀

#NewSongForLevina!!

brunowskii
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brunowskii

Felicia Lu + Wildfire would be far away better….

an esc fan
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an esc fan

Germany has the worst selection process because :
Nobody will never know if Levina likes the song it was chosen for her. In case she hates it, she will never tell (at least OG3NE can decide themselves what they will sing).
The mediocre ”Perfect Life” is already in the final, and better songs will stay in the semifinal, just because Big 5.

Wyatt
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Wyatt

I actually really like the German selection process, but the songs they provided were both pretty bad. I assume that this was so that the songs could be easily interpreted in a variety of styles, but the songs still could’ve been way better. Levina is a great performer, but I won’t be surprised if Germany pulls off the hat trick. I unfortunately won’t be half as sympathetic as I was for Jamie-Lee Kriewitz, though.

The best result from this would have been for Felicia to have provided a decent cover and win with “Wildfire,” but that obviously didn’t happen.

Zuzu
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Zuzu

The fact that Germany is one of the Big 5 does not mean they can send horrendous entries. They may pay but dont deserve to be in the final at all. Even the UK has a decent song this year.
I’m so fed up with Big 5 in general.

Essy
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Essy

@Tobias Gemini Everybody seems to expect a Lena…and yes I like the song, hoping for a little more edges but overall a good decent song to work with. The hate is over the top.

AngieP
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AngieP

Levina was clearly better vocally and on stage. However, the song is not that good. For me, it’s probably bottom 5 this year for Germany.

laura
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laura

@esc fan – dafuq?

an esc fan
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an esc fan

It deserves the criticism because it was the worst national selection, and if Levina would be in semifinal, do you think that in million years would qualify?
Is your country making fun of ESC?

Tobias Gemini
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Tobias Gemini

@Bango Thank you so much, for a moment it really felt like I was the only one thinking like that. It probably won’t end up in the Top 10, it might also be a very usual song, but the hate against this whole thing is RIDICULOUS. It doesn’t feel like this doesn’t fit the people’s taste, but it actually feels like they literally get angry about it, which seems pretty problematic from a psychological point of view. I think after two years of pretty weak performances, people just don’t expect anything other from Germany besides being last place. I’m from… Read more »

Denis
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Denis

Can Germany pull a hat trick by finishing last three years in a row? Very possible…

Darren
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Darren

Polegend Godgarina I never said that no other country could host Eurovision, thats not what I aid. I was simply saying that Sweden and Germany are two countries that I usually end up supporting every year because they send good songs. I was only saying that this is the first year since 2007 that Germany wont be in my Top 10. Of course other countries are able to host, I mean Ukraine is getting ready to host this years contest We all know Australia is gunna take it this year anyway, its inevitable that its going to happen at some… Read more »

Bango
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Bango

The amount of hate is completely out of touch with the reality. Sure it’s not an innovative song whatsoever but it clearly isn’t the worst we have so far.
Don’t want to draw the “Everyone just hates on Germany”-card but …. this is just pretty damn over the top. Calling her ugly and stuff like that … crazy. Things like that completely destroy the ESC for me. Yes you can have and voice your own opinion but ever heard of respect before? Jesus Christ. Some people have no decency whatsoever.

Racal
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Racal

So far, I’m thinking:
1. Belarus
2. France
3. Finland
[Major gap]
4. Albania
5. Switzerland (probably won’t qualify)
6. UK (boring)
7. Germany (boring and mediocre)
8. Georgia (can she just stop screaming and take singing lessons?)

PP
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PP

an esc fan

She have more than him . If we look at yesterday harisma on stage for me only Helene have. Axel when sang 3 song have same look andhe look on stage like he sing You raise me up on some funeral.

an esc fan
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an esc fan

@PP : ”Axel lost only because he don t have any charisma on stage.”

Don’t worry, Levina is the next Rykka, charisma ”realness”.

an esc fan
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an esc fan

Even if Levina will win everything and will take ESC to Germany, their selection process is still wrong and has to change.

PP
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PP

Jana Ndocivic

Axel lost only because he don t have any charisma on stage.

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

@ Josh – that, and “I’m nearly a sinner, almost a saint”. Can you believe that this song was written by a Grammy-awarded songwriter? Because I can’t.

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

@ Darren – yeah, because Sweden and Germany are the only countries capable of hosting the Eurovision. Almost all the countries in the competition would host without any problems. I’m convinced that Armenia has been saving tons of money to spend for the contest, given the fact that they’ve been trying so hard to win.

Josh
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Josh

I really don’t like the lyric ‘sometimes it’s wrong before it’s right’. It really sticks out for some reason 🙁

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

@ AurelianTamisan – you’re just being delusional there, this song doesn’t stand a chance. It’s not good for Levina’s vocals, it’s badly produced, badly written, and everyone will think of Titanium from the first notes.

I’m feeling sorry for Levina. She was completely stripped from her artistic personality (just listen to her independent releases) and given two bad songs to sing. I can’t see anyone voting for this mess… just send a brand new song that will suit Levina’s style.

Darren
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Darren

@Demetrio
You forgot Brendan Murray so it’s like 3 out of 7. Still not really female dominated as such.

Darren
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Darren

No!!! Germany!!! Why??? I’m so disappointed with Levina!! The song is a blatant copy of Titanium. If you are going to copy a song, at least do the smart thing and rip off a song that wasn’t an international chart topper! Also, Titanium was released 6 years ago, so maybe something less dated? This shocks me, Germany is along with Sweden my favourite Eurovision country, I have liked every single German entry since 2007! Since Sweden only hosted recently (twice), I was really championing another win for Germany! I’d love to see Berlin, Hamburg or Munich host another Eurovision after… Read more »

Jana Ndocivic
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Jana Ndocivic

The worst possible choice. Axel was by far the best, but it seems Germany wants to finish in the last spot again, OK…no problem! No effort for that, it can be easily done! I can’t see countries voting for that. Belarus, Armenia, Ukraine, Georgia, Azerbaijan will give their high points to Russia; Albania, Bulgaria and Cyprus to Greece and Greece to Cyprus; Romania to Moldova and Moldova to Romania; Norway, Iceland, Denmark, Estonia and Finland will reward 12 points to Sweden, and last but not least: Montenegro, Croatia, Macedonia and Slovenia to Serbia. And Germany will be left out there,… Read more »

AurelianTamisan
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AurelianTamisan

Last 2 years Germany had big expectations and they considered themselves having top songs. They didn’t. Now, it is exactly the opposite, so calm down everybody, a change was done and I’m pretty sure this will not end even close to the last place. This is not cliche, which is a good thing. It also reminds me a little of The Common Linnets, maybe even Dowie Bob, another singers that were considered with no chance in making the final and they both obtained great results. As what I’ve seen in the past years, this is a song for a decent… Read more »

an esc fan
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an esc fan

I think Levina looks like Rykka, and that is good because both are beautiful, but I’m afraid that Levina also dances like Rykka and somebody must tell her that is not a good idea. Good luck for her, anything can happen !

Harry Larsson
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Harry Larsson

The only vibe I’m getting from this, apart from Titanium, is That Sounds Good To Me – a dated pop record that plods along with no end in sight – but I’m a sucker for this style of music so…

Niki
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Niki

I think, the reasons why “Perfect Life” won over “Wildfire” is that it was almost clear this will win and so nobody voted for that song or, because it was mentiones that we already will have a lot of Ballads in Kyiv…

an esc fan
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an esc fan

Singers are talented, and is good that they were searched, without having a record label, or anything, but I blame the way they searched song writers and the fact that were only 2 songs. If I were head of delegation, I would ask local writers and if foreign writers were needed, I would want … Kirkorov, or one of those grecians with long names, or … Jamala … anybody. Why do something so safe to want american-norwegian-british? I blame them for wanting safe songs. And yes, Lolita Zero is better, because she is more creative, even if she needs somebody… Read more »

PP
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Demetrio

I agree between this 8 chosen song there is no winner of Eurovision 2017. Only Finland have chance to be in TOP 10.
I think fight for win will be between Sweden,Australia, maybe Italy (ih they chose good winner of San Remo Elodie,Alesio),Russia.
Dark horses maybe Armenia (with good song) and Greece (with good song, Danny for me is not good singer, and I hope that she wili get better song than Greece song from 2005,2008,2012 , with this king of song Greece don t have chance to win , because we have juries.
Dark horse Greece

Demetrio
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Demetrio

We still do not have a winner of ESC 2017 after the almost 10 acts which have been revealed!! Another very weird situation is that we only 2 in 12-13 acts have a male singer (Hovig from Cyprus and Nathan from Austria), correct me if I’m wrong! 9/10 female singers are….too much! I expect this percentage to become more balanced as the time passes.

Griffin
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Griffin

Lolita Zero was much better than this

PP
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PP

For me from Big 5, Germany have better song than UK and France.
1.Finland
2.Germany
3.Belarus
4.Georgia
5.France
6.Albania
7.Switzerland
8.United Kingdom

marie
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marie

Well , not bad but not good!

Colin
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Colin

(J)ESC Fanatic – You said it yourself. It’s not bad, but might be so forgettable it ends-up last (again!). It’s definitely the most ‘meh’ song chosen thus far and the selection process is horrible.

dutchie
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dutchie

The only song I kinda liked was Axel with Wildfire. So of course they chose a different singer and a different song 😉

Levina certainly seemed to want it more, Axel looked rather lackluster on stage. But he had a way better voice.

Mark
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Mark

Germany; go back to 2013 format. However crap the radio vote, replace the jury with an international jury… Basically just become Melodifestivalen.

(J)ESC Fanatic
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(J)ESC Fanatic

I really don’t get the hate. I mean, it’s by no means a winner or a top 10 contender, but I kind of like it. I can’t see it standing out in Kyiv though, so Germany may end up last for the third consecutive time. 🙁

Erdbeere
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@Mar There’s a saying in Germany: “We have a solution for our Problem, but let’s see if we can’t make it a bit more complicated” 😉 I didn’t like any of those Songs yesterday and I still don’t like our Song for 2017. But I stopped making prognoses ’cause I’m always deadly wrong at the end and I’m often changing my mind once more when I see the actual last Performance on Stage at Eurovision. At this Point I don’t think we’ll get much Votes ’cause this Song seems tp promise some big Explosion along the way which never happens.… Read more »

AurelianTamisan
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AurelianTamisan

I see that people refuse to get what Eurovision is about. So the shock will be pretty big for the most people when Germany will finish pretty high this year. I don’t get all the negative comments, the song is really good and I really have the feeling that it will be very appreciated in Kyiv, especially when we see that it has a different style than the most entries expected to be.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

@Thomas: Technically speaking in the Grand Final, I don’t think any country has ever finished in last place on its own in consecutive years. (Please correct me if that’s wrong.) In 2015, I seem to recall that Austria shared Germany’s pain at being last, so on a technicality that was not a true “last place” finish. Norway of course is infamous for finishing last 11 times, but it never happened in consecutive years.

CookyMonzta
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CookyMonzta

I just listened to the song (for the first time); and sad to say, I don’t think Germany will break out of the bottom 6; and if it gets nul points on both sides (jury and televote), it’ll be unprecedented. Part of it reminds me of Nicky Byrne’s “Sunlight”, and we know what happened to him last year.

They should have sent Madeline Juno…
https://youtu.be/_vDXpaSRFRY

…or maybe Fahrenhaidt, Oonagh or Faun. I doubt they had anything to lose by signing up for this..

Mar
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Mar

Not only is Germany seemingly trying for a record-breaking last place for the third time in a row, they’re also hoping to create the most complicated and completely useless national final ever thought up. Why not just go for the traditional method of opening song submissions and approaching record labels?? I can’t even call this song a hot mess, lisening to this song is an experience akin to watching a trainwreck developing in very slow motion.

Alex
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Alex

David Guetta and Sia want their ideas back… come ON, songwriters! It’s even in the same key as Titanium. This isn’t very original.

I mean, overall the song and singer are good. But the lack of musical originality will not go down well with the voters…

Thomas
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Thomas

Does anyone know the record for last places in a row? Germany may be shooting for that one.

Anfrers
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Anfrers

Not only the fact Axel was better, but the song is awful.

Racal
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Racal

Who the hell wrote that song and thought “This will save us from last place”? It is utterly horrible… And I thought no country could do worse than the UK, apparently I was wrong.

Unofficial Mansters Association
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Unofficial Mansters Association

Here’s Germany’s third attempt to get last place again… 🙁 . The songs could’ve been composed better, and the lyrics are really cliché. I think the order of how the show was planned was unnecessary, and they could’ve just gone with a final only (though where’s the fun in that), and all the artists could’ve had their own song made (like any other national selection) instead of those two pieces of trash.

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

“Perfect Life” is a horrible song. Nobody could save it.
“Wildfire” was better but I don’t know if it would improve Germany’s potential position much. Levina is ok but definitely looked more comfortable singing “Wildfire”.
Germany Vs. Uk for last place again? Just as it should be!