They have been all out of luck at Eurovision for the last few years. But Germany is about to get its groove back! This week, half of the remaining acts taking part in the upgraded selection process have been revealed. And there are some experienced performers in the mix.

Back in October, broadcaster NDR revealed the overworked concept for their national selection. Shortly after, they introduced an online application-round where singers could apply. Next to that, they also contacted record companies and management of well-known artists. In the end, over 4000 acts were in the running to become Germany’s Eurovision 2018 hopeful. Producers soon whittled them down to 200.

As we reported earlier, the so-called Europe panel — consisting of 100 Germans who reflect Europe’s musical taste — was responsible for selecting the best 20 candidates out of the remaining 200. To do this, the panel gathered in different German cities. There, producers showed them short video clips of all 200 acts. After some weeks, the best 20 were found. But NDR kept their names secret — until now!

On Wednesday, the Eurovision workshop started in Cologne, where the 20 remaining artists took part. Not only did they get vocal lessons from experienced coaches, but they also produced new 90-second clips. These clips will show who they are and what kind of musical style the audience can expect from them.

After the workshop period, the clips will once again be shown to the Europe panel AND the international jury. Together they will decide which five acts will get the chance of competing in the German national final.

To make things more transparent, broadcaster NDR decided to let German media attend the workshop. But to still keep some secrets, only what happened on days three, four and five could be made public. But from this we now know who nine of the remaining 20 acts are. But who is in the lineup? Let’s take a closer look.

Ivy Quainoo

Let’s start with one of the most well-known artists so far: Ivy Quainoo, winner of the very first season The Voice of Germany. Back in 2012, she won the show by a landslide and five years later you can still hear some of her songs on German radio stations. Ivy was born and raised in Berlin and her parents are Ghanaian. She currently lives in New York, but for the last few months, she was touring Germany.

voXXclub

Are you ready for some Trackshittaz-déjà vu? But unlike the Austrian group, these guys are not rapping, but singing and yodelling – in Bavarian! Known for combining their charming attitude with a modern yet traditional folk music sound, their community is huge. VoXXclub’s song “Rock mi” even counts more than 19 million YouTube views. These five guys are more than ready for Eurovision and were often considered by German fans in the past.

ZweiLand

This singing duo is not big in Germany yet, but their members are! Singer Jay Oh won Germany’s Got Talent two years ago — accidentally! Originally he attended the pre-recorded TV casting as an audience member, wanting to watch the candidates on stage. During a break, he began to sing, to keep the rest of the audience entertained. One of the judges heard him singing and offered him a place in the show. He wowed everyone and won the whole thing. Earlier this year, Jay met reality show-actress Diana and when they realized how great they sound together, they established ZweiLand.

The other six known acts so far are British-French singer Xavier Darcy, newly formed girl group LauraAubreyWanja and four former The Voice candidates: Danyal Demir, Lara Loft, Vinh Khuat and Boris Alexander Stein.

It is also known that on the first two workshop days, five singers took part. Additionally, a mysterious band entered the workshop just yesterday — but they don’t want their name to be revealed yet. After it was announced that this band consists of four members with a female vocalist, German fans presume it could be popular band Frida Gold. Including this band, 15 acts have taken part at the Eurovision-workshop so far. According to NDR, the rest will follow next week.

It’s not known yet, when we will get to know the names of the remaining 11 workshop acts. However, it was revealed that the final five candidates out of this 20 will be known in January. The German national final will then take place at the end of February 2018 either in Cologne or in capital Berlin with the five selected acts. Every act will sing one song at the final.

What do you think of the Germans acts known so far? Who is your favourite and who would you like to see representing Germany in Lisbon next May? Tell us below!

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Melli
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Melli

Rick Jurthe (Ryk) has also confirmed he is on the list for the NF.

nala
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nala

The mystery band is Steal A Taxi.

What do you think?

Jo
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Jo

I’m still waiting for Namika to participate at Eurovision and to marry me.

Marcus (Day One)
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Marcus (Day One)

I don’t get why Germany always has a complicated overly drawn out selection just to come last. The selections used in 2013 and 2016 were fine. With 2013 being the better of the formats. No weird qualifying rounds or wildcards just some songs competing and the one with the highest vote goes to eurovision. The reason why Germany is doing badly is because of them changing their selection process every year. Eurovision is not for young inexperienced artist it’s for those with good stage presence and strong live vocals. The reason why the big Five (Aside Italy) struggle is because… Read more »

brunowskii
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brunowskii

Glasperlenspiel bitttteeee

cheesecake
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cheesecake

Super excited for Boris Alexander Stein, he was fantastic on The Voice. Ivy could be a good choice as well.
Hoping for the Frida Gold rumors to be true!

Madelmann
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Madelmann

which Frida Gold rumors? 😮

eurolover26
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eurolover26

Sorry Germany but the whole selection with the panel is way too superfluous. Why are you making such a big effort for this? If you would just choose a song and an artist that stands out instead of sending women with average radio pop songs nobody wants to listen to, it would be more than likely that you will reach a good position…i think Germany has to dare more when it comes to Eurovision – you have so many singers in your country and such a great music industry with so many outstanding acts for Eurovision!

José
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José

Ok. That seems interesting. Maybe they can finally do well after 5 years. Viel gluck 😀

blondboybc
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blondboybc

Germany, predictable as it is, will send someone like Ivy…good singer, but the song will likely be questionable, given their national final format…how’s that working for you Deutschland? If they sent a group like voxxclub, they might even get to the left side of the scoreboard! Oh, and how about something in GERMAN for a change?

blondboybc
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blondboybc

PS: favourite German ESC entry of all time is Nicole’s “Ein Bisschen Frieden”.

Daniel 2018
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Daniel 2018

If Germany will send again a woman, I will kill myself. This is probably for the best.

E R
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E R

Looking forward to hearing Ivy’s song, with something like her single Wildfire she could end up being a really good representative

Rovision
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Rovision

To be honest: just send voxxclub.. It’s something different and new and unexpected (not a female solo vocalist)
Go Guys!

Erdbeere
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Erdbeere

Lara Loft ?
She’s got a great voice. I like her

sunny42
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sunny42

Great news , i hope the rest is perfect too , stay tuned

Melli
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Melli

I would love to see Xavier Darcy participating for Germany! He has a very special voice and his songs are also pretty good.

sorin
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sorin

Levina has a very good voice, but was not helpful. It’s about the song and genre.

M_K
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M_K

Ivy would be a great choice as a singer, I think she has the right attitude for the contest and her voice is AMAZING. She might win the national final with a authentic contemporary pop song.

Voxxclub – meh.

I’ve never heard of Zweiland, to be honest.

Marco
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Marco

Ivy sounds amazing!!

L'oiseau
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Looking forward to Vinh Khuat and Boris. Germany please please don’t send voxxclub – we had enough yodel for one decade, at least. About the Europa panel – I still have a problem with the concept that 100 Germans represent the tastes of 42 European Nations…

sorin
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sorin

L’oiseau, you are Yodel hater, you have been for one year already, still Romanian Yodel was 5th in televote and 7th overall. Don’t mislead Germany! Let them do what is good for them, not what you Portuguese want.

L'oiseau
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Why so much hate, Vampire? Cool down…

L'oiseau
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Oh yes, you forgot to mention 15th at the jury vote…

Alex
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Alex

The Europe panel was actually renamed by NDR. They call it Eurovision panel now. They admitted it was misleading!

L'oiseau
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Good to know

Frisian esc
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Frisian esc

I really like voxxclub!

Christian
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Christian

Ja was ist denn das?

It’s nice to see Ivy once more. Remember that Black smoke was originally her song but it didn’t come to her album. Also happy to see Jay in the line-up, I think he’s a very good singer.

I’m not sure about Voxxclub and I can’t imagine them representing my country. Also, I’m not a big fan of their genre.

Nikki
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Nikki

My kingdom for Tom Beck participating in.

Carmen
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Carmen

voXXclub is the answer. Maybe they should not yodel, because this was done in 2017, but definitely traditional. Germany does well with those joyful songs.

DomenicoTedesco
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DomenicoTedesco

but it’s NOT representing Germany…. only bavaria

sorin
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sorin

What about Jamie-Lee?

May 2018
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May 2018

If VOXXCLUB does not represent Germany, then just send a boring song in English, if you thing that represents you better.

L'oiseau
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1. “Don’t mislead Germany”. They send want they want
2. The yodel horror last year was also in English
4. It seems that for your Eurovison Song Contest could be transformed into Euro-yodel contest
3. Work out your own alias before accusing me of having different aliases

Jo
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Jo

Sounds promising.

Adam
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Adam

Voxxclub is so good! I’m hoping they submitted a good song and will rock the stage in Lisbon.

the boy who lived
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the boy who lived

I like VOXXCLUB. They traditional-modern-funny. That style Greece did well in the past.

Liam Lindsay
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Liam Lindsay

I hope Cascada is making a ESC comeback!!

Mony
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Mony

To do…what? Another flop? No, thank you!