It’s been a long road getting there, but finally the six competing songs have been released for Germany‘s national final Unser Lied für Lissabon. But who should represent Germany at Eurovision and hopefully break the five-year streak of disappointing results?

The process started back in October when broadcaster NDR revealed its plans for the 2018 national final. They started out looking for singers — not songs — and recruited a panel of German Eurovision fans to help narrow down the potential artists.

From there, the six selected acts took part in a songwriting camp and worked on potential songs for Unser Lied. And now those songs have finally been released.

We’ll hear them live at the grand final this Thursday. But who should win? Listen to the six songs and vote for your favourites. As always, you can vote for as many songs as you like, but you can only vote once — so make it count!

Ivy Quainoo – “House on Fire”

Michael Schulte – “You Let Me Walk Alone”

Natia Todua – “My Own Way”

Ryk – “You and I”

voXXclub – “I mog Di so”

Xavier Darcy – “Jonah”

Who should win Germany’s national final Unser Lied für Lissabon?

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My opinion on songs (hyped for tonight, btw):

House on Fire – What a strange expression! At first, I was sure she was singing about a turbulent, hot/cold relationship, and not something perfect. The metaphor could get lost with foreigners. Ivy sings beautifully and the song leaves a lot of potential for a strong visual images on stage. It’s definitely not a type of song we haven’t heard yet, though. It’s playing it safe and I am unsure Germany can afford that, like Sweden could.

Colin
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Colin

You Let Me Walk Alone – It evokes really strong emotions. It’s genuine and heartfelt, as well as melodic and memorable. It would be my personal pick by far. I only wonder would there be too many songs going in the deep compared to funny or even relaxed ones. Anyway, this is so beautiful!

Colin
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Colin

My Own Way – At first, there are a lot of Levina associations, regarding the topic. However, this feels a lot more authentic. Knowing her story, this is actually very inspirational, as well as catchy.

Colin
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Colin

You and I – It takes time to take on, but when it does, it creates goosebumps. Ryk sings beautifully and the song creates a really lovely atmosphere.

Gwendal
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Gwendal

VoXXclub looks like my favourite for the overall win – and, well, Germany won’t be the only Big 5 country to sing in a foreign language, makes a long time we haven’t heard some German in Eurovision…

But, for real, I’d prefer Ryk. Some kind of “Birds” feeling for me.

Héctor
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Héctor

Finally I got to listen to these song! Well, all of them sound good, even Voxxclub’s entry. They are really well-produced, but most of them wouldn’t achieve a top 10 as they don’t stand out too much. However, there are some entries that could place Germany on the left side of the scoreboard again! These are my thoughts: Ivy Quainoo – “House on Fire”. Ivy was my fav before the songs reveal, but this song leaves cold. While it isn’t bad, I feel like it’s very plain and repetitive. Its start is very promising, but then nothing is happen until… Read more »

oggy
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oggy

VoXXclub for Deutschland (Natives Language). Not English.

Colin
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Colin

For me, it’s Michael who made the biggest impact. The song is really beautiful, meaningful and touching. It pulls just the right emotional strings. Instant top 10.

LukAtMe
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LukAtMe

I like Natia Todua’s song verses but the chorus disappoints!

Vinni
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Vinni

Okay, so it seems most people who hate Voxxclub are German themselves. However, a lot of others likes the song anyway. Here are 2 points to consider: 1/ Germans cannot vote for themselves 2/ Voters cannot down-vote ==> it could be a smart move to send Voxxclub to Eurovision, to show another side of Germany in the contest. Who knows, the fun, laid-back, and craziness of it might attract a lot of votes. Take The Sunstroke Project last year as an example. Germany tends to end up bad in the contest, so why not just do something really special sometimes?… Read more »

Napaw
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Napaw

William, a non-German, disliked it. Watch the video.
People who seem to apparently love the song are simply glad about something “different” and fun and sung in the native language (although it’s not even that but a horrid dialect). The song itself probably doesn’t even matter here.

Sunstroke Project was on a completely different level. It was cliche but the act had swag, and it was those opposite that made it special.

Voxxclub is and has always been annoying, and I’d hate to see them hop around the Eurovision stage.

Markus
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Markus

@Vinni: I agree with you about Voxxclub`s chances. And I know we`re not famous for our humour and friendliness, but actually some of us Germans are really funny! 😉 Don`t forget we sent Guildo Horn and Stefan Raab to ESC and they were quite successful. Greetings from Germany!! 🙂

Marleenchen
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Marleenchen

Am I the only one who really likes “Jonah” by Xavier Darcy? It’s so catchy!

Ana
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Ana

No, you’re not! I like Jonah from the first listening 🙂 I voted for Xavier and Ryk.

OhhHoney
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OhhHoney

Jonah is a brilliant song! I’m shocked, well not that shocked but disappointed that it is last on the poll.

Markus
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Markus

I was a bit frightened to listen to Voxxclub`s Song, because usually I can`t stand this kind of music at all – BUT after listening I have to say I really liked it. 🙂 This is so typical for German music in a good way, it represents Germany individually, it`s likeable, positive, fun to listen to and I think people might like it and vote for it no matter if they understand the lyrics or not. It just fits perfectly for ESC – all aboard? Come as you are, you`re perfect like this! 🙂

Johann
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Johann

1. Michael Schulte
2. Ryk
3. Ivy Quianoo
4. Xavier Darcy
5. Natia Todua
6. voXXclub

You can say whatever you want, but the level of this year’s German national final is surprisingly good. By choosing any from my top4 Germany could easily reach the top 10.

Nadia’ song is just not my cup of tea, but she’s got really interesting voice.
I will not comment my last place…

Anna
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Anna

From Germany: I never would have thought I would like Voxxclub´s song, but I really enjoy it and I think it would at least give people what they think Germany is like, and that´s a good thing for a change, plus I love the “secret” message of everyone having the right to be who and how they want to be. I like Ivy´s and Natia´s songs the least, even though I still think they´re good, to me they just sound very Eurovision-y which I personally have heard enough of. I like Xavier´s song, although I think it needs time to… Read more »

song for dad
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song for dad

”I don´t remember any song ever being about being grateful to your father, feel free to remind me though”

Richard and Joe – Song for Dad, it was in this year selection in Malta, it came 2nd I guess

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

You know when I said I’d randomly talk about Greece on the German post?… I was kidding.
Ryk for the win in Germany. 🙂

Jim
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Jim

Once again it’s gonna be a strong battle between germany and spain for the last place

Marco
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Marco

Yikes… don’t really like one of these songs and I doubt they will do well at Eurovision :/
Xavier Darcy at least is special and has a nice voice – not too mainstream and forgettable. Voxxclub might be distinctive but I just don’t like their music.

Max
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Max

Telling by our national finals in previous years, it is most likely an act with a strong lobby will win this. I bet one of the singers from The Voice will come out on top.
I for myself would like to see Jonah or You And I in Lisbon. Especially the latter has caught me shivering. I hope the staging won’t be too cliché. And I especially hope Ryk can sing this live.

Niki
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Niki

I really hope that voXXclub will represent us!! ?

Eve
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Eve

I can’t stop listening Voxxclub, please save me 😀
Send them and have fun, what can you loose, you are already in final 😛

Georgia is here
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Georgia is here

It seems that Georgians shared the link, and now Natia Todua is first. This poll is not relevant. VoXXclub or nothing.

Eve
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Eve

I was just wondering in what parallel universe she’s leading this poll 😀

lika
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lika

hey you can also share your favs link ?

irish esc
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irish esc

ryk ftw : )

blondboybc
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blondboybc

Voxxclub or bust!! The others are forgettable, cliche, boring…right side scoreboard imho. But, when did Germany vote beyond the mediocre?

Musiclover
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Musiclover

Voxxclub is either very good or very bad, and since Germany usually ends up badly no matter what song they pick, it’s surely better that they pick a high risk song like the voxxclub one. Surely not Natia because that song is far too cliche (like last year’s) and won’t do well.

Maclaren
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Maclaren

The funny thing is… my favourite songs in Eurovision season so far are Italy, Albania and France. And in the French selection my personal winner was actually Igit. And with all this baggage, do you know which is the only song in the German selection that I am listening to on repeat? It’s the Voxxclub. It is soooooooo much fun! Even though I do not speak German, I could get the plot thanks to ‘polka dancing, carnaval in Rio’ and there was something about ‘tango Argentina’. Simple but catchy, easy-to-grasp and not too cheesy. It would stand out on the… Read more »

Robert
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Robert

I agree with you that voXXclub is the right choice, but Germans will not understand what gem they have, not even if God will tell them in person.

Julia
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Julia

I´m German: I think the thing is that a lot of Germans just don´t want to hear “their” music in the ESC, because for example here in northern Germany we are absolutely nothing at all like Bavaria and i reckon a lot of Germans dont want to be labeled as the Nation in Lederhosen, simply because we´re not. I also never thought I´d like the song, but it´s actually great, and finally something different for Germany for a change. Not my personal fave, but I´d love it if they won, because I usually enjoy rather “native” songs from the other… Read more »

Christopher Grevener
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Christopher Grevener

I am sooo with you!
I will call for them tonight soo many times as often as I can.
I just cant stop listening to it!
We can take a risk, because we cannot place lower so why not?:-D

Josie
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Josie

Love love LOVE “Jonah”! Really reminds me of Mumford and Sons (maybe a bit too much? Not complaining though!). “I mog di so” is also brilliant, would really bring some much-needed fun in this contest so far!

AngieP
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AngieP

This year’s preselection in Germany is not that bad for me. There are some quite good songs. voXXclub have a “love it or hate it” song. Personally I like it. It’s fun without being a joke act. Looking forward to their live performance.
I also like Michael Schulte. Nice melody, beautiful voice. I enjoy listening to this one.
“You and I” is a really low tempo song. I appreciate the vocals and the song can come alive live. But for now it’s not my favourite.

For now I’m rooting for voXXclub or Michael Schulte.

Robert
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Robert

Yes, VoXXclub and Michael are the only options. The other ones are so boring that will even be punished more than they deserve.

@EugeneESCUK
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If you ignore the song “recycling” process there are FOUR decent songs here which are really well produced, and 2 fillers, well done Germany. (Spot the Ed Sheerin effort?)

6 is the right number of songs for a final in my view, quality not quantity. (Sweden please do take note!!) Should be a decent final. As usual it could come down to vocals and presentation. Germany wants to win.

“You and I” pips it for me, if Ryk can produce the vocals he’s got it, hints of Conchita. The professional jury will love this.

@EugeneESCUK
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Forgot to say the German delegation may be pinning their hopes on “House on Fire”, known Swedish/American songwriting team and an The Voice winner, say no more?

LEO ESC AUT
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LEO ESC AUT

Hi there Eugene, what’s going on, I’ve missed you ?
All I can say – Natia Todua with “My Own Way” !
If Natia wins the German National Selection then Germany will become definitely a very big and serious contender for this years ESC in Lisbon.
From the betting market perspective, the odds for Germany are tumbling in a free fall currently at 20/1 since the started with 40/1 a month ago.
My advice – Keep that in mind !

Sabrina
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Sabrina

I’m glad that you also mentioned Conchita, because I was asking myself if I was crazy for his vocals reminding me of her. If he has her charisma also, it’s a done deal.

Julia
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Julia

I also hear it and I love it

Napaw
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Napaw

Vote for Ryk, if you ever want to see the left side of the board.

Beautiful, might actually become my favorite next to Dotter’s Cry and Delirium.

Leo M
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Leo M

Things haven’t worked out for Germany the last few years so they need to send something different and take a risk. Voxxclub for the win. Especially when everyone else might be going down the ballad road.

Jan
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Jan

I can’t believe so many people want Natia to win. It is literally “Perfect Life” 2.0
Ivy is great but will get lost as well. Xavier is just forgettable, no thanks.
Michael, Ryk and voXXclub are amazing and would definitely escape bottom 5.
Ryk and Michael are potential top 10 candidates, I’d send voXXclub though just for the fun!

onuka
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onuka

Yes, Natia is ”Perfect life”, and Ivy is boring too. Are you people trolling when you say Natia or Ivy should win? Christer Bjorkman and Iveta Mukuchyan were trolling France, now some of you are trolling Germany.

yellowman96
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yellowman96

1. Voxxclub!!!!











Everyone else

yellowman96
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yellowman96

In my opinion, I mog Di so has a deeper message other than the typical love song

Navi
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Navi

Michael Schulte have to win with “You Let Me Walk Alone”. I love this song and I think that people don’t appreciate this jewel enough.

onuka
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onuka

What is this song about? Is it about a father who left his family?

Maximilian
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Maximilian

No, his father died early

onuka
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onuka

So is about the father’s death? This is what he means by You let me walk alone?

Candy
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Candy

Yes, it is. Michael Schulte has another song, “You Said You’d Grow Old With Me”, which also deals with his father’s early death. Today in the press conference, Michael mentioned that his father died 13 years ago. Michael was only 14 years old back then.

onuka
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onuka

Reading the comments on this thread, I notice that VoXXclub is a love or hate song. Some people have it as number 1, for others is last. This is what brings votes, a love or hate song, not a middle of the road song. Haters will not be able to downvote, but you can see that many also love it enough to make it their number one, therefore to vote on May 12.

Maximilian
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Maximilian

Yes

Vinni
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Vinni

True so. Send it or lose it.

Eve
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Eve

Voxxclub all the way!

ESCdavid
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ESCdavid

OMG I LIVE FOR VOXXCLUB
such a fun song <3
Germany, please don’t send another dull song this year

Napaw
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Napaw

Anyone but Voxxclub, please.
I can take a lot, but their entire act is just too annoying.

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

Oh wow, the one in Bavarian reminds me of the dark horse that was Austria 2003!

ChrisS
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ChrisS

#TeamVoxxClub

AtteFIN
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AtteFIN

Can anyone know which song producer is Paradise Oscar(fin2011)

Aufrechtgehn
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Hi AtteFIN:
Paradise Oskar help writing Xavier Darcys Song ‘Jonah’.

Samuel
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Samuel

I’m from Germany and usually the Germans don’t get it right….but when I heard Ryk I was speechless!! I didn’t know about this guy..but Damn!!! The song, the arrangement and that Voice!! This song would a moment at Eurovision….but I’m afraid Germany won’t get it right again….:-(

Samuel
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Samuel

Would * be 😉

Ohi
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Ohi

He has a lovely vibrato but the melody was a bit meandering for my tastes. I was literally forgetting it as I was hearing it

Isabel
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Isabel

Why Germans are hating their own traditions? Other countries don’t know how to squeeze the folk genre, and bring balkan, grecian, vikings, whatever, but Germans are making such big deal about the dialect. Are you aware that all countries have dialects?

Ventrue
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Ventrue

this is only the dialect of a small group of people in Germany. The most germans cant understand the lyrics. I’m from Berlin and we have a another dialect —-> we are Prussions (Preußen) hehe. We dont like Bayern an the tradtions.

up!
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up!

“A small group of people”? There are nearly 13 million people living in Bavaria and you talk about it as if it was a little Native American tribe.
And as for “We don’t like Bavaria and their traditions” – was that really necessary? As a Bavarian, I can tell you how annoying it is to get all the snide remarks and the hateful grudge from the Northern regions. I have sometimes problems myself with the humour of the “Prussians” or their way to talk, but you don’t see me walking around and telling it at every occasion…

Lynn
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Lynn

I just hope that they don’t send again a woman with a mediocre song that will again end last.

Tobias
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Tobias

I’m from Germany and I think this year’s preselection is okay. Not better than our best preselection ever (in my opinion) in terms of diversity and weirdness in 2013, but definitely better than that horrible event last year, where the producers just hired well-known songwriters to write awful #EUROVISIONSONGS, instead of just…songs. If a song is written particularly with Eurovision in mind, it’s just too sterile, which is why they only did a “songwriting camp” in Germany, where the artists worked with teams of songwriters to either write a new song in their style, or revamp a song they already… Read more »

Tobias
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Tobias

That being said, I hope next year we’ll see more artsy and indie music in German. I’m a language nerd and I think our language can sound so melodramatic, especially in mid-tempo songs. “Nichtstun” by Balbina and “Unter meiner Haut” by Elif will always be my favorite songs in German. <3
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYkUG4rB6EA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eptSs9TzrwE

Marty Mc
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Marty Mc

If Germany wants to be back in the top 10 send: Ryk – “You and I”. Best song and best vocalist of the bunch. The others will lead them to the bottom of the scoreboard. Voxx Club is potential NIL points in my opinion both from the jury and the televoting.

Perhonita
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Perhonita

Ok, so I listened to all the songs a couple of times before deciding which ones I like best. Here’s what I came up with: 1. Michael Schulte – I can’t stop listening to this song. It gives me all the feels. His voice is everything and the live performance is going to be amazing. 2. Xavier Darcy – I love his style, the song his great, too. Wouldn’t mind sending this to Lisbon. 3. Ivy Quainoo – I am unfortuantely a little bit underwhelmed with this song. She could do so much better. Still, it is a decent song… Read more »

Isabel
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Isabel

Jamala-”1944”, Sobral-”Amar pelos dois”, voXXclub-”I mog Di so”
These 3 songs have something in common : they can’t represent other country but their own. These songs can’t be interchangeable between countries, you can tell are not rejects from somewhere else.

Esra
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Esra

For God’s sake that song is a joke. It reminds me of France’s 2014 entry. ._.

onuka
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onuka

It reminds me of Alex Florea climbing a cannon,and it was 7th last year.

DragKvinna
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DragKvinna

Please do not send Bavarian circus music sung in dialect, ok?

Perhonita
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Perhonita

Yes, please. Any other song is a better choice.

West
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West

My top 6: 6. Michael Schulte – “You Let Me Walk Alone” – while it’s not a bad song and sound sincere it leaves me cold and unimpressed 5. Natia Todua – “My Own Way” – song somehow gives me Perfect Life vibes, Natia’s voice is unique, but the song isn’t 4. Ivy Quainoo – “House on Fire” – very strange song, but I’m in love with her voice, it’s quite possible she’ll be much better live 3. Xavier Darcy – “Jonah” – love his voice and the song 2. Ryk – “You and I” – there is only a… Read more »

Donald Duck
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Donald Duck

And better than Malta , and U.K., and Albania ,,,,,,,,,

Jo
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Jo

Nothing insteresting here, sorry.

Andy
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Andy

If Germany don’t want to stay again on LAST position … send Natia ! this is very motivated song and not boring

Esra
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Esra

Typical eurovision fans voting for the most upbeat songs. LOL Ryk is going to win. 😉

Samuel
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Samuel

He surely has to!!!