He’s got a nice set of pipes and knows how to tug on heartstrings. And this May 27-year-old Michael Schulte will do that once more as he represents Germany at the Eurovision Song Contest with his song “You Let Me Walk Alone”.
His three-minute ballad is emotional and classical, and sees Michael sing about losing his father at just 13 years of age.
Michael’s road to Lisbon began in the autumn of 2017 when he submitted one of his old songs to Unser Lied für Lisabon — Germany’s national selection show. Producers received 4,000 songs in total. But his number (and voice) floated to the top and just two days before Christmas Michael got the happy message that he would be among the six finalists competing in Germany’s selection show.
It was then time to come up with an original song for the contest. Working with several songwriters, he dreamed up 10 songs over the course of January and ultimately settled on “You Let Me Walk Alone”.
On February 22 he won the national final in a landslide, taking top marks from both the professional jury and the German televoting public. His sensitive performance gave us major feels, and seemed to conjure 2012 ESC star Roman Lob — the last German act to place in the Top 10 in the contest.
As the competition draws ever closer, we’ve reached out into the universe and pulled out 10 facts about Michael. So let’s get to know this curly-haired German a bit better. Ja, gut – wer ist Michael Schulte?
1. He competed on “The Voice of Germany”
Michael may be a newcomer in the world of Eurovision, but he is certainly no stranger to viewers in Germany. In 2012 he placed third on “The Voice of Germany” where he performed with Ed Sheeran in the final.
2. He speaks fluent Danish
Michael grew up in the small village of Dollerup in Flensburg near the Danish border. In fact, he even graduated from a Danish high school and is fluent in Danish. He now lives in Buxtehude outside of Hamburg with his girlfriend. Lucky lady…
English, however, is the language he prefers to sing in. Speaking with the Michael Schulte fan club, he said: “It’s much more fun to sing in English. I just feel better. Accordingly, no German songs will be on my album. We briefly considered whether we would use one or two German songs, but decided to produce the album completely in English.”
3. He collaborated with a Eurovision winning songwriter
Among others, he co-wrote “You Let Me Walk Alone” with Thomas Stengaard, who was one of the songwriters behind Eurovision winner “Only Teardrops” with Emmelie de Forest in 2013. Incidentally, Thomas Stengaard was also one of the writers behind one of Michael’s rivals at ULFL — Xavier Darcy. He placed second with “Jonah” in the German final.
4. He’s self-taught
Michael calls himself an “autodidactic musician” for never having gotten any formal musical training. He started his music career by uploading videos with his songs on YouTube in 2008 when he was a high school student. He now has more than 200,000 followers on YouTube.
5. He has followed Eurovision since childhood
Michael says that he has been following Eurovision since he was a child, and that he vividly remembers the Olsen Brother’s surprise win in 2000 when he was 10 years old. Later in life, he made a cover version of their Eurovision song “Fly on the Wings of Love”.
6. No. 1 on the newcomer chart
After his third place finish on “The Voice of Germany” in 2012, Michael released the album “Wide Awake”. The album reached No. 1 on the German newcomers chart.
The title track keeps him up because he’s singing about a special someone he misses. As he says: “Lying here wide awake, feeling you’re here with me, you are my sweet escape from stormy days, so many words to say, praying you’ll come my way, without you I suffocate with eyes wide shut…”
7. His voice is (perhaps) his biggest strength
Michael sees his voice as one of his greatest advantages in Eurovision: “I have a good song and I have a voice that stands out. If you heard my voice among 100 others you would quickly recognise it”. And if you hear it among 42 others, too.
8. Yes, sir! His time as a recruit
During his conscription, he served as a civil recruit at Holländerhof in Flensburg – a sheltered workshop for disabled people. It equips them with vocational skills and social support. It takes heart to sing his song…and this is further proof he has a big one.
9. He’s a hometown hero
It hasn’t gone unnoticed in Michael’s home town of Dollerup that their native son is going to represent Germany in Lisbon. Dollerup’s mayor, Peter Wilhelm Jacobsen, was one of the first to congratulate him. He even posted a message on the municipal web site: “We are proud of you, Michael! We will keep our fingers crossed for you in May and will cheer for you — good luck!”
10. “The song of my life”
There is no doubt that Michael feels very attached to his song. Shortly after his win, he said: “‘You Let Me Walk Alone’ is perhaps the song of my life.”
What do you think about “You Let Me Walk Alone”? Do you think it will give Germany a good result in this year’s competition? What other facts about Michael do you want to share? Let us know in the comment’s box below.