German broadcaster NDR is yet to confirm the 6 to 8 finalists for their national final. And, adding another layer of intrigue to the mix, 5 of the 19 artists still in contention have asked that their names not be revealed. Maybe some of them will get to the final, maybe none of them will. Either way the mystery makes German Eurovision fans want to know even more who these artists could be.
So we’ve scoured Instagram and blog posts and even listened to a few whispers to see if we can guess who might be among the nameless candidates for the German final.
You’ll probably know Laing from their weird but amusing songs and performances. They took part in the German national final back in 2015 with two songs: “Zeig deine Muskeln” — the one on the bikes — and “Wechselt die Beleuchtung”. They reached the German charts with “Morgens immer müde” and stayed in ninth position for 23 weeks. And now countless fans are suggesting they are trying once more to represent Germany at the Eurovision Song Contest.
Last year entertainment coordinator Thomas Schreiber told Prinzblog that Laing had good reason not to take part in Eurovision workshops. One could interpret that as meaning the Eurovision jury rated them very highly and also that Laing feel like participating again — albeit on their terms. But apart from this, it strongly suggests that NDR and Laing are still keeping in touch.
Secondly, the girl group published their new album “Fotogena” on the 7th of September – the earliest date possible due to EBU’s rules on Eurovision song release dates. Curiously, they pushed the release date back from August. Maybe they spontaneously delayed their album release by just weeks…but maybe they did so to make those songs available for Eurovision.
Working it musically in both English and German, Paul Weber is a singer-songwriter still fighting for his breakthrough in the German music industry. The struggle hasn’t stopped him from making more music, as he released an EP in English back in 2017 and two new songs in German in 2018. The 21-year-old singer is already touring Germany — from Cologne to Munich to Hannover.
Paul recently shared a photo on Instagram showing him at Maarweg studios, where all the video clips for the Eurovision Panel and the international jury were produced. The background in the studio also matches with the setting of previously announced acts. Obviously, this photo is far away from being an official leak, but nevertheless it could be a hint that he may have taken part in the workshop as well.
Owing to her big vocals and presence, Alina is called “the German Adele”. The German singer took part in the OGAE Song Contest in 2018, representing Germany with her song “Nie vergessen” (The results will be published on the 27th of October). While one could call Alina a newcomer, she’s already acquired vast experience in show business, having participated in the first season of German Idol back in 2002 at just 16 years of age. She reached the Top 30.
Since then she’s concentrated on other pursuits and has largely disappeared from public life. But last year she released her first and only album “Die Einzige”. She reached Top 100 of the German charts almost immediately and stayed there for 12 weeks, eventually reaching 26th position. Very respectable!
Alina mainly connects with emotional ballads. Her songs range from singer-songwriter ballads to James Bond-ish songs, always sung in German. If she were to represent Germany at the Eurovision Song Contest, she’d definitely make an impact with her power and emotion.
She’s already a well-known face at wiwibloggs after getting mentioned in our post, “Wednesday Wishlist: Our dream Eurovision 2019 contestants – Croatia to Greece”. Lea – who lives in Hannover like Eurovision winner Lena – had her breakthrough in the German music industry with her song “Wohin willst du”, which was remixed by the German DJ’s Gestört aber Geil. Later the German singer stayed in the Top 100 with her emotional but uptempo song “Leiser” for 29 weeks. Both singles went gold, which means fans bought her song over 100,000 times. That’s a lot!
Lea also released her second album “Zwischen den Zeilen” back in September and watched it climb to sixth position on the German album charts. She takes a very personal approach, which imbues her songs with an emotional touch. Given the authenticity of her music and persona, Lea would be a great choice to follow Michael Schulte.
These aren’t, of course, official leaks — just the musings of eager fans who have been scouring the Internet for clues.
Which clues do you find the most compelling? Do you think that any of these artists could be among the unnamed acts? Do you have even more clues to share? Let us know down below!