Today the German Eurovision team held a livestream to give you all the the information you need for their national final Unser Lied für Israel. Entertainment coordinator Thomas Schreiber and Head of Delegation Christoph Pellander answered all your questions in almost 80 minutes of live-streaming.
First — and perhaps most importantly — the German final will be held on 22 February at 8:15pm CET. That is, if you have a look on your calendar, a Friday. That’s significant as NDR will hold their national final on a day other than Thursday for the first time since 2011. The final will take place in Studio Berlin Adlershof and will last about 2 hours.
In addition, NDR has finally revealed the seventh finalist who will join the known artists in February. The new act is a duo called Sisters, and consists of Carlotta Truman and Laurita. Carlotta has already won several prizes as a solo artist, and she previously sang with the German band Revovlerheld. Laurita has built a name for herself by composing music after school. She was also a backing vocal during the The Voice of Germany Tour and is now a backing vocalist for Eurovision 2010 winner Lena. And while the Sisters will sing “Sister”, they aren’t blood relations. They’re just celebrating their female bond!
There’s more. NDR also revealed the song title for each act. The songs will only be heard on the day of the German final.
- Aly Ryan: Wear Your Love (music and text: Aly Ryan, Michelle Leonard, Thomas Stengaard, Tamara Olorga)
- BB Thomaz: Demons (music and text: BB Thomaz, Andrew Tyler, Ricardo Bettiol, Tim Schou)
- Gregor Hägele: Let me go (music and text: Gregor Hägele, Jonas Shandel, David Jürgens, Tamara Olorga)
- lilly among clouds: Surprise (music and text: Elisabeth Brüchner, Udo Rinklin)
- Linus Bruhn: Our City (music and text: Linus Bruhn, Dave Roth, Pat Benzner, Serhat Sakin, Simon Reichardt)
- Makeda: The Day I Loved You Most (music and text: Makeda, Tim Uhlenbrock, Kelvin Jones, Kristine Bogan)
- Sisters: Sister (music and text: Laurell Barker, Marine Kaltenbacher, Tom Oehler, Thomas Stengaard)
The staging of each act will be made by the same team that planned the staging for Michael Schulte. Florian Wieder — the designer of so many Eurovision stages, including the one we’ll see in Tel Aviv — designed the stage for the German final.
Besides the song titles, there isn’t new information about what songs will be heard in the final. Anyway, Aly Ryan, Makeda and Linus have already teased a few hints in their Instagram Stories in recent days.
This is not Makeda’s song — we’re just giving you a flavour for her.
Aly will sing an uptempo pop banger with “a little daft punk feel”. It begins with an urban feel and the song will hop through a few genres. The German singer described her song as a very visual with a strong theme: she will sing about the self-confidence one gets through the feeling of love. The song will both tease a new sound for Aly but also fit her previously released music.
Makeda chose a power ballad. While the song starts quietly and smooth, it builds in power in the final seconds. Together with an orchestra and a choir, she will sing about a personal topic: losing close people, and watching them while they are happy….even as she’s sad not to be with them.
Linus Bruhn says he’ll play in the pop and R’n’B genres, but that his song will have intimate moments as well. Linus describes it as universal, timeless and with a strong message. He talks about social media consumption: “Don’t loose yourself in your phones and social media things like who’s having the most likes, followers, comments, ’cause that’s not reality.” We are getting some Francesco Gabbani vibes with that theme!
Tickets for the German final will be available from 10 January. Tickets will cost 39 Euro and you can buy them here: www.tvtickets.de.
The Eurovision jury made of 20 experts will be revealed on the day itself. The interval acts will be published next week.
What are you most looking forward to about the German final? Do you like the new artist? Let us know in the comment section below!