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!
I am not excited, but I guess it will be an ok year for Germany
that picture of Schreiber and Pellander and the headline “Germany adds Sisters to national final” LOL
The most promising acts are Sisters and Lilly. Aly with a walk through different genres? Reminds me of Agnete – Icebreaker. And we all know where it ended up.
The titles sound great! Especially “Demons” and “Surprise”. Excited! 😀 (And btw I am not that salty that I start to complain about “all in English, no German” again. I’m sorry, but I’m so tired of these people, honestly, we read this every year and it’s getting boring… A good contemporary song is a good contemporary song, language doesn’t matter! 🙂 )
I’m glad that we didn’t decide for some foreign composers (except Thomas). For me, that’s at least a little bit of cultural identification even though it seems like ALL THE TITLES ARE IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE! ?
No surprise Makeda sings a power ballad… but I’m glad to hear about an uptempo Song with different styles for Aly.
My fingers cross and hopes for a great Song goes out to Lilly: “Surprise” is a good and hopeful title, her sound in her voice is awesome … but in good 6 weeks we will know what will happen…
I’m afraid they will send a girl that will be lost among all the Eleni Foureira wannabe.
Honestly, none of the women here are likely to have something similar to Eleni.
That is good to hear, everybody knows that Germany wants to host, and I wish you luck.
What is the problem with my comment? Germany wants to host so badly, that I can see the men in the picture, drooling.
Because Eleni was the first woman to participate in the ESC xD
And that ani lorak did basically the same thing much better in 2008.
Thomas Stengaard is one of authors of 2 songs in final, and he was one of authors of winning song from Demark 2013
Let’s not forget You Let Me Walk alone:P
And Laurell Barker was one of the authors of All the Feels, Legends and Stones.
Hope of good songs for Germany
WHERE IS SISTER JAMES CHARLES?
The sister song already leaked a few weeks ago: