With only a day left until the German selection on Friday, broadcaster NDR has yet to release any snippets of the seven competing songs. With yesterday marking the first day of rehearsals, we have our first view of the national final staging — and with it, it seems Germany is serious about its chances at Eurovision this year. The quality appears to be high in Unser Lied für Israel.

German ESC blog esc-kompakt gave us updates the whole day on their website, describing each of the entered songs and staging. Below is their overview of the seven acts along with pictures of the rehearsals.

BB Thomaz — “Demons”

BB’s song seems to be a powerful RnB ballad with powerful beats. So there won’t be any piano backings. The main chorus as well as the verses were quite demanding but the final chorus shall be very impressive. The hook “So my demons can go” seems to be a real earworm.

The staging looks interesting but there will be different opinions about the giant stairs. Before the stairs, there is a trampoline as well and BB will be joined by two acrobats and three background singers. The Voice Germany candidate appears in a red dress, sitting on the stairs. During the three minutes, she will constantly move upstairs until she reaches the end of the platform at the end of the second chorus. Then, the two acrobats — the “demons” — first appear. BB will bump the dancers back to the trampoline twice. The third time is the last time where the dancers appear as BB Thomaz finally “defeats” them. The two dancers put on grey suits — “Taken by a Stranger” realness!

Gregor Hägele — “Let Me Go”

Let me go is a very quiet ballad with two calm verses and a powerful bridge, ending in an energetic chorus. One may think of “You Let Me Walk Alone” as the song has a similar build and structure. There are many high notes in the song and Gregor seems to sing them perfectly. “Let Me Go” talks about going into one specific direction even though others may say it’s too risky. It is a call to all loved ones to show support whichever way you go.

Gregor has less action going on with his staging. He stands alone on the stage and doesn’t move much but he isn’t too stiff during the song. First, a big door appears on the LED screen which Gregor is going through while the floor is full of fog. During the song, the background changes into different, colourful landscapes. At the end of the song, a sky full of stars can be seen.

Aly Ryan — “Wear Your Love”

“Wear Your Love” is an electronic pop song. It is powerful from beginning to end. The melody is quite catchy as she sings “Dress me, dress me up, all I wanna do is wear your love”. A few people even thought about “Fuego” while watching Aly Ryan performing her song. It is catchy and you will definitely want to dance during the three minutes. The song is about the self-confidence one gets through the feeling of love. She underlines that nothing is more important than love — no clothes, no money and no other status objects.

Aly brings a big treadmill along. The staging is high class while Aly moves extremely professionally. Walking slowly and barefoot on the treadmill, she is joined by two dancers, one on each side. At the beginning of the song, Aly appears in a long white dress. During the first verse and chorus, the two dancers help her get out of the dress and Aly is then dressed in a golden body suit.

The most interesting part of the staging is that not only does the LED screen get projected, Aly herself shines in different colours too. This leads to a show that looks similar to a music video on camera — there is a noticeably Swedish vibe with shades of “I Can’t Go On” paired with a colourful “Dance You Off“. “Wear Your Love” differs from “Dance You Off” though, as the whole stage and audience is captured many times, unlike Benjamin’s many close-ups.

 

Makeda — “The Day I Loved You Most”

Makeda delivers a classical power ballad in a golden dress while the background is swathed in shades of blue. She delivers an emotional song which is sung amazingly by a talented singer. Makeda sings about a personal and sad topic — losing close people and watching them while they are happy… even though she’s sad not to be with them.

On stage, there is not much action going on but the staging fits the ballad. Fog appears on the floor and the headlights brighten around the talented singer and shine in different but warm colours. At the end of the song there are sparks behind Makeda, in the form of a shower of fire.

Lilly Among Clouds — “Surprise”

Lilly delivers a song which is quite calm and gloomy in the first few seconds. In the middle of the song, “Surprise” gets faster and more intense. This strict change works very well on stage.

The singer wears a black, sleeveless top with a big red skirt. Lilly is free, dancing alone on stage but still fills it out with her presence. The background is very dark while a thunderstorm seems to be developing. But there is no lightning — instead, a sky full of spheres with blue and golden colours emerges. Even without thunder and lightning, it is still exciting.

When the song speeds up, fog appears on the floor, accompanied by the signature Eurovision wind machine. Lilly’s dancing becomes more impressive, working the stage and her angles. It seems like Lilly is dispelling the fog while hammering the song home.

Linus Bruhn — “Our City”

“Our City” is a modern, radio-friendly song. The first verse of the song is quieter but the main chorus is half-singing, half Jowst-like instrumental electro beats. The bridge is the climax of “Our City”. In the last chorus, Linus’ voice is joined by a choir of different “oh-oh-oh” melodies. Linus describes his song as a universal, timeless song with a strong message. He talks about social media consumption — don’t lose yourself in your phones and social media. Things like the most likes, followers, comments are not important because that’s not reality.

There are a few shapes spread across the stage. During the beginning, Linus flirts with one of the female dancers who then goes away and reappears with even more background dancers. Linus himself stands at the edge of the stage and works some excellent choreography.

Sisters — “Sister”

Laurell Barker strikes again! Her penned song “Sister”can mostly be described as a soul-pop ballad. During the beginning, the song sounds like a piano ballad which then develops into a more powerful melody, building until the end.

Laurita and Carlotta are both dressed in black clothes. The core element of the performance is a spinning, quadratic platform which lays in the fog. It makes it look like these Sisters are flying. Both singers first walk in circles and distance themselves from one another before they end the song together on the edge of the stage.

In the final seconds of Sister, the LED screen shows many faces of women including Laurita and Carlotta. The effect is haunting but befitting the performance as these ladies hammer home the final bars.

There’s a lot going on here but it all comes together for a dramatic and effective conclusion.

What is your first impression of the staging? Do you think Germany can reach the Top 5 again this year in Tel Aviv? Let us know in the comments below!

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Sabrina
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Sabrina

I’ll tell you what: Germany is not kidding. Here are the songs: https://www.eurovision.de/news/Alle-Songs-des-Vorentscheids-in-der-Uebersicht,songs104.html

Weißbrot
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Weißbrot

Lmao, I’m very surprised. Didn’t expect us to have such good songs.

Sabrina
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Sabrina

Last year’s selection was already good, but this one is even better. I won’t even bother trying to make my mind before watching the live show.

Jo.
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Jo.

It’s a strong selection. The fan fave is Aly Ryan, but I find “Wear Your Love” a bit repetitive.
My favourite is “Let Me Go”.

Sabrina
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Sabrina

Yeah, Aly’s song get a little repetitive in its final part. But I think it’s something they can solve with staging. “Let Me Go” is so warm, it’s hard not to like it. If Gregor is as likeable as his song, I think he has a shot.

Finn
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Finn

My favorite song is sister

eurovisionberlin
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eurovisionberlin

YESSS, after listening to all the songs; give Aly Ryan the trophy!!!

Lost in diaspora
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Lost in diaspora

Wait how can anyone NOT want Aly???? She would be perfect.

Sam
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Sam

“Demons” or “Our City” from what I’ve listened so far

Gast12
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Gast12

I FOUND THIS LINK! Only 5 Songs, but for the people who can’t wait – ENJOY! <3
https://wetransfer.com/downloads/87f5abbf4656261a277e3ad9a3a8aeb520190221153704/940650/grid

PP77
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PP77

Thanks
1.Linus
2.Makeda
3.BB Thomaz
4.Ally
5.Gregor
Ally is overrated for me, if she win, she will flop with juries in Tel Aviv.Maybe TOP 10 with televote, but in bottom 10 with juries from 17to 26.
If Germany want simillar result with juries like Austria,Germany last year they must send Makeda. TOP 5 with juries, but out of TOP 10 with televote, strong chance fom 12 to 16 with televote
Linus is from 5 song best choice,he will be in TOP 10 both with juries and televote 7to 10 place in both scoreboard.

dygh
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dygh

Ally looks visually very interesting, all the rest is hereby cancelled

Jo.
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Jo.

Pretty good selection from what I’ve heard so far.

Marwede
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Marwede

Maybe next year we can come back to Germany in time for the 10th anniversary of Lena’s victory. I don’t think that’s unlikely at the moment after listening to Aly’s song.

Lov09
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Lov09

Berlin 2020? I‘m in!

Isti
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Isti

I am also in, if they send Gregor. But I know, number of people think that this is boring, but for me it’s amazing.

Marwede
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Marwede

I also like Gregor’s song and voice very much and I could imagine that in the end it will be between Aly and Gregor.

Isti
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Isti
Jana
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Jana

Just listened to five of the seven songs (Demons, Let Me Go, Our City, The Day I Loved You Most, Wear Your Love) and to be honest I’m a bit disappointed. I expected much more of Germany. In my opinion the best one so far is Aly Ryan’s song cause it’s quite catchy. I sincerely hope that the other two songs (Sister, Surprise) are much better!

Emily
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Emily

whenever a eurovision artist describes their song as “universal”, you know it just means basic manufactured pop. nothing wrong with that, but it isn’t anything new or special, and there’s a lot of that in ESC.

Isti
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Isti

Why do you want something special and new? Jamala’s and Salvador’s songs was special, i didn’t like them, Euphoria and Heroes are just avarage songs, I like them…

Isti
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Isti

I heard the songs, except Lilly’s and the S!sters’s songs. They are all really cool. My favorite is Let Me Go, but I think they will not send this after Michael Schulte. My second is Makeda. <3

Tyuti
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Tyuti

Can someone just send link plzzzzzz

Shane Dawson @ ESC
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Shane Dawson @ ESC

If Germany picks ALY and Ukraine picks MARUV. Both sounds similar and vibe. They’re gonna have to battle it out.

Porsteinn
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Porsteinn

Freedom Jazz will win in Ukraine. Maruv did not score good enough with the juries. 🙁

Shane Dawson @ ESC
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Shane Dawson @ ESC

But I love MARUV! Well Yeah this Saturday national finals could again be full of shockers. I wouldn’t be surprised if Monika won’t win in Lithuania (if she won’t it would be a crime)

Isti
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Isti

Aly’s song is much better. And I think Maruv will not win because of juries.

JJ Abrahames
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JJ Abrahames

BB Thomaz song is perfection
they must pick that uniqueness

JJ Abrahames
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JJ Abrahames

and dislikes from people who don’t appreciate art and talant of songwriting, typical.

eurovisionberlin
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eurovisionberlin

I found a possibility to listen to all of the songs (except Sisters) , and for real; Linus, Gregor and Aly‘ songs are amazing. I think Aly would be a great representer!!
Makeda and BB Thomaz songs are awful btw..

Jane
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Jane

Where?

Cupcake
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Cupcake

Ik wüll ook.. ;__; (wenn alle schon die Lieder gehört haben, außer du selbst.. #feelsbad T__T)

eurovisionberlin
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eurovisionberlin
Cupcake
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Cupcake

Dank dir! <3 Three of the Songs were not playable unfortunaly but I could listen to "Our City" and "Let me go". Last one was really good imo. If Aly is even better than I'm looking forward to the show tomorrow. 🙂

Noah
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Noah

Where can I listen to the songs??

Weißbrot
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Weißbrot

They’re not officially out yet, but you’ll find them on eurovision.de at midnight CET time.

ESCFan2009
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ESCFan2009

I will not return to our German blog until Saturday because I wanna listen to the songs in the show and don’t read reactions before – so I wish my lovely gurl a very nice evening tomorrow 😀

Sabrina
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Sabrina

Anywhere we that aren’t in Australia or New Zealand can listen to the songs?

Weißbrot
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Weißbrot

Songs will be out on eurovision.de at midnight CET time.

Sabrina
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Sabrina

Thanks 🙂 I’m glad I won’t have to wait for my midnight to check them.

Mr. Vanilla Bean
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Mr. Vanilla Bean

I wanna switch midnights with you, Sabrina.

Sabrina
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Sabrina

Where do you live, Bean?

Jackyl
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Jackyl

Don’t screw it up and send Aly! Loye it!! “I don´t need couture, it´s all on the floor.” The lyrics are fabulous. I already see everyone singing along with her 😀

Porsteinn
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Porsteinn

Who needs couture after Karl Lagerfeld is dead anyways?

ESCFan2009
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ESCFan2009

R.I.P. Karl Lagerfeld…
I will not return to our German blog before Saturday, because I don’t wanna listen to the songs and read too many reactions until tomorrow evening – I love the “Surprise” at 20:15 pm – so I wish my lovely @porsteinn a very nice show tomorrow (if we don’t see each other on YouTube, where you should comment my latest video hehe ^^)!

KLan
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KLan

Aly might be top 3 material but it might flop as well. It could be risky, but I think that in combination with a good staging the song could be a real success. 🙂

Khan
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Khan

Wear Your Love is out on Spotify and it is a BOP

Pat
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Pat

Just listened to the songs. Alys song really stands out. Not a song one would expect from Germany. This one could do real good in the finals, I think. If the performance is as good as it looks on the photos and Aly is vocally strong, the song could work for both the juries and the audience.

esc germany
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esc germany

I listened to a few songs on iTunes Australia and I’m disappointed af.. Aly Ryan is the only standout. Wow.. I really thought the songs are good 🙁

jessey
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wich songs you listen to all of them of a few? What about makeda is her song good?

Max
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Max

You can hear most of the songs on Australian Spotify

jessey
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wich songs do yoy like because i only hear aly ryan and its quit good

Eurolover
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Eurolover

I think either Sisters or Aly Ryan will win but when I hear the songs I’ll decide who I think will win.

Héctor
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Héctor

It looks very promising, really looking forward to it. Hope they sound as good as they look!

Tom Hendryk
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Looks like Germany are going for it this year.
Impressive looking productions, I can’t wait for Friday!

sunny42
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sunny42

Last year was Germany great with Michael Schulte ,I hope this year we see more better songs in this national final.
My faves are Aly and Lilly perhaps Gregor too
Good luck Germany

Pat
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Pat

Aly Ryan looks amazing! I’m looking forward to the song and the show as a whole. Germany seems to take it really seriously this year. Nice to see the progress to last year.

Colin
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Colin

Last year Germany had one of the best, if not the best quality of their NF songs, which reflected in the ESC result. Michael Schulte’s song is so beautiful and of course I hope there’s another one where that came from. I don’t want to end-up disappointed, though, so I’ll just be glad if it’s solid.

Coco
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Coco

This looks really promising! Seems like Germany is taking ESC more seriously again since Michael Schulte’s success. I’m most curious about Lilly Among Clouds and Aly Ryan.

At what time and on which channel does the show air tomorrow?

jessey
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The show start at 20:15 pm

James
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James

If you have Deutschwelle TV on your cable, they’re gonna air it there live worldwide. 🙂

Daniel
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Daniel

Germany please save us, we need a front-runner in this stage of preseason, which is sadly turning out to be pretty weak….

Fabs
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Fabs

Aly for the win ??

oli
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oli

Those rehearsals look spectacular! Viel Glück Deutschland!

romanian
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romanian

It seems very intricate and elaborate, I like that they care about the whole package. Germany is in it to win it.

Cupcake
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Cupcake

Winning in Germany means ‘not being part of the Bottom Five Club’. We’re not expecting to win, but we’d like to have an entry we can support. 🙂

Deven O’Kearney
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Deven O’Kearney

This is shaping up to be an exciting show.

Die Bühnenshows sind interessant und die Lieder klingen sehr vielversprechend. Ich freue mich auf dieser Show. ????

Baasti
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Baasti

Wo hast du die Lieder gehört? ;0

Frisian esc
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Frisian esc

Ich denk dass er der Umschreibungen bedeutet.

ESCFan2009
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ESCFan2009

I think he means the song (and staging) descriptions.
Ich denke, er meint die Beschreibungen der Songs (und der Bühnenshows).
I am really excited about our National Final. Go Lilly, Linus and Makeda! <3

Deven O’Kearney
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Deven O’Kearney

Ich bedeutete die obige Beschreibungen. Ich hörte noch nicht die Lieder die am Contest teilnehmen, doch ich hoffe dass die Zuschauer und Jurys ein episches Lied für Deutschland wählen.

James
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James

Germany going the Sweden route with their song reveal.

Fabian
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Fabian

Cool stage, nice LED Wall and the lights looks very nice. Great production so far Germany!

MrDonut
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MrDonut

Germany is not kidding this year!!!
I am really curious to hear the songs and these stagings seem really promising….
Another top 10???

Katariina
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Katariina

Stagings look cool but if the songs are terrible that doesn’t even matter

Mufasa
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Mufasa

Cant wait! It’s very promising

Yoyo
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Yoyo

It’s a shame they just held it on Friday evening, means I won’t be able to hear the songs before knowing the winner, which kills all the fun for me );

Patrick
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Patrick

Songs will be revealed at midnight tonight!!!!

Hellohi
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Hellohi

to be more precise: Songs are available on Itunes from 22th February on. BUT: the 22th is earlier in New Zealand than in middle Europe so we can hear the songs on itunes new zealand from around 12am (MET)

Fast Food Music Lover
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Fast Food Music Lover

These look great! Can’t wait!

Tomoad
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Tomoad

This is pretty promising after all these mostly lame songs we’ve gotten.

EurovisionBenny_AUT
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EurovisionBenny_AUT

I’ve got a good feeling about Germany this year. There are some really nice ideas for the staging! Good luck, German neighbors 😀