Families are full of drama. And apparently that applies to on-stage Sisters, too.
In recent days lots of discussions have been taking place in Germany about the country’s Eurovision 2019 act S!sters. The chatter isn’t only about fan favourite Aly Ryan and the fact she didn’t win on the big night. It’s also about the selection process as a whole.
One widespread complaint is that the Sisters were fast-tracked through the selection process. Or rather they bypassed the intense selection process that opened in June 2018, shortly after the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. The six other acts in the final had to survive a brutal, multi-site selection and songwriting camp — a series of events running from the summer all the way until February 2019.
However, Laurita Spinelli and Carlotta Truman — the Sisters — were added to the final six acts after the songwriting camp and with a song they didn’t help create. Fans have now suggested that the German process might have been manipulated by the broadcaster.
German newspaper Bild.de recently reported on two details that have unsettled some fans. Both concern the international jury, which was made up of 20 musical experts.
First, Johannes Strate, the lead singer of the German band Revolverheld, which appeared as an interval act, gave S!sters his douze points. Many other jury members did, too. But Strate has a special connection to the group, as he was Carlotta Truman’s coach on The Voice Kids a few years ago.
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Carlotta told Bild.de that they didn’t have any contact with each other before the German selection and they didn’t even meet on Friday evening during the show. Strate has not made any comment on the matter.
The second point of contention is that Laurita Spinelli is the real-life sister of singer Jennifer Kae. Kae’s manager is Lars Ingwersen, who’s been a part of the organisation team for the songwriting camp.
There is, of course, another side to all of this.
The S!sters — or any other act added late in the game — should not have been a surprise. NDR’s Head of Entertainment Thomas Schreiber stated at the beginning of the process and consistently throughout it that there might be one or two more acts that would be added to the national final. He also revealed that there were lots of artists who simply did not have time to visit the songwriting camp.
Furthermore, Laurita and Carlotta didn’t get any ‘Wildcard’ as a few people have said. They were actually normal applicants as the other six artists were. The reason why it took so long to reveal the seventh act for the selection was down to making sure the submitted songs fit the right applicants — with S!sters singing “Sister” being the best-fitting composition with the best-fitting pair. It takes time to get that mix right.
— Aly Ryan (@alyryanmusic) March 6, 2019
Finally, we have to remember that the international jury of experts were not the only ones who put S!sters on top of their list. Even though they only got six points from the Eurovision Panel, S!sters won the televote with 25% of the vote. That’s more than 10,000 votes more than second place act lilly among clouds. Even if Makeda — who got 10 points by the expert jury — was put in first place, S!sters would still have won the national final due to their first place ranking in the televote.
What do you think about the German drama? Do you buy any of the conspiracy theories? Let us know down below.