He’s been documenting his efforts to get to the Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of Germany since last June, posting a series of videos on TikTok and Instagram under the banner, “How to make ein Musikvideo.” And today NDR made it clear all that effort wasn’t done in vain. It’s confirmed that Jendrik Sigwart will sing for Germany at Eurovision 2021 in Rotterdam.
But the 26-year-old wasn’t chosen simply because he’s amusing on social media. The Hamburg-born singer overcame some serious competition, winning over two independent juries in Germany’s multi-stage selection process. You’ll have to wait a bit longer for his song title and music video. The song premieres on February 25 at 17:50 and 19:56 p.m. on ARD’s public television channel Das Erste.
Jendrik Sigwart will sing for Germany at Eurovision 2021
Speaking to NDR, Jendrik couldn’t hold back his enthusiasm, as he seems to have typed his thoughts out in all caps.
“I am really looking forward to performing for Germany at the ESC,” he says. “OKAY – I JUST CAN’T STAY SERIOUS ABOUT THIS. HEY, EVERYONE, I AM REALLY GOING TO THE ESC. THIS IS A DREAM COME TRUE! Holla, die Waldfee.” (Apparently that’s slang for very excited).
He’s also rather amused that this is really happening. Shortly after the announcement, he shared a snap from the music video which shows him sitting on a sofa surrounded by his supporting cast. He captioned it: “lol this is going to be watched by more people than expected.”
As you can tell, he likes to keep it real, as Germany’s Head of Delegation Alexandra Wolfslast confirmed. “Jendrik is totally authentic, has fantastic charisma and incredible entertainment qualities,” she says. “It was not surprising that he convinced the ESC juries. We are very happy that he will be representing Germany.”
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Who is Jendrik Sigwart?
The second of four children, Jendrik learned to play piano and violin as a kid. After high school he enrolled in the Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences where he studied musical theatre and appeared in shows like “Hairspray”, “La Cage aux Folles” and “Berlin, Berlin”. Throughout his time there he wrote songs on his favourite instrument — the ukelele.
Naturally his love of performance had to be put on hold after coronavirus hit, shutting theatres and other performance spaces. So instead of taking to the stage, this bleach blonde wonder set about producing his Eurovision song and making the music video — an elaborate and amusing process he documented on social media.
As you can tell in the IGTV post above, the video is going to be colourful and over-the-top with a quirky do-it-yourself vibe. Among other things, Jendrik sourced and purchased 18 old washing machines to create a laundromat set. There are also a dozen gorgeous cakes, some of which are smashed and others which are placed into said washing machines. Talk about clean eating! He’s also seen scrubbing toilets, perhaps paving the way for some scatological humour, and unboxing packages of the bright powder used during Holi, the Festival of Colours. Get ready for an explosion, y’all! There is also a woman dressed as The Middle Finger, because why not?
German web site ESC-Kompakt, which has its ears on the ground in Deutschland, suggests the song will be a cross between Stefan Raab and Daði Freyr — so mixing German humour with geek-chic appeal.
As you’ll recall, the German selection process is very German. Once again NDR placed the selection of the entry in the hands of experts. Two independent juries determined who would sing in Rotterdam: a “Eurovision Jury” composed of 100 people from all over the country (who are thought to have predictive power based on their musical tastes) and an international jury of experts that includes 20 music professionals. In a multi-stage process, these two juries have evaluated both the artists and the songs.
What do you think of Jendrik’s video tease? Does this inspire confidence in what he’ll bring? Do you hope the song will go heavy on the ukulele? Let us know in the comments box below!
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