On 25 February, German broadcaster NDR revealed Jendrik Sigwart’s Eurovision 2021 music video for “I Don’t Feel Hate”. And since then the ukulele-playing, face-twisting, toe-tapping star has only turned the volume up and boosted his energy to match.
During his first solo television performance, Jendrik unleashed fancy footwork and plenty of charisma on Schlagerchampions 2021. Dressed in a sparkly rainbow jacket and armed with a just as sparkly ukulele, the 26-year-old Hamburger delivered a quirky performance that had us smiling from ear-to-ear.
Earlier, the German delegation revealed that Jendrik will work with Marijanas Staniulėnas, The Roop‘s dancer and choreographer, on his Eurovision act to create a performance that is just as energetic as the one seen on Schlagerchampions.
Jendrik’s “unbelievable road to Eurovision”
Alongside the music video for his song, the German broadcaster debuted a 30-minute documentary called Jendrik – The Unbelievable Road to Eurovision. The documentary deals with the singer’s unexpected win in the German internal selection.
In the documentary, Thomas Schreiber — NDR’s Head of Entertainment — reveals that Jendrik secured the Eurovision gig in a way he’s never seen before. When a friend advised Jendrik to document his crazy music video idea on TikTok, he quickly went viral. In his TikTok and Instagram posts, the 26-year-old documented his idea of shooting a no budget music video for Eurovision. This included the help of his family and friends — and eighteen broken washing machines.
The humorous videos caught the attention of a casting agent at NDR, who then requested that Jendrik send the song and the video to the Eurovision selection. Round after round, Jendrik progressed with ease — shocking himself more than anyone.
In November 2020, the singer-songwriter was called to Cologne as one of the final seven entrants. With his background in musical education, Jendrik was a clear stand-out on stage during a live test.
In the documentary, Thomas praises his new charge.
“He can move, he can dance, he can step dance. He can do something craftsmanly, and that craftsmanship is the foundation for all the other things.”
On his way to the song reveal on 25 February, Jendrik spoke of the moment when he got inspiration for the song. He recounted it in rather emotional terms.
“It was a moment, in which I again… I am a funny guy, I was again treated stupidly [by someone]. Not taken seriously, degraded. And I thought: ‘I find this person who wants to degrade me sh*t’. But I said to myself: ‘Jendrik, a moment… It just makes you have a bad mood’. And therefore, I said: ‘You know what? I am not feeling any hate or resentment now’. Instead, I tried to stand above it. I found it a cool message, and I had a great melody and from that, I made this song.”
What do you think of Jendrik’s performance at Schlagerchampions? What are you expecting to see for the staging of “I Don’t Feel Hate”? Let us know in the comments below!