“Oh my god, that’s good”, enthused Nico Santos as he and the rest of The Voice of Germany panel turned their chairs for Eurovision 2015 singer Ann Sophie during the latest round of blind auditions. She blew them all away with her soulful rendition of the jazz classic “Summertime”.
Talking to the coaches afterwards, the “Black Smoke” songstress admitted that it took a lot of courage for her to venture back into the limelight after her nil points defeat in Vienna six years ago.
Ann Sophie on The Voice of Germany | Blind Audition
Watching the blind audition, it’s clear that Ann Sophie has the quartet of music experts in the palm of her hand from the off. Santos and Sarah Connor turn their chairs almost as soon as she begins to sing. And Mark Forster and Johannes Oerding quickly follow suit. The studio audience is also impressed, and Ann Sophie struggles to hold back her emotions as they cheer and applaud. Connor comforts her, saying that it’s perfectly ok to let a few tears roll down.
Before disecting her performance, Forster and Oerding reveal that they remember Ann Sophie from Eurovision. “It took me a lot of courage to come here today,” she responds. She explains that going home with nil points haunted her for a long-time. Now 30, Ann Sophie says that it took years for her to go back into television. She was disappointed in herself and was unsure if she should continue doing music.
Nico assures her that coming to The Voice was “exactly the right move”. Sarah looks on the bright side, telling the singer that the negative experience has helped her as a singer — “You need a few spikes and a few scars in your biography. You can hear that in one voice”. In the end, Ann Sophie opts to join Connor’s team.
Ann Sophie discussed Eurovision a little more away from the judges. “I’ve been thinking for a long time whether I dare to take part. For me, The Voice is the step to show me again and give me a second chance… After [nil points at Eurovision], it’s just a stop. I thought that was it. Who wants to play a musical with a loser?”
Ann Sophie at Eurovision 2015
Ann Sophie was always the outsider to represent Germany at Eurovision 2015. Going into the Unser Song für Österreich she was the only one of eight acts who had to qualify through the wildcard round. However, through a convoluted process that saw each act perform two potential songs for Eurovision, Ann Sophie found herself in the superfinal with Andreas Kümmert. Despite getting almost 80% of the final vote, Kümmert sensationally withdrew the moment his victory was announced and Ann Sophie became the new winner by default. She went to Eurovision with “Black Smoke”.
However, she wasn’t to sneak victory a second time. Germany finished last with nil points. The blow was perhaps softened slightly by the fact that hosts Austria also failed to pick up any points.
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