potential returns for Unser-Song-für-Turin

The news has been out for a couple of weeks now: Germany will return to a national final to select its entry for the Eurovision 2022. This means that the two years of decisions behind closed doors is at an end and the public will have a say once again.

Details like the title of the show and date are yet to be announced, but the race is on: any interested artist had to get their application in by 30 November last.

Throughout the years, Germany’s national final has showcased the diverse talent in the country’s music scene. The show, usually called Unser Lied for *insert host city/country here*, has seen various rule changes, voting formats and numbers of participants.

In celebration of the comeback of the national final, we present six artists that should consider a comeback to the show. While none of them won, they all left a memorable mark.

Note: These picks are based on the author’s personal opinion. We don’t have any insider knowledge about who did or did not apply for the German selection.

 

Our wish list for Germany’s Eurovision 2022 selection

1. LaBrassBanda (2013)

The victory of Cascada in 2013, one of the most successful German music exports, was almost shockingly stopped by this Bavarian band. Founded in 2007, LaBrassBanda mix together traditional brass instruments with modern sounds. Fun lyrics all sung in a strong Bavarian dialect are the cherry on top.

What may seem lika a successful formula only limited to south Germany, prooved to be a serious threat for the competitors in the national final. In the radio vote, all nine stations awarded them 12 points, even the northern areas around Hamburg. Together with second place in the televote, things seemed promising but the tenth jury place destroyed all their hopes. However, with the comeback of the radio vote in 2022, LaBrassBanda could do it once again. They have been busy recently, publishing multiple albums, the latest in April 2021 called Yoga Symphony No. 1.

2. Lilly Among Clouds (2019)

The last German final in 2019 saw the victory of S!sters with Lilly Among Clouds finishing third. That year’s show was supposed to only have six acts, but S!sters were later added as a seventh act. Lilly Among Clouds was the only act to come close to winning duo in the televote with a difference of roughly 10,000 votes between the two. With her unique style in music and a great visual presentation of her song, she is remembered by many fans to this day. There has not been much news about her recently, so this could be the perfect opportunity for Lilly to come back into the spotlight. Especially since the German broadcaster emphasises a “total package” of artist and song, which would suit a singer-songwriter like her.

3. Laing (2015)

If you are looking for a creative, off the beaten track style of performance with clever puns you definitely need to check out Laing. The Berlin-based group describe their unique style as electric lady sound. They rose to fame in 2012, when their cover of a 1960’s song was used in nationwide advertisements. At the 2015 national final, they undoubtedly had the most memorable staging, giving a Peloton class to “Zeig Deine Muskeln” and playing with lights in “Wechselt Die Beleuchtung”. Since then, they had some line-up changes and released their latest album in 2018. The band confirmed reports that the broadcaster has asked them to return before, so another invite would not be surprising. Furthermore, they performed at the countdown to the Eurovision 2019 on Hamburg’s Reeperbahn. It is safe to say that they did not lose their very own visual style, just watch their music video for “Camera”. 

4. Ivy Quainoo (2018)

Throughout the years of Unser Lied, many artists had a connection to The Voice. It was therefore only a matter of time until the very first winner of the German edition would compete on the show. Ivy Quainoo won The Voice in 2012 — Michael Schulte competed in the same season. She went on to compete in the national final in 2018. Fourth place was probably not the position she wanted to finish in, but the winner – again Michael Schulte – was unchallengeable, receiving the highest points from the jury, the Eurovision panel and the televote. The talent of Ivy Quainoo is beyond question but the song failed to transmit that quality in the competition. She was part of the German Eurovision jury in 2021.

5. Santiano (2014)

Arguably the biggest name on this list, Santiano would be a contrasting option to LaBrassBanda. Originated in the most northern part of Germany, Santiano focuses on mostly German sung sea shanties and folk songs that make you feel as you were with them on a ship steering through the grim oceans. They are among the most successful artists lately, with all their six albums charting at number one in Germany, the latest back in the autumn. Knowing how to jump on a trend, they released a very own featured edition of the viral “Wellerman” song together with Nathan Evans. So they must be aware of the success of Måneskin following Eurovision. And their participation in 2014 indicates at least a certain degree of interest. The group’s wave of success may exactly be what Germany needs after yet another disappointing result at Eurovision.   

6. Alexa Feser (2015)

Alexa Feser was one of four acts to qualify for the second round in the 2015 national final, eventually sharing third place with Laing. Her entry “Glück” remains her most successful entry in the German charts to this day, but a lot of projects kept her busy since. Compared to her entry in 2015, her style has shifted towards a more Spotify-friendly tone, with featured tracks by well-known rappers. “Air Max” is her most recent single released in October. A return could be pretty handy for her as her new album Liebe 404 drops in February. A subsequent tour will see her perform all around Germany in April with no scheduled concerts for May. 

Which act would you like to see returning to the show? Which artists should make their debut this year? Tell us in the comments below.

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Alex
Alex
8 months ago

Eskimo Callboy for Eurovision 2022! #EC4ESC

Jürgen
Jürgen
8 months ago

“In the radio vote, all nine stations awarded them [LaBrassBanda] 12 points, even the northern areas around Hamburg.” Sigh… Can we, like, finally stop spreading this half-truth? You only needed ONE single e-mail-address, in order to vote at ALL NINE radio stations. It wasn’t northern people from Hamburg awarding 12p to LaBrassBanda. It was some funny internet trolls who created hundreds of e-mail-addresses, in order to vote at all nine stations for LaBrassBanda. The way the radiovoting worked was NOT separated by location. The radiovoting was ridiculous and manipulable af. LaBrassBanda’s victory did NOT get destroyed by the juries. Cascada… Read more »

Lisa
Lisa
8 months ago

Germany has such a big medieval /folk/rock community! We definitely should give Santiano, Faun, Oonagh or even harder bands like Feuerschwanz a go!

brunowskii
brunowskii
8 months ago

Aly Ryannnnnn bitteeeeeeee

LucaKuni
LucaKuni
8 months ago

The list of participants was leaked a few days ago because Eurovision DE posted something early on Twitter. There was IZZA (we know her as Levina from 2017) among the participants.

Axt
Axt
8 months ago
Reply to  LucaKuni

Is there any reliable proof? Personally, I’d love to see her back at Eurovision (with one of her own songs this time around), but it seems unlikely.

ARoseOnThePiano
ARoseOnThePiano
8 months ago

Add Gregorian, Avantasia, and Unheilig to the list!!!

lisa thompson
lisa thompson
8 months ago

Definately Avantasia (should have won over awful song that won.

Zsófi
Zsófi
8 months ago

Avantasia on Eurovision stage…
We could have had it all in 2016.

Jofty
Jofty
8 months ago

Mary Roos, Ireen Scheer or Silver Convention. Or the latest incarnation of Wind.

Last edited 8 months ago by Jofty
Denis
Denis
8 months ago
Reply to  Jofty

Gee, no one who has been relevant of this side of the decade?

Liam Lindsay
8 months ago

I would include Cascada in the mix too, I know she went to malmo in 2013 but, they were done so dirty and need a re do desperately.

Glazed Alex
Glazed Alex
8 months ago
Reply to  Liam Lindsay

Agreed! Cascada deserves a second chance, Glorious was one of the top 10 favorites. I think all the negative energy worked on her unfortunately, people were calling her fat etc., even after the Euphoria producers gave the song a pass, people were still hating. (and the negative media didn’t help) It was a whole mess, I can imagine how she felt personally. Glorious is a bop and still sounds amazing today!

Mellie
Mellie
8 months ago

I love how Lilly still regularly emerges in the fandom, agree she was/is brilliant but she won’t return though

ete sech
ete sech
8 months ago
Reply to  Mellie

Why though?

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
8 months ago

Talking about german artists i’d like to see compete in their nf:
Kraftklub, probably too succesfull but their songs are so good with powerful catchy lyrics and they have this great combo of indie rock and rap.
LEA: german singer songwriter. A very good one at that.
If we go more the german schlager route Maite Kelly is a guilty pleasure of mine but I think germans would rather die than send that.

EuroNerd
EuroNerd
8 months ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

omg yes kraftklub would be amazing!

Paul
Paul
8 months ago

There was an act a few years ago called Keøma! No one else really cared but I would love to see them again

Whisker
Whisker
8 months ago

Germany coming second to last in 2019 was pleasantly karmatic.

Yes to Lilly Among Clounds and Ivy Quainoo!

FERNANDO CIGALA
FERNANDO CIGALA
8 months ago

ALY RYAN!

Sabrina
Sabrina
8 months ago

Lilly Among Clouds, please. “Surprise” was my favorite on that selection and keeps aging like fine wine.

Nikko
Nikko
8 months ago

IVY QUAINOO!!!

Lollipopmonster
Lollipopmonster
8 months ago

Santiano – okay, they make really good and catchy music. Ivy Quainoo is a natural gift for Germany but I think she is more now into Jazz. LaBrazzBanda – sorry, only people in Bavaria understand what they sing.
I would send good and modern acts like Zoe Wees, Purple Disco Machine or Kim Petras. If you want something “special”, I would send Faun or I would ask the swiss progressive/folk metal band Cellar Darling if they want to represent Germany. I know that Eskimo Callboy is in the running – but how good would “partycore” work in the ESC?

Where I Belong
Where I Belong
8 months ago

I cannot remember any candidate who returned to the German final in the last years except Lena.
So I think it is not a real option for artists in Germany .

Harry
Harry
8 months ago

Aly Ryan!!!

Last edited 8 months ago by Harry
Kat
Kat
8 months ago

Santiano and Faun were my two biggest heartbreaks of their respective NF seasons, so either one would thrill me! I think the success of Go-A (and of Rasmussen a few years earlier) shows that there’s definitely a big market for stuff like this – I think these sort of songs always make a big impression on viewers, even if they don’t really nail the Jury. Besides, I’ve always felt like the Big 5 has no excuse NOT to send riskier songs :p !

Euroboitoy
Euroboitoy
8 months ago

Would love to see either Avantasia or Unheilig return as both were the best in their competing years although Santiano were amazing too.

Pancake
Pancake
8 months ago

I would love to have Lily among clouds back, she was robbed of the victory back in 2019.

Denis
Denis
8 months ago

Forget all that, I want Texas Ligthning back. “No No Never” is still played on German radio frequently and the song is still pure country joy!

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
8 months ago
Reply to  Denis

pls that tacky mess would come last in 2022

Denis
Denis
8 months ago

Seeing how Keeino won televoting with a equally tacky song I am not sure. And just because something is tacky doesn’t mean it is not good. ESC has always been tacky and high camp

Addie
Addie
8 months ago
Reply to  Denis

Yes, it would be awesome if they returned, probably with another country song. I love No No Never, it’s just so adorable!

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
8 months ago
Reply to  Denis

Thats like in my top 5 favorite eurovision songs of all time. I’d be down for that.

Last edited 8 months ago by Frisian esc
Laurin
Laurin
8 months ago

Great artists in this lineup! Any of those would be good but if I had to pick the one, I’d feel most confident with, I’d say Lilly. Her style is something that’s not often seen on the Eurovision stage. It would stand out and still sounds interesting enough for the juries and televote. With her on board I can see a great result for us Germans again. Maybe even the victory if her song is even better than Surprise. And maybe she’s back!! I always said that I want her so badly and I still do. Regarding Ivy: She could… Read more »

meri
meri
8 months ago

OMG, I HOPE Eskimo Callboy will take part!! And may they KEEP THEIR NAME!!

euromeuro
euromeuro
8 months ago

If you follow the current news we can assume that Eskimo Callboy will compete for Germany with “Pump it”. The band is currently looking for a new name and consciously distances itself from the statements and lyrics of past years. In addition, the band got an extreme hype from the Eurovision application. I think the lyrics will be changed a bit and made family friendly.

Zisk
Zisk
8 months ago
Reply to  euromeuro

They still have to win the National Final though. You absolutely can’t just assume the fan favourite will win. Look at … well, any German final.

Ellie
Ellie
8 months ago
Reply to  euromeuro

Though I suspect this has less to do with a sincere change of heart than realizing their Eurovision journey was going to end before it even began, it’s good that they’re doing this. It was well past time. I still have no desire to see them anywhere near this contest, but if they’re finally motivated to change their name, they must believe they have a good chance of making it.

euromeuro
euromeuro
8 months ago
Reply to  Ellie

With this band, Germany would have a real chance to land in the top 10 again. All the well-known and successful artists in Germany have no desire to take part Eurovision. It’s similar to the UK. Eskimo Callboy would probably not win. But a top 10 place would be realistic. Otherwise it’ll be another embarrassing garbage song because nobody takes the competition seriously.