Germany’s aspiring Eurovision 2023 singers only had about three weeks to apply. And now NDR/ARD have closed the submission window for Unser Lied für Liverpool. TikTok is full of entries and we’ve had a quick trawl and listen. 

This is only a summary of applications via TikTok, so does NOT include every interested act or submitted entry. That’s because German broadcasters NDR/ARD also allowed acts to apply via their official online platform and by contacting them and specific record companies directly. Various TikTok videos tagged with #UnserLiedFürLiverpool are public, of course, and that’s why we can listen to some of the most promising applications now.

Germany: TikTok applications revealed as Unser Lied submissions close

She is probably the most popular singer in the game so far. Leslie Clio served as a German juror at Eurovision in 2015, and she also had a huge hit with “I couldn’t care less,” which you can still hear on the radio. A few weeks ago, she took part in The Masked Singer Germany. Now Leslie shows how enthusiastic she is about Eurovision. Not only is she really thinking about what’s right for the contest, but she’s also listening to her fans’ critiques on TikTok. She even showed what her performance could look like in her clip for the entry “Almost be alone.” She applied for the German selection by uploading not one, but THREE songs on TikTok which can all be seen in the clip below.

@leslieclio Mit welchem Song sollte ich Deutschland beim ESC vertreten? #unserliedfürliverpool #unsersongfürliverpool #eurovision #leslieclio ♬ original sound – LESLIE CLIO

You can really feel the influence of Electric Callboy within the TikTok selection. The band who famously was NOT chosen by NDR for this year’s Eurovision selection likes to mix techno/electronic with metal sounds. You can find a similar style from From Fall to Spring. The band’s inspiration are legends like Linkin Park and you can definitely hear it in their sound, where they combine rap and nu-metal. From Fall to spring applied via Tik Tok (and maybe also via the NDR platform) with their song “Draw the line”.

An early fan favorite is singer Patty Gurdy. She mixes Celtic Folk elements with modern pop sounds. Patty, whose real name is Patricia Bühler, has already gained popularity thanks to other musicians, including famous German band Subway to Sally. They have promoted her on their social media. It would clearly be a new flavour for Germany at Eurovision if they send a song like Petty’s “Melodies of hope”.

@pattygurdy Celtic Folk Pop für #Eurovision ☘️ Teilt und liket „Melodies of Hope“ #unserliedfürliverpool #Germany #Folk #hurdygurdy #ESC #Deutschland #pattygurdy ♬ Melodies of Hope by Patty Gurdy – Patty Gurdy


Better late than never: That’s the motto of singer Saint Linh. She only applied on Sunday with her song “Lonely”. On TikTok she’s very popular and has almost hit 1 million followers. She likes to speak about relationships and problems between men and women. We hear you, babe.

@saintlinh Ich bin so spät dran I know, but better late than never! @eurovision_de #unserliedfürliverpool #eurovision #esc ♬ original sound – Saint Linh

Her voice reminds us of Ariana Grande and her style seems to be very current and popular.

A band that definitely gained a lot of new fans and attention only by speaking about their desire to represent Germany is Lonely Spring. They made a TikTok saying their manager will only allow them to participate if their video gets more than 10,000 likes. As I write this, that specific video has already reached more than 33,000 likes so the band have officially applied. Their song “Misfit” doesn’t only speak to those who like punk rock in general, because it’s actually also very melodic. Will NDR ignore a rock/punk act again or will they be part of the final selection for 2023?

 

@lonelyspring Es wär so witzig, wer würde es feiern den Song dort zu hören? 🤝😂 #unserliedfürliverpool #fypシ #esc ♬ Misfit – Lonely Spring

 

But this wouldn’t be a German selection (wildcard round) without former The Voice Of Germany acts. Singer POLA wants to go to Liverpool. He sang in The Voice together with Duncan Laurence and isn’t actually sure about which song he wants to sing in the German selection yet. He uploaded different songs but one of them is “OKAY”.

Another promising act could be singer Mitchy Katawski. He wants to compete with a good vibes only-song. He will perform together with his brother… if he gets the chance to do so. He officially applied via TikTok and explains that singer/songwriter Nash Overstreet composed his song. Nash previously worked with artists like Britney Spears, Timbaland and Meghan Trainor.

@mitchykatawazi ESC 2023 😜✌🏽#UnserLiedFürLiverpool ♬ Originalton – Mitchy Katawazi

Only a few minutes before the official deadline, singer Thomas Godoj applied. He is known for winning the fifth season of German Idol back in 2008. Viewers loved his raw vocals and he is still doing music. His entry for Unser Lied für Liverpool is called “Tabula Rasa.”

Planschemalöör are also back! The band, who were already interested in competing last year, have applied again. Their song “30.000 Meilen” is about having your 30th birthday and becoming wiser and better the older you get. The entry is completely in German but you can definitely feel their energy no matter if you get the lyrics or not. Planschemalör are known for their joy on stage.

@planschemaloor Hier die kurze Version für unseren ESC Beitrag. @Planschemalöör siehe für lange version #unserliedfürliverpool #esc #mars ♬ Originalton – Planschemalöör

Yusuf & Yasin bring a very popular genre. Their entry “Wach” (Awake) includes German lyrics with hip hop influences. German rap is loved by many at the moment and even dominated the national charts for a very long time. The mainstream German rap includes a lot of auto-tune and a destinctive 80s-sound which is exactly the style of Yusuf & Yasin. It would be interesting to see how it works live.

This summer you could hear the song “Layla” by DJ Robin & Schürze EVERYWHERE in Germany. Although there were talks about boycotting the song since its lyrics are allegedly disrespectful to women, it became No. 1 on German Charts. “Layla” even made headlines on newspapers and was a topic on serious talk shows. The man behind this success is Ikke Hüftgold. He produced the song together with his production company and of course he is no stranger to Germans. He’s a popular party singer whose songs are loved for example at Oktoberfest since years. Ikke already applied last year and is now back with “Lied mit gutem Text”. In the song he ironically sings “we finally need a song without drinking, we finally need a song without sex, we finally need a song without drugs.”

@ikkehueftgold Ikke zieht durch! Wer zieht mit? #unserliedfürliverpool #esc #eurovisionsongcontest #eurovision2023 #ikkehüftgold ♬ Originalton – Ikke Hüftgold



Very popular on TikTok is also singer JONA with his entry “10/10”. Although his first TikTok application included his song in German, meanwhile it’s also available in English. His song combines HipHop beats with a message for all women in the world. He tells them, they are all beautiful and should believe in themselves. Even last years Eurovision winners Kalush Orchestra showed JONA their love and told him they are supporting him.

@itsmejonaselle Fühlst du? 🖤 #UnserLiedFürLiverpool #sieisteine10 #esc2023 #fypシ ♬ 10/10 – JONA

And – last but not least – also Vita & Katha Rosa applied. But don’t expect a Sister 2.0. Their song “Drache” includes German rap and speaks about the end of a relationship. The girls asked their followers if they should apply and they supported them right from the start. Now they hope to get selected via TikTok.

There are also many other applications – most of them applied last minute – that caught our attention. A lot of current, fresh songs like those of female rapper and singer Paula Douglas, duo VENUES, Ilian with his song “Titanic”, Gialu & Hasan – a seld called duo of a non-binary singer and a straight guy of Turkish originWill Church, BIRDY-inspired, mysterious Marie Celestine and The Voice Kids-singer Luca Wolf makes it already now a very diverse mix. Everyone who applied on TikTok for the ‘wildcard spot’ was also allowed to apply officially, so there’s a huge chance we’ll see many of those acts in the actual show.

NDR/ARD state that they will proove all the applications on TikTok, to only judge those who are eligible to compete. After that they want to find the most promising entries and create a shortlist, which will be judged by the public and online users in January. Only one ‘wildcard’ to be decided by the Tik Tok method. There will be between 8 and 10 songs in the German final 2023.

As Stefan Linder, part of the NDR-Eurovision team  recently told fans at a Fanclub meeting in Cologne that the whole committee really wants to change something. Stefan himself worked on HR, another TV Chanel in Germany before, that’s why he brings a new perspective to NDR. He said he loves Eurovision since forever and actually proved his knowledge at the Fanclub meeting. He also revealed that Unser Lied für Liverpool will take Place in Berlin, Munich, Hamburg or Leipzig. The German national final for Eurovision 2023 will take place in early March.

What do you think about the German process for Eurovision 2023 so far? Are there any stand-out acts? Let us know in the comments below.

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Samira
Samira
1 month ago

Ooh this is gonna go south isn’t it?

Harry
Harry
1 month ago

Thomas is the best!

brunowskii
brunowskii
1 month ago

Glasperlenspiel

cilla
cilla
1 month ago

check out Rita— ICONIC she cane 2nd on The Voice Kids. something a bit different.. https://www.tiktok.com/t/ZTR4YajhB/

Benito Camelo
Benito Camelo
1 month ago

Who thought that outsourcing participants from TikTok was a good idea?

lasse braun
lasse braun
1 month ago

german enya is lovely but till now no complete song – same with the german “fat version of meinskin” (his own words).

FatherTed
FatherTed
1 month ago

I guess anyone can enter these days. I should write a song about my horse….

Colin
Colin
2 months ago

I like Melodies of Hope! It perhaps needs a bit of an additional oomph in the third minute, but the instrumentation is quite sweet, and Patty has charisma. Preliminary, I hope that it qualifies to the selection.

Max
Max
2 months ago

She was part of the preselection line-up in 2006:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3y5LJvrsXMA

Dida
Dida
2 months ago

Other gimmick acts, great…..

Vamoss
Vamoss
2 months ago

I am confident this can end up as a total disaster, Germany has a talent in coming bottom 5 consistently

microfibertowel
microfibertowel
2 months ago
Reply to  Vamoss

and even if they do get something good, I’m sure they will somehow find a way to flop

Roro31
Roro31
2 months ago

OMG !!! Patty Gurdy its veryyyyyy good !! Germany, its your chance… This is celtic and folk music !! I very love it !

Jamie
Jamie
2 months ago

I like the Celtic Folk girl. Probably the only hope for Germany, fresh to the ear. Everything is beyond generic, 0 points vibes as usual – I don’t even need to hear their songs to predict this.

Tobi
Tobi
2 months ago

You missed Cologne as a potential host city while Hamburg is not in the run (according to esckompakt)

microfibertowel
microfibertowel
2 months ago

It shows they are trying, but I still doubt Germany will get past the right side.

Kat
Kat
2 months ago

I’ve been a fan of Patty Gurdy for a while now onYouutube – seeing this article made me do a double take!! I like the sound of her song a lot (and I love me a hurdy gurdy more than words can say) so I’d be thrilled beyond measure to have her in Eurovision!!

Laurine
Laurine
2 months ago

I hope we send something different compared to those generic pop songs from the last years
Something like Melodies Of Hope or Misfit od the song by From Fall To Spring could be really good acts in Liverpool.
We all know it’s all about the staging and live performance, but these 3 definitely don’t sound like 0 points.
So we see, Germany COULD do well in Eurovision 2023 and I really hope so.
I am optimistic and compared to other years we even have good reasons to be optimistic.
So manifesting a good result for us

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
2 months ago

Maybe, but it would be a nice surprise if Germany actually sent something that would score higher than 25th Place for once. I know everybody is writing off Germany at this point before the Eurovision season has even started, but every year is a fresh start. I’ll give Germany a grace period until the songs are out.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
2 months ago

I actually stumbled upon Patty Gurdy Well I was scrolling through YouTube and I had a chance to listen to her song melodies of hope. It’s got some potential there. I don’t think It will win the contest, but I think it will definitely be something different for Germany. Good luck to her

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago

I’d like to see her represent Greece, which she couldn’t do at the time she won because they were not in the contest. This year would have been good, fifty years after her win. She sang her winner with Helena Paparizou at the 2013 Greek final, more of that please if ERT does have another one next year.

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

I’ve changed my mind. What I want is Luxembourg to come back, with Vicky leading the charge.

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

He showed up in Torino with Poli Genova, so you never know.

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

I don’t know why, they were just in the audience with everybody else, not backstage. Maybe they just wanted to see the show, or maybe they were planning something for 2023. Not a good look for Poli either way.

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

Poli put it up on instagram in May. I’m sure it’s still there if you go back far enough.

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

Charlotte Perrelli and Alexander Rybak came back nine years after their win, maybe Conchita will do the same.

Ralf0711
Ralf0711
2 months ago

Ikke Hüftgold would be the absolute horror. So many people in germany hate this kind of music. It would be another entry without support from home. Thomas Godoj, could be interesting. Would be great to have an entry in german language.

Joe
Joe
2 months ago

Didn’t you say that about Spain last year too?