German Eurovision 2023 hopefully Frida Gold has withdrawn from national final Unser Lied für Liverpool mere hours before the show begins.
Frida Gold, one of the biggest names in the show, has withdrawn from the competition due to illness. Yesterday, they weren’t able to rehearse at all because singer Alina felt sick. Unfortunately, the situation wasn’t getting better.
In a statement released this morning, Frida Gold explain why they had to make the decision of not taking part in the German Eurovision selection anymore:
“On the second day of rehearsals [the first day of open rehearsals], it was clear to everyone involved that Alina Süggeler was very ill and suffering from a fever. It had to be reduced to two runs, during which she could only sing sporadically. After that she went straight home hoping that rest and medication would stabilize her for the next day.
Unfortunately, the opposite was the case, in addition to fever, chills and acute sore throat, she had also completely lost her voice. The immediate visit to the doctor meant that he had to write her off sick for a week and ordered her absolute bed rest.”
They added: “Any short-term medical measures had not led to any acute improvement to enable a performance. After weeks of work and preparation, this is a shock and an immense disappointment for Alina and everyone involved.
It was Frida Gold’s idea and desire to present the message of the song “Alle Frauen in mir sind müde” in front of a large audience, because it is important to them.
The possibility of singing it in Liverpool as a German contribution was also a great motivation.”
The duo thanked their fans for the support. Before they made this difficult decision, they thought about using their rehearsal clip for the jury voting. Back then, Alina already struggled to sing, so those clips weren’t useable. So instead of taking part in any different way, Frida Gold has pulled out of the competition.
There will not be a replacement for Frida Gold tonight. Instead, only eight acts will compete and try to win the German Eurovision ticket for Liverpool. The eight juries will each award 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, 3, 2 and 1 point to the contestants. To avoid a similar situation than what happened to Loreen’s performance in Sweden last week, the organizers told us they acquired even more security guards than usual. They will be present during the show, to make sure no performance can get interrupted.
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