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After taking a hiatus in 2022, Germany is back in Junior Eurovision once again, with FIA set to feature her inspirational, modern pop song “Ohne Worte” at the contest in Nice, on November 26th.

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Germany in Junior Eurovision 2023: FIA with “Ohne Worte”

Fia Lin is an 11-year-old singer born in Shanghai to a Chinese father and a German mother. The family moved to Berlin, Germany, after the birth of her younger sister Emilia.

She earned notoriety after appearing on the 11th edition of The Voice Kids in Germany, singing Jessie J’s “Flashlight” for her audition, which had all four coaches turning their chairs. FIA eventually progressed all the way to the finals as part of the team led by Eurovision 2010 winner Lena.

FIA was chosen to represent Germany at Junior Eurovision 2023 after winning a national final featuring four other competitors. She placed first in both the public vote and with the international jury.

What do the “Ohne Worte” lyrics mean?

“Ohne Worte” (English: Without Words) is a modern, German pop song that details a personal story and turns it into a statement: Words are not always needed for people to understand each other.

FIA’s sister, Emilia, was born with a genetic defect that left her deaf and unable to speak. The young singer highlights this throughout her song and Emilia also appears in the music video.

FIA becomes the first-ever Junior Eurovision participant to feature any sort of sign language in their entry.

“Ohne Worte” lyrics – FIA (Germany JESC 2023)

Music and lyrics by: David Jürgens, Martin Fliegenschmidt, Sascha Seelemann

German text

Am Ende war’s am Anfang nur ein Ton
Nur ein Augenblickkontakt
Der durch jede Tür und alle Wände bricht
Und uns sofort, sofort verbunden hat

Wir waren uns so nah und doch so fremd
Haben gehofft, dass es passiert
Zwei im Dunkeln, die sich sehen für einen Moment
Ein Moment, der für immer leuchten wird

Ohne Worte
Haben wir uns sofort verstanden
Ohne Worte war,
Wie wir zueinander fanden
Ohne Worte
Wie zwei Seelenverwandte
Ohne Worte ohne Worte ohne

Lass sie alle reden, wie sie wollen
Unsere Liebe ist, was zählt
Du bist meine Superkraft, ich geb dir Halt
Such ich ein Licht, dann strahlt dein Herz so hell

Wir gehn unsern Weg, egal was kommt
Hand in Hand, trennt uns nichts auf dieser Welt

Ohne Worte
Haben wir uns sofort verstanden
Ohne Worte war,
Wie wir zueinander fanden
Ohne Worte
Wie zwei Seelenverwandte
Ohne Worte ohne Worte ohne

Ohne Worte ohne Worte

Am Ende war’s am Anfang nur ein Ton
Nur ein Augenblickkontakt

Ohne Worte
Haben wir uns sofort verstanden
Ohne Worte war,
Wie wir zueinander fanden
Ohne Worte
Wie zwei Seelenverwandte
Ohne Worte ohne Worte ohne

Ohne Worte
Ohne Worte
Ohne Worte
Sans paroles
Ohne Worte
Without words
Sin palabras
Ohne Worte

English translation

In the end it was only a sound in the beginning
Just a momentary contact
That breaks through every door and all walls
And connected us instantly, instantly

We were so close and yet so far apart
Hoping it would happen
Two in the dark seeing each other for a moment
A moment that will shine forever

Without words
We understood each other at once
Without words was
How we found each other
Without words
Like two kindred spirits
Without words without words without

Let them all talk as they will
Our love is what counts
You are my superpower, I give you support
When I look for a light, your heart shines so brightly

We’ll go our way, no matter what comes
Hand in hand, nothing in this world can separate us

Without words
We understood each other at once
Without words was
How we found each other
Without words
Like two kindred spirits
Without words without words without

Without words without words

In the end it was just a sound in the beginning
Just a momentary contact

Without words
We understood each other at once
Without words was
How we found each other
Without words
Like two kindred spirits
Without words without words without

Without words
Without words
Without words
Without words (in French)
Without words
Without words (in English)
Without words (in Spanish)
Without words

What do you think of “Ohne Worte”? Is FIA set to bring Germany a great result this time around? Let us know in the comments below.

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Ria van de Velde
Ria van de Velde
2 months ago

In the lyrics from Ohne Worte you wrote a part “Sans paroles”. This is wrong. They sing the Dutch words – Zonder woorden –

Max
Max
3 months ago

Lyrically, this is the best German JESC-entry by a mile, I would say. From a German-speaker’s perspective, the lyrics have some interesting metric twists which make some words sound like the stuck together or seem to belong to two different lines/sentences. I would suggest two small improvements to the translation above: „… ein Augenblickkontakt“ may as well be understood as „ein Augenblick (lang) Kontakt“ which is rather „a glimpse of contact“ than „momentary contact“. „Augenblick“ actually is a moment that just lasts a second or even only a millisecond. It’s the moment your eyes briefly land on something, for example… Read more »

Whisker
Whisker
3 months ago
Reply to  Max

Very excellent observations!
Also, the contrast between “without words” and “let them all talk as they will” is simply outstanding.

Vivian
Vivian
3 months ago

This entry is absolutely fantastic. I already did like Stronger With You and Imagine Us, but this song is entirely on a higher level. Both the context of the song and the use of sign language carry great weight, FIA delivers it well, and I really hope this does as well as it deserves. It’s my second place in this year’s edition, and that despite the strong competition! It’s one of the three 10/10’s I’d give this year. I cannot point out any single thing about this entry that I don’t like. All that’s left, is hoping for a strong… Read more »

Bejba
Bejba
3 months ago

Finaly Germany Sends A Really Great Song To The JESC . I Belief This Can Win And I Want It Too . Germany I Newer Rooted For Them Before So Its New Feeling

Jonas
Jonas
3 months ago

This has educational value, suitable for children’s programming. I like it.

An important and touching message that will resonate with many.

Whisker
Whisker
3 months ago

The lyrics’ message shines thru the video so I hope the staging will reflect the story it tells. Anyway, the main thing is that the artist and cast are gorgeous and talented.

clothespin
clothespin
3 months ago

My winner.
1-6 in the juries, 3-8 in the televote.
Probably a 3rd to 6th place overall.

clothespin
clothespin
3 months ago
Reply to  clothespin

maybe I’m being biased though

NoMoreEscAddicted
NoMoreEscAddicted
3 months ago
Reply to  clothespin

How!? You have totally the right to think what you want.
A top 3 for Germany would be awesome and it’s totally credible. And why not the victory if the stars are aligned.

Tino
Tino
3 months ago
Reply to  clothespin

I think you’re just right on your prediction. It’s a nice song and she for sure can sing. That plus de sign language, it could bring her a lot of points.
Based on the song it’s not a fan favorite but I think she could make an unexpected very good result.

NoMoreEscAddicted
NoMoreEscAddicted
3 months ago

Fia is so cute and sweet, NGL the BEST german result in Jesc is coming, good luck Fia and the german team.
They will bring one dancer with Fia on stage, Fia will dance too, they will dance together as if they were watching themselves in a mirror and they will have a little dancebreak too during the song isn’it cool? I feel Germany is more ready than ever to make shine Fia and it’s nice to see.

NoMoreEscAddicted
NoMoreEscAddicted
3 months ago

“isn’t it”

NoMoreEscAddicted
NoMoreEscAddicted
3 months ago

Oh and the jesc 2023 album with Fia and all the others is already out wordwilde on all platforms!

Ria van de Velde
Ria van de Velde
3 months ago

It ‘s a beautiful song. The video and the lyrics are amazing. This song is one of my favorites this year.