This year, the German Broadcaster has decided to go back to the Unser Song format of national final. Over the past few months, the broadcaster has been searching through over 2000 applicants who were nominated by national and internationally renowned producers. From all those applications, a total of 5 acts were chosen by the German broadcaster, and these 5 will fight it out to become Germany’s next Eurovision entrant.
Here are the five finalists:
Axel Maximilian Feige
Axel is 28 years of age, and he lives in Hamburg. He is currently a freelance musician, who as a child learnt to play instruments such as the bassoon, piano, guitar and also the bass. At the young age of 15, he started his first band, and now he is currently playing with the band Absolem Max and Diazpora, whose new album will be released mid-February.
Felicia Lu Kürbiß
Felicia is 21 years old and comes from Freilassing. She plays piano, and is a songwriter who takes her music in the direction of electro-pop. She took part in the final of Rising Star in 2014, and every week publishes videos to her YouTube channel.
Helene is 20 years old and originates from Hollingstedt. She is currently still studying, however has already had stage experience with the broadcaster NDR, as she has appeared on Travemünder Woche. She plays guitar and performs at concerts with her brother.
Isabella ‘Levina’ Lueen
Isabella is 25 years old, and lives in Berlin. At the moment, she is studying Music Management and the London College of Music. Her musical style is soul and pop, genres which she often writes songs in. Since the age of 9, she has had singing and piano lessons, and played in kids’ musicals until she was 16. She often plays gigs in bars with her band.
Wilhelm ‘Sadi’ Richter
Wilhelm is 19 years old and lives in Dortmund. He has studied composition at the Folkwang University of the Arts situated in Essen. He is a jazz musician and a multi-skilled instrumentalist, as he can play piano, bass and drums as well as sing. When he was 15, he was a part of a popular show presented by Sylvie Meis.
Now you’ve met all 5 participants, here’s more information about the show itself:
The national selection will take place on the 9th of February. The show, which will be three hours in duration will feature a jury consisting of three of Germany’s most popular musicians, Time Bendzko, Florian Silbereisen and Lena. Each judge will give their opinions on the act, however have no influence on the actual results as the vote for who will represent Germany is completely up to public, through televote and the official Eurovision app.
Each of the participants will perform songs that have been specially commissioned for Eurovision. The candidates were selected by NDR and the production company Raab TV, as well as music experts.
The show will take place in Cologne on the 9th of February at 20:15 CET, and will be hosted by Barbara Schöneberger. The tickets for the show have now been sold out, however tickets for the dress rehearsals still remain available.
Thomas Schreiber, the Director of Entertainment at NDR has said, ‘Our team is delighted. During the German national selection, we will present five exciting candidates who have convinced us with their performances in intensive studio sessions. Each of the acts are very different and I am curious about who the audience will choose’
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