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Germany's Levina: "Music is the only thing that I want to do"

25 April 2017 at 12:25 CEST
Levina represents Germany at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. Walter Gloeckle
In February Levina won the right to represent Germany in the Eurovision Song Contest after winning the national selection. 'Perfect Life' was penned by US platinum songwriter Lindy Robbins and her team, and encourages the notion of a perfect life by allowing mistakes in pursuit of dreams.

Levina, whose first name is actually Isabella, is 25 and comes from Bonn. She won the acclaimed German regional, federal, and national music competition Jugend Musiziert at the age of nine and started writing her own songs at the age of twelve. She currently divides her time between Berlin and London where she is studying Music Management at the London College of Music.

Applications to take part in the German selection opened in autumn last year and casting sessions were held at the end of 2016. Five acts were then chosen out of more than 2000 applicants with Levina winning through. For the first time ever, international viewers were able to have their say in who should represent Germany in 2017, using a feature on the official Eurovision Song Contest app, Eurovision Vibes.

According to Levina, Perfect Life is about taking something positive from a negative and "not being afraid of making mistakes when you want to reach for your goals." Levina added that the the lyrics to Perfect Life are universal and speak to everybody; "the beat immediately makes people want to dance, and I would like to present something truly special for the audience of the live show in Kyiv", she said. 

The Eurovision Song Contest important for Levina given that it has a history of celebrating cultural differences. "At a time when the political situation in Europe isn’t always easy, I’m especially excited to be able to participate in this contest and show that music has the potential of bringing people together."