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Germany: First 8 'Unser Lied für Liverpool' acts revealed

27 January 2023 at 11:00 CET
Malik Harris performing Rockstars, representing Germany at the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest in Turin EBU / Corinne Cumming
German broadcaster NDR has announced the first 8 acts that will compete in 'Unser Lied für Liverpool': Will Church, Frida Gold, Patty Gurdy, TRONG, Lord of the Lost, René Miller, Annica Russo and Lonely Spring.

On Friday 3 March, German television viewers will be able to vote for the song that will represent the nation at the Eurovision Song Contest. Unser Lied für Liverpool will be broadcast as part of the popular German television programme Das Erste

The evening of Eurovision Song Contest entertainment will be hosted by an iconic presenter who has long been associated with Germany's journeys to the Contest: Barbara Schöneberger! 

Roman Lob reached the top 10 for Germany in 2012 EBU

In the show, a total of 9 acts will compete. Broadcaster NDR has revealed the first 8 of those acts, which have been selected by both the broadcaster's Eurovision Song Contest team, as well as an advisory panel of national and international music experts. The 9th act will be selected via TikTok, from a shortlist of 6.

Let's meet the first 8...

Will Church - Unser Lied Für Liverpool Benjamin Süßmilch

Will Church - Hold On

A singer and songwriter from Berlin, the 27-year-old artist was born in Bad Saarow, a small municipality in Brandenburg. Will composes pop songs inspired by his own pop idols, such as Justin Bieber, Coldplay and Ed Sheeran. In 2021, he took part in the TV show The Voice of Germany, and was one of the candidates who managed to convince all 4 jury members during the 'blind auditions' stage of the series. Also in 2021, Will won first place on the show Let the Music Play. With his power ballad for Liverpool, Hold On, he wants to send a message to anyone who might be feeling the strain of societal pressure. 

Frida Gold - Unser Lied Für Liverpool Aaron Rose

Frida Gold - Alle Frauen In Mir Sind Müde

A duo from the Bochum area, Frida Gold are considered to have shaped and influenced a lot of the German pop music of today. Both the debut album Juwel and the subsequent number-one album Liebe Ist Meine Religion have achieved gold status, as did the single Liebe Ist Meine Rebellion. Wovon Sollen Wir Träumen, meanwhile, ascended to platinum status. The duo take pride in the fact that their songs combine meaningful lyrics, catchy melodies and electronic sounds. Their contribution to this contest, Alle Frauen in Mir Sind Müde, is a ballad that reflects womanhood and its common societal injustices. 

Patty Gurdy - Unser Lied Für Liverpool Oliver Weisskopf

Patty Gurdy - Melodies Of Hope

The stage name of the 25-year-old from Düsseldorf itself hints towards a deep connection to the artist's instrument: the hurdy-gurdy. Patty Gurdy's unique talent is expressed in string compositions that lie somewhere between Celtic folk and pop. Patty has to date worked with Subway to Sally, Feuerschwanz and Sasha, has released three albums, and was featured in the series Carnival Row on Amazon Prime. The artist now aims to showcase her music to the viewers of the Eurovision Song Contest, with her song Melodies of Hope. The entry is all about having confidence and solidarity in hard times. 

TRONG - Unser Lied Für Liverpool Trang Nguyen

TRONG - Dare To Be Different

Already a popstar in Vietnam, TRONG grew up in Bad Kissingen, Bavaria. In primary school, he was winning dance competitions aplenty, and at the age of nine, he became the German national champion in hip-hop dance. In 2015, after his traineeship at the Music College in Hanover, TRONG signed up for Vietnam Idol and won the sixth season of the show. With the music he's released since then, TRONG wants to encourage people to be braver without boundaries. His nu-disco song Dare to Be Different, which he'll compete with in March, is about having the self-confidence to stand up for yourself. 

Lord of the Lost will represent Germany at the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest VD Pictures

Lord of the Lost - Blood & Glitter

Formed in 2009, Lord of the Lost is a five-member band from Hamburg St. Pauli, that is made up of singer Chris Harms, guitarist Pi Stoffers, bassist Klaas Helmecke, multi-instrumentalist Gared Dirge and drummer Niklas Kahl. With a sound that has settled somewhere between rock, metal, glam, wave and pop, Lord of The Lost has performed at many German and international festivals, such as Wacken Open Air, M'era Luna and Summer Breeze Festival. In addition to this, they have staged their own tours on big stages in over 30 countries. They enter Unser Lied für Liverpool with the title track of their new studio album Blood & Glitter. This album immediately hit number 1 in the German charts at the beginning of January after only 6 days of pre-sales. 

René Miller - Unser Lied Für Liverpool Max Klein

René Miller - Concrete Heart

Originally from Stuttgart, René Miller now lives between Berlin and London. Composing hits for artists such as Zoe Wees, Topic & A7S and Alok & Steve Aoki, René Miller has developed into an in-demand songwriter with billions of streams to his name. During the global pandemic, René Miller decided to advance his own singing career and recorded his first solo songs in London. He made his debut with Standing in His Shoes in April 2022. His contest entry Concrete Heart is a pop anthem with emotional power, that recounts a toxic relationship. The artist is inspired by international pop sensations such as Ed Sheeran, Charlie Puth and LAUV. 

Anica Russo - Unser Lied Für Liverpool Jonas Huckstorf

Anica Russo - Once Upon A Dream

22-year-old Anica Russo is a singer and songwriter from Berlin. As the daughter of a Croatian father and an Italian mother, she identifies with a broad European heritage and wants this to stand out with her music and message. Growing up in a village near Oldenburg in Lower Saxony, she played her family’s organ and learned to play the guitar as a child. Nowadays, Anica inspires over 100,000 followers on TikTok. Her entry, Once Upon a Dream, a dark pop ballad inspired by church music, narrates the story of someone who is faced with challenges and setbacks but still pursues her dreams and continues to believe in them. With the song, she hopes to set an example of determination and hope.

Lonely Spring - Unser Lied Für Liverpool Katharina Aigner

Lonely Spring - Misfit

Twin brothers Julian and Simon Fuchs (25), Manuel Schrottenbaum (26) and Matthias Angerer (29) all hail from Passau and comprise Lonely Spring. They started making music together in school and founded the band in 2014. They describe their sound as a mixture of "Panic! at the Disco stadium pop" and "emo music of the 2000s". Their debut album, Change the Waters, has now been streamed over 1.5 million times on Spotify alone. At Unser Lied für Liverpool, they are excited to present their pop-punk song Misfit. The song explores topics such as the feeling of being a social outcast, or being labelled as somewhat. 

Song number 9...

Our first 8 acts of Unser Lied für Liverpool will be joined by a 9th competing artist and song on the evening of Friday 3 March. 

From 13:00 CET on Friday 27 January until 20:00 CET on Friday 3 February, TikTok users can vote for the 9th finalist at the TikTok page. They have these 6 acts to choose from:

Leslie Clio
From Fall to Spring
Ikke Hüftgold
Mitchy Katawazi, André Katawazi, NASHUP

On Saturday 4 February, Alina Stiegler and Stefan Spiegel will announce the results of the TikTok voting live, via the programme Alles Eurovision, on The programme will also run on ARD Mediathek and via a TikTok livestream.

Michael Schulte came 4th in Lisbon with his song 'You Let Me Walk Alone' EBU / Andres Putting

Unser Lied für Liverpool can be watched on ONE, and at ARD-Mediathek at 22:20 CET on Friday 3 March. Both platforms will also present a warm-up show live from Cologne at 21:20 CET. TikTok will join in on the Unser Lied für Liverpool fun with some exclusive backstage footage on the night.

Germany hosted the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest in Düsseldorf, with Lena competing on home ground with Taken By A Stranger.

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