In the club concert on Thursday this week, one out of ten young acts will get the eighth and last available spot in the German national final. This is the line-up of singers in the competitions together with the songs they will perform:
Elaiza from Berlin: Is It Right
Nicole Milik from Neuss: I See Fire
Simon Glöde from Flensburg: Blame It On The Boogie
Melanie Schlüter from Frankenthal: Run
Cassie Greene from Hamburg: Not This Time
Valentina from Cologne: Love Is Gone
Caroline Rose from Paris: Amber Sky
Max Krumm from Oberhausen: Home
Ambre Vallet from Berlin: Siehst du mich?
Bartosz from Lemgo: Walk away
More than 2200 musicians had applied to be part of the event by submitting their Youtube clips after popular German singer Adel Tawil had launched a campaign to ask for applications. The show will be broadcast live from the Edelfettwerk club in Hamburg on the TV channels NDR Fernsehen and EinsPlus, as well as via webcast on eurovision.de, starting at 22:10 CET.
German celebrity Barbara Schöneberger will host the show, and Janin Reinhardt will interview the artists in the green room. Roman Lob, who represented Germany in the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest with Standing Still, will present his new single All That Matters during the show.
The TV viewers will decide by televoting and SMS vote who of the ten candidates will get the ticket for the German national final, on March 13th in Cologne. There they will join the seven acts which have already been selected previously: Das Gezeichnete Ich, Madeline Juno, MarieMarie, Oceana, Santiano, The Baseballs and Unheilig.
Those who speak German should check out the video features about all club concert participants on eurovision.de! For all others, we have created short portraits of the candidates in the slide show below.
At only 16, Ambre Vallet is the youngest participant of the club concert. She was born in France but has been living in Germany since 2001. For four years she has been singing and playing the guitar. On her Youtube Channel she has released cover versions as well as own compositions.
The band Bartosz consists of three guys from the town of Lemgo: Sammy (26), Domi (29), Dustin (28) and Urs (30). They are all Germans, only the band name is Polish - it was taken from one of their fellow students. The band has been around since 2009, joining folk, pop and funk.
Caroline Rose (27), daughter of a French chansonnière, grew up in the city of Karlsruhe. At the age of six, she started playing the piano, and at twelve she discovered rock and metal. When she moved to Paris, she founded several death metal bands and toured France with them. Caroline Rose has played main roles in several musicals and she has already released her first EP More Immoral.
Cassie Greene (20) taught herself playing the guitar with the help of the internet and many cover songs. During a longer stay in the US she started converting her personal experiences into songs. Despite being currently focused on graduating, she keeps releasing both cover versions and her own songs.
Elaiza is the name of trio surrounding the German-Ukrainan singer-songwriter Ela (21). Her fellow band member Yvonne (29) plays the accordion, and Natalie (28) the string bass. Ela and Yvonne got to know each other at a liquor tasting, and Natalie joined them shortly after. They first perfomed together in 2013.
Max Krumm (21) started to play the guitar at the age of six, and at 13 he gained his first experiences in different bands and as a songwriter. In 2011 he built his own small studio and started producing for local bands. At the same time he was singing and playing the guitar in several projects, and since 2013 he has been focusing on his solo career.
Melanie Schlüter (16), at times, has been singing in four choirs at the same time. She has taken trumpet lessons for three years and also plays the guitar. On the occasion of her confirmation, she founded her first band, which still exists today. Melanie has participated in several contests and had her first solo performance in 2013.
Nicole Milik (19) has been playing the guitar since the age of 10. Already in 2009, she opened her own Youtube Channel where she presents both her own songs and cover versions - currently she has more than 86,000 worldwide followers! Nicole studies musicology and English language & literature.
Simon Glöde (21) had been attending a musical college in Denmark since the age of 15. When he graduated, in 2012, he moved to New York and became an intern at the Electric Lady Studios, founded by Jimi Hendrix in 1970. After that he was roaming Europe as a street musician. Today, back in his home town of Flensburg, he is working on new songwriting and sound ideas.
Valentina (25) lives in Cologne and studied to become a speech therapist from 2010 to 2013. After graduation, she has been concentrating solely on music. She's been playing the guitar for nine months in order to be able to compose her own songs - which she has published on her own Youtube Channel for a year now.