Tonight, the German TV public has chosen which song will represent the country in the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest: It's Ghost by Jamie-Lee Kriewitz, a young singer with her very own colourful style - and a strong voice! Unser Lied für Stockholm featured 10 acts, both famous and new, presenting a huge variety of styles from Gregorian chant all the way to a modern version of German Schlager.
17-year old Jamie-Lee Kriewitz will represent Germany in the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest. The young singer, who had previously won The Voice of Germany 2015, will enter the stage in Stockholm with her first big hit Ghost. The song already reached the first place in the German iTunes Download charts and the 11th rank in the German music charts. Jamie-Lee is famous for her manga style, which was well visible in her outfit tonight.
In the super-final, Jamie-Lee Kriewitz had won against third-placed Avantasia and second-placed Alex Diehl. These three acts had first topped the ranking in the first round of voting among the 10 candidate acts. In the super-final, 44.5% of the votes - amounting to 1.12 million by televoting, SMS voting, and the Eurovision app - were cast for Jamie-Lee.
Jamie-Lee Kriewitz won the talent show The Voice of Germany 2015 and subsequently reached number one in the iTunes download charts. She is currently touring Germany together with her fellow finalists.
"It would be an awesome experience for me, I wouldn't have dreamed of that one year. A manga voice from Germany - that would be the hit for me!"
The TV public has solely decided the winner by means of televoting, SMS voting and the Eurovision app. First the voters picked three superfinalists out of the ten candidates (in bold):
Ella Endlich - Adrenalin
Joco - Full Moon
Gregorian - Masters Of Chant
Woods of Birnam - Lift Me Up (From The Underground)
Luxuslärm - Solange Liebe in mir wohnt
Keøma - Protected
Avantasia - Mystery Of A Blood Red Rose
Alex Diehl - Nur ein Lied
Jamie-Lee Kriewitz - Ghost
Laura Pinski - Under The Sun We Are One
These three acts then performed their songs again in the super-final, and after that another round of voting was started to pick the winner.
The show was broadcast live from the Brainpool studios in Cologne. If you missed it, you can watch it again on-demand online here on Eurovision.tv.
Some of the most memorable moments of tonight's performances were Ella Endlich's act, in which she was lifted by male dancers, and Gregorian's act which, apart from their unique chant, featured the maybe highest density of pyrotechnical effects in a Eurovision Song Contest-related stage act so far. Luxuslärm used a "broken heart" as a prop, which was reunited at the end of their performance.
You can see some impressions below!
The ten candidates have been jointly selected by representatives of NDR, the young public radio channels of ARD, record companies and independent labels, and the production company Brainpool. Almost 150 candidates were in the running. The selection included the following criteria:
The song itself
Chances of international success
The mix of styles of the other entries
The presenter of the show was Barbara Schöneberger, who gained fame in last year's German national selection by resolving one of the biggest "dramas" in German Eurovision history. Don't remember it? Here is the whole story. This year she kicked off the show by singing a compilation of Eurovision-related song excerpts with adapted lyrics, making fun of memorable moments related to the German national selection.
Peter Urban, long-time German commentator at the Eurovision Song Contest, was acting in this function during tonight's show as well.
In the interval, The BossHoss performed the song Jolene together with The Common Linnets, who had reached second place in the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest with Calm After The Storm. That very song has become a huge radio hit in many countries, including Germany.