The final of the German national selection Unser Star für Oslo was held in Cologne on 12th March. The show was presented by Sabine Heinrich and Matthias Opdenhövel, who had already presented the preliminary heats. In those shows, a total of twenty candidates showed their talent, and in each programme, the public decided who would go forward to the next round. In the semi-final Jennifer Braun and Lena Meyer-Landrut were picked as the finalists.
A jury panel comprised of music professionals commented on the performances, but did not have the right to vote - televoting solely decided on the winner.
First, each singer presented three songs to the public, out of which two were the same, but with different arrangements, while one of the songs had been written especially for Jennifer and Lena, respectively. In the first voting round, the public picked their one favourite song for each singer.
The final two songs were performed again by the both artists. In this second voting round, the public then chose the German entry for the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest. It was Lena Meyer-Landrut with Satellite who convinced the public and won the televoting.
You can watch Lena singing Satellite in the video below.
Who is she?
It’s a story that only pop music could write. Lena Meyer-Landrut from Hanover is actually right in the middle of preparing for her high school exams. She’s doing Biology, Sport and History and she’s got a lot of revising to do. But now she’s going to be representing Germany at the Eurovision Song Contest in the Norwegian capital Oslo. On the 29th of May, 2010, just after her 19th birthday, she’ll be up on the big stage performing the song Satellite. “It’s going to be hard going up to the exams in April, but I’ll manage,” she says with a sigh. “Then it will almost be relaxing to head off to the Eurovision Song Contest Final.”
Pretty much out of nowhere – apart from the homemade dance videos and a few attempts with the school band – she conquered the audience’s heart. “I didn’t tell my friends about my first casting, so there wouldn’t be any stupid comments if I got kicked out straight away,” she says, thinking of her terrible stage fright. Even though Lena danced regularly during her childhood – from Ballet to Jazz and Hip Hop – she made her way to music without piano lessons or vocal training. But she got her chance, grabbed it and developed rapidly.
Directly after the German national final, her single Satellite went already to the top of all the most important download portals. Lena even created a new German download record: never before has a song sold so well in such a short time!
She will perform twenty-second in the Final on the 29th May in Oslo, Norway.