In no less than seven preliminary heats, the candidates of the German national selection Unser Star für Oslo have been narrowed down from 20 to just two. In the semi-final, held on Tuesday this week, the two finalists were chosen in two voting rounds out of four remaining singers: Lena Meyer-Landrut and Jennifer Braun managed to convince the televoters in the end and proceeded to the all-female final tonight.
Neither the authors nor the titles of the selected songs will be made public before the final in order not to influence the public, who will decide the outcome of tonight's show, explained Stefan Raab. The latter is not only the inventor of Unser Star für Oslo, but also has tight connections with the Eurovision Song Contest: He wrote the German entries for the 1998 and 2004 Eurovision Song Contests, and in 2000, he reached the fifth place for Germany with Wadde Hadde Dudde Da. Furthermore, he is also a jury member in the show - however, the jury panel will only comment on the performances and leave the decision entirely to the public. The other jury members will be Stefanie Kloß, lead singer of the band Silbermond, and Xavier Naidoo. The show will be presented by Matthias Opdenhövel and Sabine Heinrich.