Tonight is the night when Germany will decide who shall represent the country in the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest. From 20:15 CET, you can watch the show live on Eurovision.tv. Ten acts are in the running, covering a wide range of music styles, and it will be up to the TV public alone to decide the winner. Check out all the singers and songs, and pick your own favourite!
This is the running order of the acts who will compete in the German national final, to take place in the Brainpool studios in Cologne tonight:
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
Unser Lied für Stockholm will be broadcast live on 25th February at 20:15 CET, both on public TV channel Das Erste and online here on Eurovision.tv.
The TV public will solely decide on the winner by means of televoting, SMS voting and the Eurovision app, and the voting will be organised in two rounds: First the televoters will pick three superfinalists out of the ten candidates. They will then perform their songs again, and another round of voting will decide who will be flying the German flag in Stockholm.
Get to know the ten acts
Avantasia is a project founded by singer-songwriter Tobias Sammet, who describes their style as "bombastrock". The band's last album Mystery Of Time climbed the charts in many countries and reached the 2nd position in Germany, and their new album, the rock opera Ghostlights, is due later in January. After the release the band is set to go on a world tour.
Alex Diehl has written his song Nur ein Lied as a spontaneous reaction to the tragic events in Paris. He recorded a simple performance with his mobile phone and uploaded it to Facebook - and just hours later it already had millions of views. It means a lot to him to participate in the national final, and he would love to send the message: "We are Europeans, part of this world, and we are against hatred and war."
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!"
Ella Endlich is famous for her songs that are a blend of German Schlager and pop. She studied acting, vocals and musical and performed in several theatre pieces and musicals. She sang the title song for the movie Drei Haselnüsse für Aschenbrödel, which remained in the German charts for over one year and reached gold. "I am really speechless and infinitely excited to be part of this event - pure Adrenaline", she says.
The choir Gregorian was founded based on the idea of music producer Frank Peterson to mix gregorian chants with modern pop music. The group has released no fewer than 15 CDs and 6 DVDs as of now, and in February they will go on a four-months world tour. Their spectacular and opulent live performances have inspired more than two million spectators, from Europe all the way to Japan.
Joco consists of two sisters from Hamburg, Cosima and Josepha. The indie-pop duo studied in The Netherlands and in their music they mix piano, guitars, drums and vocals. Their debut record Horizon was recorded in the Abbey Road Studios, mixed by Grammy winner Steve Orchard. "We can hardly wait to perform in front of this huge public," they comment their participation in Unser Lied für Stockholm.
Keøma was founded during one night in Cologne as the joint band of Kat Frankie, a folk singer from Sydney, and Chris Klopfer, a German rock musician. Their debut record is due in January, based on guitars, bass, synth sounds and vocals. "We create the sound of a cosmopolitan and modern Germany", they describe their style.
Laura Pinski plays guitar and piano, and in 2012 she reached the finals of the talent show Das Supertalent. Her song Under The Sun We Are One was written by "Eurovision legends" Ralph Siegel and John O'Flynn. "Maybe, with a little luck, my dream to represent Germany in the Eurovision Song Contest will come true", she says.
Pop-rock band Luxuslärm has already been nominated for the ECHO awards, won the radio prize 1LIVE Krone, and came fourth in Stefan Raab's Bundesvision Song Contest. The band consists of lead vocalist Janine "Jini" Meyer, David Müller (bass), Christian Besch (keys), Freddy Hau (guitar), and Jan Zimmer (drums). "It's crazy to be part of this national final. Pure Anticipation!"
Woods of Birnam is the pop band of singer and actor Christian Friedel and the group Polarkreis 18. From 2012 the band has accompanied William Shakespeare's Hamlet at the Dresden State Playhouse, in which Christian Friedel played the main role. Their song I’ll Call Thee Hamlet was the title song of the famed German movie Honig im Kopf.
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 will again be 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.
The interval act will be The BossHoss, who will sing the song Jolene together with The Common Linnets. They reached second place in the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest with Calm After The Storm, which has become a huge radio hit in many countries, including Germany.
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