Today German broadcaster NDR announced the names of the finalists for its upcoming national selection, Eurovision Song Contest - Unser Song 2017. The five performers beat off competition from 2000 other applicants and have been nominated by national and internationally successful producers.
Axel Maximilian Feige
Axel is 28 and lives in Hamburg where he works as a freelance musician. As a child he learned to play the bassoon, piano, guitar and taught himself to play the bass. At the age of 15 Axel founded his first band, currently playing with the band Absolem Max and Diazpora. Their new album will be released in mid-February.
Felicia Lu Kürbiß
Felicia, 21, comes from Freilassing. She plays the piano and currently works as a songwriter. She calls her musical direction electro-pop. Every week she publishes videos on YouTube and already has experience with casting shows having taken part in the final of Rising Star in 2014.
Helene is 20 and comes from from Hollingstedt and is still studying. She has gained stage experience with the broadcaster NDR and has appeared on Travemünder Woche. She plays the guitar and plays at concerts with her brother.
Isabella "Levina" Lueen
Isabella is 25 and lives in Berlin. She is currently studying Music Management at the London College of Music. Levina writes soul and pop songs, she received singing and piano lessons at the age of nine, and played in children's musicals until her 16th birthday. She regularly plays in bars with her band.
Wilhelm "Sadi" Richter
Wilhelm is 19 years old and lives in Dortmund. He studied composition at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen. Sadi is a jazz musician, plays the piano, bass and drums, and sings in clubs. As a fifteen-year-old, he was singing trainer for a television show presented by Sylvie Meis, a popular television personality in Germany.
About the show
The German national selection for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest will take place on Thursday 9th February 2017. The three-hour show will feature a jury panel comprising three of Germany's most popular musicians: Tim Bendzko, Florian Silbereisen, and Lena, Germany's most recent Eurovision winner. Each judge will give an opinion during the live show but will not be able to vote. Germany's representative in Kyiv will be chosen solely by the TV viewers through televoting and the official Eurovision app. For the first time ever, the German national selection will feature a European ‘mood barometer’ where fans from across Europe can express their preferred choice for Kyiv.
Each of the participants will perform songs that have been commissioned specifically for the Eurovision Song Contest. The candidates were selected by the German broadcaster NDR and production company Raab TV as well as musical experts including the musical director of The Heavytones, Wolfgang Dalheimer.
Thomas Schreiber, Director of Entertainment at NDR said: “Our team is delighted. During the German national selection, we will present five exciting candidates who have convinced us with their performances in intensive studio sessions. Each of the acts are very different and I am curious about who the audience will choose”.
The live show will be broadcast live from Cologne on Thursday 9th February at 20:15 CET and will be hosted by Barbara Schöneberger. Tickets for Eurovision Song Contest - Unser Song 2017 have now sold out but there are still tickets for the dress rehearsals. More information can be found on the official website. The winner will represent Germany in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv in May.
During the casting sessions next month, prospective singers will perform in front of the camera ahead of the selection process. More information about the selection, including how to enter, can be found on the official website as well as eurovision.de.
To select the entry for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, German public broadcaster ARD will go back to the mode that gave the country its best results and its most recent winner: A talent show featuring five young and promising singers, performing songs commissioned from globally successful producers.
The German national selection for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest will take place on Thursday 9th February 2017. The three-hour show will feature a jury panel comprising three of Germany's most popular musicians: Tim Bendzko, Florian Silbereisen, and Lena, Germany's most recent Eurovision winner. Germany's representative in Kyiv will be chosen solely by the TV viewers through televoting and the official Eurovision app.
You can find out more about the format for the 2017 selection in Germany here.