Isabella "Levina" Lueen, more commonly known as Levina, has won the German national selection Eurovision Song Contest - Unser Song 2017 with the song Perfect Life. The live show saw five acts perform songs that were commissioned from globally successful producers in a bid to represent Germany in Kyiv. For the first time ever, international viewers were able to have their say in who should represent Germany in 2017, using a feature on the official Eurovision Song Contest app,Eurovision Vibes.
The German national selection, Eurovision Song Contest - Unser Song 2017, takes place in Cologne tonight. You can watch the show live from 20:15 (CET) and vote for your favourite using Eurovision Vibes, a feature in the official Eurovision Song Contest app.
Meet the acts competing tonight in Germany (German language only)
Perfect Life and Wildfire are the two songs that the participants will perform in the upcoming national selection in Germany. Different arrangements of the songs will be performed by the candidates during the live broadcast which takes place on Thursday 9th February at 20:15 CET. You can find out more about the performers in the live story posts below.
Perfect Life comes from the American songwriters Lindy Robbins, Dave Bassett and Lindsey Ray. Robbins has produced hits for David Guetta, Demi Lovato and Jason Derulo, to name just a few artists. Bassett won a Grammy with a song for the band Halestorm. Ray worked for Mariah Carey, Demi Lovato and Deana Carter, and has released several albums as a solo artist and with her band Farmdale.
Lindy Robbins said; "The song Perfect Life is particularly important to me, because it is about taking risks and going after your dreams - life is an adventure, and the journey is about!" Dave Bassett added that it was a fantastic honour. Lindsey Ray said; "I like the message of this song very much, namely, that one should get involved in the adventure of the unknown and that in the end the ups and downs, that is, both the good and the bad, make a perfect life".
Behind Wildfire are the Norwegian Marit Larsen, the Scotsman Greg Holden and the American Tofer Brown. The three are singers, songwriters and producers. Larsen was also at the top of the charts in Germany and Holden has written for the debut for American Idol winner Phillip Phillips, amongst others. Brown's songs have been featured in the US shows Good Morning America and The Real World.
Marit Larsen said; "This song is a little jewel. Let's hope it spreads like a bushfire". Greg Holden added; "Tofer, Marit and I have written this piece at a time which, in my opinion, was strongly influenced by change. It's great to know that it will be heard". Tofer Brown explained; "As a songwriter and producer, you work on many songs and hope for the best. Every now and then there is one thing in which one has a feeling in the belly, that it will find its way into the world, Wildfire is such a song. On the day when Marit, Greg, and I wrote it in Brooklyn, New York, we all knew that we had a special piece ahead of us that will have a great life ahead of us".
GERMANY NEEDS YOU!
That's the call to action from broadcaster NDR who are launching a new feature to help Germany select its entry for 2017 in the official Eurovision Song Contest app, Eurovision Vibes.
In the official Eurovision app the international fans will be able to watch the rehearsals of the German national selection performances, as well as the live show and then use Eurovision Vibes to cast their vote.
The songs will be made available on Wednesday 8th February. At 20:15 CET all international Eurovision fans will be able to give their opinion via the app, and this will remain open until just before the live broadcast of the national selection the day after.
During the German national selection, which will be translated in English, the host will share the international vibes with the German viewers. This means that the German voters will know which entry appeals the most to the international audience.
On Friday 3rd February NDR will release all the details about Eurovision Vibes, Eurovision.tv will also be publishing an exclusive video explaining how the feature works.
Yosefin Buohler is announced as the fifth finalist in Germany
Yosefin Buohler who is 21 and was born in Cologne, has been announced as the fifth finalist in the German national selection, Eurovision Song Contest - Unser Song 2017. Yosefin will replace Wilhelm "Sadi" Richter who withdrew for personal reasons. Yosefin is an educated actress and comes from a family of musicians and was in the final of Das Supertalent when she was 13 years old. She toured Germany with the musical The Ten Commandments for several years before going on the road with the project Campus 4us. In Sweden, she was in the final round of the show Idol in 2013 and was the singer of the German national anthem before more than 50,000 people at the World Cup qualification match of Sweden against Germany in Stockholm.
In the live show, Eurovision Song Contest - Unser Song 2017, each of the participants will perform live for the chance to represent Germany in Kyiv. The German national selection will take place on 9th February.
Wilhelm "Sadi" Richter withdraws from German selection
Wilhelm "Sadi" Richter, one of the participants in the German national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest, Eurovision Song Contest - Unser Song 2017, has withdrawn from the competition following reports that the singer is due to appear in court. The singer released a short statement earlier today; "Reports about me are causing so much trouble, I would first like to clarify and process this. I myself am amazed at what I am accused of. I was totally looking forward to attending, but I would not want to do it under these circumstances and that is why I will not participate on 9th February in Cologne".
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.