Germany: First qualifiers of "Unser Star für Baku"

Germany: First qualifiers of "Unser Star für Baku"
Official logo. Source: NDR
Cologne, Germany -

Tonight, the first heat of the German national selection, Unser Star für Baku, was held, with 5 out of 10 candidates qualifying for the next round by the decision of the televoters. Find out about the results here!

Since 2010, the year of Lena's victory in the Eurovision Song Contest, the German entries have been the result of a cooperation between the public TV channel NDR and the commercial channel ProSieben, and this year will be no exception: The various heats and stages of the talent show Unser Star für Baku will be broadcast by Das Erste and ProSieben in turn.

In tonight's show, which was presented by Sandra Rieß and Steven Gätjen, ten new talents showed off their musical abilities, an five of them have proceeded to the next round by the decision of the TV viewers. Here is tonight's line-up (qualifiers in bold)

  • Katja Petri - 14.7%
  • Jan Verweij - 1.0%
  • Leonie Burgmer - 14.7%
  • Yasmin Gueroui - 2.4%
  • Kai Nötting - 14.5%
  • Shelly Phillips - 15.5%
  • Salih Özcan - 1.7%
  • Céline Huber - 14.7%
  • Jil Rock - 5.9%
  • Roman Lob - 14.9%

After each act, an expert panel consisting of Alina Süggeler, Thomas D, and Stefan Raab commented on the performance, but the qualifiers were picked solely by televoting.

During tonight's show, the current standings of the televoting were continuously shown on the screen to create suspense and excitement among the TV viewers. Stefan Raab, who was one of the presenters of the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest and who sang the German entry in 2000, Wadde Hadde Dudde Da, stated on this fact: "For the first time, a music competition will be broadcast like a sports event. The permanent presentation of the live voting results is unique on TV. The TV viewer can see the impact of his call on the results at all times." The same system has already been used in the Slovak national finals in 2009 and 2010.

The next heat of Unser Star für Baku will be held in a week from now, and it will again be broadcast on ProSieben at 20:15 CET.


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  • Posted on 16/January 2012 at 13:41
    BLITZTABELLE is a great thing! It makes the show a lot more interesting! Roman was my favourite! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 16/January 2012 at 08:32
    Waiting for slow songs bi Germany. :) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 15/January 2012 at 10:28
    hi!the next italian esc entry 2012 after Raphael Gualazzi are :Marco Guazzone ,Erica Mou or Alessandro Casillo.
    17/2/2012 the winner in Sanremo social report to the moderator
  • Posted on 15/January 2012 at 00:09
    It was a hysterical atmosphere in my family! we didn't even know the participants before but the BLITZTABELLE (Live-real-time-lightning-voting) made it so damn exciting.

    HOW WILL IT END UP LIKE?? :D ..if the first show was such a highly exciting thing.

    stay in touch and don't miss Roman winning :) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 14/January 2012 at 13:49
    But yes, Roman was the best! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 14/January 2012 at 13:42
    Great show with amazing singers!! Goog Job Germany. My favourites were Shelly, Roman and Leoni!

    Viel Glück Deutschland! :) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 14/January 2012 at 11:54
    GOOD LUCK AND WELLCOME TO BAKU ! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 13/January 2012 at 18:17
    I enjoyed it a lot. Me and my friends it was pure excitement! Can´t wait until next thursday! Yehaw! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 13/January 2012 at 18:06
    I really liked Céline (although her apearance is a little bit similar to our Lena^^) BUT -and that's really a big "but"- she is definitely another kind of person with another kind of singing! I would really like to have a ballad this year for Germany. Well, soon we'll see who's gonna sing for Germany. By the way, I also liked Yasmin but she won't be part of the competition anymore...

    And, where is the link to see "Unser Star für Baku" on the internet??? report to the moderator
  • Posted on 13/January 2012 at 17:25
    I really liked Roman and Katja. Good Luck Germany!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 13/January 2012 at 15:59
    Once again Germany can't get rid of its monstrous Anglo-American shadows. I didn't expect much, but nevertheless I was disappointed. Very amateurish singing level (there are many amateurs around who effortlessly reach professional standard) and occasional pretentious performing. Moreover I didn't like almost any of the original songs. Yes, two years ago things went fine for Germany, but I honestly don't think that this selection format is an appealing one. Once again we have to wait for an infinitely long time (well, almost) until we are offered fresh song material. (I much more prefer the Albanian approach, for instance: exclusively new songs, much more obliged to their own music culture, sung by established artists.) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 13/January 2012 at 15:08
    I really liked the show yesterday! :)

    it was so exciting! :D


    my favorite is Céline, because she is cute and she reminds me of Lena :D report to the moderator
  • Posted on 13/January 2012 at 15:05
    I really enjoyed the show and it was absolutely exiting!

    Up to now Roman and Leonie are my favourites, 'cause i liked their presentation a lot. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 13/January 2012 at 14:41
    All the girls in Stefan Raab's show look like Lena and try to be as stupid as Lena...
    No comment...

    That's why Shelly and Roman are the favorites of the first 5 candidates

    But I think Roman was the best ... report to the moderator
  • Posted on 13/January 2012 at 13:23
    After listening to all the songs i will have to say
    Roman Lob was the Best Performer
    and he is talented and also
    Good luck Roman report to the moderator