Germany: Seven national final acts announced
A total of eight acts will participate in the German national final Unser Song für Österreich, to be held on March 5 in Hanover. Today, seven of them have been officially announced. The remaining eigth candidate will be chosen on February 19 in a "club concert" featuring promising young artists.
The following seven acts have been confirmed to take part in the German national final by public broadcaster NDR:
- Alexa Feser
- Mrs. Greenbird
- Andreas Kümmert
- Noize Generation
The German national final will be held on March 5 in the Hanover Arena, starting at 20:15 CET. Apart from the seven participants announced today, another act will receive a wild card in the "club concert" on February 19, out of promising young artists who submitted their videos on the official web platform.
Like last year, each act will prepare two songs for the final of Unser Song für Österreich. The show will be presented by Barbara Schöneberger, with green room reactions by Janin Reinhardt.
Thomas Schreiber, Entertainment Coordinator of the German public broadcasting authority ARD, comments:
Our selection for Hanover - and that was an intense battle in our meetings - was based on the quality of the songs and musicians. We have heard a lot of songs. In the end we came to a joint clear verdict. I am looking forward to a good show in Hanover. I thank the artists for their confidence, and I am excited to know who the German TV viewers will send to the Eurovision Song Contest.
Meet the seven chosen acts in our slide show below!
The project Fahrenhaidt is backed by Berlin-based music producers Erik Macholl and Andreas John. They describe their style as "modern nature pop", mixing contemporary electronic music with acoustic instruments. Their new album The Book Of Nature will be released on February 6.
Wow! We are lost for words! Working on our new album has been our passion for a whole year. The Eurovision Song Contest is a huge thing in Germany and we are happy to be part of this story along with many other exciting acts.
Faun has been part of the medieval music scene for more than ten years. The six artists Oliver s. Tyr, Fiona Rüggeberg, Niel Mitra, Stephan Groth, Rüdiger Maul and Katja Moslehner are active in their very own field of music, called "pagan folk". Their album Von den Elben went to platinum status.
The participation in the Eurovision selection is something very special for us. We are thrilled to be part of such an extraordinary TV event and hope that we can enchant the public with our pagan folk.
As a child, Alexa Feser already created her own music on the piano - inspired by her grandfather, a jazz pianist. Before releasing her first album Gold von morgen and going on a (sold-out) tour of Germany, she worked as a DJane, paper girl, and flight hostess to finance her music career.
I am very happy that I have been asked if I would participate. Of course I immediately said yes, especially because it's exciting to propose a song in German language for an international competition. I am sure this will be an interesting and colourful evening with great colleagues.
From zero to number 1 in the German album charts - that's what the duo Mrs. Greenbird managed with their first album, which went gold in 2012. Sarah Nücken and Steffen Brückner have written all their songs themselves, and their second CD Postcards, which has been produced in Nashville, has just been released.
We are totally happy to be invited to USFÖ in Hanover, and we feel very honoured. Of course we want to represent Germany in the Eurovision Song Contest and we will do our best to convince the public that our song can inspire all of Europe.
Andreas Kümmert stands for plain rock, soul, and blues. One year ago he became "The Voice of Germany" and impressed the people with his exceptional voice. His album Here I Am, produced by successful American producers Justin Stanley and Max Herre, climbed to the third place in the German charts.
I am very happy that I can participate. I see it as a big chance to present my songs to a wide audience.
Laing, that's lead singer, songwriter and producer Nicola Rost, together with the singers Johanna Marschall and Larissa Pesch and the dancer and choreographer Marisa Akeny. With their first hit single Morgens immer müde, they became known all over Germany. Their second album Wechselt die Beleuchtung has just recently been released, a mix of minimal-electro, pop, and RnB, combined with German lyrics somewhere in between ironic and serious.
We are very happy to be part of the line up of this year's national selection. We have already practiced a little bit in the Bundesvision Song Contest, and now we feel armed and ready for the "big brother": the legendary Eurovision Song Contest! We count on our proven mix of megalomania and minimalism: Laing are showing their muscles!
Noize Generation is the stage name of Jewgeni Grischbowski ("Jeff"). The music producer and DJ has become popular mainly due to his remixes for OneRepublic, Gorillaz, and Skrillex. Recently he has rediscovered his piano and guitar playing skills and moves between electronic sounds and songwriting.
I am already excited to find out what awaits me. A lot has happend during the last year, and the national selection gives me the opportunity to present my new music to the viewers and listeners. And that's what I am looking forward to!
The Club Concert
Even though the club concert, to be broadcast live on February 19 at 22:00, is mainly for promising talents and newcomers, it really is a big thing! This is emphasized by the fact that last year's wildcard winners, Elaiza, went on to win the final of the German national selection against many a famous star, thus representing their home country in the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest. Learn more about the format in our previous article: