Roman Lob being himself for Germany

Roman Lob being himself for Germany
Roman Lob. Photo: Thomas Hanses (EBU)
Baku, Azerbaijan -

Today it was finally time for the German representative, Roman Lob, to get on stage in Baku and rehearse his entry Standing Still for the first time. Before his performance, he was relaxing backstage, and he told the main idea behind his stage performance: "I will just be myself."

Before his rehearsal, we met Roman Lob backstage, and he admitted that he is nervous just before his performance. "Now that I hear Loreen in the background, who is one of the favourites, I start to feel nervous little by little. But at the same time I can't wait to go on this stage," he explained.

He already revealed what his stage performance will be like: "I will just be myself - I'm not thinking about how to move and what to do on stage", he told us.

Before going on stage, Roman tries to relax. "I always need some sweets", he admitted. "I just go through my song again, together with my band members, and I try to relax", Roman went on.

Of course, the German representative needs moral support here in Baku as well. "My father will arrive shortly, and my two best friends will be here with me too."

In his first rehearsal, the German representative performed Standing Still together with a small band, including a drummer, two guitar players, and a pianist. With many white spotlights, a club atmosphere was created on stage.

The background LEDs were kept dark with only single red dots moving on them. Towards the end of the song, white lights appeared on the backdrop, creating the impression of a starry sky.

Roman was wearing casual clothes on stage, and a black cap - his very own trademark. He made a confident impression, and he did manage to just be himself in front of the cameras indeed!

In the press conference, Roman Lob was asked why he didn't perform any instruments on stage himself on the Eurovision stage. "It's a little difficult for me to play the piano or the drums in the song. I want to concentrate just on my voice", he explained.

On the question if his recent album Changes would be released internationally, Roman answered: "There are fast songs, chilled songs, ballads on my album. It would be great to have support to have it released all over Europe", he said.

"My own goal is a top-ten place. That would be awesome! Apart from that, I just want to have fun", Roman Lob commented on his expectations. When he was asked if, in case of a victory next Saturday, he would represent Germany again in the Eurovision Song Contest in the following year, like Lena did, he stated: "I like Eurovision, but I don't think so, no."

On the cooperation with the composer of his Eurovision entry, Roman Lob said: "From the beginning, Standing Still was my favourite song. Jamie Cullum is a great artist, and it just shows." The German Head of Delegation added that Jamie Cullum came to Hamburg to show his support for Roman last week, and he even performed Standing Still there himself.

Together with his guitarist, Roman Lob then performed an acoustic version of Standing Still, and the press audience happily joined in!

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  • Posted on 26/May 2012 at 08:33
    His voice is awful. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 21/May 2012 at 21:04
    My favorite this year <3 Go on, Roman, you can make it to top 10! ;) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 20/May 2012 at 16:44
    First I was disappointed but in comparision to the other flat songs with all this blown-up glamour , performance and the song are convincing more and more. But, please take off this hat, you're looking like a homeless... report to the moderator
  • Posted on 20/May 2012 at 11:38
    He has such a peaceful, adorable voice. I could listen to him for hours on end and never get bored. Good luck, Germany! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 20/May 2012 at 03:18
    I enjoyed listening to this song. =] I agree with an earlier commenter, Trummelummer, it is an excellent pairing with Spain's entry. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 20/May 2012 at 01:16
    This is a songcontest....and this is one of the best songs of this festival. It should be in the top 3, together with Estonia and Azerbeidjan. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 20/May 2012 at 00:45
    Really a great performance!It's a wonderful song!Go!Force Germany! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 19/May 2012 at 23:20
    We hope he will end in the top 5,....... good song! Suc6 Roman! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 19/May 2012 at 20:29
    Very good first rehearsal of Roman.

    I like his song and him because he was born on the same day and month like me (02.07.) :-))

    I cross my fingers for you! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 19/May 2012 at 20:07
    Lyrics are really moving here. This song makes an awesome pair with the Spanish entry, great that they come one after another. I think they're both left on their own by the same person. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 19/May 2012 at 19:58
    Really really beautiful song, I just love it! One of my favorites this year. His performance is simple but it just should be like that. It goes together with his personality and song!

    Go Germany GOOOOO! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 19/May 2012 at 19:41
    A soft song.. and current, I like it , I hope he can make a top10 =) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 19/May 2012 at 19:28
    A lovely song, and he's very nice. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 19/May 2012 at 19:27
    He's cute, and that's all :P
    I don't like this song too much, is good, but it has nothing special. And very simple performance. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 19/May 2012 at 19:16