Eurovision 2016 Guide: Germany

Eurovision Germany 2016

Germany have won the Eurovision Song Contest twice. They first won in 1982 when Nicole’s ‘Ein bisschen Frieden’ came out on top, and again in 2010 when Lena Meyer Landrut won with ‘Satellite’. The country has also come second on six occasions and third five times. They have also had their bad days with six last places including a nul points finish for Ann Sophie’s ‘Black Smoke’ in 2015. Germany courted controversy with their selection process in 2015 when Ann Sophie replaced singer Andreas Kümmert who had received the most public votes with his song ‘Heart of Stone’, but who declined to represent his country after his win. Germany’s are amidst another Eurovision controversy in 2016…

Xavier Naidoo was internally selected to be the German Eurovision contestant for 2016. The plan was to host a selection competition for the song he would sing entitled Unser Song für Xavier (English: Our Song for Xavier). This contest was scheduled to take place on 18 February and feature six songs that were to be shortlisted by a panel of experts from all entries that national broadcaster had received from songwriters. These songs would all be performed by Xavier live and the public would then be asked to vote for their favourite, the one with the most votes being selected as the German entry for 2016.

Germany Eurovision 2016

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However, the announcement of Naidoo as their selection was met with an intense media backlash, with many outlets calling for the broadcaster to revoke the announcement due to Naidoo’s political affiliation with right wing views supporting the Reichsbürgerbewegung ideology. In addition to this it was reported that Naidoo had made homophobic and racist remarks not only in his statements but also in his music. Two days after the initial announcement, German broadcasters withdrew Naidoo as their representative and now instead they will focus on a publicly selected contestant. This contest Unser Lied für Stockholm (English: Our Song for Stockholm) will take place on 25 February 2016 in Cologne. It will see ten acts compete in the live final. These acts were revealed on 12th January:

Alex Diehl- ‘Nur ein Lied’ (Just a song)
Avantasia- ‘Mystery of a Blood Red Rose’ 
Ella Endlich- ‘Adrenalin’ 
Gregorian- ‘Masters of Chant’
Jamie-Lee Kriewitz- ‘Ghost’
Joco- ‘Full Moon’ 
Keøma- ‘Protected’
Laura Pinski- ‘Under the Sun We Are One’
Luxuslärm- ‘Solange Liebe in mir wohnt’ (As long as love lives within me)
Woods of Birnam- ‘Lift Me Up (From The Underground)’

Vote for your favourite act in our poll:

 

 

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