German national broadcaster NDR has revealed the five young singers who will compete to be Germany’s Eurovision act in the final of Unser Song Fur Kyiv on 9th February.
Germany have moved on from the controversial comments made by Xavier Naidoo and his subsequent withdrawal from the Contest as the German representative. Instead they have opted for teenager Jamie Lee Kriewitz and her song ‘Ghost’. We take a look at the song in our review.
German Eurovision selections have been marked with controversy for the past few years. In 2015, although they crowned Andreas Kummert as the winner, the Voice singer turned down on live TV the opportunity to represent his country at Eurovision. Second Place singer Ann Sophie took his place but received nul points in Vienna. In 2016 the German National broadcaster chose singer Xavier Naidoo to sing for them, but he was removed following a number of seemingly racist and homophobic comments. This led to a public selection show ‘Unser Lied für Stockholm’, which last night was won by Jamie Lee Kriewitz who will perform ‘Ghost’ in Stockholm in May.
For the past two weeks you have been voting for your favourite German songs in contention to be the nation’s Eurovision 2016 representative. You have voted in your hundreds and you maintain that the winner will be…
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…
The final result for the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 is in and some countries will be disappointed that the didn’t do as well as they expected. In fact Austria’s The MakeMakes and Ann Sophie from Germany not only finished in dead last but they will also join the exclusive club of songs to have scored no points at all.
This is a weird one for me. How can you possibly get behind a song when the nation it represents didn’t even pick it as their first choice. At Germany’s national selection final, they chose to pick Andreas Kummert and his song ‘Home is in My Heart’, however moments later the former Voice contestant turned down the opportunity. Instead the decision was made that Ann Sophie (the wildcard selection) would represent Germany in Vienna with ‘Black Smoke’.
This week was another action packed week with many of the countries taking part in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest finalising their acts and songs for Vienna in May. Majority of the songs have now been revealed, but let’s take a look back on the things we learned this week.
1. Australia will make their debut at the 60th Eurovision Song Contest, but it was revealed this week that their first ever representative would be former Australian Idol and R n B singer Guy Sebastian. In a press conference this week he stated that the song choice would be revealed in due course, but it could be a song that featured on his latest album, as it was written within the Eurovision deadline.
2. Controversy was rife when the German selection process crowned Andreas Kummert as the winner of the live final this week, only for the singer to turn down the chance to represent his country at Eurovision with song ‘Heart of Stone’
3. Instead it would be runner up
The whole of Europe were shocked when the German pick Andreas Kummert turned down the opportunity to represent his country on Thursday night after being voted for by the public with his song ‘Heart of Stone’. Instead, taking his place will be runner up and Wildcard winner Ann Sophie who will sing her song ‘Black Smoke’. Watch the moment when Andreas Kummert turned down Eurovision for Germany below: