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Sunday, 12 May 2013 02:42

Germany: Reviewing the track 'Glorious'

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Sharon Vaughn from the United States, Stano Simor from the Czech Republic and Martin Isherwood from the United Kingdom represent diverse music scenes in their respective nations with their contributions duly noted across the year. Their aim in joining this feature is to see what lies beneath each track of this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. The first semi-final along with the three finalist countries voting there have long been concluded and yesterday marked the conclusion of the acts competing in the second semi-final as well, leaving only the remaining direct finalists, which amount to three. Attention turns to Germany whose broadcaster, ARD will be represented by Cascada and the track Glorious co-written by Yann Peifer, Manuel Reuter, Andres Ballinas and Tony Cornelissen.

Front-singer Natalie Horler and her team of producers and writers Yann Peifer (Yanou) and Manuel Reuter (Manian) have topped charts in more than 20 countries with their irresistible dance-pop songs. Collecting numerous awards (e.g. the World Music Award in 2007) throughout their career, they have established themselves as one of the top European dance floor acts of the present. Bonn-based Natalie grew up in Germany. The daughter of David Horler, an acclaimed jazz musician and arranger who worked with likes of Quincy Jones, Stan Getz and Tony Bennett, Natalie grew up around music, though was more influenced by stars like Maria Carey and Whitney Houston. At age 18 she started doing studio work and recorded several tracks for different DJs.

In 2004, through her studio work, she met Cologne-based producers Yann Peifer (Yanou) and Manuel Reuter (Manian) who invited her to front their new project, Cascada. Within 18 months, together they found international fame with their huge debut hit Everytime We Touch. A smash in the States before the band even toured there, the song quickly caught on across the globe, followed by a multi-platinum selling album of the same title. The success of the album gained the World Music Award in the category World's Best-Selling German Artist. The second album Perfect Day (2007), led by hit single What Hurts The Most, continued Cascada’s reign as one of the world’s Top Ten selling dance acts.


German authors and producers Yann Peifer (aka Yanou) and Manuel Reuter (aka Manian) have shared a career path for many years. They met virtually by accident in 2004 in a recording studio in Düsseldorf and have been working together ever since. One of their first songs is Miracle, which in 2004 lead to the foundation of the Cascada project with lead singer Natalie Horler. In 2005 they produced the worldwide smash hit Everytime We Touch, which also gave the project its breakthrough and eventually won the World Music Award in 2007. Their productions now make weekly appearances in the European charts, and the second major Cascada hit Evacuate The Dancefloor, made the top ten worldwide and reached number one in the official UK charts.

In 2010, Lena Meyer-Landrut took to the stage of the Eurovision Song Contest with the track Satellite which overcame the competition to rank in the top position with 246 points in total. In the following year, as the city of Dusseldorf hosted, there was a lot of talk on who could carry the torch and the broadcaster selected Lena Meyer-Landrut once more and once more managed another top ten position with Taken By A Stranger. Last year, despite Lena not returning for a third participation, the country selected a male in the form of Roman Lob and the country succeeded, achieving eighth place. In the years before that, the country had been lingering in the bottom positions despite the effort as seen through acts such as Roger Cicero and No Angels.

Professional Critics Voice their Opinion

Rating: 63%

Martin Isherwood: Nice voice. Ok tune. All a bit a derivative. Very reminiscent of last year's winner - so probably won't do very well despite being an ok dance pop track. Already through anyway.

Sharon Vaughn: Just feels more and more and more of yesterdays past tracks. Nothing fresh.

Stano Simor: Cascada has a lot of experience on stage and several European hits. This is surely an advantage. Glorious is a song that has power. From the national final performance, it seems that Cascada is not selling the song well on stage and this has to change for success to follow. 

Source: eurovision.tv 


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