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Sunday, 06 January 2013 15:14

Germany: Star Waiting to Shine in Malmö

Germany took part in every Eurovision Song Contest since its beginning in 1956. No other country has been represented as often, only the United Kingdom and France come in a close second, missing only two contests each. Germany has won the European contest twice, in 1982 and 2010. Their first win was in 1982 with Nicole singing the Ralph Siegel & Bernd Menuinger composition Ein Bißchen Frieden. Ralph Siegel is considered as one of the most well-known and prolific composers in the history of Eurovision!

Germany won the Eurovision Song Contest in Oslo, Norway in 2010 with the fun pop ballad "Satellite" sung by Lena. The Eurovision Song Contest is still one of the most watched events each year in Germany. This year 12 songs will be in the running to be the German entry in the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest in Sweden. The German final will take place in Hannover on Valentine’s Day! NDR named the 12 acts to take part in this year’s "Unser Star für Malmö" (Our Star for Malmö). The following is the list of participants and songs in alphabetical order:

Some of the songs are available on YouTube and there has been some debate on the eligibility of a number of songs as they were published prior the 1st September 2012. However, NGR recently affirmed that all competing songs are in line with the latest Eurovision rules and therefore can participate normally in the German selection. Last year, Roman Lob represented the Western country with the song ‘Standing Still’ written by one of the most fertile teams in song writing including Jamie Cullum, Steve Robson and Wayne Hector. In last year’s final, Roman sang his song just before our own Kurt Calleja. ‘Standing Still’ managed to grab 110 points in the final, and finished in a respectable 8th place. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more of the latest news about Germany in the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: NDR

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzMye6AV8BQ

Five consecutive disappointing results needed to be addressed quickly by ARD, the German broadcaster who is a member of the European Broadcasting Union and a major funding source towards the organisation. In fact, changes were implemented and the chosen act in 2010 was none other than Lena Meyer-Landrut with the song Satellite which would go onto win the Eurovision Song Contest achieving the second victory for the nation. She would return to defend her title and took part in a multi-song selection, then released as an album, eventually winning with Taken by a Stranger achieving tenth place and thus a second top ten position. They kept to the same format used in 2010 and ultimately selected Roman Lob with the track Standing Still which finished in eighth place continuing a run of successful results. ARD have been carefully thinking about their next strategy and they have coordinated with major record labels in Germany and have released eleven names of what will be a twelve act national selection.

The twelfth act will be revealed in the next couple of days noting that negotiations are still currently ongoing and they would like to leave something as a surprise. Nevertheless, the list of acts is quite interesting especially when noting a mixture of well known and unknown artists who will try to represent Germany in the Eurovision Song Contest taking place in Sweden during the next couple of months. One of the most popular acts in the selection is surely Söhne Mannheims who have released numerous singles and have given sold out concerts in Germany in the past decade. Their most recent release entitled Das Hat die Welt Noch Nicht Gesehen reached the top spot in Germany and one of the performers in the group is none other than Xavier Naidoo who was a jury in the most recent national selection. The other famous act is surely none other than Cascada who are well known all round Europe having released a number of hits such as Everytime We Touch, What Hurts the Most, Evacuate the Dancefloor and most recently The Rhythm of the Night. Their material has charted in Germany, Austria, Ireland, France, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and The Netherlands.

  • Ben Ivory - The Righteous Ones
  • Betty Dittrich - Lalala
  • Blitzkids mvt. - Heart On The Line
  • Cascada - Glorious
  • Finn Martin - Change
  • LaBrassBanda - Nackert
  • Mobilée - Little Sister
  • Nica & Joe - Elevated
  • Die Priester feat. Mojca Erdmann - Ave Maris Stella
  • Saint Lu - Craving
  • Söhne Mannheims - One Love

The national final which is keeping the recent name that it has been branded for the past three years will be taking place on the 14th February 2013 in the city of Hannover within the TUI Arena. Amongst the guest performers there will be Loreen who won the Eurovision Song Contest earlier this year for Sweden with the track Euphoria as well as Lena who won the prestigious competition for Germany with Satellite back in 2010 as already mentioned above. The decision of who wins this selection will be in the hands of the public and the jury therefore, every vote will count. Remember, that we were the only online media to publish the news about Cascada when it was just a rumour and now it has turned out to be quite accurate. We would like you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news.

Source: ARD

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cScJPH20P3A

Wednesday, 28 November 2012 13:50

Germany: Major Dance Act in National Selection

There was a prolonged period of time in which Germany could not manage to string together a run of consecutive positive results finishing near the bottom of the board despite the efforts of the host broadcaster, hence forth why they changed their system completely calling on the stardom of Stefan Raab to help spearhead them in the right direction. The former representative who also presents a television programme, is a songwriter and a producer with his own record label has always been influential in the music industry and his help was well appreciated as he sought out a star which came in the form of Lena Meyer-Landrut who went onto win the competition with her song Satellite before managing tenth place the following year with Taken By A Stranger. Earlier this year, Stefan was a judge in the competition and eventually supported the winner Roman Lob whose entry bearing the title Standing Still finished in eight place. ARD are looking to go back to a national final format this time round though and a number of record labels have been invited to submit their proposals. Some intriguing names are being rumoured by credible sources close to the broadcaster.

 

The initial rumours were that the band known as Glasperlenspiel as well as Helene Fischer would be taking part in the national selection have now been shot down completely but nevertheless, credible sources are discussing that the national broadcaster is in talks to have a well known international dance-act, popular around the world to participate within the national final. The only two German groups to fit into that criteria are either Scooter or Cascada, both of which are trying to reinvent their music status and hopefully return to the top of the charts. Scooter have been around in the German music industry since the eighties and have gained considerable success throughout the years with several studio albums making it to the top ten in Germany, Austria, Finland, Hungary, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom whilst Cascada have managed to become well regarded since their debut release back in 2006 with the material succeeding in Germany, Ireland, the United States and the United Kingdom. Their most successful records are surely Everytime We Touch and Evacuate the Dance Floor although the recently released track The Rhythm of the Night is causing quite the storm. All of the details will be released on the 12th December by the German broadcaster so until then, stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more latest news.

Source: Quotenmeter

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFF7z3PU_CE

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