GERMANY – From 2,000 applicants the German national broadcaster decided the five finalists for the German national selection, Unser Song 2017, through which the country will try to make it to the final this time, after recent failures in the Eurovision scoreboard.
Axel Maximilian Feige from Hamburg, Felicia Lu Kürbiss from Freilassing, Helene Nissen from Hollingstedt, Isabella “Levina” Lueen from Berlin and Wilhelm “Sadi” will compete in the February national final show which will take place in Cologne and hosted by Barbara Schöneberger.
GET TO KNOW THE PARTICIAPANTS
Axel Maximilian Feige (28) lives in Hamburg and works as a freelance musician. As a child he learned bassoon and piano, guitar and bass he taught himself. At the age of 15 Axel founded his first band, currently playing with Absolem Max and Diazpora. Their new album will be released in mid-February.
Felicia Lu Kürbiß (21) comes from Freilassing (Berchtesgadener Land). She plays the piano and currently works as a songwriter. She calls her musical direction Elektropop. Just as every week, she publishes a video on YouTube. She already has experience with casting shows: in 2014 she was in the final of “Rising Star”.
Helene Nissen (20) from Hollingstedt (Schleswig-Flensburg county) still goes to school. She has also gained a stage experience at the NDR – for the station, she has already appeared on the Travemünder Woche. She plays the guitar and plays concerts with her brother.
Isabella “Levina” Lueen (25) lives in Berlin and London. She is currently studying Music Management at the London College of Music, before completing her vocal studies there. Levina writes soul and pop songs, she received singing and piano lessons at the age of nine, and played in children’s musicals until her 16th birthday. She regularly plays in bars with her band.
Wilhelm “Sadi” Richter is 19 years old, lives in Dortmund and studies composition in Essen. Sadi is a jazz musician, plays the piano, bass and drums, and sings in clubs. As a 15-year-old, he was singing trainer for Sylvie Mais (then van der Vaart) for the show “Shooting Stars”.
In the three hour show set up, Lena, Tim Bendzko and Florian Silbereisen will serve as consulting jury panel. They will comment on the performances but will not have the right to vote. The international audience is asked: Fans in Europe can follow the qualifying round in the stream and on the official http://www.eurovision.tv app to nominate their favorites.
The candidates are singing titles which have been nominated by national and internationally successful producers specifically for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. The selection of the five candidates as well as the songs have been made by representatives of the German national broadcasters, NDR and the ARD, the production company Raab TV as well as musical experts, including the head of the six-headed show-live band Wolfgang Dalheimer (Heavytones) met.
Thomas Schreiber, Head of NDR program area Fiction & entertainment and ARD entertainment coordinator: “Eureka – our team would be: We present the German national final five exciting candidates who convinced us in intense studio sessions musically and with their performance and are very different. I am curious for whom the audience will decide.”
There are still tickets for the rehearsal for the show but the final is already sold out.