GERMANY – In February 2019, Germany might pick one of these 6 artists to travel to Israel: Aly Ryan, BB Thomaz, Linus Bruhn, Gregor Hägele, lilly among clouds or Makeda.
The NDR is also in contact with other acts whose participation is yet to be decided.
Unser Lied für Israel (Our Song for Israel), the German national selection show, will be presented by Barbara Schöneberger and Linda Zervakis and will be broadcast by Das Erste.
In the meantime here are the 24 composers invited for creating the songs for the six artists and the national final:
GERMANY – Further developments on Unser Lied, the German national selection show through which the country will decide its participation in Eurovision 2019.
The five day workshop took place Maarwegstudio2, in Cologne-Braunsfeld and now has concluded, in which 15 acts competed. They recorded their video for the jury.
From 20 invited acts only 15 took part. We remind you that originally more the 1000 submissions gathered by the national broadcaster.
Only 11 out of the 15 acts have been named as NDR was asked to keep their identity secret.
Thomas Schreiber and Christoph Pellander stated: “Among the participants are also artists who at first do not want to be mentioned by name and make their decision to participate dependent on their experience at the workshop – that’s what we understand and respect. A total of 15 of the top 20 were accepted by NDR. The remaining five were not available due to time constraints, having musical plans for 2019 that cannot be combined with the ESC or not seeing themselves on the ESC stage.”
The 15 qualifiers will produce new videos for the jury and the final announcement will take place sometime within November. Then the song writing camp will kick off and by December everything will be concluded.
The national final will take place in February.
GERMANY – Speaking on 8 September, the parliamentary group CDU / CSU, a coalition with a relative majority in the Bundestag and directed by Angela Merkel, argued that Germany should be represented by a German song at the Eurovision Song Contest.
“We should use our language more confidently and emphasize its importance as a key to a good community life in our society,” said Elisabeth Motschmann, spokeswoman for the group’s cultural group.
“Most of the performers in our country sing in German and succeed as important ambassadors of our language … We are all obliged to avoid excessive use of English and to use our beautiful German language,” she said, deploring that Germany’s last participation in the Eurovision Song Contest with a German theme dates back to 2007, when Roger Cicero defended “Frauen regier’n die Welt” in Helsinki.
However, the last presence of the language in the contest was in charge of Austria in 2012, with Trackshittaz to defend “Woki mit deim Popo” in the semifinal in Baku.
After the declarations of Elisabeth Motschmann, the German NDR station, responsible for participating in the Eurovision Song Contest, said: “The conditions for participation in the preliminary decision for this year’s edition do not put any obstacles in German songs, being open to receive applications in all languages”.
GERMANY – German national broadcaster is about to choose eight to ten finalists for the national final through which the country will decide its 2019 Eurovision Song Contest entry in Israel.
The fan jury is gathered for the first time to narrow the 198 candidates to 50. As NDR entertainment director Thomas Schreiber recently revealed, more than 1000 submissions gathered.
Now 100 German Eurovision fans are listening to the candidates and will arrows them to 50. The meeting took place in Cologne. The meetings will continue the coming weeks in four German cities.
When the 50 songs chosen, an international jury of experts from 20 countries will narrow them to 20. Those 20 will be invited in a special Eurovision workshop in Cologne.
Then there will be matching of the artists with the songs. 150 songs have been received and more will be composed in a songwriting camp set to take place in November.
The final list is expected to be decided in December along with details on how the national final will take place.
GERMANY – Dieter Thomas Heck was a German television presenter, singer and actor. He is known as the presenter of the TV program ZDF-Hitparade, featuring German Schlager music, in the 1970s and 1980s. As an actor, he starred in the TV play Das Millionenspiel in 1970.
Heck was born in Flensburg, Germany and grew up in Hamburg. In April 1943, when he was five years old, he developed a stutter after being trapped under a staircase after a nighttime British bombing raid during World War II.
The stutter went away after he received training in classical singing at age 16. After completing “Mittelschule” (middle school) and a technical “Oberschule” (high school) he was trained as a “Technischer Kaufmann” (technical salesman) by Borgward in Hamburg and worked afterwards as a salesman. He left the company before it went bankrupt in 1961.
In 1959, Heck appeared on Peter Frankenfelds talent show Toi – Toi – Toi, singing Hippe-di-hipp, mein Mädchen. In 1961, he participated in the preliminary round of the Grand Prix Eurovision de la Chanson (now Eurovision Song Contest).