GERMANY – German national broadcaster revealed the song titles for Unser Lied für Lisbon, the show through which Germany will decide its participation in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. The songs will be presented in audio form on February 20th. Three of the songs composed at the songwriting camp where the singers met with the composers. The songs are:
Xavier Darcy – Jonah (Xavier Darcy, Loren Nine Geerts, Axel Ehnström, Thomas Stengaard)
Ivy Quainoo – House on fire (Jörgen Elofsson, Ali Tamposi)
Ryk – You and I (Rick Jurthe)
Michael Schulte – You let me walk alone (Michael Schulte, Thomas Stengaard, Nisse Ingwersen, Nina Müller)
Natia Todua – My own way (Loren Nine Geerts, Ricardo Bettiol, Martin Gallop, Jaro Omar)
voXXclub – I mog Di so (Merty Bert, Mike Busse, Philipp Klemz, Lennard Oestmann – Joe Walter, Philipp Klemz, Martin Simma, Merty Bert, Mike Busse)
GERMANY – ARD announced today that Linda Zervakis and Elton will host Unser Lied für Lissabon, the show through which Germany will decide its entry and representative for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest.
It would be interesting to see a Greek-German hostess of the national selection and the reaction of the Greeks on this. Zervakis began her career with NDR radio show N-Joy and steed Experiment mit Linda Zervakis on NDR television, Nachtmagazin and Tagesschau.
Elton is known to the Eurovision fans as he hosted the special correspondence show for TV Total back in 2010 Eurovision Song Contest previously accompanying Stefan Raab and Max Mutzke in Istanbul in 2004. He also hosts the shows Wer weiß denn sowas? and Die Superpauker.
Both of them are excited and they can’t wait to deliver the German decision from Berlin.
GERMANY – Bild newspaper claims for the six names confirmed as Ivy Quainoo, Michael Schulte, Natia Todua, Rick Jurthe (Ryk), Xavier Darcy and Voxxclub announced to be the finalists for the German national final, Unser Lied für Lissabon. Participants selected through the European Panel and the international experts.
The next step for the Unser Lied für Lissabon is to create the songs. 15 German and international songwriters are now composing the songs for the national selection alongside the participants as they worked in the songwriting camp and will assign the proper song to the proper singer.
ARD Head of Entertainment, Thomas Schreiber, says:
Congratulations and thanks to our six acts! They have been selected in a multi-stage process by the international jury members and the 100 people who represent the international ESC audience exciting, diversified ESC preliminary decision, and now it’s about finding the best song for Lisbon.
GERMANY – Bild Newspaper claims the exclusivity of the six participants for the national final. Although we expected five finalists, Bild claims six names. The names of course have not (yet) been confirmed or denied by ARD. The broadcaster waits the official confirmation from the artists themselves. So far only four out the six reported have confirmed their participation and they are: Ivy Quainoo, Michael Schulte, Natia Todua, Rick Jurthe, Steal a Taxi and Voxxclub.
Some information about the participants: Ivy and Natia are the most popular names in the list, both winners of The Voice of Germany and thousands of fans as followers. Michael Schultz was third in The Voice of Germany (when Ivy won) and Rick is a newcomer artist, nominated for San Marino’s national selection but didn’t make it. Steal is an indie pop band making lots of video covers and Voxxclub are known for their Bavarian folk songs.
Bild also reveals the 16 artists invited in the bootcamp: Benedikt Köstler, Boris Alexander Stein, Danyal Demir, Ivy Quainoo, Juan Geck, LaBrassBanda, Lara Loft, LauraAubreyWanja/Diamonds, Michael Schulte, Natia Todua, Ryk, Steal A Taxi, Vinh Khuat, VoXXclub. Xavier Darcy.
GERMANY – With an international jury, Germany is gearing up for the national final in 2018. There will be a 100 member jury from Europe and an international jury alongside the tele voting.
The European jury will represent the taste of the European viewers. The international jury will be made out of 20-25 people with members who have previously participated in the Eurovision Song Contest across Europe.
ARD’s Thomas Schreiber says that the last few months there were intense discussions about advises and criticism we received. The goal is a new start., nothing to do with what we saw in the previous years with a combination of passion, understanding and analysis. German goal is to address the international audience and competition.
Submissions for the German national final is due on November 6th at 12:00 local time. There will be 20 finalists for the next phase by the European jury and then the NDR will evaluate the finalists based on vocal skills, stage possibilities.
Then European and international jury will select the five finalists and NDR will decide the song for each of these five participants.
GERMANY – Joy Fleming, real name Erna Libenow, née Raad (15 November 1944 – 27 September 2017) was a German singer who is probably best known for her performance in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1975. She performed the song “Ein Lied kann eine Brücke sein” and was placed seventeenth out of nineteen countries.
Fleming made a further Eurovision bid in 1986, participating in the German national contest with the song Miteinander. Joy’s next involvement with Eurovision came in 2001 when, under a somewhat confusing arrangement with Swiss television she co-sang their contribution to the German final.
The song, Power of Trust was performed with two other singers, Lesley Bogaert and Brigitte Oelke and was placed second. Joy made another attempt in 2002 and finished as runner-up yet again, this time performing Joy to the World with the group Jambalaya.
The management of Joy Fleming announced that this popular singer died unexpectedly last night: We mourn for joy Fleming
Joy Fleming died unexpectedly on Wednesday night, 27.09.2017 at the age of 72
With her, we lose a great singer, a sacrificial mother and a loving partner who was fully in life.
Our deepest sympathy is now to your family and to all your loyal fans.
The family’s wish is to bury them in the narrowest part. We hope for your understanding.
Dear Joy, we will miss you very much!
GERMANY – In an interview to Süddeutsche Zeitung, ARD’s program director Volker Herres shocked probably most German Eurofans (and probably made the Swedish fans happier). In the interview he expressed his sadness that there is no artist in the recent years to score well in Eurovision despite the country’s participation directly to the Grand Final.
But the weird statement came later on. He said that during his term in the office of ARD he is not wishing Germany to win the contest as they will have to host and pay for it the following year.
GERMANY – Well
Eurovision Eurostars and politics are often becoming one no matter the efforts to avoid it. Lena, the 2010 Eurovision winner on behalf of Germany and also 2011 representative of her country in the contest inland, openly supports Angela Merkel in the upcoming elections. Currently Merkel leads the poll with big difference from her opponent. It is said that Lena will attend (and most likely perform) at a support gala for Merkel.
GERMANY – Margot Hielscher (29 September 1919 – 20 August 2017) was a German singer and film actress. She appeared in over fifty films between and 1939 and 1994. Hielscher was born in Berlin. In 1957, she was chosen to represent Germany at the Eurovision Song Contest 1957 with the song “Telefon, Telefon” (Telephone, Telephone). The song finished fourth out of ten, with eight points.
Hielscher was chosen again to represent Germany at the Eurovision Song Contest 1958 with the song “Für Zwei Groschen Musik” (Music For Two Pennies). The song finished seventh out of ten, with 5 points.
In 1989, she starred in the TV series Rivalen der Rennbahn. She died in Munich, aged 97. In 1978, she was awarded the “Bundesverdienstkreuz” and in 1985 the “Filmband in Gold” for her contributions to German cinema.