Preview: Germany’s “Unser Song für Malmö”
For the past few years, Germany has been in a state of refining its formula for selecting an artist and song for Eurovision. A 2009 internal selection was followed by “Unser Star für Oslo”, which introduced the world to a then-unknown schoolgirl from Hanover named Lena Meyer-Landrut. When she returned to Eurovision as a champion the next year, the format was tweaked to find the perfect follow-up song for her. Following the successes of “Satellite” and “Taken By A Stranger“, “Unser Star für Baku” found another new talent, Roman Lob, who gave Germany its third Top-Ten placement in a row with “Standing Still“.
After so many years languishing near the bottom of the Eurovision scoreboard, Germany was finally becoming a bit of a powerhouse for the first time in what seemed like forever, and enthusiasm for the contest grew. Due to increased interest from established artists, the 2013 National Selection process would shift from a multi-week program aimed embracing at new talent to a one-night-only event where singers would come with songs at the ready and the national media would all get behind the contestants.
“Unser Song für Malmo”, to be held on February 14th, will pit a dozen songs against each other. Even before the curtain rises in Hanover, however, nine radio stations from across the country will put the songs on rotation and track online votes from the public. During the actual show, a five-member jury (including Roman Lob) and a public televote will also weigh in. The three scores are given equal weighting, and after all is said and done, one of the following acts (listed in alphabetical order) will get the ticket to Sweden:
- Ben Ivory – “The Righteous Ones“
- Betty Dittrich – “La La La“
- Blitzkids – “Heart On The Line“
- Cascada – “Glorious“
- Finn Martin – “Change“
- LaBrassBanda – “Nackert“
- Mia Diekow – “Lieblingslied“
- Mobilée – “Little Sister“
- Nica & Joe – “Elevated“
- Die Priester feat. Mojca Erdmann – “Meerstern, sei gegrüßt“
- Saint Lu – “Craving“
- Söhne Mannheims – “One Love“