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Stella Floras


16/Dec 2008 at 13:51




Eurovision Song Contest Germany 2009 - © NDR

Open call for songs, internal selection

Germany: No national final for 2009

In an effort to attract internationally successful names, Germany will not be holding a national final to select their 2009 representative in the Eurovision Song Contest as it was announced today by NDR. Instead, the broadcaster will be selecting their entrant internally for next year as an exception to the usual procedure followed.

An open call for songs has been launched by NDR today. A special jury comprising music professionals will decide internally who will represent the country in the Eurovision Song Contest final in Moscow. Applications can be sent until 22 January and all applicants must be GEMA members and must have achieved chart success in the past.

"We are taking a break from the usual procedure," states Thomas Schreiber, ARD coordinator Entertainement, responsible for the Eurovision Song Contest. “This year’s decision was made  in the hope to attract internationally acclaimed names” he concludes.

Apart from 1956, when it is disputed whether a national final was held, only eight German entries were selected entirely internally: in 1959, 1966-1968, 1974 and 1993-1995. In 1995, Stone & Stone finished last in Dublin with only point, which was the reason why the contest was handed over to broadcaster NDR, which would organise national finals every year after.

Despite a series of commercially successful entries, Germany has not done well in the Eurovision Song Contest in recent years. Gracia finished last in Kyiv, Texas Lightning 14th/15th in Athens, Roger Cicero 19th in Helsinki and the No Angels 23rd/last in Belgrade. As a "big four" country, they are still directly nominated for the final in Moscow.

The rules of the German call for songs can be found here.

 Very special thanks to Marcus Faber for his contribution to the article.

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Max Raspail [36649]
Wed 17 Dec 2008 14:48:39

Of course, one can only make speculations of who the singer will be...

If they really manage to get a "big fish", that would be great for the Germans' interest in the competition, but Europe for sure won't have points for us once again - no matter what we send...

I think, Tokio Hotel is the "internationally" best what Germany can send - they are extremely popular in France for example...
Rammstein is popular but rather in America... And they're doing German hard-rock, a genre what isn't that original anymore since Lordi's victory - and Europe wouldn't estimate the German language, I think.
Singers like Sarah Connor, Yvonne Catterfeld or Jeanette Biedermann are suitable for Eurovision, but nothing special... they probably wouldn't manage to get into the Top10.

The chance, Rosenstolz - Germany's most popular band - could do Eurovision, consists because I think they are linked in a certain way to this competition which was the start for their career in 1998... and with a song like "Ich bin ich", "Liebe ist alles" or "Gib mir Sonne" they could convince the European audience...

Polarkreis 18 would be a contemporary choice, plus "Allein Allein" made a third place in the Danish charts... But I think they are scoring too much success at the moment to be desperate enough to do Eurovision...

Annett Louisan indeed would be a great choice - for the Germans. But her genre is not suitable for Eurovision and then, the success of her songs consists in the incredibly good text work - and the language is - again, of course - German. So nobody would understand how good these lyrics are...
Nevertheless, a song like her new single "Drück Die 1" could do well in Eurovision because she is an enormously good performer and this song has indeed - how do you say? - verve...

Then there is the row of successful German-singing bands - Mia, Silbermond, Juli, Virgina Jetzt!, Ich + Ich, Fettes Brot, Söhne Mannheims Klee, 2raumwohnung -, their success in Eurovision would depend exclusively on the song. I consider Ich + Ich as the most Eurovision-suitable out of this bunch...

Somebody mentioned Shantel and the Bukowina Orchestra - yes, a German artist, indeed. I saw him twice and he is incredibly great live. And then he makes music which could score high marks in the Balcan region. But then Germany sent country and sent swing and both times there were the voices who claimed that that's not typically German and because of that not very credible... Balcan Pop for Germany - could that be credible enough? I doubt...

Then we have the successful "old" singers like Herbert Grönemeyer, Pur or Nena. Therefore I don't have an opinion but I'm very sceptical if these big names were interested in Eurovision and then were able to get into the Top10...

To conclude this long post, there remains the idea of sending a singer from a previous Popstars- or Superstar-show - with the song of a famous composer - by thinking about Gracia - who IS a good live singer in general - I can't say that I really like this idea...
All in all, I think Germany's on its way down. The fact that there's no national final anymore proves that the viewing figures and the general interest are falling - and as somebody said properly before - that's a reason for the successful singers not to risk their good name in a competition like the Eurovision...

Florian Schöne [22834]
Wed 17 Dec 2008 12:33:45

My tip for this year is Annett Louisan, because she's from Hamburg.
The TV-Channel NDR is located in northern Germany and so they picked at least one artist from the north in the last years.
Last year it was Carolin Fortenbacher who lives in Hamburg, in 2006 it was Roger Cicero and in 2005 it was Texas Lightning who live in Hamburg, too.

Jon Mane [37967]
Wed 17 Dec 2008 10:46:22

GOODLUCK GERMANY!!!! one of my best COUNTRY!!!

soo many GREAT songs: 1975, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1990, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008


Ulrik Raben [37553]
Wed 17 Dec 2008 09:47:19

Captain Cook?
Bell, Book and Candle?
Neue Zeiten?

Mi reina [45031]
Wed 17 Dec 2008 08:32:12

Germany has sent so many great entries (exceptions were Grace and No Angels). Whatever the choice method, I wish Germany finally gets a good place.

Keith Timmons [44873]
Wed 17 Dec 2008 05:19:34

Haha yes send Scooter!!
"I haff von message for ze nex decay: moof yor ass!"

Ludovic Volkov [45220]
Wed 17 Dec 2008 00:44:55

Good move for Germany!

Any chances for Lali Puna to go to Moscow? Perhaps they are a little bit too alternative, but they're so great...
And why not Tokio Hotel? ^-^
Or a song on the style of wonderful Michelle's Wer Liebe lebt...

At last it seems the big 4 mean business not to make a fool of themselfes and take the contest seriously!

2009 seems so promising by now!

Ann Squires [17597]
Tue 16 Dec 2008 22:34:26

There is unfinished business here - STEFAN RAAB to pen the song!!!!
Possible artists - Liquido, Fettes Brot, RobocopKraus, Culture Beat, Peter Heppner or even Scooter???

Alexander K. [11252]
Tue 16 Dec 2008 21:19:14

Xavier Naidoo?
Die Happy?
Subway to Sally?
Die Ärzte?
Die Toten Hosen?

Jonny K [46850]
Tue 16 Dec 2008 21:18:33

Well i'm not really a massive fan of music in the UK charts at the moment either, I like the indie rock phase which is passing through at the moment but god I hate RnB!! And yes, I dont remember hearing any of them on the radio either! (Although I dont listen to the radio much ;))
In fact its quite ironic that i've heard BWO's "lay your love on me" being played more times on the radio than any of our eurovision songs, because "lay your love on me" was on Radio 2's B list for a bit so it got a few plays ;) I heard it about 3 times I think :)

Ben Gray [44512]
Tue 16 Dec 2008 21:16:45

In my opinion, an internal selection is always best when the general public of a country show very little interest in Eurovision. That is a lack of either positive or negative attention. This way, the broadcaster remains in control, saves money and has a much better chance of attracting an established and professional artist by reducing the competition for them. Bit sad, really, but its logical. I think this will be a better year for Germany.

Melina ~ [35728]
Tue 16 Dec 2008 21:07:44

@ Jonny, ok, you're definitely more of an expert on charts than I am ;) (That may be because they hardly ever have music that I like in them, at least not in the UK (here in Finland they do :) ))
Yes, it really does seem hard to believe... And I never heard those entries being played *anywhere*, either! :)

bad news! Never nice when a country decided to leave their NF out. germany has had many good NF's recently - apart from in 2006. they need really a HUGE name to make up on it. Rammstein please!! Or Tokyo Hotel. Bring in some trendy, modern famous rockband.

Jonny K [46850]
Tue 16 Dec 2008 20:41:21

Sorry I posted half a post without meaning to**
Carrying on . . .
Yeah I know it seems hard to believe Melina, that Scooch of all entries would reach top 5 and great entries from Jessica and Javine wouldnt break the top 10!

Jonny K [46850]
Tue 16 Dec 2008 20:35:39

Jessica Garlick - No.13 ( http://top40-charts.(...)d&string=Jessica )
Jemini - No.15 ( )
James Fox - No. 13 ( )
Javine - No.18 ( )
Daz Sampson - No.8 - ( http://www.nationmas(...)clopedia/Daz-Sampson )
Scooch - No.5 (And No.1 if it was based on Physical sales alone - )

Melina ~ [35728]
Tue 16 Dec 2008 20:20:27

@ Jonny K - "as of 2002, apart from this year every one of our entries has got to the top 20 at least in our charts" - which charts..? I used to live in the UK until recently and didn't see any of recent entries in the charts... ;) Can't definitely imagine any of them there either, especially not 2006 or 2007 entries ;)

Neal Widmer [23983]
Tue 16 Dec 2008 20:16:24

Florian Silbereisen
Bushido feat. Karel Gott :D :D :D

No, I just hope, Germany sends a good song, but I will miss the NF :(

Jonny K [46850]
Tue 16 Dec 2008 20:03:19

Believe me I would love for the UK to send some decent Indie rock! :D I can't see it happening this year with Lloyd Webber writing a song, but if we get a good result and take eurovision a little more seriously, theres nothing stopping us sending some decent indie rock in the future :D And I know what you mean when you say its a wasted oppurtunity, I mean we dont' neccesarily dislike our songs, because as of 2002, apart from this year every one of our entries has got to the top 20 at least in our charts ;)

Khalid GR [24641]
Tue 16 Dec 2008 19:25:40

@ Jonny K

There's something that both UK and Europe likes and that's indie rock. That's what the UK should send to do well. UK has the best music industry in the world in my opinion, so why waste the opportunity to do well by sending songs that noone likes? (not even UK)

Jonny K [46850]
Tue 16 Dec 2008 19:09:37

Fan Since 1976

"Maybe Europe doesn't understand the German taste re. it seems better to send a song to Eurovision that they Germans don't like themselves. "

Nooooo!! :) Its always better for a country to send a song that THEY like in my opinion. We're in a similar situation in the UK, our tastes are completely different and we dont have a clue what europe likes! :D It may be a result of being isolated from mainland europe or maybe we just dont care enough I dont know, but in my opinion its always better for a country to consider what they like before they consider what europe likes :)

Adalberto Iglesias [36606]
Tue 16 Dec 2008 18:18:02

Germany should send Tokyo Hotel! XD

Fan since 1976 [31010]
Tue 16 Dec 2008 18:14:36

Maybe Germany should send something/someone who isn't that much popular.
In the recent years we always send artists that were very successful in Germany but they failed in Eurovision.
It was the other way round f.ex. when Mekado came 3rd in 1993 but their only "success" in Germany was one week on No.100 in the charts with "Wir geben 'ne Party" as well as Sürpriz came 3rd in 1999 and didn't even reach the TOP100 for a single week.
Maybe Europe doesn't understand the German taste re. it seems better to send a song to Eurovision that they Germans don't like themselves.

Kathrin Schmidt [43233]
Tue 16 Dec 2008 17:52:46


We have a thriving music industry in Germany. It is just that German singers and groups don't see the ESC as a real music competition. It also don't have the same importance in Germany than in some of the newer ESC countries. It is not hip at the moment. It is just a contest which they may take part in to get a little more media attention in case they don't feel they have enough of it. So usually only newcomers or groups/singers which careers are going downward will take part in it.

Khalid GR [24641]
Tue 16 Dec 2008 17:43:17

No Monrose and no no no Tokio Hotel please! Germany has a great music scene and it would be a shame to send such artists. I would like to see Polarkreis 18, a very talented band of young singers who have had big success lately (and I think they can even win) or maybe Annete Louisian who has a great voice. Seeed would be great too or Shantel for something more ethnic. Good luck!

Jonny K [46850]
Tue 16 Dec 2008 17:42:09

Shame :( I always think that the best way to chose an entry is a national final at least. Seems like they're going down the same route as France, anyway good luck Germany! :)

Kathrin Schmidt [43233]
Tue 16 Dec 2008 17:38:42

They are a lot of successful groups and singers in Germany which would be a good choice in my opinion. Some of them were already mentioned in this threat.

But I also wouldn't have a problem with a quite unknown singer as long as someone write a good song for him or her.

I am thinking in particular about Linda Teodosiu. She reached the 3. place in the German version of Pop Idol. I haven't heard anything about her since the end of the show so she would be probably glad if she would get the chance to be again on TV. If someone would write a good song for her, I think she would be a great choice because she has a really good voice, is young and she looks quite good, too.

Here are some of her performance from the casting show:

"Mercy" which I personally like more than the original:

"Becauce of you":

"The voice within":

"I will Survive":

"One day in your life":

What do you think about her? Do you think she would be a good choice if someone would write a good song for her?

Ajdin Mehic [52074]
Tue 16 Dec 2008 17:24:27

I absolutely love this idea. Good luck Germany!

P.S. Just, don't send Tokio Hotel!

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