Sisters have won “Unser Lied für Israel” and will represent Germany in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019, to be held in Tel Aviv in May.
Seven entries competed in tonight’s contest to find Germany’s Eurovision entry, each chosen from a selection of 965 entries.
The running order was as follows:
- Gregor Hägele – Let Me Go
- Aly Ryan – Wear Your Love
- Makeda Purple – The Day I Loved You Most
- BB Thomaz – Demons
- Lilly Among Clouds – Surprise
- Linus Bruhn – Our city
- Sisters – Sister
The competing entries were released by the German broadcaster on the day of the show and are available to listen to on ARD’s website.
The winner was determined by three combined elements: an international expert panel, a 100 member jury of individuals with a connection to Eurovision and a public vote.
In a close voting round, Makeda was the favourite of the International Jury whereas Aly Ryan got top points from the Eurovision jury. Sisters took top points from the public vote and won on overall points.
Barbara Schöneberger and Linda Zervakis hosted the event live from Berlin, with Peter Urban commentating on the show live from the studio.
Five artists performed during the interval including Michael Schulte who represented Germany in last year’s Eurovision Song Contest where he finished in 4th place with his entry “You Let Me Walk Alone.” He was joined by Lena, who won the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 for Germany with “Satellite” and returned in 2011, singing “Taken By A Stranger.” The other guest performers were Andreas Bourani, Udo Lindenberg and Revolverhead.
The 2019 German national selection process involved multiple stages. Artists were able to apply until July 31, 2018 with a separate application phase for songwriters running until September 15th.
- Out of 965 applications and suggestions, an NDR team selected 198.
- The 198 music videos were judged by the 100 member Eurovision jury.
- The 50 best rated acts were subsequently judged by the 20-member international jury of experts.
- 20 candidates with the best ratings from both juries were invited to a workshop.
- Following the workshop, 15 candidates produced music videos.
- Based on these clips, both juries decided who should participate in the national final.
Germany in the Eurovision Song Contest
Germany was one of seven countries to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1956. The country has taken part in every contest since then, apart from in 1996 when they failed to make it through the qualifying round. To date Germany has won the contest twice, the first time being in 1982 when Nicole sang “Ein Bisschen Frieden” in Harrogate, which later became a global hit. Germany didn’t win again until 2010, when Lena sang “Satellite” in Oslo. She received 9 sets of 12 points, scoring 236 points overall.