SRF has revealed that “Sister” which will represent Germany at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019, was originally written for the Swiss selection.
DouzePoints.ch reports that “Sister” was written in the 2018 songwriting camp for the Swiss selection but was not selected to go through to the national final last year. The song was written by Swiss songwriters Marine Kaltenbacher and Tom Oehler, as well as Thomas Stengaard from Denmark and Canadian-British songwriter Laurell Barker.
“Sister” is the second song to have won a nations selection, having originally been intended to represent another country. “Bigger Than Us” which will be performed by Michael Rice for the United Kingdom was originally written for Melodifestivalen, before being submitted in to Eurovision: You Decide.
S!sters were selected to represent Germany at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in a tight voting sequence. 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.
Source: Douze Points
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.