The German national final, Unser Song für Dänemark, kicks off this Thursday. We’ve put together some notes for each artist in what is a wide open contest!
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Das Gezeichnete Ich
Das Gezeichnete Ich is the pseudonym of a Berlin-based multi-instrumentalist whose career started as the warm up act for Pet Shop Boys in 2009. He had an album release in 2010 and achieved a fifth place in the German Bundesvision competition which was won by “Unheilig” in the same year. Since then it has been quiet around Das Gezeichnete Ich.
Madeline Juno is a singer-songwriter from the Black Forest region. Her first single “Error“ has attracted over 1.3 million views on youtube and she has performed in several German TV shows in the last couple of months. Her debut album “The Unknown” was just recently released and all songs are written and composed by Madeline herself. The second song Like Lovers Do is also featured on the soundtrack of the film Pompeii
MarieMarie from Munich is a harp player with a style of music she refers to as folktronic pop music. She has been touring at small clubs since 2009 and has seen her popularity increase since the release of the single “Under The Neon Sky” in 2013.
Oceana has become famous with the official song for the UEFA Euro 2012 in Poland & Ukraine. “Endless Summer” has attracted over 66 million hits on youtube from all over Europe. She didn’t have a hit in Germany since then.
Santiano are shanty rockers from Northern Germany. Their debut album in 2012 sold triple platinum and they won the German music award Echo in the category “Best Folk” in 2013. Even though Santiano are snubbed by some parts of German media they have a very large fanbase and are able to sell out stadiums all over Germany.
The Baseballs have become popular with 50s and 60s style rock cover version of pop songs. Their version of Rihanna’s “Umbrella” in 2009 was not only a hit in Germany but several other European countries. Therefore, it can be assumed that a large number of their 430.000 fans on facebook is not based in Germany.
- Als wär’s das erste Mal
- Wir sind alle wie eins (We are all as one)
Unheilig is undoubtedly the biggest name in Germany of this year’s German preselection. The band of front singer Der Graf has been around since 2000, but their real breakthrough success started in 2010 with the song “Geboren um zu Leben”. Since then Unheilig have sold millions of records in Germany, Austria and Switzerland and won dozens of national music awards. Unheilig have 1.7 million fans on facebook.
Elaiza have won the wildcard in the “Unser Song für Dänemark” club concert that has been watched by approximately 200.000 German TV viewers. Little is known about them but it should be noted that they won the ticket to the final from first position in the running order.
Who’s your favourite to make it to Copenhagen?