One day before the national final all singers have been rehearsing their songs. Out of 2000 singers, 30 have been invited by the NDR to check their singing abilities. At the end five singers received the ticket for the final show.
For each of the five contestants there are three songs to rehearse: the first song is a cover song of their choice. The two other songs will be special compositions for the contest. Those two songs “Wildfire” and “Perfect Life” are all arranged in a different way to suit the individual singer. This is a similar concept like it has been proved successfully when Lena sang her song “Satellite” in a different arrangement as from the competitor back in 2010.
The first song “Wildfire” has been composed by another international team which consist of Marit Larsen from Norway, the Scotsman Greg Holden and the American Tofer Brown. All of them are singers, songwriters and producers and have been seen in the top German music charts with “If a song could get me you”. This song has been composed in New York City. So there is a little flair of the big wide world.
The second song is called “Perfect Life” and has been composed by the US songwriters Lindy Robbins, Dave Basset and Lindey Ray. Lindy Robbins has written songs for David Guetta and many more. Dave Bassett has already won a Grammy for the band Halestorm. Lindsey Ray has worked with Mariah Carey, Demi Lovato and Deana Carter and has also worked as a solo artist and in a band Farmdale, with which she released several albums.
The five contestants had their first rehearsals on Wednesday. All the singers are young and ambitious and strong individuals. Unfortunately, none of the especially composed songs is really outstanding. Neither “Wildfire” nor “Perfect Life” are suitable songs for winning a festival like the Eurovision Song Contest, nevertheless they are at least radio friendly, but not outstanding which is necessary to shine at the ESC.
The best arrangement so far was the version of “Wildfire” by Felicia Lu Kürbiß, who had the best stage appearance and the song had a special groove.
The only guy in the German national final Alex Maximillian Feige has a unique voice – very special though, but the stage performance is a bit boring, the producing team has even given a chair for him, so the entry appear even more static. So it does not really stand out. There is a similar situation with the song “Perfect Life”.
Also the last singer of the rehearsals Isabella “Levina” Lueen could convince the attending audience with a cover version of Adele’s song. The version of “Wildfire” is far too slow for her and it will be hard to get to the final with this. But her version of “Perfect Life” was a lot better.
Helene Nissen was very sweet and has a country style. Nice to watch and listen, but no winner material. Yosefin was full of energy, but no song was in the perfect arrangement to win the ESC.
Let wait and see how the German public is deciding.
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