HANOVER, GERMANY – Unser Song für Österreich is taking place tonight at 20:15 CET in Hannover, Germany’s Expo Plaza Arena hosted by Barbara Schöneberger and available for streaming at http://www.eurovision.de.
Three well-known acts will entertain the public during the interval: Stephanie Heinzmann (pictured), Mark Forster and last year’s Eurovision Song Contest winner Conchita Wurst.
There will be 100% tele voting for the eight acts. Two of them will proceed to the Super Final where the winner for Vienna will be decided.
PARTICIPANTS & SONGS
Fahrenhaidt: Frozen Silence and Mother Earth
Faun: Hörst du die Trommeln and Abschied
Alexa Feser: Glück and Das Gold von morgen
Mrs. Greenbird: Shine, Shine, Shine and Take My Hand
Andreas Kümmert: Home Is In My Hands and Heart Of Stone
Laing: Zeig Deine Muskeln and Wechselt die Beleuchtung
Noize Generation: Song For You and Crazy Now
Ann Sophie: Jump The Gun and Black Smoke
GET TO KNOW THE PARTICIPANTS
Ann Sophie (24) was born in London and grew up in Hamburg. At the age of four, she started with ballet dancing, and at 14 she knew that she wanted to be a singer. Six years later she moved to New York to study at the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute to become an actress. At the same time she started her music career, singing in bars and recording her first self-written songs. In September 2012 her first album was released, and after three years in the US she moved back to Hamburg. Ann Sophie won the club concert on February 19 and thus received a wildcard for the German final.
The project Fahrenhaidt is backed by Berlin-based music producers Erik Macholl and Andreas John. They describe their style as “modern nature pop”, mixing contemporary electronic music with acoustic instruments. Their new album The Book Of Nature will be released on February 6.
Faun has been part of the medieval music scene for more than ten years. The six artists Oliver s. Tyr, Fiona Rüggeberg, Niel Mitra, Stephan Groth, Rüdiger Maul and Katja Moslehner are active in their very own field of music, called “pagan folk”. Their album Von den Elben went to platinum status.
As a child, Alexa Feser already created her own music on the piano – inspired by her grandfather, a jazz pianist. Before releasing her first album Gold von morgen and going on a (sold-out) tour of Germany, she worked as a DJane, paper girl, and flight hostess to finance her music career.
From zero to number 1 in the German album charts – that’s what the duo Mrs. Greenbird managed with their first album, which went gold in 2012. Sarah Nücken and Steffen Brückner have written all their songs themselves, and their second CD Postcards, which has been produced in Nashville, has just been released.
Andreas Kümmert stands for plain rock, soul, and blues. One year ago he became “The Voice of Germany” and impressed the people with his exceptional voice. His album Here I Am, produced by successful American producers Justin Stanley and Max Herre, climbed to the third place in the German charts.
Laing, that’s lead singer, songwriter and producer Nicola Rost, together with the singers Johanna Marschall and Larissa Pesch and the dancer and choreographer Marisa Akeny. With their first hit single Morgens immer müde, they became known all over Germany. Their second album Wechselt die Beleuchtung has just recently been released, a mix of minimal-electro, pop, and RnB, combined with German lyrics somewhere in between ironic and serious.
Noize Generation is the stage name of Jewgeni Grischbowski (“Jeff”). The music producer and DJ has become popular mainly due to his remixes for OneRepublic, Gorillaz, and Skrillex. Recently he has rediscovered his piano and guitar playing skills and moves between electronic sounds and songwriting.