Germany’s innovative selection process for Oslo concluded tonight with a lavish final involving the two rising stars – Jennifer Braun and Lena Meyer-Landrut – battling through song for the right to represent Germany in the Eurovision final on 29 May.
Germany’s journey to Oslo reached its conclusion tonight with a lavish production on ARD’s Das Erste Channel. Our very professional hosts were assisted throughout by the one and only Stefan Raab. Indeed, he was the chairman of the expert jury. The other jury members were Stefanie Kloss and Xavier Naidoo.
After the usual potted history of the contest (Abba, Nicole, Mr Raab’s involvement) and a reminder that Oslo is one of the most expensive cities on the planet, we were treated to a brief résumé of the competition so far, in which Jennifer Braun and Lena Meyer-Landrut were chosen. As you may know, they would each be singing three songs.
First off, Jennifer and Lena both gave their renditions of the song Bee. Not a bad start. Next, they both again sang the same song separately, this time Satellite.
Jennifer then sang I care for you, a mid-tempo number that was well received. Lena followed this with Love me, very much in the style of Lily Allen complete with mockney accent.
At the end of this round of six, the public phoned ion and voted for the best song by each singer. I care for you was chosen for Jennifer, while Lena sang Satellite.
After another pause for more televoting, Lena through with her uptempo version of Satellite.
Germany, as one of the big 4, will automatically go through to the Eurovision Grand Final on 29 May.