One show, ten acts, and one winner. This is the simple, yet hopefully effective concept of tonight’s national final in Germany. The running order of the ten participants of Unser Lied für Stockholm is the following:

  1. Ella Endlich – Adrenalin
  2. Joco – Full Moon
  3. Gregorian – Masters Of Chant
  4. Woods of Birnam – Lift Me Up (From The Underground)
  5. Luxuslärm – Solange Liebe in mir wohnt
  6. Keøma – Protected
  7. Avantasia – Mystery Of A Blood Red Rose
  8. Alex Diehl – Nur ein Lied
  9. Jamie-Lee Kriewitz – Ghost
  10. Laura Pinski – Under The Sun We Are One

After a first televoting the top three candidates get to perform their song one more time. Another televoting session will then decide which one of those three will get the ticket to Stockholm.

You can watch the live stream of Unser Lied für Stockholm on eurovision.tv starting at 20:15 CET. We will be right here keeping you updated and sharing our thoughts about the show on our live blog as well as on twitter using the official hashtag #ULFS. Before the show starts you can check out our song review of the ten entries here.


Sophie Haustein
February 25, 20167:19 pm

We are live! Welcome to Unser Lied für Stockholm! It starts with a Eurovision medley performed by host Barbara Schöneberger including a tribute to Xavier Naidoo.


Sophie Haustein
February 25, 20167:21 pm

Barbara Schöneberger has told all the candidates to accept the choice trying to avoid another kummertgate.


Sophie Haustein
February 25, 20167:23 pm

We are going on a trip through Eurovision history, commented by famous German commentator Peter Urban.


Sophie Haustein
February 25, 20167:26 pm

Germany’s secret for success at Eurovision: Candidates without last names as in Nicole and Lena.


Sophie Haustein
February 25, 20167:27 pm

New rule for Germany’s national final: The winner of the televoting actually HAS TO go to Eurovision!


Sophie Haustein
February 25, 20167:29 pm

1. Ella Endlich – Adrenalin

We start off with real German schlager. Our Nick is delighted about this and a huge fan. I doubt that Germany will send this.


Edward Montebello
February 25, 20167:31 pm

1. Ella Endlich – Adrenalin

A typical Eurovision uptempo disco song which is catchy but in the end will get lost in Stockholm. The song presentation itself is a very rehearsed act. Am not sure about the outfit Ella is clad in. Can keep the fans happy if this song is played in the Euroclub!


Sophie Haustein
February 25, 20167:32 pm

Peter Urban’s comment: We are not at “Germany’s next lingerie model”!


Sophie Haustein
February 25, 20167:36 pm

2. Joco – Full Moon

The full moon is supposed to remind us that the sun is still there as it reflects its light. Very poetic. The song itself is also quite dreamy, very un-Eurovision.


Edward Montebello
February 25, 20167:37 pm

2. Joco – Full Moon

A very particular song which I never heard in Eurovision. The vocal harmony between the duo started very well but in the bridge they seemed to lose it a bit.


Sophie Haustein
February 25, 20167:42 pm

3. Gregorian – Masters of Chant

A gregorian monks choir with a very effective use of fire and fog. They have a huge international fan base but I don’t think they have enough German fans to make it to Stockholm. What are those laser lights, though? I feel like in Star Wars now.


Edward Montebello
February 25, 20167:42 pm

3. Gregorian – Masters Of Chant

A very dramatic opening by the Gregorian opening however this is too kitsch in an extravaganza show. The act is very predictable however the warm applause it receives can make the Germans to pick up their phones and vote for it!

Sophie Haustein
February 25, 20167:49 pm

4. Woods of Birnam – Lift Me Up (From The Underground)

I’m very confused by the introduction to this act, even though I speak German. Let’s focus on the performance then: The light effects match the electropop sound quite well, but I’m not a fan of the high-pitched parts and the singers excessive dancing.


Edward Montebello
February 25, 20167:49 pm

4. Woods of Birnam – Lift Me Up (From The Underground)

A band frame work stage act. The lead singer does some dance moves to lift up a bit this repetitive song. It is an electro pop song with great lightning.


Sophie Haustein
February 25, 20167:54 pm

5. Luxuslärm – Solange Liebe In Mir Wohnt

A band with a large fan base in Germany. This song is much less rocky than their usual sound which is a shame in my opinion. This is too mainstream and boring for my taste. They are singing about love as their answer to all the hatred in the world.


Edward Montebello
February 25, 20167:54 pm

5. Luxuslärm – Solange Liebe in mir wohnt

A moving rock ballad which has nothing more special than the charisma the lead singer tries to transmit. Though I don’t understand Germany I can notice the repetition of the lyrics in the refrain. Another song which will be lost if it will make it to Sweden in May.


Sophie Haustein
February 25, 20167:57 pm

Barbara Schöneberger pays a visit to Peter Urban in his commentator box and talks to him about the changes of the last 20 years of Eurovison. Everything has gotten bigger and the music has gotten better, in his opinion.


Sophie Haustein
February 25, 20167:59 pm

Peter Urban is looking forward to travelling to Stockholm. He prefers the city to Malmö three years ago – I feel him! Now we are looking back on Sweden’s Eurovision history.


Edward Montebello
February 25, 20168:05 pm

6. Keøma – Protected

Now here is a very courageous attempt by a real artist. A very good voice and the camera work transmits the real message behind the song.


Sophie Haustein
February 25, 20168:06 pm

Time to move on to the next candidate:

6. Keøma – Protected

An Australian-German duo who like a melancholic sound. I don’t think this stands any chance tonight, but I like the song and its chill-out-kind-of-atmosphere very much. She should have chosen a different dress, though.


Sophie Haustein
February 25, 20168:10 pm

7. Avantasia – Mystery of a blood red rose

Time for rock’n’roll. The band leader has high hopes for Eurovision as the band is going on a world tour in March where they could already mobilize their audiences to vote for them at Eurovision. I can’t help to see Meat Loaf in this song.


Edward Montebello
February 25, 20168:11 pm

7. Avantasia – Mystery Of A Blood Red Rose

This is pure rock with some great voices, however it’s not my taste. The lead singer moves around the stage and connects with the camera in order to give more power to his act. The lead singer finishes it up with a well pitched note.

Sophie Haustein
February 25, 20168:16 pm

8. Axel Diehl – Nur Ein Lied

The singer-songwriter wrote this song to process the attacks in Paris last year. I really really like this calm and very emotional song. As the lyrics are already projected on screen in English and French he could have just stuck to singing in German as he seems much more comfortable in doing so.


Edward Montebello
February 25, 20168:16 pm

8. Alex Diehl – Nur ein Lied

Alex sings with great passion and his eyes can tell that his giving it all. The lyrics scrolling on the background screen help a lot too. I think this was the best so far!


Edward Montebello
February 25, 20168:22 pm

9. Jamie-Lee Kriewitz – Ghost

The hot favourite to win tonight is clad in like a cheerleader dress. The background and song presentation comes out very well. Her voice is fantastic and it can be the one for Germany in Stockholm.

Sophie Haustein
February 25, 20168:23 pm

9. Jamie-Lee Kriewitz – Ghost

The winner of the latest season of The Voice of Germany is said to have good chances tonight. She seems a bit lost with her manga style clothing in the mysterious foggy forest. Peter Urban’s comment: “This is no Christmas decoration on top of her head”


Sophie Haustein
February 25, 20168:27 pm

10. Laura Pinski – Under The Sun We Are One

The title of the song is already screaming Ralph Siegel all over the place. Not only the song, also the dress show Eurovicion recycling at its best.


Edward Montebello
February 25, 20168:27 pm

10. Laura Pinski – Under The Sun We Are One

A very typical Siegel tune. Yes we known Russia came second last year with a unity and peace song. This one doesn’t match up with Laura’s vocals are not that flawless. The projection on her dress looks fantastic but it’s nothing we haven’t seen before!


Sophie Haustein
February 25, 20168:31 pm

It’s time to start voting! We’ve heard all of the ten songs now. The top three will move on to a second and final round tonight.


Sophie Haustein
February 25, 20168:33 pm

I have a hard time deciding which three songs will make it… My uneducated guess would be: Jamie-Lee Kriewitz, Axel Diehl, and Avantasia maybe.


Sophie Haustein
February 25, 20168:36 pm

Now we are treated with a recap of the interval act highlights in Eurovision history: From Wiener Sängerknaben to River Dance to Madcon


Sophie Haustein
February 25, 20168:38 pm

Barbara Schöneberger talking to a very emotional Ralph Siegel and Voice of Germany coach Smudo


Sophie Haustein
February 25, 20168:46 pm

Before we get to the voting results we are taking a look at some of the represents of other countries in Stockholm.


Sophie Haustein
February 25, 20168:48 pm

Dramatic background music… and the first finalist is Avantasia


Sophie Haustein
February 25, 20168:48 pm

Next one: Alex Diehl!


Sophie Haustein
February 25, 20168:49 pm

Last one: Jamie-Lee Kriewitz (Yaay, I got them all right!)


Sophie Haustein
February 25, 20168:51 pm

Avantasia, Alex Diehl, and Jamie-Lee Kriewitz will now all perform their songs one more time.


Edward Montebello
February 25, 20168:53 pm

Super finalist 1. Avantasia – Mystery Of A Blood Red Rose

This even more energetic and if selected can stand out from the rest in Stockholm. Still not my number 1 but I must admit that I started to have some affection for this act.


Sophie Haustein
February 25, 20168:56 pm

Avantasia seem very relaxed and positive joking around about having lost all the pressure on the toilet after their first performance.


Edward Montebello
February 25, 20168:59 pm

Super finalist 2. Alex Diehl – Nur ein Lied

The strong message behind this song can make headlines across Europe. You can see this song is so dear to him. A deserved warm applause for Alex.


Sophie Haustein
February 25, 20169:02 pm

Alex Diehl talking very emotionally about how important this song is to him and how positively surprised and touched he was by the reception of his song.


Edward Montebello
February 25, 20169:04 pm

Super finalist 3. Jamie-Lee Kriewitz – Ghost

She still seems to be a bit lost, however the song is very good. If selected she has ample time to work on her presence on stage, just in time for Stockholm.


Sophie Haustein
February 25, 20169:06 pm

Standing ovation for Jamie-Lee Kriewitz. I have a feeling she will make it. But personally, I’m rooting for Alex Diehl.


Edward Montebello
February 25, 20169:07 pm

Best recap selected is for Jamie however I also tend to agree with Sophie. Alex should win!


Sophie Haustein
February 25, 20169:09 pm

Until we get to know the winner, I’m very pleased to see The Common Linnets on stage. Still in love with “Calm After The Storm”.


Sophie Haustein
February 25, 20169:11 pm

And now a very special treat: The Common Linnets feat. the German country band The Boss Hoss performing “Jolene”.


Sophie Haustein
February 25, 20169:15 pm

Barbara Schönebergers comment “Good music at Germany’s national final – would be nice to hear that more often”


Sophie Haustein
February 25, 20169:16 pm

The voting lines are closed!


Sophie Haustein
February 25, 20169:17 pm

All the three finalists get together on stage and we are ready to get a result! Dramatic music – all set.


Sophie Haustein
February 25, 20169:18 pm

3rd place: Avantasia!


Sophie Haustein
February 25, 20169:19 pm

Jamie-Lee Kriewitz will go to Stockholm!!!


Edward Montebello
February 25, 20169:19 pm

Though I rooted for Alex, still happy with Jamie!


Sophie Haustein
February 25, 20169:23 pm

17-year-old Jamie-Lee is very happy and looking forward to the next couple of months. Tonight’s most effortful stage setting is built up again and she performs the winning song “Ghost” one more time. I agree with Edward, not a bad choice at all!


Sophie Haustein
February 25, 20169:25 pm

This was it – thank you for following us tonight and have a good night!

I’m German and have been Eurovision-addicted ever since Lena won in 2010 – it’s a young love but all the more passionate! As a volunteer at the Song Contest 2015 in Vienna I got connected to the escXtra team. I’m scared of the day that Ralph Siegel will win again.

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