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XTRA Preview & Review: Unser Lied für Lissabon

The national final season is in full swing. Tonight, Unser Lied für Lissabon is going to take place. We’ve taken a look at the entries and the procedure below, so here is the XTRA Preview & Review!

XTRA Preview: Unser Lied für Lissabon

Germany will once more attempt to step away from the complicated systems of previous years. No talent shows, not five times the same song by different artists, not multiple songs for one artist – just a simple show.

Six songs will be taking part tonight. The German audience will select the entry, together with the Europe Panel and the international jury. The Europe Panel also was responsible for the selection of these six acts for the national final. The international jury contains music experts who have previously been on their national juries for Eurovision.

We will be tweeting live at @ESCXTRA on Twitter, so make sure you keep an eye out and interact!

XTRA Review: Unser Lied für Lissabon

Michael Schulte – “You Let Me Walk Alone”

Nick: Took me a while, but during the song I got into this. First thought it was a little old-fashioned, but as I moved on, it sounded more and more chart ready. This might do very well if they pick it. Good voice, too.
Score: 9/10
Luke: This one is really pretty. It’s like Roman Lob with a piano. Sadly I just can’t see this doing too great at Eurovision though, I can imagine a lot of people switching off near the end. I think it’s great though!
Score: 8/10
Dominik: I really like this. Very emotional and well produced. His voice is great. This could be something the German audience could love. And music with this style is doing very well at the moment. Like this.
Score: 8/10
Tom: Lovely piano and a good voice. You are carried along with the song nicely. I like it.
Score: 7/10

Natia Todua – “My Own Way”

Nick: When Paloma Faith goes anthemic, this is what you end up with. This girl has a voice you love or hate. I love it. The string instruments accompany this wonderfully.
Score: 8.5/10
Luke: Something about this kind of reminds me of last year’s German entry. I prefer this, but again, I just can’t see this doing well. As much as I think it’s gorgeous, I can just imagine people thinking “Oh this is nice”, but then quickly turning off.
Score: 8.5/10
Dominik: I like, that they put everything together what currently happened with her by going to Germany and win “The Voice”. As this was just in December people will connect with the story and she might still be known by some viewers. Song is good as expected.
Score: 8/10
Tom: Good instrumentation and an interesting voice. It may be better, but I still get that ‘Perfect Life’ vibe that worries me.
Score: 6.5/10

RYK – “You & I”

Nick: Germany sure goes for anthemic songs this year. This is a lovely building ballad, but at the same time… I feel it’s a typical #3 in a Maltese national final. Bit too pompous for me.
Score: 6/10
Luke: Oh this is a complete snoozefest. Sorry, but come on Germany, you can do better than something this basic and boring. It builds up to a very bland and disappointing ending.
Score: 3/10
Dominik: It’s a good ballad and he has a good voice. I sadly just get the feeling, that 3 minutes can be very long. It’s good tho, but I don’t think it’ll stand out.
Score: 6/10
Tom: Excellent voice and artistically a good song. It’s slow building pace will need really effective staging to keep the audience engaged.
Score: 6/10

voXXclub – “I Mog Di So”

Nick: I love this kind of Volksrock/schlagermusik. Bit of rock in there, bit of schlager. Bavarian, German, English, a message of unity and equality and an act that will bring the house down. This is a standing ovation and exactly what I needed in this season. This should do really well in the show.
Score: 10/10
Luke: This. Is. Amazing. Can you just imagine this in Lisbon? Everybody watching at home would immediately be very interested in what is going on on screen! Think about Romania last year, which had a very similar effect and then came 5th in the televote. The same thing could happen for this, it’s just so unbelievably fun, catchy, and so different!
Score: 10/10
Dominik: This is so much fun! I don’t know, if people, who don’t speak German also have so much fun. But this is catchy, has a great sound and a beautiful message. This is amazing. Actually, the only song of the German selection I would listen more often.
Score: 9/10
Tom: Sure, let’s have a fun German song for a change. At first you cringe but then you actually think there’s a good case for this song to go to Lisbon. If Germany isn’t going to win Eurovision it might as well have fun doing it!
Score: 7/10

Xavier Darcy – “Jonah”

Nick: A heavy guitar, a raspy voice and a catchy chorus. The trumpet kicking in near the chorus makes this a complete stadium anthem. A wonderful entry and I’m sure a bit of staging can make this stand out.
Score: 9.5/10
Luke: This is happy and catchy, it fits quite well into my style of music. But, it will need some more interesting staging than, what I’m betting he’ll go with, just him standing alone with a guitar.
Score: 7.5/10
Dominik: This is alright. Radio friendly and a good chorus. It’s also nothing I remembered after listening to all the songs the first time.
Score: 5/10
Tom: Not my style and I’m not liking his voice. My least favourite here.
Score: 3/10

Ivy Quainoo – “House On Fire”

Nick: I’m not going to lie. Ivy Quainoo was my favourite prior to the songs, as I had the hopes she could bring us a dark, anthemic, mysterious pop banger. Instead, we’re getting a very decent midtempo number where she is the focus with her vocals. Still, I like it a whole lot, but it’s not the 10/10 I hoped/expected.
Score: 9/10
Luke: This is fine, but it just doesn’t really go anywhere. House on Fire has only one level and it is firmly stuck on that level. It’s a great start to a song but I just feel that they gave up on being creative after the first chorus.
Score: 6/10
Dominik: Like her voice and the song is modern. It’s called “House of Fire”, but it’s rather cold for me. It’s the kind of music Germany would vote for. So this could basically finish everywhere in the selection. Depends on the performance.
Score: 6/10
Tom: A slow start into a strong vocal and a nice hook. It’s a decent modern song for this selection but it struggles to invite repeat listens for me.
Score: 6/10

Who do we want?

The XTRA Jury, this time consisting of [names of all reviewers] has spoken. Below you can see the average each song achieved. Their favourite for Unser Lied für Lissabon is voXXclub with “I Mog Di So”

  1. voXXclub – I Mog Di So: 9.0
  2. Michael Schulte – You Let Me Walk Alone: 8.0
  3. Natia Todua – My Own Way: 7.9
  4. Ivy Quainoo – House On Fire: 6.8
  5. Xavier Darcy – Jonah: 6.3
  6. RYK – You & I: 5.3

Below, we’ve included a playlist for you. Which of these six do you like best? Make sure to let us know who you like by commenting!

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Nick van Lith

I'm one of the founding members of ESCXTRA.com. Eleven years after the start, I'm proud to say that I am now the Editor-in-Chief of this wonderful website. When I'm not doing Eurovision stuff, you should be able to find me teaching German to kids... And cheering on everything and everyone Greek, pretty much. Pame Ellada!

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