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Unser Song für Malmö [Our Song for Malmo]

Twelve entries - vocalists or bands - will face off. From among these, one act will go on to compete for Germany in the coming year, on stage at the Eurovision Song Contest, with the opportunity to delight all of Europe: The winner of the competition, 'Eurovision Song Contest 2013 - Unser Song für Malmö', will be decided on Thursday, 14 February, live at 8:15 p.m. on Das Erste. Special guests for the show are Lena and Loreen, the winner of this year's ESC in Baku.

The hostess for the show, 'Eurovision Song Contest 2013 - Unser Song für Malmö', will be Anke Engelke. Das Erste will broadcast the two-hour German ESC preliminary round live from the TUI Arena in Hanover, Germany. The entertainer is a confessed fan of the song contest; she joined Stefan Raab and Judith Rakers in 2011 to host the Eurovision Song Contest in Germany.

And here are the twelve artists that will try to win audience members' hearts during the German preliminary round with their performances in the TUI Arena in Hanover:

In spring 2013, Ben Ivory will release 'Neon Cathedral', an avant-garde art-pop album for which the producers include Kim Wennerström and Michael Ilbert (Cardigans, Taylor Swift, Hives, Roxette). The former singer of the rock band Splinter X links his music to other artistic forms of expression, such as fashion, graphic design and photography; Financial Times Deutschland has termed Ben Ivory the 'Best Music Fashion Act'. His song: 'The Righteous Ones'.

'Franz, er war ein Junge mit langem Haar, genauso wie Ringo Starr, doch wo ist er hin?' ['Franz, he was a boy with long hair, just like Ringo Starr, but where has he gone?'], wonders Betty Dittrich in her song 'Lalala'. Her songs, performed in German, are influenced by the post-rock 'n' roll and pop eras of the 1960s and 1970s. Born near Malmö in 1984, she now lives in Berlin. She enjoyed success in Scandinavia and Japan with the power-pop band Shebang. She has toured clubs in Sweden and Denmark as a solo artist.

BLITZKIDS mvt. (the abbreviation stands for 'movement') is a Berlin artists' collective led by front woman and singer Nomi along with producer Petone. The electro-pop band has been making a name for itself since 2010 landing its top-5 club hits 'Blinded' and 'Water'. In 2012 their single 'Cold' was the title theme of the blockbuster film 'Chronicle - Wozu bist Du fähig?!'. In spring 2013, their album, 'Silhouettes', will appear, featuring the single 'Heart on the line'.

Their songs, such as 'Evacuate the Dancefloor' or 'Everytime We Touch', have landed in the top ten internationally - with more than 30 million recordings sold, the Cascada, a trio from Bonn, is one of the world's most successful dance acts. In addition to the producer-composer duo of Manuel Reuter & Yann Peifer and front woman Natalie Horler, composers Andres Ballinas and Tony Cornelissen (Yvonne Catterfeld and R.I.O., among others) are responsible for the new title, 'Glorious'.

For 29-year-old and Berlin native Finn Martin, songwriter romance meets electronic sounds. He signed his first recording contract at 17, and he conquered international charts with his band 'Asher Lane'. In 2006, Finn and 'Asher Lane' played before an audience of more than a million at the World Cup semi-finals at Brandenburg Gate; he has also toured with Pink. His song, 'Change', is a harbinger of his first solo album.

LaBrassBanda, a band formed in 2007, is a five-member band from Upper Bavaria, with three horns, drums and bass. In no time, their high-energy performances garnered cult status for the band from Chiemgau. The band has already released three albums and performed several hundred concerts. Here, the dominance of guitars has been replaced by horns, combined with drums and an electric bass. And suddenly it was clear that, at its core, Bavarian horn music has the funky groove of a brass section.

Steely blue eyes, a charming smile and a clear voice: that is Mia Diekow. The 25-year Hamburg native confidently sings of things she observes in her everyday life - and she is a very close observer. Mia Diekow released her debut album in July 2012. The album is entitled 'Die Logik liegt am Boden und wir sind frei' ['Logic is broken, and we are free']. And because she can best express what she sees and feels in German, she sings in her native language. Her song for the competition is 'Lieblingslied' ['Favourite Song'].

The Ruhr region is not an area from which one would typically expect a combo whose hand luggage consists of accordion, ukulele, banjo, mandolin and glockenspiel. And one that combines modern pop music with folk tradition. The debut album by Mobilée was released on 14 September: "Walking on a Twine". The Band from Duisburg has already opened for Roxette, and this summer they accompanied Tim Bendzko all across Germany. Their song is entitled 'Little Sister'.

Nica & Joe appeal to fans of classical and pop music alike. Joe comes from Michigan in the United States, while Nica grew up in Moscow, Germany and Poland. As a teenager, she raved about the great female pop vocalists and jazz music, while he was fascinated by Pavarotti, Carreras and Domingo. The two singers by training recorded two albums and were a delight in the 'X Factor' finals show. Their new song: 'Elevated'.

'Ave Maris Stella' ('Greetings, Starfish') is a song to Mary sung in the Roman Catholic Church at evening vespers. In their version of this hymn, Die Priester feat. Mojca Erdmann combine the mysticism of medieval choral music with polished pop music. The album by 'Die Priester', entitled 'spiritusdei', was twice nominated for the Echo award in 2012 and went gold in Germany and Austria. Star soprano Mojca Erdmann, a Hamburg native, has been celebrated at the Salzburger Festspielen, among other venues; in 2011 she gave her debut performance at the Met in New York.

Last year, Saint Lu received the 'European BorderBreakers Award' presented by Jules Holland for their debut album, 'Saint Lu'. In December 2012 they toured throughout Germany, Austria and Switzerland as the opening act for Max Mutzke. Their single, 'Craving', was produced by Patrik Majer (Wir sind Helden) - as was the album that will be released in spring 2013. All of the songs on the album stem from the native Austrian and now-resident of Berlin herself and were written in collaboration with Stefan Skarbek (Amy Winehouse, Lily Allen, Sugababes, Sophie Ellis Bexter and many more).

The history of German music is hard to imagine without this band, created 17 years ago with a name that reflects a certain home-town patriotism: Die Söhne Mannheims. The musicians' collective delivered studio and live albums with a bestseller guarantee. The boys now have hundreds of concerts before thousands and thousands of fans to their credit. Their song, 'Gesucht & Gefunden' ['Sought & Found'] was heard only recently, last September, in the hit film 'Heiter bis Wolkig'. Their music combines stylistic elements ranging from rock, R 'n' B, soul and pop to rap, hip-hop and electro. They will sing 'One Love'.

Which of these acts will be travelling to Malmö, Sweden, is up to the listeners of nine ARD Popwelle and junges Radio stations, the TV audience, and a five-member jury composed of renowned entertainment and music experts. The contestants were selected by five music labels, NDR and Brainpool. Das Erste will broadcast the finals show of the 'Eurovision Song Contest' live from Malmö on Saturday, 18 May, beginning at 9:00 p.m.

The German preliminary round, 'Eurovision Song Contest 2013 - Unser Song für Malmö' is a NDR production, in collaboration with Brainpool. 

You will find additional information about the ESC at www.eurovision.de

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Producer: Jörg Grabosch
Broadcast: 14.02.2013
Length: 120 min
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