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Ann Sophie - Black Smoke

Unser Song für Österreich [Our Song for Austria]

The search for a German representative for the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest in Austria ended in a big surprise: Ann Sophie, whom the TV audience had voted into the finale of the ESC preliminary round in Hannover with her song “Black Smoke” alongside Andreas Kümmert, will be representing Germany. After winning the final round, Kümmert announced that he would abstain from participating in the ESC in Austria. In addition to surprise winner Ann Sophie and Andreas Kümmert, six more acts performed on stage: Fahrenhaidt, Faun, Alexa Feser, Mrs. Greenbird, Laing and Noize Generation. The TV station Das Erste (ARD) aired the German preliminary round on Thursday, March 5 at 8:15 p.m. live from the TUI arena at Expo Plaza in Hannover. Barbara Schöneberger hosted the show, with Janin Reinhardt reporting from the green room.

Conchita Wurst, last year’s winner of the “Eurovision Song Contest” in Copenhagen, together with Mark Forster and Stefanie Heinzmann, attended “Eurovision Song Contest 2015 – Unser Song für Österreich” as guest musicians. Stefanie Heinzmann introduced her current single, “In the End”; Mark Forster performed his hit “Flash mich”; and in addition to her ESC-winning song, “Rise Like a Phoenix”, Conchita Wurst presented her brand new song, “You Are Unstoppable”.

The voting procedure: In the live show, the TV audience decided by telephone call or text message who would represent Germany on May 23 at the ESC finale in Vienna. During the two-hour preliminary round, the audience had an opportunity to vote three times: In Round 1, each of the eight acts presented a song, with viewers choosing which four acts would advance to the second round. In Round 2, the four acts chosen performed yet another song. From among the total of eight songs presented by the remaining contestants, the audience decided which one they found best-suited for the ESC. Round 3, the final round, featured the two acts whose songs had received the most votes. Finally, a runoff vote was held to decide which act would compete for Germany at the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna. 

Singers Mark Forster and Andreas Bourani had previously invited candidates to apply via YouTube video at for selection to a wildcard slot to compete in the preliminary round of the ESC. 1270 videos in all were uploaded. Representatives of NDR, the production company BRAINPOOL, Sony, Warner, Universal, independent labels, as well as pop music radio stations from the ARD network, chose the top ten submitted acts. These young artists introduced themselves to the TV audience in the February “Eurovision Song Contest 2015 – Unser Song für Österreich: Clubkonzert” in Hamburg. Barbara Schöneberger hosted the “Clubkonzert” in Hamburg, and Janin Reinhardt reported from the green room.

“Eurovision Song Contest 2015 – Unser Song für Österreich: Clubkonzert” aired online at and and was broadcast live on NDR television on February 19, 2015, beginning at 10:00 p.m. 520,000 viewers in all watched the show.

“Eurovision Song Contest 2015 – Unser Song für Österreich” was broadcast live on ARD television on Thursday March 5, 2015, at 8:15 p.m. Viewership for the show reached 3.2 million.


Executive Producer: Jörg Grabosch
broadcast: 05.03.2015
length: 120 min