Germany’s national selection to Eurovision “Unser Song 2017” was won by Levina. Germany’s Unser Song 2017 crowned Levina as the winner; which means that she’s going to represent the country in Kyiv, Ukraine for Eurovision. She will sing “Perfect Life” and the country is hoping the song will stop their running streak of coming last.
In a national selection that saw four rounds in one night, the final ended up with Levina competing against herself. The contest was meant to be a singer vs. singer knockout competition. However in round three, Levina’s performances of “Wildfire” and “Perfect Life” saw her come first and second; resulting in a final featuring only her and her two songs.
After the first round, Yosefin and Felecia were eleminated. So that left Helene, Levina and Axel to battle it out further in rounds 2-4. Helene got eliminated in round 2 which left Axel and Levina as the final 2. Then Axel got totally eliminated after everyone voted for Levina to be in the last round on her own. It was just a case of selecting which song she will be taking to Kiev in May.
The three-hour show, which was broadcast live from Cologne, was watched by 3.14 million people equating to more than 10% of the market share. The show featured a jury panel comprising three of Germany's most popular musicians: Tim Bendzko, Florian Silbereisen, and Lena, Germany's most recent Eurovision Song Contest winner. Each judge gave an opinion during the live show but the winner was chosen solely by the TV viewers through televoting and the official Eurovision app. A moment both moving and hilarious was the triple performance by past ESC winners Nicole (1982), Ruslana (2004) and Conchita (2014) - the latter, who won the competition as a drag queen, but striking in that show in male garb.
Thomas Schreiber, ARD's Head of Entertainment, said: "During our national selection, we presented five exciting candidates and for the first time ever we enlisted the help of the international audience through the official app. Our team is delighted with the selection of Levina as Germany’s representative this year and we look forward to the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv”
Levina is 25 and lives in Berlin. She is currently studying Music Management at the London College of Music. She writes soul and pop songs, she received singing and piano lessons at the age of nine, and played in children's musicals until her 16th birthday. She regularly plays in bars with her band.
The song is definitely a grower, and although it does sound similar to “Titanium” by David Guetta and Sia, it is quite different and has such a powerful meaning behind it. “Perfect Life” is one of those songs that will end up being stuck in your head for the rest of the day, and that is what makes it a strong contender to do well at Eurovision. It was written by Lindsey Ray, Lindy Robbins, and Dave Bassett.
In the previous two years, Germany has come last place; in 2015 with Ann Sophie’s “Black Smoke” and in 2016 with Jaime-Lee’s “Ghost”. They are hoping that Levina, real name Isabella Lueen, will not make it a hat-trick and instead win the contest for her country.