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Germany in the Eurovision Song Contest 2010

Eurovision Song Contest 2010
Country  Germany
National selection
Selection process Unser Star für Oslo 2010
100% Televoting
Selection date(s) Heats
2 February 2010
9 February 2010
16 February 2010
23 February 2010
2 March 2010
5 March 2010
9 March 2010
12 March 2010
Selected entrant Lena Meyer-Landrut
Selected song "Satellite"
Finals performance
Final result 1st, 246 points
Germany in the Eurovision Song Contest

Germany is the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 winner, which was held in May 2010 in Bærum, Norway. The country's entry was selected in a series of competitive heats and a national final – Unser Star für Oslo 2010 – which was organised jointly by the public broadcasters ARD and NDR and the private television channel ProSieben, together with the three-time Eurovision participant for Germany (as singer and/or songwriter) and music producer, Stefan Raab.


News on planning for Germany's Eurovision Song Contest 2010 entry spread shortly after the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 had ended, on 25 May. State broadcaster ARD/NDR was revealed to have approached Stefan Raab and private broadcaster ProSieben to work alongside them in preparing for the 2010 Contest with a view of creating a possible winning song that would be sung by someone else. It was revealed that Raab had refused the request, but that ProSieben had accepted the offer to work with ARD/NDR.[1]

Unser Star für Oslo 2010

More information was revealed on 20 July, with the news that Raab would in fact work with the two broadcasters in preparing for the 2010 Contest. The selection process consisted of eight shows – five qualifying rounds were broadcast on ProSieben, leading up to a quarter-final on ARD, a semi-final again on ProSieben and the final broadcast on ARD. A total of 20 participants were chosen for the final stage of the process. Most of the participants were inexperienced and young singers.[2][3][4]

Raab took a lead role in the programmes as head of the jury, and was joined by 16 other celebrity judges from the music and entertainment industries.[5]

A total of 20 acts took part in the preliminary shows on 2 and 9 February, each containing 10 acts. These ten acts performed popular hits, with five acts from each show qualifying to the elimination shows. Between 16 February and 2 March these ten acts were eliminated to five: two acts eliminated in the first heat; two in the second heat; and one in the third heat. The qualifying acts progressed to the quarter-final, broadcast on ARD, on 5 March. Four advanced to the semi-final on 9 March, broadcast on ProSieben, and on 12 March only two acts remained: Jennifer Braun and Lena Meyer-Landrut.[6][7]

In the final on 12 March the two finalists performed a total of three songs: each artist performed the first two songs, "Bee" and "Satellite", as well as another individual song. There was a total of two voting rounds. The song for each singer was determined in the first round, while the final winner was selected in the second round.[8] Lena Meyer-Landrut was the winner with the song "Satellite", with Braun coming in second place with her individual song "I Care for You".[9][10]

All of the shows were hosted by Matthias Opdenhövel and Sabine Heinrich in Cologne.[11]

Elimination chart

     – Winner
     – Runner-up
     – Contestant was announced as safe
     – Contestant was eliminated
     – Contestant did not perform
     – Male contestant
     – Female contestant
Heats Quarter-
Semi-final Final
Round 1
Round 2
Place Contestant Result
1 Lena Meyer-Landrut Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Winner
2 Jennifer Braun Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Runner up
3 Christian Durstewitz Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Eliminated (Semifinal)
4 Kerstin Freking Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Eliminated (Semifinal)
5 Sharyhan Osman Safe Safe Safe Safe Eliminated (Quarterfinal)
6 Leon Taylor Safe Safe Safe Eliminated (Round 4)
7-8 Cyril Krueger Safe Safe Eliminated (Round 3)
Katrin Walter Safe Safe Eliminated (Round 3)
9-10 Maria-Lisa Straßburg Safe Eliminated (Round 2)
Meri Voskanian Safe Eliminated (Round 2)
Heat 2 Benjamin Hartmann Eliminated (Round 1)
Behnam Seifi Eliminated (Round 1)
Alex Senzig Eliminated (Round 1)
Jana Wall Eliminated (Round 1)
Franziska Weber Eliminated (Round 1)
Heat 1 Johannes Böhm Eliminated (Round 1)
Michael Kraus Eliminated (Round 1)
Benjamin Peters Eliminated (Round 1)
Sebastian Schwarzbach Eliminated (Round 1)
Daliah Sharaf Eliminated (Round 1)

Heat 1 (2 February 2010)

Results: [12][13]

Draw Artist Song (original artists) Result
1 Benjamin Peters "Bodies" (Robbie Williams) Eliminated
2 Kerstin Freking "My Immortal" (Evanescence) Safe
3 Johannes Böhm "Crazy" (Seal) Eliminated
4 Daliah Sharaf "At Last" (Etta James) Eliminated
5 Cyril Krueger "Hotel California" (Eagles) Safe
6 Michael Kraus "Loving You" (Paolo Nutini) Eliminated
7 Meri Voskanian "Release Me" (Agnes) Safe
8 Katrin Walter "Nobody Knows" (Pink) Safe
9 Sebastian Schwarzbach "Home" (Michael Bublé) Eliminated
10 Lena Meyer-Landrut "My Same" (Adele) Safe

Heat 2 (9 February 2010)

Results: [14][15][16]

Draw Artist Song (original artists) Result
1 Jennifer Braun "I'm Outta Love" (Anastacia) Safe
2 Benjamin Hartmann "Better Together" (Jack Johnson) Eliminated
3 Maria-Lisa Straßburg "Saving My Face" (KT Tunstall) Safe
4 Behnam Seifi "Save Room" (John Legend) Eliminated
5 Sharyhan Osman "I Have Nothing" (Whitney Houston) Safe
6 Alex Senzig "Wherever You Will Go" (The Calling) Eliminated
7 Jana Wall "Who Knew" (Pink) Eliminated
8 Franziska Weber "Love Foolosophy" (Jamiroquai) Eliminated
9 Leon Taylor "Der Weg" (Herbert Grönemeyer) Safe
10 Christian Durstewitz "Faith" (George Michael) Safe

Heat 3 (16 February 2010)

Results: [17][18][19]

Draw Artist Song (original artists) Result
1 Meri Voskanian "If I Ain't Got You" (Alicia Keys) Eliminated
2 Jennifer Braun "Like the Way I Do" (Melissa Etheridge) Safe
3 Maria-Lisa Straßburg "Helena" (My Chemical Romance) Eliminated
4 Leon Taylor "Irgendwas bleibt" (Silbermond) Safe
5 Katrin Walter "Warwick Avenue" (Duffy) Safe
6 Kerstin Freking "Not Ready to Make Nice" (Dixie Chicks) Safe
7 Christian Durstewitz "Change" (Daniel Merriweather) Safe
8 Sharyhan Osman "Feel The Nile" (own composition) Safe
9 Lena Meyer-Landrut "Diamond Dave" (The Bird and the Bee) Safe
10 Cyril Krueger "Hot Fudge" (Robbie Williams) Safe

Heat 4 (23 February 2010)

Results: [20][21][22]

Draw Artist Song (original artists) Result
1 Katrin Walter "Love Song" (Sara Bareilles) Eliminated
2 Sharyhan Osman "Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby" (Louis Jordan) Safe
3 Cyril Krueger "Beautiful Day" (U2) Eliminated
4 Jennifer Braun "I'm with You" (Avril Lavigne) Safe
5 Christian Durstewitz "Another Night" (own composition) Safe
6 Lena Meyer-Landrut "Foundations" (Kate Nash) Safe
7 Kerstin Freking "Thank U" (Alanis Morissette) Safe
8 Leon Taylor "Are You Gonna Go My Way" (Lenny Kravitz) Safe

Heat 5 (2 March 2010)

Results: [23][24][25]

Draw Artist Song (original artists) Result
1 Kerstin Freking "Better" (Regina Spektor) Safe
2 Lena Meyer-Landrut "New Shoes" (Paolo Nutini) Safe
3 Jennifer Braun "Ain't Nobody" (Rufus & Chaka Khan) Safe
4 Leon Taylor "Tears in Heaven" (Eric Clapton) Eliminated
5 Sharyhan Osman "In the City" (own composition) Safe
6 Christian Durstewitz "Dance with Somebody" (Mando Diao) Safe

Quarterfinal (5 March 2010)

Results: [26][27][28]

Draw Artist First song (original artist) Draw Second song (original artist) Result
1 Sharyhan Osman "You've Got the Love" (Florence and the Machine) 6 "Never Felt The Way That I Feel Today" (own composition) Eliminated
2 Jennifer Braun "Soulmate" (Natasha Bedingfield) 7 "Nobody's Wife" (Anouk) Safe
3 Kerstin Freking "If A Song Could Get Me You" (Marit Larsen) 8 "Somedays" (Regina Spektor) Safe
4 Christian Durstewitz "Ochrasy" (Mando Diao) 9 "Stalker" (own composition) Safe
5 Lena Meyer-Landrut "Mouthwash" (Kate Nash) 10 "Neopolitan Dreams" (Lisa Mitchell) Safe

Semifinal (9 March 2010)

Results: [6][7][29]

Draw Artist First song (original artist) Result Draw Second song (original artist) Result
1 Christian Durstewitz "I'm Yours" (Jason Mraz) Safe 5 "In Your Hands" (Charlie Winston) Eliminated
2 Kerstin Freking "Hands Clean" (Alanis Morissette) Eliminated Did not advance
3 Lena Meyer-Landrut "Mr. Curiosity" (Jason Mraz) Safe 6 "The Lovecats" (The Cure) Safe
4 Jennifer Braun "Heavy Cross" (Gossip) Safe 7 "Hurt" (Christina Aguilera) Safe

Final (12 March 2010)

Results: [9][10][30]

Final – Song selection
Draw Artist Song Songwriter(s) Result
1 Jennifer Braun "Bee" Rosi Golan, Per Kristian Ottestad, Mayaeni Strauss Out
2 Lena Meyer-Landrut "Bee" Rosi Golan, Per Kristian Ottestad, Mayaeni Strauss Out
3 Jennifer Braun "Satellite" Julie Frost, John Gordon Out
4 Lena Meyer-Landrut "Satellite" Julie Frost, John Gordon Advanced
5 Jennifer Braun "I Care for You" Martin Fliegenschmidt, Claudio Pagonis, Max Mutzke Advanced
6 Lena Meyer-Landrut "Love Me" Stefan Raab, Lena Meyer-Landrut Out
Final – Performer selection
Draw Artist Song Songwriter(s) Result
1 Lena Meyer-Landrut "Satellite" Julie Frost, John Gordan Winner
2 Jennifer Braun "I Care for You" Martin Fliegenschmidt, Claudio Pagonis, Max Mutzke Runner-up

Before Eurovision

The six versions of the four finalist songs were released minutes after the final concluded. By 13 March Meyer-Landrut led the German iTunes download charts with all three of her songs: "Satellite" taking the top spot, followed by "Bee" in second and "Love Me" in third place. Jennifer Braun's song "I Care for You" took fourth place in the chart, followed by her versions of "Bee" and "Satellite" in 7th and 14th position respectively. A maxi single featuring Meyer-Landrut's three songs was released on 16 March.[31] "Satellite" entered the German singles chart at number one and has been certified platinum since.[32][33]

On 16 March 2010, the video premiered on public broadcaster Das Erste right before Germany's most watched evening news bulletin Tagesschau. Shortly after, it was simultaneously shown on four private stations (Sat.1, ProSieben, kabel eins, N24) before the start of their evening prime time programmes.[34] The two officially uploaded YouTube videos of the song have jointly generated more than 68 million views since their release.[35][36]

At Eurovision

As a member of the "Big Four", Germany automatically qualified for the final on 29 May. Lena Meyer-Landrut performed 22nd out of the 25 participating countries and won the contest with 246 points. It is the first time that Germany has won the contest since 1982 and the first time as a unified state. As such, Germany hosted the Eurovision Song Contest 2011.

Points Awarded by Germany[37]

Points Received by Germany
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point

See also


External links

  • (German) Unser Star für Oslo official website

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