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Germans unaware of own Eurovision entry

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Elaiza consists of Yvonne Gruüwald, Ela Steinmetz and Natalie Plöger. Photo: DPA
08:05 CEST+02:00
The majority of Germans are unaware of who is representing the country at the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday night.

The world’s biggest music competition is being held in Copenhagen this weekend and a three-piece band called Elaiza are hoping to become the first German winners since Lena Meyer-Landrut in 2010 with the song "Satellite". 

But an online poll by YouGov taken on Monday to Wednesday this week asked Germans if the name “Elaiza” meant anything to them and 60 percent said no.

Just 37 percent of men and 43 percent of women had heard of Elaiza

The band, consisting of Ela, Yvonne and Natalie, was chosen to represent Germany after winning a television competition.

Those questioned in the YouGov poll did not appear too optimistic about the country’s chances in this year’s competition. Two percent of respondents thought Elaiza would take number one spot. Just under half thought the band would make the top ten with their song “Is It Right,” which is sung in English rather than German.

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A fifth of the 1,022 respondents said they would be watching the final on Saturday night.

"Is It Right" has been in the top 20 of the German single charts for eight weeks and is 52nd in the Polish music charts. 

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