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Germans unaware of own Eurovision entry

The majority of Germans are unaware of who is representing the country at the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday night.

Germans unaware of own Eurovision entry
Elaiza consists of Yvonne Gruüwald, Ela Steinmetz and Natalie Plöger. Photo: DPA

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.

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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WATCH: Germany picks heartfelt ode to dead father as Eurovision song

Singer and songwriter Michael Schulte will represent Germany on May 12th in Lisbon.

WATCH: Germany picks heartfelt ode to dead father as Eurovision song
Photo: DPA

After a string of last place loses in the Eurovision Song Contest, Germany has chosen a new hopeful for this year’s contest, to be held on May 12th in Lisbon, Portugal.

Michael Schulte, 27, whose videos have been clicked more than a million times on YouTube, is entering the contest with the English-language song, “Let Me Walk Alone,” a ballad which he co-wrote in memory of his father who died when he was 13.

Schulte has been dubbed a German Ed Sheeran due to his signature style of jeans and a T-shirt, as well as a mass of curly hair. He took the stage on Thursday evening to sing the ballad, accompanied by piano and strings.

Both the TV viewers, as well as the 100-member Eurovision jury and 20 international music judges, gave Schulte a maximum score of 12 for his performance. This year’s decision captured 2.17 million viewers, slightly more than the 3.14 million from last year.

Over 400 hopefuls from Germany entered the Eurovision song contest this year, according to the Eurovision website. The country is the only one to submit a song every year since the competition began in 1956.

While Germany has gained a notorious reputation for placing last in the contest on several occasions, it has also won twice, in 1982 and 2010.