Germany in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012

Germany participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 and selected their entry in a series of competitive heats and a national final Unser Star für Baku, which was organised jointly by the public broadcasters ARD and NDR and the private television channel ProSieben.[1] Roman Lob represented Germany with the song "Standing Still", which placed 8th in the final, scoring 110 points,[2][3] giving Germany their third top 10 placement in a row.

Eurovision Song Contest 2012
Country Germany
National selection
Selection processUnser Star für Baku
Selection date(s)Heats:
12 January 2012
19 January 2012
26 January 2012
2 February 2012
6 February 2012
Quarter-final:
9 February 2012
Semi-final:
13 February 2012
Final:
16 February 2012
Selected entrantRoman Lob
Selected song"Standing Still"
Finals performance
Final result8th, 110 points
Germany in the Eurovision Song Contest
◄2011 2012 2013►

Before EurovisionEdit

Unser Star für BakuEdit

 
Logo of Unser Star für Baku

Unser Star für Baku (English: Our Star for Baku) was the competition that selected Germany's entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2012.[4] The competition consisted of eight shows between 12 January and 16 February 2012 all taking place at the Köln-Mülheim Studios in Cologne, hosted by Sandra Rieß and Steven Gätjen. Stefan Raab officially announced his resignation from his roles in the national final, however like in the previous two years, the national final was co-produced by the production company Brainpool, which also co-produced the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest in Düsseldorf.[5] Twenty contestants competed during the shows with the winner being selected through a public televote. The first five shows were broadcast on ProSieben, the quarter-final was broadcast on Das Erste as well as online via ARD's official website daserste.de, the semi-final was broadcast on ProSieben and the final was broadcast on Das Erste and online via daserste.de. The final of the competition was watched by 2.19 million viewers in Germany.[6]

FormatEdit

The competition consisted of eight shows. In each of the first two shows on 12 and 19 January 2012, ten contestants performed a cover of a song of their choice and five advanced in the competition. In the third and fourth show on 26 January and 2 February 2012, the remaining contestants performed and two were eliminated per show. In the fifth show on 6 February 2012, one contestant was eliminated, and the top five proceeded to the quarter-final on 9 February 2012. In the quarter-final, the five remaining contestants performed covers of two songs of their choice, and four advanced to the semi-final on 13 February 2012. In the semi-final, the four remaining contestants performed covers of two songs of their choice, and the top two proceeded to the final on 16 February 2012. The final consisted of two rounds. In the first round, the two finalists performed three songs especially written for Eurovision, and one song for each finalist proceeded to the second round. In the second round, the winner was decided from the two combinations of song and artist. During each show, three judges consisting of head judge Thomas D. (singer of the German hip hop band Die Fantastischen Vier), Alina Süggeler (singer of the German band Frida Gold) and Stefan Raab provided feedback in regards to the contestants. Public voting included options for landline and SMS voting. Intermediate results were presented on screen during the shows, which determined the running order of the contestants.[7]

Casting roundsEdit

Interested artists were able to apply for the competition by submitting an online application starting on 22 June 2011 or attending a live casting show at the Schanzenstraße 22 in Cologne on 29 September 2011. After submitting an application, artists could present themselves and perform at casting shows that were held in four German cities. The casting shows were held at the Franken Studios in Nuremberg on 5 November 2011, at the Saarländischer Rundfunk Studios in Mannheim on 12 November 2011, at the Delta Musik Park in Essen on 19 November 2011 and at the NDR Studios in Hannover on 26 November 2011.[8][9] By the end of the process, twenty contestants were selected.[10]

Elimination chartEdit

Color key
  – Contestant received the fewest public votes and was eliminated
  – Contestant received the most public votes
Contestant Show 1 Show 2 Show 3 Show 4 Show 5 Show 6
(Quarter-final)
Show 7
(Semi-final)
Show 8
(Final)
Roman Lob 2nd
14.9%
N/A 1st
11.4%
1st 1st 1st 1st 1st
50.7%
Ornella de Santis N/A 5th
12.3%
3rd
10.1%
3rd 5th 3rd 2nd 2nd
49.3%
Yana Gercke N/A 2nd
13.0%
4th
10.1%
2nd 3rd 2nd 3rd Eliminated
(Show 7)
Shelly Phillips 1st
15.5%
N/A 6th
9.8%
4th 2nd 4th 4th Eliminated
(Show 7)
Katja Petri 5th
14.7%
N/A 8th
9.6%
6th 4th 5th Eliminated
(Show 6)
Céline Huber 3rd
14.7%
N/A 2nd
10.3%
5th 6th Eliminated
(Show 5)
Umut Anil N/A 4th
12.5%
7th
9.8%
7th Eliminated
(Show 4)
Sebastian Dey N/A 3rd
12.7%
5th
9.9%
8th Eliminated
(Show 4)
Leonie Burgmer 4th
14.7%
N/A 9th
9.6%
Eliminated
(Show 3)
Rachel Scharnberg N/A 1st
13.3%
10th
9.4%
Eliminated
(Show 3)
Vera Reissmüller N/A 6th
12.3%
Eliminated
(Show 2)
Andrew Fischer N/A 7th
9.4%
Eliminated
(Show 2)
Tina Sander N/A 8th
7.1%
Eliminated
(Show 2)
Jörg Müller-Lornsen N/A 9th
4.0%
Eliminated
(Show 2)
Polly Zeiler N/A 10th
3.4%
Eliminated
(Show 2)
Kai Nötting 6th
14.5%
Eliminated
(Show 1)
Jil Rock 7th
5.9%
Eliminated
(Show 1)
Yasmin Gueroui 8th
2.4%
Eliminated
(Show 1)
Salih Özcan 9th
1.7%
Eliminated
(Show 1)
Jan Verweij 10th
1.0%
Eliminated
(Show 1)

Show 1Edit

Show 1–12 January 2012[11]
Draw Artist Song (original artists) Televote Place
1 Katja Petri "Marry You" (Bruno Mars) 14.7% 5
2 Jan Verweij "Closer to the Edge" (Thirty Seconds to Mars) 1.0% 10
3 Leonie Burgmer "Stronger Than Me" (Amy Winehouse) 14.7% 4
4 Yasmin Gueroui "Not Fair" (Lily Allen) 2.4% 8
5 Kai Nötting "More" (Usher) 14.5% 6
6 Shelly Phillips "Valerie" (The Zutons) 15.5% 1
7 Salih Özcan "Señorita" (Justin Timberlake) 1.7% 9
8 Céline Huber "Beautiful Disaster" (Kelly Clarkson) 14.7% 3
9 Jil Rock "Moves Like Jagger" (Maroon 5) 5.9% 7
10 Roman Lob "After Tonight" (Justin Nozuka) 14.9% 2

Show 2Edit

Show 2–19 January 2012[12]
Draw Artist Song (original artists) Televote Place
1 Andrew Fischer "Tears In Heaven" (Eric Clapton) 9.4% 7
2 Polly Zeiler "Grenade" (Bruno Mars) 3.4% 10
3 Sebastian Dey "This Love" (Maroon 5) 12.7% 3
4 Jörg Müller-Lornsen "Maybe Tomorrow" (Stereophonics) 4.0% 9
5 Ornella de Santis "Slow Motion"(Karina Pasian) 12.3% 5
6 Rachel Scharnberg "My Baby Left Me" (Rox) 13.3% 1
7 Tina Sander "Geronimo" (Aura Dione) 7.1% 8
8 Umut Anil "Straight Up" (Paula Abdul) 12.5% 4
9 Yana Gercke "Price Tag" (Jessie J) 13.0% 2
10 Vera Reissmüller "Fooled Me Again" (Lady Gaga) 12.3% 6

Show 3Edit

Show 3–26 January 2012[13]
Draw Artist Song (original artists) Televote Place
1 Rachel Scharnberg "Like a Star" (Corinne Bailey Rae) 9.4% 10
2 Leonie Burgmer "I Love Your Smile" (Charlie Winston) 9.6% 9
3 Sebastian Dey "Amnesie" (own composition) 9.9% 5
4 Katja Petri "Lego House" (Ed Sheeran) 9.6% 8
5 Umut Anil "Weitergehen" (Tim Bendzko) 9.8% 7
6 Céline Huber "How Come You Don't Call Me" (Alicia Keys) 10.3% 2
7 Ornella de Santis "I Want You Back" (The Jackson Five) 10.1% 3
8 Shelly Phillips "Forget You" (Cee Lo) 9.8% 6
9 Yana Gercke "Roxanne" (The Police) 10.1% 4
10 Roman Lob "Easy" (The Commodores) 11.4% 1

Show 4Edit

Show 4–2 February 2012[14][15]
Draw Artist Song (original artists) Place
1 Sebastian Dey "Hey, Hey, Hey" (own composition) 8
2 Katja Petri "The '59 Sound" (The Gaslight Anthem) 6
3 Céline Huber "Right to Be Wrong" (Joss Stone) 5
4 Umut Anil "Someone Like You" (Adele) 7
5 Shelly Phillips "Waterfalls" (TLC) 4
6 Ornella de Santis "Try" (Nelly Furtado) 3
7 Yana Gercke "Titanium" (David Guetta feat. Sia) 2
8 Roman Lob "Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)" (Train) 1

Show 5Edit

Show 5–6 February 2012[16][17]
Draw Artist Song (original artists) Place
1 Katja Petri "Certain Someone" (own composition) 4
2 Ornella de Santis "You Are The Sunshine Of My Life" (Stevie Wonder) 5
3 Céline Huber "Russian Roulette" (Rihanna) 6
4 Shelly Phillips "I Try" (Macy Gray) 2
5 Yana Gercke "We Found Love" (Rihanna) 3
6 Roman Lob "Drive" (Incubus) 1

Quarter-finalEdit

Quarter-final–9 February 2012[18][19]
Artist Draw First Song (original artists) Draw Second Song (original artists) Place
Katja Petri 1 "All You Wanted" (Michelle Branch) 5 "Stay" (Hurts) 5
Ornella de Santis 2 "I'll Be There" (The Jackson Five) 6 "Love The Way You Lie (Part II)" (Rihanna) 3
Shelly Phillips 3 "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" (Lauryn Hill) 7 "Have It All" (Jeremy Kay) 4
Yana Gercke 4 "Who Knew" (Pink) 8 "Talking to the Moon (Bruno Mars) 2
Roman Lob 4 "You Give Me Something" (James Morrison) 8 "Day by Day" (own composition) 1

Semi-finalEdit

Semi-final–13 February 2012[20][21]
Artist Draw First Song (original artists) Place Draw Second Song (original artists) Place
Shelly Phillips 1 "Das Astronautenlied" (own composition) 4 "Can't Get You Out of My Head" (Kylie Minogue)
Ornella de Santis 2 "Eu Vou Ser Mais Eu" (own composition) 3 5 "If I Ain't Got You" (Alicia Keys) 2
Yana Gercke 3 "Rolling in the Deep" (Adele) 2 6 "Skyscraper" (Demi Lovato) 3
Roman Lob 4 "Bad Day" (Daniel Powter) 1 7 "Use Somebody" (Kings of Leon) 1

FinalEdit

The televised final took place on 16 February 2012.[22] The winner was selected through two rounds of public voting. In the first round, the two finalists Ornella de Santis and Roman Lob each performed their versions of "Alone" and "Standing Still" as well as an individual song, and the song for each finalist was determined and proceeded to the second round.[23][24] The songs were: "Quietly" performed by Ornella de Santis and "Standing Still" performed by Roman Lob. In the second round, the winner, "Standing Still" performed by Roman Lob, was selected.[25]

First Round–16 February 2012
Draw Artist Song Composer(s) Televote Result
1 Roman Lob "Conflicted" Martin Mulholland 6.5% Eliminated
2 Ornella de Santis "Quietly" Alex Geringas, Liz Vidal, Guy Roche 70% Advanced
3 Roman Lob "Alone" Gary Go, Emanuel Kiriakou 16.7% Eliminated
4 Ornella de Santis "Alone" Gary Go, Emanuel Kiriakou 17.6% Eliminated
5 Roman Lob "Standing Still" Steve Robson, Jamie Cullum, Wayne Hector 76.8% Advanced
6 Ornella de Santis "Standing Still" Steve Robson, Jamie Cullum, Wayne Hector 12.4% Eliminated
Second Round
Draw Artist Song Televote Place
1 Ornella de Santis "Quietly" 49.3% 2
2 Roman Lob "Standing Still" 50.7% 1

At EurovisionEdit

As a Big Five member, Germany was automatically qualified for the final, held on 26 May. Roman Lob was awarded 110 points in total and finished in 8th place.[26] The public awarded Germany 6th place with 125 points and the jury awarded 10th place with 98 points.[27]

VotingEdit

Points awarded to GermanyEdit

Points awarded to Germany (Final)[28]
Score Country
12 points
10 points
8 points   Italy
7 points
6 points   United Kingdom
5 points
4 points
3 points
2 points
1 point   Finland

Points awarded by GermanyEdit

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