Germany has revealed 11 out of 12 artists for their 2013 National Final. I'll post some of their old songs here, all with hyperlinks, so just click a name and you'll hear a song. Ben Ivory - The Righteous Ones The only song I found wihout a remix of this guy was: Better Love Betty Dittrich - Lalala Betty is an alternative/hippie singer. Lalala is of course a title that says nothing about language. Most of her songs are however in German. It's the blonde singer in the following video: Fritz Der Kapitän Blitzkids mvt. - Heart On The Line A dance/trance project, around 1 singer, a female one. A really good act and I'm sure they will be one of the favourites. The song I selected is: Cold Cascada - Glorious No doubt the biggest name in this list. Cascada scored big hits all over Europe, so the fact they agreed/applied is a big one and most likely thanks to Loreen who brought ESC back alive with the bigger acts. Another reason for them might be the fact that Cascada's success isn't as big as it used to be. What did I pick here? The obvious. Evacuate The Dancefloor Finn Martin - Change Well, I don't know this guy, so I can't comment on his music. Lucky us though, as this song was released 11th September 2012. It's one of the few we can actually hear: Change La BrassBanda - Nackert And here we go with a novelty act. The title means something like naked, but then specifically human nudity... They describe themselves as dialect reggae. A song for them: well they're a meaningless band, so I went with a song about beer tents. Bierzelt Mobilée - Little Sister I hoped this would happen: Mobilée in the national final. I absolutely love them and was planning to send them to our contest a while ago. Their song are always full of fun and folk, exactly what I love. This song sounds like a combination between Of Monsters And Men and Lena, so I'm a fan. Unfortunately, they performed this song in May already. Therefore this cannot be their Eurovision attempt. I hope NDR keep Mobilée, but with a different song. Little Sister It could well be that the video above is blocked in several countries. To get an impression anyway, here's the one I planned to send a while ago: Lay Down Here Nica & Joe - Elevated Veronika Belyavskaya from Poland and Joseph Guyton from the USA form this duo. They were in X-Factor Germany in 2011, where they came 3rd, being mentored by Sarah Connor (who was in our contest once). Their music is pop meets classic. It could do really well in Germany and Europe. The songs I picked are a version of Euphoria and one of their own songs: Euphoria Build A Palace Die Priester ft. Mojca Erdmann - Ave Maris Stella Wow. Wow. Wow. This I did not expect. Of course, same with Heilsarmee, I thought this was a mocking name: the priests. However, those 3 male singers are actually priests. And their song is Ave Maris Stella. Germany must have some balls to let this have a chance to go to Malmö... Oh and the three also have the charisma of napkins. Their featured artist is Mojca Erdmann, a 37 year old soprano who is used to singing Mozart's opera's. I wonder how they will do this though, as Ave Maris Stella is an old Gregorian piece in Latin. I cannot imagine EBU allowing a 700 year old piece to be used for Eurovision... The song I picked is their Eurovision attempt for now: Ave Maris Stella Saint Lu - Craving Soul. Rock. A voice we've been used to now, after Duffy, Amy Winehouse etc. Don't know what else to say as I don't know Saint Lu. The song I picked is 2 years old: Don't Miss Your Own Life Söhne Mannheims - One Love Definitely the second best known name for German people. Their lead singer also has a solo career: he is a coach on The Voice Germany and went to the escChat Song Contest, where he flushed... it's Xavier Naidoo. I'm surprised to see these guys in the national final, it's not the thing they normally would do. Their music is a combination between gospel, pop, rock and rap. It's hard to determine where they're Eurovision attempt will go because of that. It's likely to have a religious message as well. All I know is that they have a chance to make it no matter how bad their song is, as they are incredibly famous in Germany. The song I picked is one that actually touches all four genres most: Gesucht Und Gefunden In general: the 12th name will be important. Rumours go everywhere now, as they expect it to be either a golden oldie singer or a popular group. Names I've heard that most of you will know (and this is mostly based on the fact that these people have said Eurovision is never impossible for them): Herbert Grönemeyer Matthias Reim Glasperlenspiel Silbermond Cro Frida Gold However, I wouldn't be surprised if they went with an unknown name to try the format of 2010 and 2012 as well, as that worked out. But from these 11 names, it's obvious that Cascada and Söhne Mannheims are frontrunners. Personally I would love Mobilée.