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Blood & Glitter! – Lord Of The Lost will represent Germany at Eurovision 2023

Tonight, the German national selection "Unser Lied für Liverpool" took place. The metal band Lord Of The Lost won the competition and will go Liverpool with the song "Blood & Glitter"

The German national selection Unser Lied für Liverpool ("Our song for Liverpool") took place Friday night in Cologne with Barbara Schöneberger guiding us through eight acts fighting for the votes of the German public and the international juries.

After an intense evening with guest performances from The BossHoss and Ilse Delange (Netherlands 2014), it was time for the results:

The international juries voted for Will Church as the winner with "Hold On," and ranked Lord Of The Lost 5th. But the German public voted massively for the gothic metal band Lord Of The Lost, who ended up the winner, and will therefore represent Germany on the Eurovision stage in May with their song "Blood & Glitter."

Germany 2023: Lord Of The Lost – "Blood & Glitter"

Blood & Glitter was written by Anthony J. Brown, Chris Harms, Pi Stoffers, and Rupert Keplinger.

Unser Lied für Liverpool

Unser Lied für Liverpool

After Frida Gold had to withdraw from the competition due to illness, there were eight acts left fighting to represent Germany at the Eurovision Song Contest in Liverpool.

The winner was decided by online voting combined with the televote (50%), and eight international juries (50%).

Lord Of The Lost

Lord Of The Lost is a gothic metal band from Hamburg, founded in 2007, and has already toured with big names such as Iron Maiden in 2022.

Their current album, "Blood & Glitter," reached number one on the German album charts.

They released their first single, Dry the Rain, in 2009, and the year later their debut album, Fears, was out. Since then, they've released an album almost every year.

Their song for Eurovision is the title track of their newest album, which was released in December 2022. Blood & Glitter was written by lead singer Chris Harms and gituarist Pi Stoffers, as well as Anthony J. Brown and Rupert Keplinger.

The band members are:

  • Chris "Lord" Harms (vocals, guitar, cello)
  • Class Grenayde (bass)
  • Gared Dirge (piano, synthesizer, percussion, guitar)
  • π (guitar)
  • Niklas Kahl (drums)

Germany in the Eurovision Song Contest

Germany is a grand old country in the Eurovision Song Contest. They have participated 65 times since the beginning in 1956.

Germany 1982: Nicole - "Ein Bißchen Frieden"

The only year Germany didn't participate was in 1996. Prior to the competition in 1996, 30 countries had signed up for participation, so the EBU had to make a selection. Judges from the participating countries made a secret vote, where the top-22 songs qualified. During this vote, the judges only listened to, but didn't watch, the contestants. This turned out to be highly unpopular, and it was also the only time this method was used. The result of the vote was that Germany was ruled out. This was the first and only time Germany didn't participate in the Eurovision Song Contest.

Germany 1982: Nicole - "Ein Bißchen Frieden"

Germany's best results are two victories: in 1982 (Nicole - "Ein Bißchen Frieden") and 2010 (Lena - "Satellite"). Their worst results are eight last place finishes. Germany is a member of the "Big-5," which means they don't have to go through the Semi-final round and are automatically qualified for the Grand Final. They are also a member of "Club Nul Points," with zero points in 1964, 1965 and 2015.

About the author: Claire Schulte-Wieschen (Germany)

authorClaire is our correspondent in Germany. She watched her first Eurovision as an eight-year-old in 2002 and since then has also started to watch a lot of the national finals. She also wrote her Master thesis about Australian National Identity at Eurovision. It's hard to name just one favourite song, but she would go with Shum by Go_A from 2021.

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