The 10 finalists performed at the final of Unser Lied für Stockholm. The 100% televote put Avantasia, Alex Diehl and Jamie-Lee Kriewitz through to the superfinal. And from there, Jamie-Lee won the second vote, and with it the ticket to Stockholm.
Also performing at the national final were German hand The BossHoss, who performed Dolly Parton’s song “Jolene”, and 2014 Eurovision runners-up The Common Linnets.
In November last year, German broadcaster NDR announced that instead of a traditional national final, R&B singer Xavier Naidoo had been internally selected, with his song to be chosen by the German public. However, after much protest, the broadcaster cancelled this process and instead launched a standard national final with 10 competing acts.
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Unser Lied für Stockholm finalists
- Alex Diehl “Nur ein Lied”
- Avantasia “Mystery of a Blood Red Rose”
- Ella Endlich “Adrenalin”
- Gregorian “Masters of Chant”
- Jamie-Lee Kriewitz “Ghost”
- Joco “Full Moon”
- Keøma “Protected”
- Laura Pinski “Under the Sun We Are One”
- Luxuslärm “Solange Liebe in mir wohnt”
- Woods of Birnam “Lift Me Up (From the Underground)”
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Number of migrants swells on closed Greece-Macedonia border
Living in filth, families with small children jostled for space in waterlogged fields, waiting for a crack in the border fence, which Macedonian authorities opened intermittently.
By midday on Wednesday the border had opened once, Greek police said, allowing 170 people through.
"There are 11,000 people here and conditions are very bad," said Antonis Rigas of charity Medicins Sans Frontieres.
"We worry that if it exceeds 12,000 the situation might get out of hand," he said.
Macedonian authorities have defended their stance. "Our daily admittance of migrants will depend on how many will be accepted in EU countries," Interior Minister Oliver Spasovski, told reporters in Skopje.
"It is very important to secure humane treatment and admit these people, but it’s no less important that we protect the Macedonian citizens and police."
Macedonian police fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of migrants who stormed the border from Greece on Monday, tearing down a metal gate.
The European Union has called an emergency summit with Turkey on March 7, hoping for a consensus to implement an accord on the distribution of refugees and migrants fleeing conflict and poverty in the Middle East, North Africa and beyond. Many arrive in Greece on small, unsafe, boats from Turkey.
More than one million people fled Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan last year. Around 131,000 have reached Europe so far in 2016.
At Idomeni, a grassy plain, a tent community was growing rapidly in the mud, stretching resources to the limit. The average wait for a small package of food consisting of a sandwich and a boiled egg was two to three hours.
Some people had no shelter.
"We will sleep on the ground," said Hassan Fatahalla, 25, from Idlib in northwest Syria, who arrived at the camp with his wife Shakeri, nine months' pregnant. "We want to go to Germany ... it will be a better future for the baby."
People continued to arrive as dusk approached, many of them on foot. An elderly couple, both in wheelchairs, made their way to the makeshift camp. A younger family emptied a wheelie bin and placed their two children in it, rolling it down the road.
(Additional reporting by Kole Casule in Skopje, Writing By Michele Kambas; Editing by Janet Lawrence)