Germany 2013: Die Priester Change Song but Mobilee Keep Theirs

GermanyGermany – After concerns were raised by Eurovision Ireland about two songs in the German final, one has apparently been changed. Eurovision Ireland had previously reported there were several similarities between Die Priester feat. Mojca Erdmann and their song “Ave Maris Stella“ and several religious songs from the 16th and 19th Centuries. According to Blog.prinze.de  it has now been decided that Die Priester will now change their entry. 

Eurovision Ireland had also pointed out to NDR, the German broadcaster, that Mobilee and their song “Little Sister” had also been available on YouTube well in advance of the cut off date for performance, Sept 1st. Blog.prinze.de has a report on this here. Apparently it has been decided  that as the video had received very small numbers of views, no competitive advantage had been given to Mobilee and their entry. Is this fair that the rules can be waved for this act? The rules are there for a reason.

All of this comes as Switzerland are still deciding what to do about their representatives who must change their name as it would break the rules of promoting a commercial organisation, and on the back of a disqualification in Estonia.

It seems staggering that year after year songs are breaking the rules. Fans know what the rules are, so how can composers, singers and national broadcasters not know, and have these games every year?

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157 comments on “Germany 2013: Die Priester Change Song but Mobilee Keep Theirs

  1. I’ll make an article on Finland tomorrow if we get the 6 other “jury performances” still missing, but all MP3 are out, and wow to Finland

  2. Mobilee – “Little Sister” is totally OK! :)

    I LUV banjo!! :D

    But I expect Cascada – “Glorioius” to be my favorite! :-*

  3. Another snippet from the German final is out.Here is Blitzkids mvt.-Heart on the line.

  4. Listened to some of the German hopefuls and I’m impressed :) really liked Mobilee and Blitzkids…Die priester is also very interesting…Can’t wait to hear the rest…well done Germany

    • Hii mer maid!! :-***

      I also love Mobilee, it’s so groovy and great with banjo instrument! :D

      I can’t wait to listen to Cascada – “Glorious”? Have you heard for Cascada? is it poplar in Turkey? here it is!

      • Hello Marko :*

        Some of Cascada’s songs are being played in the clubs but I can’t say they are very well know here…

        This year Germany will seem to rock again :)I am also looking forward to Serbian selection,any news or names?

  5. Saint Lu’s song

  6. In Germany they seem to be on track again ! From the songs available so far :
    1)Mobilee – Little sister : 9/10
    2)Die Priester ft Mojca Erdmann – Ave Maris Stella : 9/10 ( disqualified or not? )
    3)Ben Ivory – The righteous ones : 8/10
    4)Blitzkids mvt. – Heart on the line : 6.5/10
    Good luck !

    • My only concern is whether it is fair for some songs to be online earlier , when NDR had previously informed us that all 12 songs would be presented some days ( a week? ) prior to the German NF so as the internet public would start voting on them ( 1/3 of the total vote of the 14th of February ).
      There also seem to be some issues with the “1st of September” rule regarding some entries as I read on oikotimes.com.Is this true?

      • As far as I know Die Priester will compete with a new song but I don’t know whether Mojca Erdmann will be part of this new song or not.

    • I’m actually really looking forward to the German NF this year – NDR have managed to put together a strong line-up of both well-known, established acts and promising new talents.

      My personal favourites are:

      Mobilee – “Little Sister” (7/12) – A nice, if slightly unremarkable song – I’m getting shades of Anna Rossinelli here??

      Ben Ivory – “The Righteous Ones” (8/12) – He kinda seems like the German Patrick Wolf, although a little more “pop”.

      Blitzkids Mvt. – “Heart On The Line” (10/12) – A really cool electro-pop song with elements of new-wave

      Mia Diekow – “Lieblingslied” (12/12) – Hopefully…

  7. Even though both Blitzkids’ and Saint Lu had really interesting songs, I’m still crossing my fingers for Bavarian brass or gregorian chant. :)

  8. Cascada’s Glorious is another avarage club song so I’m not impressed but I really loved Craving …Mobilee and Saint Lu are my faves so far!

  9. Yes, I’m not impressed with Cascada either. It’s ordinary stuff. My favourites are Mobilée & Saint Lu. Ben’s entry isn’t that bad either.

    I’m extremely disappointed that Xavier Naidoo won’t be singing with Söhne Mannheims. That was definitely the biggest letdown of the season for me. They will probably still have a good entry though, likely the best to my taste, but it won’t be the same without Xavier. :(

  10. A full statement released after Mobilee-gate:

    “The compositions (lyrics and music)must not have been commercially released before 1 September 2012. In case the composition has been made available to the public, for example, but not limited to, on online video platforms, social networks or (semi-) publicly accessible databanks, the Participating Broadcaster must inform the ESC Executive Supervisor, who shall have authority to evaluate whether the composition is eligible for participation in the Event. In particular, the ESC Executive Supervisor shall assess whether such disclosure prior to 1 September 2012 is likely to give to the composition an advantage in the Event vis-à-vis the other compositions. The ESC Executive Supervisor shall authorise or deny participation of a composition which may have been available to the public as described above, subject to the prior approval of the Reference Group.”

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