Germany: Elaiza

Germany Elaiza



Eurovision went completely pear-shaped for Germany last year, in the form of Cascada. Like any of the Big Five, being guaranteed a place in the final comes with the expectation of having a good act, and German national selection voters seem to agree that emerging artists are the way forward. Led by 21-year old Polish-Ukrainian singer Ela (Elżbieta Steinmetz), with accordionist Yvonne Grünwald and string bass-player Natalie Plöger in tow, Elaiza formed early last year.

They entered to become the German wildcard – along with over 2,000 others – via YouTube and won the last spot on the German national selection show Unser Song für Dänemark, the only ‘unknown’ act competing along seven ‘established’ ones. So luck is on the band’s side, who will be performing their own song, Is It Right, in Copenhagen. They’re traditional Eastern European folk with a twist – apparently coined neo-folklore, which means as much to you as it does to me, but have a listen:

Credit: Thomas Hanses (EBU)



I am all for a more varied Eurovision Song Contest, and it’s about time Germany moved away from having a well-established act as their entrant. But individualism is taken to extremes with these ladies’ outfits; I can’t help but feel that Elaiza are trying to do too many things all at once with an accordion, cello, and Katy B-meets-Jessie J vocals. Foot-tapping it might even be, but I don’t actually enjoy Is It Right. The first time I listened I ended up sporting a painfully large frown, yet I suspect this might be a song that becomes increasingly delightful, and Germany are guaranteed a place in the final from now until doomsday, so it’s all irrelevant really.

Contagious rating: 5/10



Is It Right

He’s gotta pen in his hand
a piece of paper starin’ back
He could write like a man
a novel life back on track

Maybe drama, or a poem
but still he doesn’t know
the time is ticking in his ear
the holy silence disappears

Is it right or is it wrong?
I can’t go on! You can’t go on!
If you say yes…or even no,
you don’t know how and where to go

She turns over and looks at him
she tries to feel, and can’t feel anything
but it’s so hard to say goodbye,
even when you know, that it’s right.

When it’s all not what you thought
and a friendship is not enough
when you long to feel alive
and take the chance to give it up

Is it right or is it wrong?
I can’t go on, you can’t go on
If you say yes, or even no,
you don’t know how and where to go

I know, it’s not easy to decide,
to find your own direction
Oh, the risk is too high
but you can’t hide

Is it right or is it wrong?
I can go on, you can go on
If you say yes, or even no,
you don’t know how and where to go

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