Felicia Lu Kürbiß, from Germany, will participate in the German national selection for Eurovision 2017. She will compete alongside 4 other artists with the hope of winning the golden ticket to represent her country in Kyiv, at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. She took the time to talk to ESCBubble about her participation in the German national selection for Eurovision:
What was your first reaction when you were told that you would compete in the German national final for Eurovision 2017?
I was at work at that time and immediately ran into our back office and had a little dance-off with myself. I have been extremely excited and was and still am super happy and glad!
Why did you decide to enter the German national selection for Eurovision this year?
I’ve been watching the Eurovision Song Contest for years now and I always dreamed about what it must be like to stand up there, in front of millions of people, doing what you love. This year hopefully will be the year of my dreams coming true.
Could you tell us a bit more about yourself and your musical career?
Of course! I guess I have been singing my whole life long. There isn’t a specific time where I started doing music. I guess it already started when I was a little child. My parents supported me by letting me visit music-orientated schools with vocal lessons and so on. At the age of 14 I started writing my own songs, now I also write for other artists. I started uploading cover – versions of chartsongs on YouTube and am now posting weekly. I try to perform live as much as possible and want to become a full time artist as soon as I can.
Do you have other plans for 2017?
Music is my only big project that I have in mind for 2017. Hopefully the ESC will be my nearest adventure.
Do you have any goals for the national final this year?
For me music is my way to express myself. Therefore I just want to show my real face to everyone and hopefully get some emotions out of them. Because that is what makes music so wonderful. Everybody can understand it, you can feel the emotion of the singer and the song and it is my goal to touch the audience with my performance.
What would it mean for you to get the chance to represent your country in Kyiv?
It would mean the absolute world. First of all, it would obviously be a great chance for me as an artist. You never get the opportunity to reach that many people at the same time. That kind of audience is the most exciting thing I could ever imagine. On the other hand it would be a great honor to be representing my home country Germany. A whole nation is standing behind you in that very moment and the thought alone gives me goosebumps.
Are you a Eurovision fan? What are your favourite Eurovision songs?
I am indeed! The Eurovision is part of our family tradition. Each year we watch it together and there is hardly a year I missed out on. My favorite songs so far have been “Rhythm back” by Loic Nottet, “Heroes” by Mans Zelmerlöw and of course “Satellite” by Lena.
What do you think of the previous German participants in Eurovision?
There has been a lot of controversy since we didn’t quite shine according to the points we got. Nevertheless I think they did a good performance and gave everything they got. So even if we came last place I am still proud and hopefully this year I will be able to change the game again.
Do you have any special ideas (ex: dancers, choreography…) for your live performance during the national selection?
The national selection will be kept quite simple because I think it’s most important to concentrate on the music and the artist. For the Eurovision on the other hand I’d have a couple of ideas and pictures in my mind.
Do you have musical inspirations?
Stories and feelings are mostly what inspire me. I am also influenced by various artists and human beings, such as Troye Sivan, The XX, David Bowie and many more. In general I would say life is what inspires me most as an artist.
What would you like to say to your fans who are going to support during the national final?
Thank you with all of my heart. Knowing that there are people supporting what I love doing makes me unbelievably happy. I will give everything I got to make you happy and proud. There will not be one single moment I will stand still, I will work my butt off to give the best performance I possibly could. Together we stand strong.
Fun facts about Felicia:
What is your favourite …?
- Song: (at the moment) See You Soon – DePresno
- Book: Just Kids – Patti Smith
- Artist: Troye Sivan
- Movie: The Perks Of Being A Wallflower
- Sport: Dancing and Swimming
- Dish: Pasta – in any form
We would like to thank Felicia for taking the time to do this interview and wish her the best of luck for the national selection. Until then, you can listen to her mashup of the top hits of 2016: