The German edition of musical competition The Voice began its eleventh season recently, and viewers of the episode aired last Thursday were in for a surprise. Ann Sophie, who represented Germany at the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest, came to sing in front of the show’s judges. Well, not quite in front, the judges always start with their backs to the singer. But you know what I mean.
Prior to the episode’s airing, MSN quoted Ann Sophie (in German) as saying she decided to compete on The Voice of Germany to give herself a second chance. Memorably, Ann Sophie’s Eurovision adventure started awkwardly – with national final winner Andreas Kümmert withdrawing and giving her the ticket – and ended on a sour note, with her entry “Black Smoke” gaining a total of zero points and finishing last. After that, as the MSN article mentions, it took Ann Sophie three years to record music again. She’s spent the last couple of years writing and producing by herself.
It seems the wait and slow return paid off. For her audition song, Ann Sophie chose the classic George Gershwin tune “Summertime”, from the opera Porgy and Bess. As you can see in the video above, her performance won over all four judges: Mark Forster, Nico Santos, Johannes Oerding and Sarah Connor, all established singer-songwriters in the local scene. So turns out that eventually she really did sing in front of the judges. Good job.
So far, it seems Ann Sophie got her second chance and it’s going very well. Time (and audience votes) will tell how far she’ll go as part of Sarah Connor’s team, which she elected to join following her stellar performance. What did you think of Ann Sophie on The Voice of Germany? Which songs do you want to see her do next? Do you agree that “Black Smoke” deserved more than nul points (of course you do)? Talk to us in the comments below!