Germany chooses Eurovision dancers on 30th June

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Germany is one of the 16 countries to take part in the first edition of the Eurovision Dance Contest on 1st September. On 30th June, during a TV show, three couples will compete against each other to win the ticket for London. Each couple contains a VIP and a professional dancer. The winners will be chosen by televoting.

The dancers will be selected during the quarterly held show Das große Sommerfest der Volksmusik (every season with a different title), hosted by Florian Silbereisen. The competing couples are (a picture can be found here (external link)):

Wolke Hegenbarth & Allan Frank

Wolke Hegebarth is no stranger to dance contests: the actress competed in the first season of Let's dance (the German version of Strictly come dancing). She reached the final where she won the jury voteevery category; nevertheless the audience preferred her co-competitor Wayne Carpendale.

Allan Frank won various prizes as a professional dancer. Among others, he was European champion and runner-up champion in Germany. Since 2000, he has no longer been an professional dancer but returns to the stage for the Eurovision dance contest. Currently, he is working as a pilot.

Thomas Anders & Sofia Bogdanova

Thomas Anders has experience in Eurovision contests: in 2006, the singer competed in the German national final with Songs that live forever and finished 2nd. In 2004, he announced the German votes after he had been a judge in the casting show which was the origin of Max Mutzke.

Sofia Bogdanova was one of the professional dancers in the first season of Let's dance. She was the dance partner of Jochen Horst and finished 6th. She also succesfully competed in various official dance competitions. Furthermore, she is working as a translator.

Ruth Moschner & Sergey Pluyta

Ruth Moschner is a comedian. She competed in Dancing on ice, a show similar to Let's dance but with ice dancing. She was the surprise winner of the competition after she atually lost in the first show but was not voted out since the first round was a 'wildcard' round.

Sergey Pluyta focusses on Latin dance. He was succesful in various competitions.

You can visit the German website for the contest here. Furthermore, it has been announced that the contest – as well as the 'national final' – will be broadcast live on ARD and can therefore be watched everywhere in Germany.