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  1. Albania 2017: Lindita / "World" Armenia 2017: Artsvik / "Fly With Me" Bulgaria 2017: Kristian Kostov / "Beautiful Mess" Russia 2017: Julia Samoylova / "Flame is Burning" San Marino 2017: Valentina Monetta & Jimmie Wilson / "Spirit of the Night" Ths is the fourth time that Valentina Monetta will represent San Marino. She previously participated in the Contest in 2012, 2013 and 2014 and only reached the Grand Final once (in 2014). Now all 43 entries have been chosen. Who will be the lucky winner on May 13th?
  2. This year's line-up is now almost complete. Only the songs from Armenia, Bulgaria, San Marino and Russia (there are rumors that they might withdraw at the last minute) are still missing. Azerbaijan 2017: Dihaj / "Skeletons" FYR Macedonia 2017: Jana Burceska / "Dance Alone" Iceland 2017: Svala / "Paper" Ireland 2017: Brendan Murray / "Dying to Try" Israel 2017: Imri Zav / "I Feel Alive" Lithuania 2017: Fusedmarc / "Rain of Revolution" Montenegro 2017: Slavko Kalezic / "Space" Norway 2017: JOWST / "Grab the Moment" Portugal 2017: Salvador Sobral / "Amar pelos dois" Serbia 2017: Tijana Bogicevic / "In Too Deep" Sweden 2017: Robin Bengtsson / "I Can't Go On"
  3. Australia 2017: Isaiah / "Don't Come Easy" Belgium 2017: Blanche / "City Lights" Czech Republic 2017: Martina Bárta / "My Turn" Estonia 2017: Koit Toome & Laura / "Verona" Greece 2017: Demy / "This Is Love" Romania 2017: Ilinca feat. Alex Florea / "Yodel It!"
  4. Yeah, why not Some minor casting news: Rumours about her departing the show already surfaced last fall, now RTL has confirmed that Elena Garcia Gerlach will indeed leave GZSZ in May 2017. The 31-year-old actress joined the cast in the recurring role of Elena Gundlach (née Castillo) in July 2013. Garcia Gerlach left in September 2013, returned for a few weeks in early 2014, and was then offered a contract in October 2014. Julian Bayer makes his last appearance on AWZ on March 29th, 2017. He joined the cast in the contract role of Leo Brück in November 2015. In an interview Bayer stated that the producers decided to drop Leo because the character was not important enough. The vacant slot among the contract cast has been filled with actor and stuntman Robert Maaser who has joined the soap in the role of extreme athlete Tim Hayer on March 8th, 2017. Preview Pictures March/April 2017 Unter uns 01. 02. 03. 04. 05. 06. 07. 08. 09. 10. Alles was zählt 01. Deniz (Igor Dolgatschew) and Jenny (Kaja Schmidt-Tychsen) are happier than never before 02. Leo (Julian Bayer) has to flee the country and says goodbye to his father Thomas (Daniel Brockhaus) and Marian (Sam Eisenstein) 03. Thomas finds consolidation in Isabelle's (Ania Niedieck) arms 04. Ronny (Bela Klentze), Tim (Robert Maaser), Marie (Cheyenne Pahde), Michelle (Franziska) and Iva (Christina Klein) spend a spa day together 05. Michelle and Ronny grow closer ... 06. ... as do Tim and Marie 07. Vincent (Daniel Buder, left) tricks Maximilian (Francisco Medina) during a confrontation with a cop 08. After having found out that Simone and Vincent spent a night together, Richard (Silvan-Pierre Leirich) is furious and has to be calmed down by Ben (Jörg Rohde) 09. Lena (Juliette Greco) watches as Maximilian says goodbye to their son Alexander 10. The gang has ruined Richard's portrait Gute Zeiten, Schlechte Zeiten 01. With Maren's (Eva Mona Rodekirchen, right) help, Katrin (Ulrike Frank) finds the strength to clear out Till's room 02. Even though they know it's wrong, Elena (Elena Garcia Gerlach) and Jo (Wolfgang Bahro) can't resist their feelings anymore 03. Anni (Linda Marlen Runge), who's still suffering from sudden deafness, doesn't listen to Jasmin's (Janine Uhse) and Sophie's (Lea Marlen Woitack) advice that she should spare herself 04. Paul (Niklas Osterloh) and Emily (Anne Menden) celebrate a romantic reunion 05. Felix (Thaddäus Meilinger) succeeds in antagonizing Sunny (Valentina Pahde) against Chris 06. Sunny tries to intervene when Chris (Eric Stehfest, left) and Felix have a fight 07. Sunny asks Lilly (Iris Mareike Steen) about Chris's whereabouts 08. Alexander (Clemens Löhr, right) tries to talk some sense into Jonas (Felix van Deventer) who's about to fail his A-Levels 09. Lilly, Elena, Sunny, Jasmin and Sophie are shocked that Sunny's engagement has been stolen during a subway ride 10. Rosa's (Joana Schümer) trust in Chris dwindles
  5. Austria 2017: Nathan Trent / "Running on Air" Croatia 2017: Jacques Houdek / "My Friend" Cyprus 2017: Hovig / "Gravity" Denmark 2017: Anja Nissen / "Where I am" Latvia 2017: Triana Park / "Line" Moldova 2017: Sunstroke Project / "Hey Mamma!" Sunstroke Project previously represented Moldova in 2010 with the song "Run Away", reaching #22 in the Grand Final. Netherlands 2017: OG3NE / "Lights and Shadows" Slovenia 2017: Omar Naber / "On My Way" Omar Naber previously represented Slovenia in 2005 with the song "Stop", but failed to qualify for the Grand Final. Ukraine 2017: O.Torvald / "Time"
  6. Hungary 2017: Joci Pápai / "Origo" Another great song. Malta 2017: Claudia Faniello / "Breathlessly" Poland 2017: Kasia Mos / "Flashlight" Turkey hasn't competed in the Contest since 2012, but here are their best-placed entries:
  7. Italy 2017: Francesco Gabbani / "Occidentali's Karma" Love this. Spain 2017: Manel Navarro / "Do it For Your Lover"
  8. Some more entries: Finland 2017: Norma John / "Blackbird" France 2017: Alma / "Requiem" Germany 2017: Levina / "Perfect Life" Switzerland 2017: Timebelle / "Apollo" United Kingdom 2017: Lucie Jones / "Never Give Up on You" And another compilation:
  9. I don't know how viral this video has become in the US. A Dutch tv station made fun of Trump's mantra "America First" and his "alternative facts". Now several other European countries have created similar videos:
  10. Some background info: A few weeks ago, Till had been diagnosed with a terminal disease. Katrin and his friends tried to find some cure, but Till already had settled his affairs. During a trip to Sweden, he told Katrin that he wanted to end his life. She assured her lover that she would support him. Till broke down at the beach because he couldn't feel his legs anymore. Later, he told Katrin that he could walk again, but he didn't tell her that the pain hadn't gone away. Till called his best friend Chris in Berlin and told him that he would end his life soon. Chris visited Maren and informed her about Till's plan. Till also asked Maren to be there for Katrin after his death. Maren and Jasmin tried to reach Katrin, but to no avail. That night, Till quietly said goodbye to Katrin and left the cottage. The next morning, Katrin woke up only to find out that Till was gone. She ran to the beach, but only found his shoes and his jacket. In a flashback, we saw Till at the beach, taking off his shoes and his jacket and walking into the water. The episode ended with Katrin weeping over his clothes.
  11. R.I.P. Till. He committed suicide in yesterday's episode of GZSZ by walking into the open sea and left a heart-broken Katrin behind.
  12. Belarus 2017: NaviBand / "Historyja majho žyccia" For the first time since their debut at the Contest in 2004, Belarus will sing in their national language Belarusian (not to be confused with Russian or Ukrainian). Georgia 2017: Tako Gachechiladze / "Keep the Faith" And another compilation:
  13. More "Best of" compilations... Norway (1960-2016) Russia (1994-2016) Serbia (2007-2016) And this is the first entry for the 2017 contest: Albania 2017: Lindita Halimi / "Botë" The song will most likely be performed in English at Eurovision.
  14. I would get rid of the dead wood on all three soaps. There are quite a few characters that have long run their course but are kept on nevertheless. Some of them haven't had a decent storyline in over a year. On AWZ, nobody cares about Leo, Thomas, Iva, Carmen, Ben, Lena or Marian. Even Diana and Ingo are a bore. The only entertaining characters right now are Vanessa, Christoph, Jenny, Marie, Michelle and Vincent. Deniz has become unrecognizable due to his relationship with Jenny. He's now just as corrupt and scheming as her. And they still look like mother and son to me. (Kaja and Igor are only two years apart in real life, but Kaja looks so much older.) On GZSZ, half of the cast is dispensable. They are just "there" with no meaningful purpose. Newcomer Paul, who has been forced into an instalove storyline with Emily, is a huge bore and a weak actor. But apparently GZSZ ommitted a controversal storyline from the previews: Last fall, Till "Bommel" Kuhn as played by Merlin Leonhardt was brought back after an absence of two years. Katrin (Ulrike Frank) and Bommel reunited, but then a few weeks ago Bommel learned that he has a deadly disease which slowly paralyzes his nerves. The storyline culminates in early February when Bommel decides to kill himself. Katrin supports his decision. UU did the same when they ommitted the fact that Ute and Till's baby will be born with trisomy 21 (Down's syndrome). They completely cut that story from the daily synopses. --- These were results of the biggest annual online poll regarding German soaps: AWZ Favorite Male Character 2016 Deniz Öztürk 24.8 % Christoph Lukowski 18.8 % Tobi Märtz 11.5 % ** Ingo Zadek 10.2 % Ben Steinkamp 9.27 % Richard Steinkamp 8.27 % Ronny Bergmann 4.30 % * Thomas Brück 2.98 % Vincent Thalbach 2.64 % * Leo Brück 2.64 % Marian Öztürk 2.31 % Veit Hartmann 1.98 % ** Favorite Female Character 2016 Vanessa Steinkamp Lukowski 26.3 % Marie Schmidt 26.3 % (character received a recast in July 2016) Jenny Steinkamp 12.7 % Diana Sommer 9.00 % (character was brought back after an absence of 7 years) Simone Steinkamp 8.69 % Isabelle Reichenbach 5.27 % (has been on maternity leave since April 2016) Carmen Bauer 3.41 % * Michelle Bauer 3.10 % * Lena Öztürk 1.86 % Pia Koch 1.24 % ** Bea Meyer Zadek 1.24 % ** Sonja Brück 0.31 % ** Iva Lukowski 0.31 % Flo Brück 0 % ** Most hated male character: Veit Hartmann Most hated female character: Jenny Steinkamp Best actor: Lars Korten as Christoph Lukowski Best actress: Cheyenne Pahde as Marie Schmidt Best looking actor: Igor Dolgatschew as Deniz Öztürk Best looking actress: Cheyenne Pahde as Marie Schmidt Newcomer of the year: Cheyenne Pahde as Marie Schmidt Departure of the year: Michael Jassin as Tobi Märtz Best supporting character: Ingeborg Brings as Frau Renate Scholz Best couple: Marie & Tobi Worst couple: Jenny & Veit UU Favorite Male Character 2016 Robert Küpper 19.3 % Tobias Lassner 14.4 % Benno "Bambi" Hirschberger 12.7 % Ringo Beckmann 11.4 % Till Weigel 9.50 % Easy Winter 8.85 % Rufus Sturm 6.55 % Benedikt Huber 3.93 % * Rolf Jäger 3.60 % ** Valentin Huber 3.27 % * Malte Winter 3.27 % Paco Weigel 2.62 % Moritz Schönfeld 0.32 % ** Henning Fink 0 % ** Favorite Female Character 2016 Sina Hirschberger 34.6 % Britta Schönfeld 30.0 % Eva Wagner 24.9 % Fiona Jäger 3.94 % ** Irene Weigel 2.43 % Ute Fink 1.65 % Caro Winter 0.93 % Elli Schneider 0.77 % Andrea Huber 0.25 % * Jule Kasper 0.20 % ** Kay-C Schneider 0.10 % * Most hated male character: Malte Winter Most hated female character: Eva Wagner Best actor: Luca Maric as Robert Küpper Best actress: Tabea Heynig as Britta Schönfeld Best looking actor: Ben Ruedinger as Till Weigel Best looking actress: Valea Scalabrino as Sina Hirschberger Newcomer of the year: Jens Hajek as Benedikt Huber Departure of the year: Olivia Burkhart as Fiona Jäger Best supporting character: Lena Klöber as Sarah Fuchs Best couple: Irene & Robert Worst couple: Eva & Till GZSZ Favorite Male Character 2016 Jo Gerner 34.3 % Till "Bommel" Kuhn 21.0 % David Brenner 9.37 % ** Max "Tuner" Krüger 7.55 % Chris Lehmann 6.77 % Mesut Yildiz 5.20 % Philip Höfer 4.68 % John Bachmann 2.60 % Leon Moreno 2.34 % Felix Lehmann 1.82 % * Vince Köpke 1.04 % ** Tayfun Badak 1.04 % ** Jonas Seefeld 1.04 % Alexander Cöster 1.04 % Favorite Female Character 2016 Jasmin Nowak Flemming LeRoy 22.3 % Sunny Richter 19.5 % Anni Brehme 17.7 % Katrin Flemming 14.3 % Emily Höfer Badak 9.58 % Maren Seefeld 5.38 % Elena Castillo Gundlach 3.39 % Sophie Lindh Moreno 2.59 % Lilly Seefeld 2.39 % Selma Özgül 0.99 % ** Ayla Özgül Höfer 0.99 % Jule Vogt 0.59 % * Most hated male character: Felix Lehmann Most hated female character: Elena Castillo Gundlach Best actor: Wolfgang Bahro as Jo Gerner Best actress: Janina Uhse as Jasmin Flemming Best looking actor: Wolfgang Bahro as Jo Gerner Best looking actress: Janina Uhse as Jasmin Flemming Newcomer of the year: Luise von Finckh as Jule Vogt Departure of the year: Tayfun Baydar as Tayfun Badak Best supporting character: Joana Schümer as Rosa Lehmann Best couple: Katrin & Bommel Worst couple: Elena & John * Character debuted in 2016 ** Character departed in 2016
  15. At the moment, all three soaps seem to have run out of steam. Ratings are still solid, but there's not much going on except for weddings, engagements, divorces and random characters thrown together to create new friendships. Last week, GZSZ also updated their opening for the first time since February 2015. The old versions can be found in this topic: However, instead of adding new cast members, they just removed everybody who had left during the last two years, shuffled the others around and added some people to both versions. The new versions are: 2017.1/A Jasmin – Mesut – Elena – Chris – Sophie – Leon – Sunny – Gerner – Katrin – Tuner 2017.1/B Chris – Lilly – John – Anni – Alexander – Maren – Jonas – Sunny – Gerner – Katrin – Emily – Philip In version A, David has been removed and has been replaced by Chris who is now in both versions. Vince and Mieze have also been removed, but nobody has been inserted in their places. The other sequences are now slower. In version B, Pia, Ayla, Tayfun and Nele have been removed. Lilly moved to the second spot, while Emily was pushed to second last. Sunny, Gerner and Katrin were added and are now seen in both versions. Preview Pictures January/February 2017 Unter uns 01. Till (Ben Ruedinger) cannot cope with the fact that his and Ute's baby will be born with a disability 02. Andrea (Kristin Mayer) has lost her faith in Benedikt (Jens Hajek) 03. Eva (Claudelle Deckert) and Irene (Petra Blossey) are shocked that Irene's wedding dress is a few sizes too big 04. Irene celebrates her bachelorette party with Britta (Tabea Heynig), Andrea and Eva 05. Rufus (Kai Noll) comforts a devastated Kay-C (Pauline Angert) 06. Roswitha (Andrea Brix), Robert (Luca Maric) and Bambi (Benjamin Heinrich) celebrate the fact that Roswitha has gotten all the money of her deceased husband 07 It's Irene and Robert's wedding day. 08. Irene tries to intervene when Eva starts to fight with Ute (Isabell Hertel, left) 09. Caro (Ines Kurenbach) tells Malte (Stefan Bockelmann) that she wants a divorce 10. Sina (Valea Scalabrino) tries to hide from Lukas (Philipp Oliver Baumgarten) Alles was zählt 01. Maximiliam (former series regular Francisco Medina) is back – with an agenda... 02. Ben (Jörg Rohde) proposes to Carmen (Heike Warmuth) 03. Former enemies Marie (Cheyenne Pahde) and Michelle (Franziska Benz) have apparently become friends... 04. ...until Jenny (Kaja Schmidt-Tychsen) asks Michelle to join her newly founded figure skating squad 05. Diana (Tanja Szewczenko) finds the marriage proposal that Ingo has sprayed onto the skating rink 06. Meanwhile, Ingo (André Dietz) is scared that his cancer might have returned 07. Vanessa (Julia Augustin) knows that Maximilian is up to something 08. Simone (Tatjana Clasing) and Richard (Silvan-Pierre) are also afraid of Maximilian 09. Jenny, Iva (Christina Klein), Thomas (Daniel Brockhaus), Christoph (Lars Korten) and Vanessa celebrate Henry's baptism 10. Maximilian spies on Vincent (Daniel Buder) Gute Zeiten, Schlechte Zeiten 01. Paul (Niklas Osterloh) tells Eva (Vera Hübner) that he has feelings for Emily 02. Anni (Linda Marlen Runge, right) tries to bond with her half-sister Jule (Luise von Finckh) 03. Leon (Daniel Fehlow) and Sophie (Lea Marlen Woitack) undergo marriage counseling 04. Tuner (Thomas Drechsel) confesses his feelings to Jule 05. Elena (Elena Garcia Gerlach) is happy when Sunny (Valentina Pahde) and Gerner (Wolfgang Bahro) offer her a job at KFI 06. Emily (Anne Menden) shows Paul the cold shoulder 07. Chris (Eric Stehfest), Philip (Jörn Schlönvoigt) and Lilly (Iris Mareike Steen) are proud that their project for homeless people has become successful 08. Jasmin (Janina Uhse) admires Sunny's engagement ring 09. Leon, Maren (Eva Mona Rodekirchen) and John (Felix von Jascheroff) have spent the night partying 10. In front of Sunny Elena tries to hide the fact that she has developed for Gerner – her deceased husband's father!