Premature end for the band Frida Gold in the German preliminary round for the Eurovision Song Contest: Alina Süggeler, the singer of the band, is so ill that she no longer has a voice for the performance on Friday evening, as the Norddeutscher Rundfunk in Hamburg announced.

Already the second day of rehearsals had to be reduced to two runs, in which they could only sing sporadically, the band from the Bochum area is quoted in the message. "Any short-term medical measures had not led to any acute improvement to make a performance possible. For Alina and everyone involved, after weeks of work and preparation, this is a shock and an immense disappointment."

The band Frida Gold ("What should we dream of") was next to the party singer Ikke Hüftgold (46, "Big tits, potato salad") to the better known participants of the preliminary round. Now only eight applicants are in the race for the ticket to the popular music competition.

In addition to Ikke Hüftgold, singer-songwriter Will Church, rock band Lord Of The Lost, musician René Miller, singer-songwriter Anica Russo, pop-punk band Lonely Spring, singer TRONG and pop-folk musician Patty Gurdy are among them. The show will be moderated on Friday evening, 22.20 pm, by Barbara Schöneberger (48).