German broadcaster NDR has announced that Germany will return to a National Final format for Eurovision 2022. This means that Germany will hold a national final again for the first time since 2019. The announcement also included a number of changes between “Lied für Turin” and the “Unser Lied für” format Germany used previously.
A familiar format with new rules
In the article announcing the return of the National Final, the broadcaster also announced the format and that the submission window is now open. Songs can be submitted through the eurovision.de website. The submission window will remain open until November 30. German radio stations will create a jury consisting of 5 music experts and Head of Delegation Alexandra Wolfslast. This jury will select the 5 songs that will compete in the National Final, which is to be held in March. The National Final will be part of a big “ESC-Day,” and the exact date is still to be announced. What the national final will exactly look like is unclear, with Head of Delegation Alexandra Wolfslast stating that they are currently still in the early planning stages. The official press release does however imply one big change, which is that the winner will be decided through a public vote. This would mean that the expert and Eurovision jury of previous German national finals is being dropped.
Germany’s Eurovision Journey
Germany has been part of Eurovision since the beginning, debuting in 1956. Their debut entries were Walter Andreas Schwarz’s “Im Wartesaal zum großen Glück” and Freddy Quinn’s “So geht das jede Nacht”. Germany has appeared at every Eurovision since except for 1996, which means they have been at more contests than any other country. They have a long history of success in Eurovision, finishing in the top 3 an impressive 13 times. Germany has won the contest twice. Nicole won in 1982 with her song “Ein bißchen Frieden”, taking home 161 points in the process. Their second win came in 2019, when Lena scored 246 points with her song “Satellite”.
Germany’s most recent Eurovision entry was Jendrik’s “I Don’t Feel Hate”. As Germany is part of the Big 5, they automatically qualified for the Grand Final. In the Final, the song received 3 points and finished 25th.
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News Source: NDR
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