German national broadcaster ARD has revealed the details for its National Final for Eurovision, including the name of the show: “Germany 12 Points.” The show will be held March 4 in Berlin, with the competing songs to be announced on February 10.
A new format
The German broadcaster announced in November that they would return to a National Final format. Germany last held a National Final in 2019, having internally selected their entry for 2020 and 2021. For the first time ever, ARD-affiliated pop radio stations are involved in the pre-selection for the National Final. Five representatives of the radio stations and Head of Delegation Alexandra Wolfslast are responsible for selecting who performs in the National Final. ARD reports that they received a massive 944 applications. The winner will be decided through online, SMS, and telephone voting. International fans can vote in the online poll, which will open ahead of the National Final on February 28. Regular German Eurovision spokesperson Barbara Schöneberger will be the host of the show. The show, which will air at 20:15 CET on the regional channels of the ARD and online, will feature a live performance from every entry.
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: ARD
Photo Source: NDR / Uwe Ernst