Alexandra Wolfslast, Germany’s Head of Delegation for Eurovision, has revealed further details about the German National Final Germany 12 Points. She did this on broadcaster NDR’s official Eurovision podcast ESC Update. This follows earlier news about the name, dates, and rules of the show.
It was revealed earlier that over 900 songs were sent in for Germany 12 Points. 26 of these were selected to be auditioned in Berlin. Wolfslast and 4 other jurors then went on to select the 6 entries that would get to compete in the National Final. She also said that everything from schlager to hip hop to metal was represented in the submissions. She also noted that involving radio stations in the National Final process helps build trust and excitement for Eurovision among the German music scene.
Everything else we know about Germany 12 Points
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. The winner will be decided through online, SMS, and telephone voting. The online poll will open ahead of the National Final, on February 28. More precise details regarding the voting system will follow later. Regular German Eurovision spokesperson Barbara Schöneberger will be the host of the show. What songs and artists are competing will be announced in a press conference on February 10. 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 and last 90 minutes.
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: eurovision.de
Photo Source: NDR / Hendrik Lüders