Germany’s national broadcaster ARD looks set to be hosting a national final for the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest in Liverpool in May.
National final set for February 2023?
German Eurovision website ESC-kompakt.de reported that “several independent sources” had confirmed that ARD, under the direction of northern broadcaster NDR, would hold a national final for Eurovision 2023. In addition to this, the final is due to take place in February 2023 at prime time on ARD.
As well as this information, the website added that between eight and twelve songs will take part in the national final. This is up from six at the 2022 edition of “Germany 12 points” where Malik Harris won and went onto represent Germany in Turin. The national final is also expected to have “direct UK references” throughout.
There has been no official confirmation from either ARD nor NDR regarding the plans for Eurovision 2023. However, specifics regarding Germany’s participation for Liverpool will be revealed in due course.
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 2010, when Lena scored 246 points with her song “Satellite”.
Germany’s most recent Eurovision entry was Malik Harris’ “Rockstars”. As Germany is part of the Big 5, they automatically qualified for the Grand Final. In the Final, the song received 6 points and finished 25th in the Final.
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News Source: ESC-kompakt.de
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