As Germany continues its preparations for Eurovision 2023, public broadcaster ARD/NDR has given an update regarding its selection – Unser Lied für Liverpool.
Multistage selection already underway, says NDR
In the newest episode of NDR Blue’s “ESC Update” podcast, hosts Thomas Mohr and Marcel Stober gave an idea of where the delegation is at in its Eurovision search.
According to the hosts, Germany’s selection is set to be held in three steps. The first stage involves an extensive listening session. In total, roughly 600 entries were submitted, with each being listened to by a jurying consisting of members of the Eurovision team at ARD. The jury includes German Head of Delegation Alexandra Wolfslast, as well as radio and digital experts involved in the Contest, including Mohr and Stober themselves. As well as this, representatives from the Bildergarten production company also gave their opinions.
Following this, the best chosen songs will then face an international panel of music experts. This panel will not give weighting to any decisions; however, they will formulate opinions that can be consulted when the final selection is made. The final stage will involve the core team at ARD/NDR selecting a number of songs to take part in the selection.
No specific date has been set for the selection, nor have technical details been released as yet. The first phase of the selection – the extensive listening session – already took place on December 9th. The remaining songs now face the international panel. Following the final stage, the winning Tiktok song will be added to complete the line-up of competing songs. According to ESCKompakt.de, around seven songs will be chosen internally. However, the addition of the Tiktok winning entry will round the number of competing songs to eight.
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: ESCKompakt.de
Photo Credit: NDR / Niklas Kusche