Preparations for Luxembourg’s return to Eurovision in 2024 are in full swing. As the first stages of the selection are being drawn up, around 100 singers came to the Rockhal in Esch-sur-Alzette to audition to represent Luxembourg in Malmö.
RTL bosses spearheading audition process
Luxembourg’s national selection is being split into a number of different parts. The selection process was split into three areas that allowed for singers and songwriters that did not have a song to audition.
As a result of this, bosses at RTL took to the Rockhal to hear the 100 singers audition. This was done to assess their vocal capability and match them to a song that best suited them. The singers would also be put in touch with a relevant songwriting team to produce a song that would suit the singer.
A five-member panel sat to listen to each of the singers. The jury was made up of Jules Serrig, Jenny Fischbach, Sandra Bintz and Eric Lehmann, as well as Sam Steen and David Gloesener, who could only appear on the Friday and Saturday respectively. Gloesener, who heads the Luxembourgish delegation, said there were opportunities for artists to select their song of choice. These could range from uptempo tracks to more soulful ballads.
Speaking at the jury casting, jury member Eric Lehmann said:
There were some very good voices, and when the people were on stage, we hadn’t expected such power from so many of them. Others were less good, but overall we’re very satisfied.Eric Lehmann, jury member at RTL’s casting
Luxembourg’s national selection is set to take place on the 27th of January, in the Rockhal – for Luxembourg’s first final since the 1990s.
Luxembourg’s Eurovision journey
Luxembourg first made its debut in the first edition of the Contest in 1956, with their first entries being “Ne crois pas” and “Les amants de minuit”, both performed by Michèle Arnaud. Since the first Contest, Luxembourg has competed a total of 37 times. Their best result was finishing in 1st place five times – in 1961, 1965, 1972, 1973 and 1983 respectively.
Luxembourg last took part in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1993, when Modern Times represented the nation with the song “Donne-moi une chance”. At the close of voting, Luxembourg finished 20th in a field of 25 with 11 points. Following this participation, Luxembourg withdrew from the Contest, but is returning to the Contest in time for 2024.
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News Source: RTL
Photo Credit: Steve Müller / RTL