The die is cast! The date of the pioneering German national final has just been announced! NDR, the German national broadcaster has confirmed that their show Unser Lied für Lissabon (Our song for Lisbon) is going to take place on 22 February in the country’s capital, Berlin.
On the road to success?
The broadcaster’s decision makers decided to share the news via a Twitter post on the official account of Eurovision.de.
— ESC Deutschland (@eurovisionde) December 21, 2017
The first step for the artist selection already seems to have been made, as several names have been revealed by the German press a couple of days ago. The appointed 100-member European panel had to shortlist 20 of the 211 proposed artists, who will be taking part in workshops, together with professionals such as musical directors, choreographers and vocal coaches in order to produce the most appropriate Eurovision entry for them.
Afterwards, 5 of these 20 candidates will be again shortlisted by both the European panel and an international jury appointed by the broadcaster, each having a 50% say at the outcome. The 5 candidates will be the ones competing for the golden Eurovision ticket on 22 February.
Germany at Eurovision
Germany has had a record number of 61 Eurovision appearances since their debut in 1956. The country has only missed one contest; in 1996.
The Germans have experienced a mixture of results over the years, including 12 Top 3 placings – including 2 victories (1982, 2010) – as well as 7 last places, 2 of which were accumulated in the current decade.
The central-European country has seen relatively poor results over the last 5 editions. This year, Germany opted for a national final selection and eventually was represented by singer Levina, with her pop entry Perfect life. However, she received a 25th place in the Eurovision final with 6 points.