ARD, the German national broadcaster has announced that the 2014 Austrian Eurovision winner will open the 2015 German Eurovision national final- Unser Song für Österreich on 5 March.
The Queen of Austria aka Conchita Wurst will be flying to Hannover next March for the 2015 German national. She will have the honour of opening German final with her 2014 Eurovision winning entry Rise like a Phoenix and will premiere a new song for the very first time.
Conchita has already attended the 2015 Maltese national final last November and is scheduled to the attend the Swiss national final on 31 January, the 2015 Sanremo Song Festival in February and the 2015 Melodifestivalen on 14 March.
Mark Forstner will also be one of the guests at the German final treating the audience and television viewers with his song Flash mich.
A total of 8 acts will battle for the golden ticket to Vienna in the 2015 German Eurovision national final, scheduled to be held at the TUI Arena in Hannover on 5 March. (7 acts have been selected via an internal selection by NDR whilst the 8th act- the Wildcard will be chosen on 19 February. (10 acts will battle for the Wildcard at the Wildcard final –Clubconzert final– in Hamburg on 19 February).
A total of 7 acts were selected via an internal selection by a special committee consisting of representatives from NDR, Brainpool Production Company, Sony Music, Universal Music, Warner Music, Popwellen and Young Radios ARD.
The 7 competing acts via internal selection
- Alexa Feser
- Mrs. Green Bird
- Andreas Kümmert
- Noize Generation
Mr. Thomas Schreiber ARD’s Entertainment Coordinator is very pleased with the announcement of the 7 acts:
The 60th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest next May – the biggest live show in the world – will be seen from Iceland to Australia. On 5 March, the German audience will decide who will represent our country on th world’s biggest stage. Our national in Hannover is gearing up – we had an intense struggle in our meetings – working on finding quality songs and the musicians. We have heard many songs, our vote was at the end clear and consensual. I look forward to a good show in Hannover, and would like to thank the artists for their trust and I am curious to see who the German viewers willl send to Eurovision.
About Unser Song für Österreich
The 2015 German national final will be hosted by none other than Ms.Barbara Schöneberger, she also hosted the 2014 German national final in Cologne last year. Each of the 8 competing acts will compete with 2 entries in the national final. NDR/ARD will be using the same mechanism to select its entry like last year. There will be 3 rounds of public voting during the final: during the 1st round 8 acts will be shorlisted to 4, during the 2nd round 4 acts will be shorlisted to 2 and during the 3rd round 2 acts will be shortlisted to 1.
During the 1st round all 8 acts will perform 1 entry each (they have to choose 1/2 entries they are competing with).Hereafter the top 4 acts via televoting will proceed to the 2nd round.
During the 2nd round the 4 acts will sing their 2nd song. The top 2 acts after a televoting deliberation proceed to the 3rd round
During the 3rd round 2 acts will battle for the golden ticket to Vienna. The 2015 Eurovision entry and act will be selected via 100% public televoting deliberation.
The 2015 German final will be aired live on 5 March at 20:15 CET on ARD- Das Erste.
The story so far
In 2014 NDR opted for a national final in order to select their Eurovision act and entry. Elaiza won the 2014 German Eurovision national final and won the right to represent Germany at the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen with their entry Is it right?.
Germany debuted at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1956 and was one of the founder members of the contest, having won the event twice in 1982 with Nicole’s Ein Bisschen Frieden and in 2010 with Lena’s Satellite. Germany has only missed participating at the Eurovision Song Contest once, in 1996, when they missed out in the preselection round. After that it was decided that the so-called Big 5 countries get an automatic entry to the final every year.
The 2015 Eurovision Song Contest is scheduled to be held on 19, 21 and 23 May at the Wiener Stadhalle in Vienna, Austria.
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