Germany: Casting shows for Eurovision 2017 in Cologne and Hamburg

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Artists who would like a chance at representing Germany at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv, Ukraine are invited to attend casting shows in Cologne and Hamburg.

German broadcaster NDR will hold casting shows in Cologne (Köln) and Hamburg, in which new artists may present themselves. In Hamburg radio stations NDR 2 and N-JOY will be present, and in both cities artists will perform in front of a live camera. Young, new artists will get the opportunity to perhaps follow in the footsteps of Lena Meyer-Landrut (ESC winner 2010, ESC 2011) and Roman Lob (ESC 2012), who were also discovered through casting shows.

In Cologne the casting show will be held on 5 November 2016, between 10:00-14.00 CET, and 15:00- 19:00 CET at Raab TV (Köln-Mülheim), Schanzenstraße 22. Artists who would like to participate may apply until 31 October.

The show in Hamburg will be held on 12 November 2016,  between 10:00-14:00 CET, and 15:00-19:00 CET at NDR (Lokstedt), Hugh-Greene-Weg 1. Application runs until 7 November.

Artists may apply by e-mail: [email protected],

All information concerning the casting shows, rules, etc., may be found on and

There is also the possibility for artists to present themselves online, which runs until November 18. All details are found via and

Germany will select their representative at Eurovision 2017 on Thursday 9 February 2017, in the live show Eurovision Song Contest – Unser Song 2017, a co-production of NDR and Raab TV. Young, new artists will perform with songs especially written for the ESC, in front of a jury consisting of Lena Meyer-Landrut, Tim Bendzko and Florian Silbereisen, who will provide professional comments. Ultimately, the viewers will decide both artist and song, and the international public may vote on their favourite song via the Eurovision App. The show will be hosted by Barbara Schöneberger.

Tickets for the live show on 9 February 2017 cost 35 Euro’s, and may be purchased via www.unsersong2017, or via the Tickethotline (01806 – 570 070, 0,20 per call including mobile costs, max. 0,60 per call including mobile costs).

Germany has had success at the Eurovision Song Contest after selecting their representative by means of casting shows: in 2010 Germany won the ESC with Lena and her song Satellite, in 2011 Lena earned the 10th place in the Grand Final with Taken by a stranger, and in 2012 Roman Lob reached the 8th place in the Grand Final with Standing still.

However, in the past years, Germany opted for live shows, mostly selecting participants internally. The country ended up in the bottom half of the score board in the Grand Finale. In 2015, Ann Sophie unfortunately became last, receiving the dreaded zero points with Black smoke, and in 2016 Jamie-Lee also became last with her entry Ghost, earning 11 points.

Please enjoy Germany’s entry for the ESC 2016, Jamie-Lee Kriewitz performing her song Ghost during the Grand Final, once again: