German broadcaster ARD will co-operate with popular german tv personality Stefan Raab and commercial broadcaster ProSieben for a nationwide search for the German representative for Oslo in 2010.
Today the German broadcaster NDR revealed their plans for the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest. As already announced late last year that they'll be having an open selection for 2010.
Raab will do a casting with currently unknown jurors and select 20 acts for the 8 televised shows. The first 5 "Preselections" and the semi-final will be broadcasted by ProSieben, quarter-final and the final on ARD.
ProSieben TV executive Andreas Bartl said "A collaboration of this kind has been between a private and a public broadcasting group has not yet been given. When it comes to such a big thing, we need to put limits can be overcome. I am particularly pleased, that Stefan Raab as an outstanding entertainer, music producer and star of the young media generation accepts this national task. We all have one common goal: in May 2010 in Norway, the success of a prominent German artist in the Eurovision Song Contest to celebrate. "
Who is Stefan Raab?
The host and head of the jury will be the well-known German entertainer, music producer, singer and comedian Stefan Raab. He'll be joined by other famous jurors.
He wrote the music for the German entry in the 1998 Eurovision Song Contest, Guildo Horn's Guildo Hat Euch Lieb, and in the 2000 Contest he performed himself with the song Wadde Hadde Dudde Da?.
Raab cast the German entry for the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest on his show in a competition he called SSDSGPS (Stefan Sucht Den Super-Grand-Prix-Star, or Stefan Seeks The Super Grand-Prix Star in English). The winner of this casting, Maximilian Mutzke, came eighth in Istanbul, Turkey.
The contest will focus on new and young singers, further and exact details will be known by late summer.
Germany came 21st at the 54th Eurovision Song Contest last May with Alex Swings Oscar Sings!'s Miss Kiss Kiss Bang which also featured the burlesque artist Dita Von Teese.
- Watch Stefan Raab represent Germany at the Eurovision Song Contest 2000 with Wadde Hadde Dudde Da? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fr8ERAgJQkg&rel=0