Germany: NDR unveils further information on the national final procedure

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As the preparations for the German national final project are well and truly underway, the responsible broadcaster NDR has decided to shed more light and disclose more information concerning the final show and the process that is currently being followed, on the way to this year’s German Eurovision hopeful discovery.

About the “Unser Lied für Lissabon” show

Last Thursday saw the announcement of the German national final date and city, which are going to be the 22nd of February and Berlin respectively. Today NDR made a further revelation on the show’s venue, which will be the Studio Berlin Adlershof in the German capital, whilst the presenters will be announced at a later date.

Unser Lied für Lissabon will air live at 8:15 pm CET and you may watch the show live via Das Erste channel. Live streaming via the official site will also be provided for worldwide broadcast.

How have the international juries been contributing?

The appointed through a complicated and multi-stage process 100-member European panel was travelling from Munich to Bonn and from Cologne to Hamburg during November. These movements were aiming to the evaluation of the more than 200 wishing to partake artists and shortlist them to the 20 competing in the preliminary round.

Afterwards and as previously reported, these 20 artists participated in long workshops in music studios, joining forces with expert vocal coaches, choreographers and stage directors. These cooperation led to the creation of a 90-second video from each hopeful, all presented to the panel, which has now made a decision on who will be the 5 final contenders of the golden Eurovision ticket.

However, their names are yet unknown, as they are expected to be revealed in the coming weeks. The 100-member European panel, the appointed international jury consisting of 20 people who have been past judges in the national finals of their home countries and televoting will all have their say on the final outcome.

NDR is currently next to the chosen artists, searching for labels, composers and of course, the most appropriate and special song for each one. Following the song selection, the candidates will be working on their stage appearance, which will secure their participation in the 63rd Eurovision Song Contest. Who will make it?

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.

So, who’s gonna be her successor?

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