Thomas Schreiber has confirmed that ARD is working on a new selection format to select their entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018.
In an interview with Prinz Blog, Mr Schreiber, the Head of Entertainment at ARD, discussed whether Helene Fischer would be willing to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest. During his response to a question about whether the singer would be the right choice for Germany, Mr Schreiber confirmed that the broadcaster is working on a new selection process for next year.
Germany has used televised national selections to select the vast majority of their participants in the competition. Only once since 2000 has the German public not had a say in either the song or artist who represented the country at Eurovision, when in 2009 Alex Swings Oscar Sings represented Germany in Moscow with “Miss Kiss Kiss Bang”.
ARD has taken severe criticism since this years competition in German press following two last place results and Levina finishing in 25th place with just six points in Kyiv. Mr Schreiber said following the final that the focus of the broadcaster is now on reforming their selection process for the Eurovision Song Contest.
Germany’s recent results at the Eurovision Song Contest:
- 2017 – Levina – Perfect Life – 25th – 6 points
- 2016 – Jamie-Lee – Ghost – 26th – 11 points (Last)
- 2015 – Ann Sophie – Black Smoke – 27th – 0 points (Last)
- 2014 – Elaiza – Is It Right – 18th – 39 points
- 2013 – Cascada – Glorious – 21st – 18 points
- 2012 – Roman Lob – Standing Still – 8th – 110 points
Interest in the Eurovision Song Contest fell significantly this year with an average of 7.76 million viewers watching in Germany as Levina finished 25th with her song “Perfect life”. The viewing figures in Germany peaked at 9.3 million viewers. The average viewing figures for this years contest in Germany represent a fall of 1.57 million viewers over last years contest when Jamie-Lee represented her country with “Ghost”.
Source: Prinz Blog
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Germany was one of seven countries to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1956. The country has taken part in every contest since then, apart from in 1996 when they failed to make it through the qualifying round. To date Germany has won the contest twice, the first time being in 1982 when Nicole sang “Ein Bisschen Frieden” in Harrogate, which later became a global hit. Germany didn’t win again until 2010, when Lena sang “Satellite” in Oslo. She received 9 sets of 12 points, scoring 236 points overall. In the past two years Germany has finished last in the final.