NDR, the German national broadcaster, has released details regarding their selection method for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in a press statement today.
The German participant for next year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon will be selected from a combination of public voting, a 100-member European panel and a jury of international experts. The European panel will represent the taste of a wider European audience. It is not possible to apply to be a jury member. Instead, members will be selected via surveys on social networks. A minimum of 10,000 people will be involved. The European panel will have a role in all stages of the selection, from the pre-selection phase to the televised final.
The international jury will comprise of between 20 to 25 members who previously sat on the national juries of their respective countries and who demostrated their musical expertise during the casting of votes in the Eurovision Song Contest itself. Just like the Eurovision, they will divide their points among the candidates in the national final.
Thomas Schreiber, Head of Entertainment at ARD, stated: “During the past few months we have held many intensive meetings, considered all ascepts and brought in external advice and criticism. Our target is a radical new start in which stays the same as before. We are very enthusiastic about our partners with whom we have developed the concept: with the right mix of passion, knowledge and analysis, we want to create a new start for the Eurovision in Germany. Our goal is to thoroughly consider the taste of the international audience, make use of international musical competence, at all stages of the selection, and become more internationally recognisable, edgy and successful. Our concept will be presented to the creatives from the world of music and the fans and we will do what we can to get an enthusiastic Germany behind us.”
Anyone wishing to represent Germany can apply to do so online at bewerberESC2018@digame.de from now until 12.00 on November 6. The European panel will select 20 from the preliminary round from online applications and suggestions to NDR from composers, producers and record labels. This is to ensure that the best artists for an international audience, rather than a German audience, are selected. NDR will then work these 20 candidates to assess their singing and stage presence. The international jury and European panel will then choose five of these candidates to advance to the live final. At that same time, NDR will work with composers, producers and labels to find adequate songs and stage shows for each of the finalists.
The date of the live final and further details about the selection will be announced by NDR in due course.
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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. Germany has not placed above second last in their last participations.