German national broadcaster, NDR, is taking a new approach to finding the German entrant for the Eurovision Song Contest in 2018.
As part of the broadcaster’s ambitious plans, the new Head of Delegation, Christoph Pellander will travel alongside ARD entertainment coordinator Thomas Schreiber and others across Germany to gather views on the approach the country should take to finding its ideal Eurovision artist and song.
The Roadshow will visit the following cities:
- 07.11.2017, 17:30 – 19:30 | Bavarian Radio | Event hall Foyer skyscraper (House 8, Room 10) | Arnulfstrasse 42 – 44 | 80335 Munich
- 08.11.2017, 17:30 – 19:30 | Lesbian-Gay Culture House | Klingerstrasse 6 | 60313 Frankfurt am Main
- 10.11.2017, 17:00 – 19:00 | rbb | Open Lounge | Masurenallee 16 – 20 | 14057 Berlin
- 13.11.2017, 17:30 – 19:30 | NDR | Foyer House 12 | Rothenbaumchaussee 132 | 20149 Hamburg
Anyone who is interested is welcome to attend and the events are free. In addition, the Eurovision team will also be asking the questions of fans at the sold-out ESC Germany Club meeting in Cologne on 25 November.
The Roadshow forms part of a “radical new beginning” for Germany to reboot its approach to Eurovision in 2018. It has already been announced that a combination of public voting, a 100 member European panel and an international expert jury will be used to select the next German participant.
Interested artists were invited to apply online as candidates until 12 noon today (6 November). The 100-member European panel and the international expert jury will select 20 candidates in a preliminary round. Then, alongside television viewers, they will choose who will represent Germany in Lisbon.
For the past three years, Germany has placed either last or second to last in the final of Eurovision (as a member of the “Big Five” they qualify automatically to the final). The date of the live final to select the 2018 entrant is expected to be announced by NDR soon.
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 three appearances at the contest.