The members of the European panel for the German national selection for Eurovision 2018 have been chosen. From next week, they will begin their search for 20 potential candidates to represent Germany in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018.
After a multi-stage process, 100 people, who were deeemed to reflect the international music tastes of German televoters, were selected to make up the European panel. Their first task is watch short films about 211 potential candidates in Hamburg, Cologne, Munich and Bonn, including one submission by Ralph Siegel. The panel will select just 20 candidates, who will then be presented to the German Eurovision team on December 4.
The 20 chosen candidates will then be invited to a training camp in a recording studio. The candidates will be supported by a musical director, a vocal coach and a choreographer. Extensive videos of all 20 acts will be shot during the training camp. A newly created publishing taskforce will also look at the 20 potential candidates. This taskforce is headed by Lars Ingwersen (Managing Director at California Sunset Records). The team also consists of Benjamin Budde (CEO and A & R Executive at Budde Music), Sina Wahnschaffe (Head of A & R at BMG Rights Management GmbH), Alex Schedler (Head of A & R at Schedler Musikverlag) and Max Paproth (Head of A & R at Sony / ATV). Of the 20 participants in the training camp, five will be selected for the national final. They will be determined by the Eurovision panel and an international jury in a 50:50 voting ratio. Both the jury and panel will be presented to the public in advance.
From the end of December to mid-February, the Taskforce will work on songs for these five finalists. They will edit existing songs of the artists, advise them on the song selection or tailor the acts to new songs. “The songs have a special meaning,” says ARD entertainment co-director Thomas Schreiber, “we take it seriously that the ESC is a composer competition.” There may already be several songs for the candidates in this phase. In the final, each candidate will only compete with one song.
The final will take place in either Berlin or Cologne. The venue, along with the date and producers of the show, will be revealed at a later date.
Germany in the Eurovision Song Contest
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.