Germany will select their participant in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Berlin on February 22.
Eurovision.de has revealed that “Unser Lied für Lissabon” will be held on February 22. The German selection returns to Berlin for the first time since 2005. Details of the selection show have yet to be revealed, however changes are expected to be made to the shows format compared to the 2017 selection.
Germany’s selection process is in full swing, with auditions having taken place in the past week. Over 200 singers had applied to represent Germany in Lisbon, with twenty singers now on a shortlist to take part in next years contest.
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.
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.