A new interview with ARD entertainment director Thomas Schreiber has revealed more details about the German national selection for Eurovision 2018.
It was recently confirmed that “Unser Lied für Lissabon” will be held on 22 February 2018 in Berlin. But fans had many outstanding questions. The latest interview from blog.prinz.de answers some of these.
A new process has been adopted by the German team this year including a “Eurovision roadshow” across the country. According to Mr Schreiber, this approach has been a success. He told Prinz ESC Blog that the experience has been:
Stimulating, exhausting, pleasant, horizon-expanding. We look forward to everything that comes. It was good and sensible to do the road show; our team from digame mobile, Simon-Kucher & Partners, our production colleagues from Kimmig Entertainment and Lodge of Levity with the colleagues from Studio Berlin, plus the coaches like Wolfgang Dalheimer, Jeff Cascaro and Nici Grandison, our NDR team with Christoph Pellander as new Head of Delegation – they “match” everything very well, as we say today, despite the tight schedule
From a pre-finalist list of 17, the finalists for Unser Lied für Lissabon were informed on Friday (22nd December) and it is hoped that an official announcement of the finalists will be made between Christmas and New Year. Mr Schreiber hopes for a varied mix of six finalists.
As part of the song selection process there will be a song writing camp in Berlin. The camp, of up to 15 composers over three days, will develop ideas and produce songs which may be paired with one of the final artists and go forward to the national final. Four music publishers are involved in the process and the final decision on song selection should be an agreement between the artist, management, label and composer. However, some artists may advance to the final with the song they have already submitted.
The exact details of the show on 22 February including details of the voting are still to be confirmed. Both the Eurovision panel and the international jury will be present at the final in a separate studio and will determine their votes based on the performances on TV. Mr Schreiber also teased a notable name from Eurovision history as the host of the show.
Source: Prinz ESC Blog
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.