Speculation is growing among the German press as to who the participants in Unser Lied für Lissabon will be, with BILD releasing six possible names.
BILD is reporting that six artists have now been selected to take part in Unser Lied für Lissabon, the German selection process for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. According to the Newspaper, the names that it has revealed today will be formally revealed by NDR as the participants in Germany’s selection process during the next week.
The six reported names are:
- Natia Todua – Winner of the most recent series of The Voice
- Ivy Quainoo – Winner of the first season of The Voice
- Michael Schulte – Finished third in the 2012 seasons of The Voice
- Steal a Taxi
- Rick Jurthe
Thomas Schreiber the Head of Entertainment at NDR stated that the German selection process was still ongoing and that the six acts taking part in the final were yet to be determined. So far four artists have been confirmed, once the remaining two singers have been selected, then NDR will make a formal announcement.
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: Blid / Wettbewerb
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.