Barbara Schöneberger will be returning as the host of the German selection process for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018.
Thomas Schreiber has confirmed that Barbara Schöneberger will be returning as the host of the German selection process for a fifth time. The television presenter, personality and comedian had previously hosted every German selection process between 2014 and 2017, but was replaced for 2018.
Mr Schreiber also confirmed that the final of Germany’s selection process will be held in February. Over 1,000 artists have applied to represent Germany in Israel, this list has now been cut down to 198 acts.
These 198 acts are currently being presented to the Eurovision jury formed of 100 people selected via an online search. The Eurovision jury will cut the list of potential participants down to 50, with the second international jury cutting the list down to 20 acts. The first meeting of the Eurovision jury will be held in Cologne on August 26, there will be a further seven events in four other cities across Germany.
The search for songs to take part in the German selection will get underway in October once the final list of singers has been determined. In November a series of songwriting workshops will then be held with the aim of selecting all of the competing songs before Christmas.
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.