Thilo Berndt is the third artist to reveal that they have not been selected to take part in the final of Unser Lied für Tel Aviv.
Thilo Berndt joins Dimi Rompos and Nina Kutschera in revealing that he has not been selected for the next round of Unser Lied für Tel Aviv. The singer revealed on social media over the course of the past weekend that he had been informed by NDR that he was not selected to take part in the live show. Thilo posted on Facebook:
I got informed a few days ago that unfortunately I didn’t come to the next round of the selection. I wanted to tell you my thoughts:
I’m not as depressed as I thought. Of course, I wished that the official selection would open many doors for me and I could increase my reach. Nevertheless, I am glad that the new system works as it works. The panels are very representative and evaluate exactly what is well suited for ESC 2019.
I am completely satisfied with this decision as I have applied as me, completely allowed to stay with myself, which was also my one condition. So I will rather be turned down for being myself than with being something that I am not to move forward. Of course, it’s still an honor to be among the top 20 of over 1000 and thank the team who have so well cared for me around the workshop and gave me the room to stay faithful to me as an artist .
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.
Source: Thilo Berndt
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.