Thomas Schreiber has confirmed that ARD is set to rethink its approach to Eurovision, following S!sters 24th place result in Tel Aviv.
The Head of Entertainment at ARD, has confirmed that the German broadcaster will be rethinking its approach to the Eurovision Song Contest. Mr Schreiber’s comments come after S!sters placed 24th in the Grand Final of Eurovision 2019, and failed to receive any points from the public televote.
Mr Schreiber said in a statement that:
We are also disappointed that our new selection process, with which we found Michael Schulte and his song last year, did not prove successful this year. For 2020, we will rethink the way in which Germany seeks its song and its artists.
Who are S!sters?
S!sters were selected to represent Germany at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in a tight voting sequence. Makeda was the favourite of the International Jury whereas Aly Ryan got top points from the Eurovision jury. Sisters took top points from the public vote and won on overall points.
S!ster were a late addition to the German selection process, with NDR having to work to find two singers who would fit the song. Carlotta Truman and Laurita had both applied to take part in the German selection in 2018 and 2019 and were brought together by the broadcaster to perform the song.
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.