ESC Kompakt states that it is now almost certain that Germany will internally select its singer and song for the Eurovision Song Contest 2020.
ESC Kompakt reports that it is almost certain that Germany will not be holding a televised selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2020. This means that for the first time since 2009 the German public will not have a say in either the singer or song that will compete at the Eurovision Song Contest.
Currently the schedule for Das Erste have been made available until the end of February, with no mention of a Eurovision selection. Traditionally Germany has held its selection in the second half of February.
Furthermore, members of the public who were selected to be on the Eurovision Jury have not heard anything from NDR for a number of months.
It appears according to ESC Kompakt that a multi stage selection has been held behind closed doors, following a similar format to that of Switzerland. The format used both a domestic and international jury to vet potential singers and songs, without the use of a televised selection process.
NDR confirmed in the second week of January that details regarding Eurovision will be released at the end of this month.
Source: ESC Kompakt
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.