In an interview with German media oulet DWDL.de, the programming director of NDR, Frank Beckmann has spoken about possible changes for the country’s approach to the Eurovision Song Contest.
NDR is a regional member of ARD, a joint organistaion of Germany’s public service broadcasters. It’s programming director Frank Beckmann, who is also responsible for ARD’s entertainment shows, has expressed that changes will be made to the selection process of Germany’s next Eurovision entrant.
Mr. Beckmann explained:
“Of course we want to become more competitive. This also includes simplifying the selection process. I had the feeling that last time the selection rules were too complicated. We want to adapt them in a way so that it can be explained in two sentences. The Eurovision Song Contest will be seen as a task for the whole ARD, more than ever before.”
He also added that due to the crossmedia nature of ARD’s broadcasting members, he expects to link together the work of television, radio and online platforms while reporting about the Eurovision Song Contest.
Frank Beckmann has observed Germany’s participation at the contest closely, as a previous head of NDR. In this interview he stressed that the German public should not look at Eurovision as a world championship but should rather embrace the colourfulness of the contest and celebrate it together.
It is not yet clear whether a televised national final or a selection process behind close doors will choose who will represent Germany at the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Turin.
Germany finished 25th in the final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2021, finishing second last for the second time in a row. Jendrik, the country’s representant receives 3 points from the juries with the song “I Don’t Feel Hate”, and zero points from the televoting.
Image Source: EBU / Thomas Hanses | Source: DWDL.de
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 246 points overall.