German media is reporting details of the national final that Germany will use, after earlier plans for a national final involving Xaivier Naidoo were ditched amid controversy. The new national final, Unser Lied für Stockholm, will take place on 25 February at 20:15 CET.

Organisers have dropped the Unser Song für… brand, instead switching to the German word Lied. This suggests they’re wanting to move well away from the Unser Song für Xavier disaster.

Unser Lied für Stockholm will feature ten competing acts, with the winner selected by public televote. According to earlier reports, the national final will not include the Clubkonzert wildcard, which fielded the eventual but lacklustre winners in the two years it was used.

The national final show will again be made by production company Brainpool. The Cologne-based company is part-owned by German Eurovision guru Stefan Raab, and has produced the German national finals since 2010.

The new national final date comes a week after the originally planned date of 18 February, giving broadcaster NDR an extra week to put together their replacement national final.

No more drama?

But no matter how Unser Lied für Stockholm shapes up, it would seem that Germany is very keen to avoid a repeat of last year’s national final drama. Winner Andreas Kümmert dramatically turned down the chance to go to Vienna, leaving runner-up Ann Sophie to represent Germany at the Wiener Stadhalle where she earned Germany its first nil points in the modern scoring system.

So far no names of the competing acts have been announced. But already we’ve seen aspiring artists share their entries for the national final, while Eurovision fan media is buzzing with unsubstantiated reports of “leaked” names that broadcaster NDR has confirmed are fake.

Is this a good move for Germany? Can they return to the top ten? Share your thoughts below.

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criticca
criticca
6 years ago

Why do I feel like the last two years of Unser de Fur were all set-up? they got all these big names coming to the show to promote their new singles/albums while the newbie wildcard is the one who goes on to represent Germany at ESC?

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
6 years ago

@2015: My horse money is on Madeline Juno as well. She comes with a song as good as “Error” (if not better), and wins, she’ll have an excellent shot at finishing in the top 10 in Stockholm.

PP
PP
6 years ago

I hope to see Gregorian with Amelia Brightman (younger sister of Sarah) and their song Master of Chant in national final.

Maria
Maria
6 years ago

I would be cool to have Sido, Cro, Adreas Bourani, Silvermond (they’ve just released a new album), Mark Forster, Revolverheld, Callejon, Elif (something like Unter meiner Haut)…

2015
2015
6 years ago

2010: Amazing, great winner! Underdog winner.
2011: Top 5! Lena with another good entry!
2012: It’s nice, but a bit overrated.
2013: Good artist with a horrible song.
2014: Not my style, don’t like it.
2015: Black smoke was one of the best songs in 2015 -,-

2016: Fahrenhaidt plss???? Madeline juno with an amazing ballad? This year Germany might pick a guy again, cause last time was 2012. (2015 kinda…)

MirkoJoshua
MirkoJoshua
6 years ago

I don’t really know what to expect from Germany… its entries are always underrated if good and ignored if bad… :c

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
6 years ago

@Sarah Boucher: They just tried the internal selection approach (Xavier Naidoo), and it royally backfired. They don’t dare try that again, lest they put the credibility of their entire selection process (be it internal selection or by way of Unser Song/Lied) at stake. 🙁

mocosuburbian
mocosuburbian
6 years ago

aw
I loved the Clubkonzert
some of the artists that performed in it last year were actually really cool

Alex
Alex
6 years ago

The ‘leaked artists’ are fake though… NDR confirmed on their Facebook page: http://escgermany.cu.cc/2016/ndr-says-rumoured-acts-for-the-german-national-final-are-fake/

Sarah Boucher
6 years ago

nope. it wont be good as internal selection

Laburnum
Laburnum
6 years ago

I am desperate Fahrenhaidt!!