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.
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