They’re a country who has gone from winning Eurovision to placing last twice — but things might be about to change. Germany‘s broadcaster NDR is taking the next step in selecting its act for Kyiv and will hold two public audition days in November.

Unser Song 2017 wants singers 18 or over
Unser Song 2017 wants singers aged 18 or over

NDR’s revamped national final Unser Song 2017 is already focusing on getting good quality songs for the competition, and have been approaching top songwriters from Germany and further afield. But they still need people to sing the songs.

As well as running an online application to find singers this summer, NDR has now added two live audition days in Germany — Cologne (November 5th) and Hamburg (November 12th) for those wishing to make an impact in person.

The applicants have to face a lot of requirements to become the next representative of Germany in the Eurovision Song Contest. All singers have to be over 18 before and NDR is only looking for solo singers. The only instrument allowed at the auditions is an acoustic guitar — it’s all about the voice!

After those two auditions, the online submissions will also close and the next phase will begin. Shortlisted artists will be invited to a convention on December 2nd and 3rd. At the end of that convention, five singers will be chosen as the finalists of Germany’s Unser Song 2017 on February 9th.

The national final jury will consist of Eurovision winner Lena, Tim Bendzko and Florian Silbereisen. The three have already released a gothic-chic announcement video in which they call singers to participate, saying that it may be the chance of their life!

The winner of Unser Song 2017 will succeed Jamie-Lee as Germany’s representative in the Eurovision Song Contest. Hopefully the last-place streak will cease to exist and Germany may finally taste the top ten again.

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Robyn Gallagher
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3 years ago

beccaboo1212: I thought the minimum age for Eurovision is 16!

It is, but countries can set their own rules within that. E.g., most countries have a rule saying entrants must be a citizen of that country to enter, etc.

And in 2012 and 2013 the UK set their minimum age at 60… 😀

James
James
3 years ago

The only good thing Jamie Lee got going from Ann Sophie was avoiding getting no points at all so thank heavens for that. But it still sucky to see “Ghost” on last place.

beccaboo1212
3 years ago

I thought the minimum age for Eurovision is 16! 🙁

Alenn
Alenn
3 years ago

“All singers have to be over 18…”
Yeah, right… As if age was the reason Jamie-Lee finished last. Maybe they should add “And the singer must not be a vegan” or “The singer must not like K-Pop”!!! 😛
Seriously, what Germany should do instead is make a rule which says: “The song must not be totally bland and forgettable”. The rest is just details.

Robyn Gallagher
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3 years ago

oooops: “Why only Soloists over 18 years old.”

They’re not looking for established artists this year – it’s all about matching up-and-coming singers with good quality songs.

I’d say NDR’s main goal this year is to keep the German entry as far away from the bottom of the scoreboard as possible, so they are playing it very safe.

Once Germany has their mojo back, then maybe they can take a risk by sending a dramatic rock band in the future.

Adam
Adam
3 years ago

I can’t understand why Germany’s been doing so badly….I mean, they haven’t been sending “winner” material since 2011, but they definitely haven’t deserved last place! Well, Cascada was a mess and deserved a low placing, Elaiza was just dull and boring and deserved her placing. But Ann-Sophie had a really good song! her staging was weird, but if anything she shouldn’t have been lower than 17th place, while Jamie-Lee was just like Ann-Sophie: good song & voice, but weird staging = shouldn’t have gotten last.

Karen
Karen
3 years ago

Germany did not deserve last place last year or the year before.

oooops
oooops
3 years ago

Weird… Why only Soloists over 18 years old. What about Avantasia, my favourite in the NF season. And Gregorian. Should they go to Österreich?