It’s the revamped national final that Germany is counting on to help it avoid the bottom for the third year in a row. Now German broadcaster ARD has revealed more details about Unser Song 2017. And there’s a chance for international viewers to have their say in who wins.
In a Facebook event invitation, the official German Eurovision site has shared more information about the national final.
At the national final on 9 February, each of the five competing artists will perform three songs: one cover version to demonstrate their performance ability and two new songs, specifically written as potential Eurovision entries.
While the show will feature an expert panel who will offer critiques of the performances, the winner will be determined by German public vote alone. But there’s a way that international fans can get involved.
International viewers will be able to vote for their favourite songs in a poll. Votes are cast via a new feature in the official Eurovision app called Eurovision Vibes.
On Wednesday 9 February, the day before the live final of Unser Song, all 15 songs will be made available on the app. From that evening, voting via the app will be open and will run until the near the end of the grand final.
The results of the poll won’t count towards the final result, but they will be revealed on the show. The poll will give German televoters an idea of which acts might appeal most to the wider Eurovision audience.
Last month the broadcaster revealed the five artists who would be competing at Unser Song 2017. They are Axel Feige, Felicia Lu Kürbiß, Helene Nissen, Levina and Yosefin Buohler. Yosefin replaced Sadi, who was forced to withdraw from the competition for personal reasons.
Germany hasn’t had the best of luck in recent years. Despite winning in 2010 with Lena’s “Satellite”, Germany has recently been placing down the wrong end of the scoreboard. In the last two Eurovisions, Germany has placed dead last, and even suffered the indignity of nil points in 2015.
The revamped format of Unser Song 2017 aims to match talented newcomers with songs written especially with Eurovision in mind.
What do you think? Will you vote for your favourites? Do you think the poll will help German viewers vote? Have your say below!