After languishing near the bottom of the scoreboard for the past three years — finishing 27th, 26th and 25th — Germany came roaring back to life at Eurovision 2018.
Somewhat ignored prior to the contest, Michael Schulte’s “You Let Me Walk Alone” is a quiet song of personal loss –the death of his father at a young age. During the Eurovision fortnight it gained more and more momentum, owing to effective staging that made the song’s narrative of perseverance and pain both simple yet unmistakable. He stood in front of a pop-up projection screen which set him apart from other acts on the sparse Lisbon stage. Those visuals were reflected in the tears running down faces of fans in the front row.
He finished in fourth place — Germany’s best result since Lena won in 2010.
Germany at Eurovision 2019: Applications now open
Building on that momentum, Germany is already getting back in the game.
The official Eurovision.de web site has launched its online application form, which is aimed at finding individual artists, singer-songwriters and bands. They have not set an end-date for the selection process or revealed details of how it will unfold. This is merely an initial call to get the ball rolling.
Entry is free, you must be at least 18 years old and anyone can apply — regardless of whether they hold German citizenship. Although they are looking for singers, they also welcome songs from composers who don’t want to perform themselves.
You can learn more on the eurovision.de FAQs page.
Germany’s revamped selection process
Last year NDR received over 1,000 applications from singers. Producers then cut the number down to 200. These 200 were judged by NDR’s chosen experts and the Europe Panel, which actually consisted of German Eurovision fans whose taste has been found to mirror that of Europe at large (looking at historical voting patterns).
Only 20 candidates made it to the next round, where they attended musical workshops and wrote songs. A final cut narrowed them down to just six finalists.
The actual final was a combination of televotes and an international jury. The international jury in Germany featured 19 jurors from all over Europe. It was a fine selection of artists, songwriters, musicians and choreographers, with jurors hailing from Iceland all the way to Armenia. It also included some carefully selected people from the music and theatre industry in Germany.
Is the only way up for Germany? Can they keep the momentum going? Let us know in the comments box below.
Photo: Andres Putting (EBU)