Earlier this year, Germany got their Eurovision mojo back, with a spectacular fourth-place finish in Lisbon. Broadcaster ARD is sticking with the winning formula that helped select Michael Schulte last year. The broadcaster has now opened applications for members of the German public wishing to be part of the Eurovision jury that will help select Germany’s act for Israel.
Back in May, ARD confirmed that they would again use the same national selection format that led to Michael Schulte win Unser Lied für Lissabon and give Germany its second-best Eurovision result in almost 20 years.
Now the broadcaster has opened applications for the Eurovision jury, a vital part of the selection process.
Based on the idea that the tastes of the Geman public generally match those of overall Eurovision voters, ARD is looking for a panel of 100 people to help screen and shortlist the artists and songs for Germany’s Eurovision 2019 entry.
The broadcaster will use statistical analysis, to ensure that a representative selection of people is selected.
Meanwhile, applications for artists are still open. The selection process is aimed at finding individual artists, singer-songwriters and bands. Applications will close at midnight on 31 July, given potential acts less than three weeks to apply.
Entry is free, you must be at least 18 years old and anyone can apply — regardless of whether they hold German citizenship. Although the broadcaster is looking for singers, they also welcome songs from composers who don’t want to perform themselves.
Germany’s revamped selection process
Last year NDR received over 1,000 applications from singers hoping to represent Germany in Lisbon. Producers then cut the number down to 200. These 200 were judged by NDR’s chosen experts and the Eurovision Jury.
Only 20 candidates made it to the next round. From there, the singers attended a songwriting camp and wrote the songs that were to be their potential national final entries. A final cut narrowed them down to just six finalists.
At the grand final, the winner was decided by a combination of televotes, the Eurovision jury and an international jury vote. All three groups gave top points to Michael Schulte and his emotional ballad “You Let Me Walk Alone”.
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