Back in July, German broadcaster ARD confirmed that “eight to ten” acts would make it to the grand final of the German national final for Eurovision 2019. Now the selection process is well underway, as the fan jury has gathered for the first time to pick the top 50 from 198 candidates.
NDR entertainment director Thomas Schreiber recently spoke with Prinz and shared details of the national selection process. Step one of the selection process is well underway, where the broadcaster will first focus on shortlisting artists.
In the interview, Schreiber revealed that just over 1000 artists have submitted an entry. As well as entries submitted via the open online process, the producers also took suggestions from music industry colleagues as well as scouting for potential acts online.
From there, the production team evaluated 965 acts and reduced them down to 198. Next it’s the turn of the Eurovision Jury to evaluate the acts.
The Eurovision Jury evaluates
The Eurovision Jury is made up of 100 German Eurovision fans. They have been specifically selected to get a cross-section of fans that represent the general tastes of the Eurovision voting public.
The jury met for the first time yesterday in Cologne and began the process of evaluating the 198 acts, with the aim of making a shorter list of 50. Jury members will continue to meet in coming days, with seven events taking place in fou German cities.
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The 50 songs the Eurovision Jury rates the highest will then be assessed by an international jury, made up of 20 experts from 20 different countries. They will rate the 50 songs and the top 20 acts will then be invited to a Eurovision workshop in Cologne.
Next comes matching the shortlisted artists with songs. More than 150 songs have already been received, but as with last year’s process, songs will be newly written at the songwriting camp in November.
The broadcaster is aiming to have the final competing acts and their songs confirmed by December. Details of the national final show itself have not been confirmed, but it is expected to take place sometime in February 2019. The show’s title is likely to follow the Unser Lied für… format, completed by the chosen host city for Eurovision 2019.
The format for the 2019 national selection closely follows the successful format used in 2018. It led to six acts performing their songs at the national final, where Michael Schulte was the unanimous winner.
He went on to place fourth in Lisbon, which ended Germany’s five-year run of placing near the bottom of the scoreboard.
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