While some countries are yet to confirm for Eurovision 2019, Germany is well into their selection process. The German national selection started earlier this year, and now the number of remaining contestants is becoming ever smaller. Over the next few days, the 20 remaining acts will take part in a workshop in Cologne.
Back in August, the Eurovision fan jury reviewed the shortlisted 198 acts. Following hours of rating singers and their respective work, 20 acts received an invitation to attend the workshop.
The selection process is structured the same as last year. During the next couple of days, the candidates will record short performance clips to show their character, their tone, as well as their prefered genre of music.
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The recorded videos will then be shown to the fan jury and the 20 international experts. These groups will then determine the national final competitors. Earlier this year, NDR entertainment director Thomas Schreiber revealed that there may be up to ten acts in the final show.
First contestants revealed
Along with the start of the workshop, three candidates are now known. BB Thomaz impressed judges at The Voice of Germany 2017 with her blind audition of “Bang Bang”. The audition clip has now been viewed over three million times on YouTube.
Further contestants include Sebastian Schub — a 20-year-old singer-songwriter from Hamburg — and Nicole Cross, who gained public attention when she teamed up with German Eurovision winner Lena to cover “This Is What You Came For” by Calvin Harris and Rihanna.
The national final will once again be hosted by Barbara Schöneberger, whose return was revealed earlier this month. While there is no date announced just yet, the German head of delegation Christoph Pellander did say that it would “take place sometime in the last two weeks of February”.
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