It was the third consecutive year of application calls for Germany’s Eurovision Jury, which helps choose the songs and acts for the national final. And now broadcaster NDR has answered the applications. It’s been bad news: If you received an e-mail within the last few days, you’re probably out.
Since 2018 the participating broadcaster NDR has cooperated with the strategy consulting firm Simon-Kucher & Partners to determine the Eurovision Jury. Over the past two years, 100 individuals were selected for the jury based on their results in the surveys. Their taste is meant to be reflective of broader European tastes at Eurovision, giving them some degree of predictive power. They were present during the national final and responsible for 1/3 of the vote, equal to the televote and the jury of music professionals.
Applications opened back in April and consisted of various questions and ratings of certain Eurovision songs from the 2019 edition, among them Norway’s “Spirit in the Sky” and Sweden’s “Too Late for Love”. The results of the applicants were analyzed with the help of a specific algorithm.
The rejection email sent out in recent days reads as follows:
Thank you for your interest to become a member of the Eurovision-Jury!
It wasn’t easy for us to choose a selection out of various exiting profiles. Since we received an overwhelming number of applications, we are sad to announce that we cannot consider you.
We are very sorry that we can’t give you a positive response.
According to a reader from ESC kompakt, the positive responses were already sent as early as July. The congratulatory emails also included many confidentiality notices. According to the reader, the selection process started in August. This time last year the selection was already well underway.
Is an edition of Unser Lied für Rotterdam certain?
At this point, no. There have been no official statements about a national final or an internal selection. Only the reactivation of the Eurovision Jury is confirmed. However, this is no hint that a national final has to take place. Switzerland introduced a similar jury in 2019 and chose their act internally. The email also does not confirm that the panel will again be made up of 100 members. The existence of a jury is certain, anything else is pure speculation.
After the more than unsatisfying result of S!sters, change seems likely. Thomas Schreiber, the entertainment coordinator of NDR, said on the evening of the Grand Final that “it would be wrong to continue the same way” and that “we have to reevaluate whether we are on the right track”. It’s a sensible approach and we commend the broadcaster’s willingness to adapt.
It is interesting to note that S!sters did not win the Eurovision Jury vote and only finished fifth (with 640 points). That was more than 300 points away from Aly Ryan (991 points), who placed first with 44 out of the 100. In contrast, Michael Schulte won all three voting segments in 2018.
Will history repeat itself?
Germany’s recent history hasn’t been particularly successful — bar the big exception of Michael Schulte. Two last and two penultimate positions in just five years had led to discussions about the future of the selection process. And NDR has shown interest in different selection procedures over the last years — for example with Lena’s internal nomination in 2011, widely regarded as a huge success.
Germany finds itself in a similar position as in 2016. That year, they took dramatic measures and scraped the national final for the internal selection of Xavier Naidoo. A move that didn’t happen after all as we know. Nevertheless, the eyes of NDR are surely heading south towards Switzerland’s Luca Hänni and his huge success with Switzerland’s similar procedure.
What do you think? Will Germany change its selection method? Have you applied for the Eurovision Jury? Tell us in the comments below!