UPDATE: While the selection jury process is underway, German broadcaster NDR has not yet confirmed if a national final will, in fact, be used to select the German act for Rotterdam.
NDR partner digame is now searching for the perfect Eurovision song for The Netherlands. Once again there will be a national final instead of an internal selection process.
After the German S!sters came second to last at Eurovision last year, many fans inside and outside of Germany were speculating whether there would be another edition of Unser Lied or if there would be an internal selection. Now, as ESC-Kompakt reports, NDR partner digame has made it official that the selection format will be repeated once more. The name of the show is not yet confirmed. But given that the other elements remain in place, it’d seem strange to suddenly call the show by another name.
After Levina’s second-to-last place in Kyiv, the broadcaster changed the selection process with a fantastic result in 2018 with Michael Schulte, ending in fourth place.
Singers and bands (with a maximum of 6 people) could apply for the German final until the 30th of August. But you can still submit your song until the 1st of October. NDR is searching for a contemporary song that stands out. It should also have a strong and clear message. Can’t choose your favourite? You can submit up to 5 songs! Songs can come from any genre. If you want to submit your song, visit mein-esc-lied.de.
“At the Eurovision Song Contest, among other things, it is about speaking about important topics and to reach the viewer’s emotions. We want to encourage composers to send in songs which are about current topics or which evoke emotions through the song text.”
The selection process
The German broadcaster will not change anything from last year’s process. There will once again be a Eurovision-Panel consisting of 100 fans (chosen from thousands of applicants) and a jury made up of 20 international music experts.
If you send in a song, both juries will evaluate it with strict criteria. Your song will be anonymised to make sure there won’t be any cheating. All songs will be judged in a first round, and a hand full of songs will be picked. In a second round — the pairing process — a few singers will sing these songs to gauge which song fits which singer the most.
If you applied as a singer, your music video will be judged by both juries as well, and of course will be anonymised. As well as the songs, the juries will pick the best applicants who then make the next step, probably 10 to 20 singers. These singers will visit songwriting sessions – probably the songwriting camp as they did last year. There, the applicants will work together with professional songwriters. In addition to the songwriting camp, the singers will go through the above mentioned pairing process. All songs will be recorded for both juries who will pick the best pairings.
What do you think? Do you trust in the process? Or do you think an internal pick would have been better? Let us know in the comment section below!