They’re the country who are working on their song selection method to ensure that their 2018 top-five comeback wasn’t a one-off. Over the past few months, Germany‘s broadcaster NDR has been working hard on fixing their strategy. And now we’re learning a little about what’s been going on regarding the German national selection process for Eurovision 2020.
Back in September, German Eurovision news blog ESC Kompact first reported that NDR had once again teamed up with their business partner Digame and also opened song submissions. However, there still has been no formal announcement confirming that a national final is actually taking place.
Nevertheless, it does seem likely that NDR will once again broadcast an Unser Lied für… selection show. With both the Eurovision-fan panel and the international juries currently judging songs in the competition, it’s more than likely that an announcement is indeed imminent.
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Many of you applied to be a part of Germany’s “Eurovision Jury” — a panel of 100 fans whose tastes are thought to be predictive of how Europeans vote at #Eurovision. Naturally many people havent made the cut. 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. Switzerland also uses a 100-person panel…but they keep their selection internal. Could Germany mix things up this year and go internal as well? #esc2020 #eurovision2020 #eurovisionsongcontest.
The little communication that NDR has given Eurovision fans over the past months seems particularly strange when compared with the broadcaster’s previous schedule.
For their 2019 selection Unser Lied für Israel, the selection kicked off with the songwriting camps as early as August 2018. The first six competing acts (before S!sters were added) were announced on November 8 — a date we’ve already passed this year.
Several fans have also received rejection mails with regard to the Eurovision panel, which decides one-third of the votes at the national final. This may also suggest that the process leading up to the national selection is indeed underway. However, just like the song submission announcement, NDR hasn’t issued a public statement with regard to the Eurovision panel.
Eurovision 2020: What might be going down right now
Despite the setback for Germany, several acts expressed their interest in representing the nation in Rotterdam. The most prominent bid comes from the Hamburg-based choir Hamburger Goldkehlchen.
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The choir consists of 70 men. Founded in 2016, they quickly rose to fame — owing to their fire power and perfect harmonies — and performed on several popular TV shows. They’ve even been an opening act German singer Max Giesinger. Apparently there’s already a potential Eurovision song in the pipeline and there have even been talks about their possible staging concept. Select people in the music industry have already heard the track and they’re convinced that it could become a successful hit song. #eurovision2020 #esc2020 #eurovision @diehamburgergoldkehlchen #hamburgergoldkehlchen
On the other hand, there’s at least one act that can definitely be ruled out: 2019 finalist Aly Ryan. She made it very clear that she wouldn’t consider reapplying for the German selection under the current circumstances.
There’s also another factor that might indicate that NDR may consider other selection options. Digame — the German partner organisation that NDR is closely working with for the selection process — has also been working with the Swiss broadcaster on their selection.
Digame’s work paid off for Switzerland. They managed a fourth-place Eurovision finish with their internally selected bop, Luca Hänni’s “She Got Me”.
The success of the Swiss internal selection after years of poor results through the national final Die grosse Entscheidungsshow might also raise eyebrows at the NDR headquarters. Could an internal selection deliver similar good results for Germany? The Swiss example shows that this might be the case.
Another idea brought up by the German blog ESC Kompakt suggests that the forthcoming national selection is set to put emphasis on the songs that are part of the selection. This could indicate that jurors would only receive audio tracks in order to narrow down the field of artists.
Unlike previously produced videos at the songwriting camp staged in Berlin, the focus seems to be on the tracks themselves, rather than the singers. The sessions taking place in Berlin seem to have been ditched this year to fully concentrate on the songs.
Fans have previously noted that the German national final is screened on a channel that attracts older viewers with more conservative tastes. This means casual televoters are less likely to go for bold pop choices and more likely to pick safe ballads.
What do you think Germany needs to come back stronger? Could an internal selection prove to be a better option for them? Let us know in the comments section down below!