Germany’s Eurovision broadcaster NDR recently confirmed that it will reveal more details about its Eurovision selection method at the end of January. Now a report from German news service DWDL says that the country’s Eurovision 2020 entry will be revealed on the small specialist channel ARD One on February 27th at 21:30 local time.
Presenter Barbara Schöneberger — a stalwart of the national selection show — will host the presentation show, which has been billed by DWDL as Unser Lied für Rotterdam. It’s running time is only 45 minutes — far shorter than the country’s earlier national finals. At this time it’s unclear how this artist presentation show will work. Apparently it won’t be aired live, but instead be broadcast as “a time-delayed transmission from Hamburg.”
As ESC Kompakt reports, ARD One has a history with Eurovision. In the past the (relatively small and unwatched) channel has broadcast the Semi-Finals of Eurovision, as has the German pre-selection with social media comments.
How will Germany select its act for Eurovision 2020?
The news follows much speculation of just how Germany is going to select its act for Rotterdam. Compared to last year, details about the 2020 national final are scarce.
In September, NDR’s partner Digame confirmed that it would again be involved with the selection process. This would include coordinating the Eurovision Panel — a group of specially selected Eurovision fans, and a jury of 20 experts.
However, while in 2019, the broadcaster had shared numerous updates of the process, there have been no such updates this time. We do know that some fans have received rejection letters after applying to be on the panel, suggesting that at least something is going on behind the scenes.
The broadcaster’s internal selection appears to have been inspired by the Eurovision 2019 success of neighbours Switzerland. The Swiss broadcaster also used Digame’s experts to coordinate a selection panel and jury. But unlike Germany, Switzerland ditched their national final and used the panel and jury to internally select its act.
The result was Luca Hänni with “She Got Me”, who gave Switzerland a fourth-place finish — its best result in over 25 years. Meanwhile, S!sters finished second to last in Tel Aviv, a shockingly poor result, compared to the fourth-place finish Michael Schulte earned in Lisbon the year before.
Are you excited for the presentation show? Who do you think the lucky artist is?