For several months now, Germany has been hard at work searching for its entry for Eurovision 2021. But now things are getting down to the wire. ESC Kompakt has reported that the German internal selection process has narrowed the entries down to a select few who remain in the running to be Germany’s entry for Rotterdam.
German broadcaster NDR is using the same internal selection process it used last year, an adaption of the method used in 2018 and 2019 to select the national final acts.
The entries have been assessed by two juries — the 100-person Eurovision jury, made up of music lovers and Eurovision fans; and a 20-person internal jury, made up of former members of Eurovision juries. The Eurovision jury has been selected in order to reflect the musical tastes of general Eurovision viewers around Europe.
The juries whittle down the entries
Over the summer, the juries have been assessing the entries. Though as ESC Kompakt notes, the international jury didn’t come into play until the initial entries had been whittled down a little by the Eurovision jury.
The juries are often assessing singers and songs separately with the idea that the best singers will be paired with the best, most suitable songs. The juries have now produced a shortlist of acts in the running for Eurovision. While it’s not known exactly how many acts remain, ESC Kompakt notes that last year’s final stage involved 20 entries, made up of 17 songs and ten artists.
The shortlisted singers have also recorded live video performances of their songs to give jurors an impression of their ability to interpret the song live.
ESC Kompakt also notes that once Germany’s song for Rotterdam has been selected, it’s not clear how it will be presented. Last year’s song was announced via the special show Unser Lied für Rotterdam — which was not as popular with viewers. This suggests that NDR will revamp the song presentation for 2021.
Ben Dolic is out of the running
One artist who won’t be part of the 2021 shortlist is Ben Dolic. While the artist was the internally selected act for 2020, he has taken himself out of the running for 2020.
Earlier this month, he announced his decision, writing “I have decided not to participate at the Eurovision next year! It has been a hard and a difficult decision to make, but the right one at this moment in time.”
In July, Germany’s Head of Delegation Alexandra Wolfslast made it clear that Ben, who was chosen for Eurovision 2020, would not be automatically invited back for Eurovision 2021. However, he was welcome to enter the selection process and had been working with the Bulgarian hitmaker and “Violent Thing” writer Borislav Milanov on new songs for 2021.
With Ben Dolic out of the running, it’s less clear who might end up as Germany act for Eurovision 2021.
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