Ten years ago they won Eurovision. This year they won the Wiwi Jury. And now Germany has reached the end of its long search for the perfect act and song for Eurovision 2021. But what’s their secret combination? And could it include an artist we all already know?
In February, after Ben Dolic was revealed as Germany‘s hopeful at Eurovision 2020, many were left wondering who he was. Since he hadn’t had the biggest career, German media were concerned about his chances in Rotterdam. Internationally, his song “Violent Thing” became a huge fan favorite. Unfortunately we’ll never know what his act could have achieved since Eurovision got cancelled.
But there’s no time for getting bitter, since the next competition is definitely taking place in May 2021. That’s why broadcasters ARD and NDR quickly started the search for a new song. Now, more details have been revealed…and it’s time to hold on to your seat.
German website eurovision.de published an interview with the Head of Delegation Alexandra Wolfslast, which she gave to radio channel NDR Blue. And guess what? Alexandra announced that Germany has found its act for Eurovision 2021! You can listen to the whole interview here.
But that’s not all. We already knew that once again the broadcasters asked their two expert panels to choose the right act for Eurovision. Countless artists and about 300 songs were submitted to the broadcaster. After they checked the applications, the Eurovision-expert jury whittled down the entries. This jury consists of 100 fans who are said to have a similar taste to the typical Eurovision viewer. After several rounds, an international jury got involved, too.
How did Germany select its act for 2021?
HoD Alexandra Wolfslast revealed that the acts then got paired with songs, which had already been whittled down. An important note is that no singer has been forced to sing one specific song. Many artists already had the song they wish to compete with, others got paired with songs they then made their own.
It has also been announced that even with strict travel regulations, some songwriting camps took place over the summer, for example in Malmo, Sweden. There, the acts continued working on their songs with experienced songwriters and producers.
The team continued to narrow down song and act combinations (from 100 to 50 to 20), ultimately resulting in 20 “acts”. Note: There’s a possibility that some singers were in the running with more than one song.
Alexandra notes that for the first time ever, the last round involved the video production of a performance. Every act needed to show what they would do on stage in Rotterdam. These final clips were again screened by the juries and the winning combination of artist and song got selected. This final step has been introduced so the jury can take into account who has the best creative stage ideas and the most charisma. These are aspects that many fans missed among past German Eurovision acts.
Who took part in the selection?
Everything takes place behind closed doors. Alexandra does think it’s sad that she can’t reveal more about the process, but it’s also extremely important. That way, more popular and established artists will take part in the selection in the future. She also explained that many well-known acts love the way of keeping it secret, since — at least for the public — there’s no loser in the end. There’s only one winner and no one will know who did NOT make it. A big advantage to an open national final.
The German HoD also revealed that there were many familiar faces and well-known musicians in the competition this year. “You will be very happy with the selected act,” she added. Does this mean it’s a singer we already know?
What do you think? Will a popular, established act sing for Germany at Eurovision 2021? Will it be a singer who has already graced the Eurovision stage in the past? Let us know in the comments below.