Germany wants you to wear their love at Eurovision 2022 in Italy. And apparently they think rebooting their national final is the way to go.
As our friends at ESC Kompakt report, Germany is resurrecting its Unser Lied für Turin format. The news was confirmed by BAYERN 3, a radio station belonging to the country’s Eurovision broadcaster ARD. Five acts will reportedly face off in a public-vote showdown sometime during March.
BAYERN 3 says that aspiring contestants can apply with their song at eurovision.de/bewerben, though that site isn’t yet live. A special jury will choose the five artists for the national final.
German radio stations are expected to play a role in the process, but those details haven’t been revealed yet. The stations said to be playing a part alongside Bayern 3 are: Antenne Brandenburg, Bremen 4, HR 3, MDR Jump, NDR 2, SR 1, SWR 3 and WDR 2. A swoop of German radio stations previously played a role in the process, as seen through Unser Lied für Malmö in 2013.
ESC Kompakt points out that reports so far discuss “a song for Turin” — so simply Lied für Turin — though they rightly speculate the show will likely end up being called Unser Lied für Turin, which would follow the format of recent history.
The national final follows two years of internal selections. Ahead of the cancelled Eurovision 2020, the broadcaster selected Ben Dolic with the song “Violent Thing.” And in 2021 they went with Jendrik and his feel-good number “I Don’t Feel Hate”.
Germany’s last national selection was 2019’s Unser Lied für Israel, which resulted in S!sters singing “Sister” in Tel Aviv. They famously received zero points in the public televote at Eurovision.
However, the format also gave Germany its best result of late. Michael Schulte placed in the Top 5 at ESC 2018 after winning Unser Lied für Lissabon.
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