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.

Are you excited that there will be a public vote? Who do you hope to see on that shortlist? Let us know down below!

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lasse braun
lasse braun
13 days ago

lilly among the clouds has made,surprise,surprise a very good 21th place in aussievisions top100 yesterday! 🙂
timeless song!

Milos
Milos
14 days ago

I am sorry for saying this but German music sucks so much. Even Ukraine, a country half the size and 5 times poorer, has more innovative, dynamic and interesting music industrcy

Nils
Nils
19 days ago

For now I’m glad there’ll at least be a national final. But there’s a good chance the people in charge will still mess it up – and if they don’t, ARD’s core audience likely will.

Most of the times, the average ARD viewers are like the truffle pigs of terribleness. If they have five gems and one big fat pile of **** to choose from, they’ll usually go for the latter.

Matthias
Matthias
20 days ago

2019 German NF was so rigged by Schreiber – while Aly Ryan and Lillie among Clouds been Top10 material.

So I hope without Schreiber we get a fair competition

lasse braun
lasse braun
19 days ago
Reply to  Matthias

hehe – wiwiland is aly ryanland. ;

lasse braun
lasse braun
21 days ago

some greetz to all my enemies – life is hart. 😀

Sniper K-Wolf
Sniper K-Wolf
21 days ago

How much songs among the 5, will be in german ? Did 2022, could be the first year or will every the BIG5 countries all sing in their own languages ?

For the first time in 25 years since 1997 ?

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
19 days ago
Reply to  Sniper K-Wolf

I doubt it. At most there will probably be one song in German, but you know an English language song will win

Lollipopmonster
Lollipopmonster
22 days ago

There are strong rumours, that the popular german metalcore band “Eskimo Callboy” will try to be one of the finalists in the national german selection. They just released a banger song in September …..

lasse braun
lasse braun
22 days ago

yeah!
D1NdGBldg3w

Patrick
Patrick
23 days ago

Why only 5 songs? Give the audience more variation to chose from!

Danny
Danny
22 days ago
Reply to  Patrick

Quality over quantity 🙂

Luc
Luc
21 days ago
Reply to  Danny

But we’re talking about Germany, everyone knows they’re capable of selecting 5 “I Don’t Feel Hate” -like as contestants for their selection

lasse braun
lasse braun
23 days ago

maybe also lilly among the clouds has a new good song?
i’ve never understood,why team wiwibloggs has ignored her so hart and not placed her in the the wiwibloggs top50 (not choosen NF songs) ?
fun fact – she has won the 2019 german second chance contest against the strong german aly ryan bubble,because musicquality is what matters. 😀

Jonas
Jonas
23 days ago

I’d like Nicole to perform at this final to celebrate the 40th anniversary of her win.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
23 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

That would be so sweet.

Jofty
Jofty
23 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

Great idea. I thought she looked better in the recent anniversary show than in 1982!

lasse braun
lasse braun
23 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

ok,but it must be a metalsong.
yeah

Liam Lindsay
Liam Lindsay
23 days ago

I would like to see Cascada get a second shot. She was robbed blind in Malmo and has been blamed consistently for Germany failing at Eurovision ever since.

sam
sam
23 days ago
Reply to  Liam Lindsay

i’d be okay with that as long as her song doesn’t sound 70% the same as last year’s winner like glorious did with euphoria

Jofty
Jofty
23 days ago
Reply to  sam

Tired of this myth. The Cascada sound was in place long before Euphoria. And why would you want to “copy” such (in my view) an awful derivative 90s song. Imagine if Malta or San Marino had sent it in.

sam
sam
23 days ago
Reply to  Jofty

it was the year after euphoria and has an extremely similar sound. sorry, but there is a reason that glorious was a flop and the very apparent copying of loreen’s success from the year before is a big reason behind it

sam
sam
23 days ago
Reply to  Jofty

germany is a different case when it comes to unoriginality than malta and san marino as it has hundreds of times more people than both nations combined thus millions of more people who could come up with something unique

Last edited 23 days ago by sam
Tibor
Tibor
23 days ago

The problem with the German NF has always been that they didn’t stick to a format. “Unser Lied” or “Unser Song” has been the title for the NF, but the selection methods have differed dramatically over the years. ARD always messed with the format rather than with the real problem that many have already pointed out: The German public tends to make rather strange choices. In my opinion, for a country like Germany internal selection doesn’t make a lot of sense, the overall quality of the entries is high enough, they only have to find a way to involve the… Read more »

musica
musica
22 days ago
Reply to  Tibor

Internal selection isn’t a means to avoid bad quality, it’s a means to circumvent the public vote, because in these national finals people usually vote for what they think will do well at Eurovision rather than what they really like themselves. The result is a ‘typical’ Eurovision song which never stands out in the competition.

Euroboitoy
Euroboitoy
23 days ago

Would like to see the format where the record labels get involved again, with some stellar acts and no wildcards.

Whisker
Whisker
23 days ago

Boring. Artists apply with their song, and there are five artists in the national final. Do they perform those songs, or with different songs?

Una
Una
23 days ago

Aly Ryan <3 talented, out-of-the-box, outspoken and *brave*.

Ashton
Ashton
23 days ago
Reply to  Una

thats funny tell another one

Una
Una
23 days ago
Reply to  Ashton

Nah-nah-nah-la-la argh aaagh, la-la-la-ha-la-la ahaaa!

Så braaaaaaaave!!

Roodi
Roodi
23 days ago

Hopefully queen Aly Ryan will compete

Paul
Paul
23 days ago
Reply to  Roodi

That would be the worst thing to happen for this competition. Either she wins, or she cries.

Una
Una
23 days ago
Reply to  Paul

At least she’s honest about things.

Luc
Luc
21 days ago
Reply to  Paul

She could do both too lol

Meckie
Meckie
23 days ago

The Bayern3 link in your news report does not work, maybe wrong news? No confirmation by NDR anyway! Why spreading no confirmed news?

barszcz
barszcz
23 days ago
Reply to  Meckie

It’s on the official German Eurovision website (Eurovision.de).

Erasmus
Erasmus
24 days ago

I actually like the fact that there will only be 5 songs… I’d prefer an internal selection for Germany but we shall see.

Aeria
Aeria
24 days ago

I can’t imagine this will work well for them. 5 is extremely little in comparison to how many songs you’d see in pretty much every other national final. In theory there could be five great songs, but knowing Germany in Eurovision, maybe there’s like, 2 of them and one of the other 3 ends up going to Italy. Calling it now.

Una
Una
24 days ago

It would also be nice to see that all five artists in the final had a fair chance. We all know what happened in 2019 (televised national final) while the selections of 2020 and 2021 showed total lack of transparency.

It would be great if broadcsters avoided *choosing* an unbalanced field of songs (quality and writing team) with few standing out and the rest being just fillers. That approach is unfair to the artists, songwriters, voting public and the fans.

irn bru
irn bru
23 days ago
Reply to  Una

the illusion of choice…

Una
Una
23 days ago
Reply to  irn bru

No argument there.

Una
Una
24 days ago

Considering some of the performances in the show during previous years (resulting from the “big changes” by Ireland, Germany, Romania and UK that lead to actual underperformance) I would hope that the German broadcaster will make sure that the five artists in the NF will already have had experience performing live.

Germany’s 2019 and 2021 underperformed severely (songs and performance). 2020 would have underperformed too (the live show Ben made was not really ok despite the circumstances surrounding the show then).

lasse braun
lasse braun
23 days ago
Reply to  Una

lilly 2019 has not underperformed.

Una
Una
24 days ago

I would normally salute the broadcaster’s initiative but is there any fundamental change as compared to previous years?

This article mentions that radio stations would be involved but how?

Five artists for the national final?

How many songs in the national final?

Will Germany end up with another mercenary writer as they did with NF *and* internal selection two years in a row?

Coco
Coco
24 days ago

Five acts and public vote, good like with that! They will want to give the audience 5 different genres, and the public will pick the worst song.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
24 days ago

I agree with both Apollo and Polegend here. Germany’s NF vote is skewed by its demographic and it’s certain type of taste (to put it politely). Occasionally this will prop up a gem like Michael Schulte, but otherwise it will lead to something that doesn’t appeal to the rest of Europe.
Actually one of the best non-German people to ask about this is probably William, since (as I recall) he was on one of the juries at the last German NF.
Anyhow, there are lots of amazing musicians in Germany, so fingers crossed for a good NF.

lasse braun
lasse braun
24 days ago

team “Eskimo Callboy – WE GOT THE MOVES” here – forget the rest! 😀

Apollo
Apollo
24 days ago

A NF is exactly what Germany needs, as we’ve seen in the past that their internal selection isn’t great. HOWEVER, Germany’s NF vote is DOMINATED by people in their late 40’s to early 60’s, so it doesn’t reflect the actual Eurovision audience. I hope they somehow change their voting system so the input of younger voices is equal to the larger middle-aged voting audience.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
23 days ago
Reply to  Apollo

Then why aren’t younger people watching the national final so they could have their say?

Apollo
Apollo
23 days ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

Young Germans aren’t watching their national final because it’s boring. Why would they waste their time watching a two-hour national final full of outdated songs?

Sabrina
Sabrina
24 days ago

Their last national final was actually a good one, the only problem came from the fact they allowed a last-minute act to participate and… we all know what happened.

James
James
24 days ago
Reply to  Sabrina

Written by the same person who gave neighboring Switzerland its best placement in years and one of the worst finishes for the UK, all in the same year.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
24 days ago
Reply to  James

Indeed. What a paradox.

Sabrina
Sabrina
23 days ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

She reminds me of those movie directors that spend their carreers directing one studio movie after another and nobody actually knows what’s their signature. From her Eurovision entries, the one I like is “Stones”.

Colin
Colin
23 days ago
Reply to  Sabrina

I am a big fan of Empires for Poland 2020, which she co-wrote, Bigger Than Us really grew on me (still have it on my 2019 playlist), and I think that Stones should have qualified. Both Switzerland 2019 and Cyprus 2021 are prefectly solid entertainment. Only Sister ended-up weak, and that’s more due to the lack of chemistry and direction, than for composition itself. The thing is that Barker didn’t write any of these songs alone, so it’s impossible to know which parts she made. But judging by her resume, she does have talent. Just like many Swedish songwriters who… Read more »

Last edited 23 days ago by Colin
Sabrina
Sabrina
23 days ago
Reply to  Colin

My problem with her entries is that they usually sound too impersonal. I understand it’s an expected side effect when you’re prolific and always co-writes songs with different people, but I’m not a fan of this approach. Ironically, in my opinion “Sister” is one of her best attempts in terms of storytelling, but I agree that there was a lack of chemistry between the performers and for some reason the staging in Eurovision was much worst than the one in the national final. A song about a deep bond was presented in a very disconnected way.

Colin
Colin
23 days ago
Reply to  Sabrina

Interesting point. Some of them perhaps sound somewhat impersonal on paper, but I definitely felt the connection, and thus elevation when performed. Actually it was Michael Rice’s video of BTU that sold me the song completely. Suddenly, this love wasn’t something ficticious. It was very real for me. El Diablo and She Got Me are party songs whose superficial approach didn’t deflect much from their entertainment purpose. On the other hand, I feel like Empires and Stones do sound genuine and passionate, with their more layered lyrical approach. Sister would be a perfectly solid musical theater entry within the right… Read more »

Sabrina
Sabrina
23 days ago
Reply to  Colin

I agree about all the others, but “BTU” never convinced me, even if I respect Michael did everything he could. The intense repetition kills my mood right away. I keep forgetting that “Empires” is also hers, but the truth is that I haven’t listened much to it since the contest was cancelled. Anyway, no matter how I feel about Laurel’s work, she’s just doing her job and I’ll never blame anyone for loving Eurovision to the point of wanting to come back all the time. Hopefully when she comes back (we know she’ll) it will be with something that pleases… Read more »

Colin
Colin
22 days ago
Reply to  Sabrina

I have no idea why BTU’s repetition in the chorus isn’t a deal-breaker for me, because I usually don’t like this approach. I can only guess that the musical aspect is actually developing in chords and variation underneath? Perhaps Purple Mask could elaborate on that better than me. I totally get others not liking it. I mean, even if I do like it a lot, I understand that it wasn’t people’s top 5 choice in the finals (which, despite my initial skepticism, turned out to be pretty good). I am always supportive of artists and writers who love ESC, and… Read more »

James
James
23 days ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

A Eurovision Flashpoint Paradox. 🙂

Jonas
Jonas
23 days ago
Reply to  James

Another being that Germany’s song was very feminist, and Switzerland’s was… not.

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
24 days ago

there’s always very valid entries in germany’s nfs, the problem is that the public has a tendency to go for the tackiest acts that will tank at esc.

Colin
Colin
24 days ago

Their 2018 NF was overall excellent. All of those 6 songs were quite good, and since the best song won, 4th place was more than deserving. 🙂
In 2019, I absolutely loved Makeda’s song, with Aly Ryan, Lilly Among Clouds, and Gregor Hagele also being much better options. I have no idea how Sisters won… But it’s not like the whole final was a bad idea.
Good luck for 2022, Germany! 🙂

Denis
Denis
24 days ago

5 entries sounds to limited for a final. Why not 10? 5 only works if you have 5 really great songs that could win ESC. But 5 middle of the road entries won’t make any difference..

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
24 days ago
Reply to  Denis

Well you’d assume they’d choose the 5 best songs out of the ones they received. 10 middle of the road songs don’t make a difference to 5.

Rifki
Rifki
24 days ago

good that another country brings back a proper, televised national selection show. i just wish it could have done way bigger: -slightly more competing songs (8 to 12), but all with good quality -held in a Eurovision-standard venue (as they did in 2014 in Lanxess Arena) -produced as if it was the main Eurovision show (only Sweden so far could do this for their Melodifestivalen final), that is why the venue should be Eurovision-standard -voting system similar to Eurovision (giving 1-8,10 and 12 points) or 2011-2017 Melodifestivalen (giving 1,2,4,6,8,10 and 12 points) . if it’s not possible for 2022, at… Read more »

Last edited 24 days ago by Rifki
James
James
24 days ago
Reply to  Rifki

You know, I really admire your ambitions sometimes but feasibility and effectiveness are key measures as well. Just a small piece of advice 🙂

Esc addict
Esc addict
24 days ago
Reply to  Rifki

An Eurovision standard venue or not and the voting system are not very important for the success of a NF and not decisive for the quality of the show but it’s rather its content and its outcome, however you can have very good NFs with a small scale, Israël, Czech Republic, Iceland, Norway do that very well for example. The quality of the songs and of the singers is decisive for the outcome, the more quality you have, the more interest you will get from the people and from the eurofans which is always a good thing, the more chances… Read more »

Last edited 24 days ago by Esc addict
Rifki
Rifki
23 days ago
Reply to  Esc addict

well, I don’t say the venue standard and/or the voting system are more or less important than the quality. I’d prefer having a WHOLE package (just like what Melodifestivalen’s final sometimes has), but if not, at least the high song quality and the one-song-for-one-artist-only format should be prioritized, and the show’s scale can be slowly-but-surely upgraded from year to year as the interest keeps growing and growing.

Esc addict
Esc addict
23 days ago
Reply to  Rifki

Melfest is not only a NF for esc but it determines what will be on the swedish charts and radio during the year ( San Remo is like that too for Italy), so it makes sense they try to do that bigger as they can, it’s THE show of the year for them even more important than esc for them, it,’s not the same system and the same approach in the others big 5 countries for their music markets for ex.

Last edited 23 days ago by Esc addict
Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
24 days ago

Ngl I’m happy the national final is back. What’s good thing is that the winner will be chosen purely by televoting which is miles better than international juries. Well, Germany is something like France in Eurovision. Sometimes they send excellent song and end up in TOP 5 (Germany 2018, France 2021) and sometimes they send pure crap. Still better than UK and Spain.

Erasmus
Erasmus
24 days ago
Reply to  Eurovision fan

you do realize that the televote also gave 12 points to Sisters in 2019?
I do not trust televoters one bit…

not to mention what happened in Norway this year because of the same system.

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
23 days ago
Reply to  Erasmus

I wanna know who voted for them ough.

Cooper
Cooper
24 days ago

The selection in 2013 was good, as it was in 2014 and 2015. It’s just that the voting should’ve been done with public vote & some sort of jury. Seems like ARD keeps pushing that panic button every year faster and faster.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
24 days ago

This could go either way depending on the quality of the entries. If there are five great interest, he has a chance to not finish close the last place, but if they’re all crap, then it’s another 25th finish.

Boozyfloozy99
Boozyfloozy99
24 days ago

Let’s hope they keep clear of any song submissions from Laurell Barker then. Because SISTERRRRR was NOT It…

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Lucky
Lucky
24 days ago

Five candidates sound too limited, but it could work if all candidates share a decent quality. If not, then it will be another waste of time.

The problem is never in how to select an entry. The problem is in their inconsistencies, they either select a very promising song or a very concerning one.

ESCFanGA
ESCFanGA
24 days ago

Germany had a great song in 2020 that would have done well if the contest hadn’t been cancelled. They should’ve gone with that particular internal selection formula (which has also worked well with Switzerland).

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
24 days ago
Reply to  ESCFanGA

Jendrik was also internally selected, and He placed poorly. Germany really needs to get its head out of the sand

ESCFanGA
ESCFanGA
23 days ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

I doubt Jendrik was the best option they had. I imagine he was chosen because Germany wanted to capitalize on the popularity of songs like Think About Things, On Fire, and Uno that had a quirky vibe.

Esc addict
Esc addict
24 days ago

Always happy to see a country returning to a national final, it fills the eurofans agenda, and we can say that for this future season we are spoiled, national finals everywhere, so happy for Germany but why to do it at the last moment in March it has been proven that being among the last to reveal your act is not an advantage at all …. I hope we could listen to the potential songs well before then.

Esc addict
Esc addict
24 days ago
Reply to  Esc addict

And yes I prefer only 5 very good acts instead of 20 average acts, even if in both cases a single very good one is enough, but the higher the quality is in a NF, the better the winning act will be, and that means quality sent to Eurovision.

Simon
Simon
24 days ago

At least we will even have a choice. 5 acts is fine to me, just hope there are interesting ones.

Jonny
Jonny
24 days ago

Just 5 acts? Sounds like last place, again.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
24 days ago
Reply to  Jonny

That depends on the quality. It could be five bad songs or five great songs. We’re not gonna know until they’re out. I’d like to see Germany do better next year.

DanyQueen
DanyQueen
24 days ago

Not connected but idk where else to write it. The croatian HoD was fired today, allegedly for using the station’s money to pay for a lunch for the delegation in Rotterdam when the hotel was full and they couldn’t eat there. Also for buying the red carpet outfits for the dancers, announcing the Dora 2022 song submission too early (even though the TV station’s director had to approve this before it goes public??) among other bizarre small things. She wasn’t perfect, but at least she tried to give Croatia something go look forward to. The new HoD is the same… Read more »

Jake M
Jake M
24 days ago
Reply to  DanyQueen

But she was also the one who was controversial in the national final this year with Nina Kraljic and Bernarda who is a legenddd

Svea August
Svea August
24 days ago

As a German I like to see the national final returning, but I’m a little sceptical for now…

Last edited 24 days ago by Svea August