It’s a date! The German national final named “Germany 12 points – der deutsche Vorentscheid” will take place on 4 March. However, people will be able to show their love from the end of February onwards, when the competing artists will be revealed. Barbara Schöneberger will host the show.

The national final will take place on March 4th and will be broadcast live from Berlin. The probably three to seven acts according to our friends at esckompakt.de that will fight for the ticket to Italy will be presented on the 10th of February along with their songs. 

And here’s a surprise: German people won’t only be able to vote for their favourite during the live show by calling or per SMS. People can start voting from the 28th of February online. During the national final, people can vote for their favourite as well.

Back in November 2021, German broadcaster ARD revealed that Germany will reboot its system to find the perfect act for Eurovision by bringing back the tradition of a national final. However, they’re not sticking with all of their traditions as the preselection won’t be called “Unser Lied für Turin” as most people expected but “Germany 12 points – der deutsche Vorentscheid” (Germany 12 points – the German preselection).

In total, 944 acts auditioned trying to represent Germany at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2022. On the day of publishing, the ESC expert jury is still deciding the best among them. As we already knew, several German radio stations play a huge role in the process, as music experts from the following radio stations as well as Alexandra Wolfslast, head of the German delegation, will decide the acts that will present their songs in the national final. The German radio stations are: Antenne Brandenburg, BAYERN 3, Bremen Vier, hr3, MDR Jump, NDR 2, SR 1, SWR 3 and WDR 2. 2013 is calling!

These radio stations will play all of the selected songs the whole day on March 4, trying to get the attention and interest of potential voters. Acts that we already know auditioned for the German preselection are Eskimo Callboy and entertainer Ikke Hüftgold.

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”. However, Germany’s best result of late was Michael Schulte in Lisbon. He was also picked by the public during a national final.

Do you think the updated national final format will get Germany back to the top? Let us know your opinion in the comment section below!

 

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lasse braun
lasse braun
4 months ago

hopely we will see then “sofia portanet – real face” (check it at youtube if you like) in the final – the best song/choice aside from EC.it is something going into the “lilly among the clouds” direction.
🙂

Craig
Craig
4 months ago

Ah…German. Never any middle ground. Their entries are always really good or really awful. Let’s see what this year serves up

Dani
4 months ago

Evil Bar Refaeli be like “Germany, I am not sorry, 12 points”

Nils
Nils
4 months ago
Reply to  Dani

In NDR’s parallel universe (where Jendrik was selected to participate ‘with the highest average points ever seen’), they most likely must have heard ‘Germany, 12 points’.

willchrisiam
willchrisiam
4 months ago

It’s obvious that Germany likes JESC because they are back (yay!) but I had no idea they were so obsessed with it that they decided to copy the whole vote-before-you-see-it thing…

Nils
Nils
4 months ago

Another thing that has me worrying: there’s not a single one of ARD’s designated youth programs among those radio stations involved in the process. That doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad thing. But pretty surely you can’t call it a broad approach either. And with the ESC being almost ARD’s only broadcast of the year that attracts a significant number of young viewers, that sort of ignorance might just be the next mistake made.

Especially since we have to assume that Maneskin’s victory can be substantially credited to a relatively young demographic.

Last edited 4 months ago by Nils
Nils
Nils
4 months ago

So people have a whole week to vote for something they haven’t seen live on stage then? Well, at least that’s a refreshing new approach for Germany to f**k it all up.

But actually, I’m afraid the candidates and their songs will probably be the much bigger problem anyway. I mean … it’s still NDR, after all.

Jack Popfield
Jack Popfield
4 months ago

Not holding much expectation but all I can say is good luck Germany.

Aria
Aria
4 months ago

As a German, I can say: It cannot get any worse than 2021. The bar couldn’t be any lower. Not feeling shame for the German entry would be incredible.

Joe
Joe
4 months ago

They really emphasized making the process less complicated this time around, and it shows. Clear idea of who’s picking the acts, not too many of them in the final, and the decision is entirely in the hands of the public (which, for Germany, I think is smart, as they’re a country where engagement from the public is vital to keep interest up).

Jamie
Jamie
4 months ago

So apparently the actual name is “Germany 12 points. We beg you. No, not 0 points!?”

esc fin 22
esc fin 22
4 months ago

„Germany 12 points“ is the most uncreative name you could choose.. wtf?

esc_fl
esc_fl
4 months ago
Reply to  esc fin 22

How about “Germany, I’m Sorry, JK 12 Points”?

James
James
4 months ago
Reply to  esc fin 22

Better than just “National Selection/National Final”.

Whisker
Whisker
4 months ago

I hope it’s 100% quality like Spain.

escvegi
escvegi
4 months ago

The number of 5 acts is wrong. There will be up to 7 artists to perform at “Germany 12 Points”

Jim
Jim
4 months ago

Obligatory Aly Ryan comment.

Polegend Godgarina
4 months ago

only five acts out of almost a thousand applications ? a reverse san marino expedition ! honestly, i don’t trust internal german juries too much (no offense) so they should allow for more acts so that the public can choose from a wider selection. god knows how many great entries we missed out on because the 120-strong german selection committee thought jendrik would do sumn

mipr
mipr
4 months ago

Great songs that we won’t ever know are rejected every year in all of the preselection events so it’s not only Germany’s case 😉

Nils
Nils
4 months ago
Reply to  mipr

But looking at the majority of Germany’s latest entries, Germany really seems to excel at that.

James
James
4 months ago
Reply to  Nils

To be fair, most of their 2019 NF line-up were quite strong.

ete sech
ete sech
4 months ago
Reply to  mipr

I mean, you’re right, but it could be at least 10 quality songs from that large batch with no trouble :/