Metal, hip hop and even party-schlager. The German music scene is diverse and that’s exactly what broadcasters NDR/ARD want to celebrate in next year’s Eurovision selection for Germany. Today, new details about Unser Lied für Liverpool, the German selection for 2023, have been released.
The most recent national final Unser Lied für Turin received a lot of criticism, not only for the lack of variety within the songs but also for its production. However, it seems like the organizers understand it’s time to change something. And it’s about time considering last year’s huge backlash from German media and international fans. Today’s press release at least promises many changes for the upcoming season – including a TikTok wildcard!
The official Eurovision submission period in Germany starts today. Artists who already have a song ready can join the party and apply until 28 November. Organizers won’t accept applications without a song. That’s because this time the so-called “pairing” process, where producers match a random song to a chosen singer, is over and done with. NDR/ARD want artists to be fully themselves. Authenticity is the keyword for 2023.
But the organizers have also laid some groundwork over the past few months. There have been meetings with big German record companies who were very open to talk to their artists about Eurovision. It is said that the recent success by Rosa Linn, Duncan Laurence and Måneskin made an impact with German record companies.
There will be even more changes in Germany
NDR/ARD will start a TikTok-challenge for artists to upload their potential Eurovision songs. Everyone can upload their potential entry with the hastag #UnserLiedFürLiverpool. This way, one entry will get a ticket to the national final. The broadcaster will decide together with producers and international music experts, which entries make it to the final. It is not known yet when the selected artists and songs will be revealed, but the selection will probably include between 8 and 10 songs. In early March, those entries will fight for the German ticket to Liverpool.
The biggest mistake NDR made last time – according to fans and media – was to look for a “radio-friendly song“ for Eurovision 2022. But don’t panic: this time it’s NOT a requirement to have only songs that can hack it on the radio. Producers, however, will continue to work with ARD’s radio channels – but only to promote the Eurovision selection 2023 and to give them the possibility to play the chosen songs.
Every musical genre will be allowed and the broadcasters emphasize that artists can send in their music – no matter what the genre. The national final will include many different music styles. They seem to have listened to fans, who even started a petition last time when NDR decided to only include radio-pop songs, excluding metalcore band Electric Callboy in the selection.
Andreas Gerling, head of the ARD team for Eurovision at the NDR, says: “This competition, Europe’s biggest music show, is very important to us. And we are competing in the hope that we will come out ahead. Anyone who thinks he can contribute his musical quality to help make Germany a winner again is therefore more than welcome. I am looking forward to what will hopefully be a very varied and exciting competition.”
According to eurovision.de, there will again be online voting. This will be organized by ARD’s pop radio-channels. The online voting will be combined with a televote during the national final in March. Further news about Unser Lied für Liverpool and updates about the selection process will be revealed at a later date. It’s very likely Barbara Schöneberger will once again host the show.
Are you excited to see what Germany will serve next year? Do you think NDR/ARD are really changing the way they treat Eurovision after the bad results in recent years? Let us know in the comments below.