944 applications for the ESC: The preliminary decision is on March 4th

944 applications for the ESC
The preliminary decision is on March 4th

Determining the German contribution to the Eurovision Song Contest without audience participation did not work out so well. Singer Jendrik ended up second to last in Rotterdam in 2021. Now the ESC fans can have a say again, because the preliminary decision is back.

More than 900 German musicians and bands were undeterred by the recent defeats at the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC). On the contrary, you applied to represent Germany this year in the competition in Turin, Italy.

On March 4th, the audience can once again decide what the German ESC contribution should be. In 2020, the preliminary decision with the participation of the spectators was abolished. Four to six acts are now again available for the audience to choose from. They are currently being selected by the German ESC jury, as announced by the North German Broadcasting Corporation (NDR). Exactly 944 bands and musicians threw their hats in the ring.

The program “Germany 12 Points – the German ESC preliminary decision” will be broadcast live from Berlin on all third programs of the ARD from 8.15 p.m. and will be moderated by Barbara Schöneberger. In addition, the ARD pop waves play the songs of the candidates on the day and call for voting.

Voting also online

The act with the most voting points will finally appear in the ESC finals on May 14th. The jury’s favorites are to appear from February 10th the German ESC website be presented, online voting will start on February 28th.

With the return to a preliminary decision in which the television audience can also have a say, ARD hopes to end Germany’s bad luck at the ESC. Most recently, the Hamburg singer Jendrik landed in Rotterdam in 25th place last year and thus in penultimate place. At the ESC 2019 (before a compulsory Corona break), the duo S!sters with “Sister” also only got the penultimate place, just like Levina 2017. Others were even the absolute tail lights.

Only Lena (1st place in 2010), Roman Lob (8th place in 2012) and Michael Schulte (4th place in 2018) stand out from recent German ESC history.