Germany Moves to an Internal Selection for Eurovision 2020

After a disappointing result at Eurovision 2019, the German broadcaster have decided to internally select their entry for Eurovision 2020. In previous years, a public selection has been held, where the entrants were decided by both jury and public vote.

Thomas Schreiber, Head of Entertainment at ARD spoke about the changes, saying, ‘Of course we were unhappy with our result in Tel Aviv. In Rotterdam, we want to repeat the success we had in 2018. The national and international experts were enthusiastic about our act and it prevailed in competition with a group of fantastic participants. We are confident that our selection will be met with very broad approval among the Eurovision fans and – we hope – with great enthusiasm.

The German Public broadcaster, NDR has appointed 2 independent juries that have decided on who will represent Germany at Eurovision this year. The first jury is composed with 100 people from all over Germany, while the other is an international jury of 20 music professionals who have all been a part of their home country’s national juries at some point. These two juries have evaluated all the submitted artists and songs.

The selected artist and song will be revealed on Thursday 27th of February at 21:30 CET in a 45 minute show titled Unser Lied für Rotterdam.

There have also been some changes to the Eurovision team for Germany, including a new Team Leader for ARD and a new Head of Delegation.

The new Team Leader, Christian Blenker, has said, ‘Our 2 juries possess great musical expertise and a unique Eurovision instinct. Through this process, we have also gained much more time for preparing the staging. We have already received the initial exciting ideas provided by internationally successful choreographers and staging professionals. In addition, the 600 artists who were present during the selection process are still protected. None of them has lost, and some of them may be participating again in the coming year.’

Alexandra Wolfslast is the new Head of Delegation for Germany, and she has spoken about the upcoming artist reveal, ‘We know that many fans have been waiting for information for a long time. But we need the time to already concentrate on the many things we need to prepare for Rotterdam. So we are all the more pleased that we will be able to present this fantastic act on February 27th.’

S!sters represented Germany in 2019, however they finished in 25th place in the final: