Berlin, 18 January 2022
German broadcaster ARD have announced their plans for the upcoming Eurovision 2022. They will once again resort to a National Selection, titled “Germany, 12 Points – der deutsche ESC-Vorantscheid“. The show is set to air on 4 March and will be held in Berlin.
Germany have also unveiled the mechanics behind their 2022 selection procedure. The German broadcaster receiced 944 submissions over the past few months, and are currently selecting their acts via an internal jury. This jury of “Music Industry Experts” is chaired by German HoD Alexandra Wolfast and features the heads of several important German music stations. The jury is reported to be on the lookout for the perfect hit. (The original German article states they’re looking for nine “Radio Popwellen” which translates to “Radio Pop Waves”.)
Once the German jury have done their job, the nine selected acts will be revealed on the public on 10 Febuary, via Germany’s official ESC website, Eurovision.de.
Three weeks later, on 28 Febuary, an online poll will be opened to the public, allowing fans from Germany and beyond to cast their votes for their favourite song. It is currently not entirely clear in what way this poll will factor into the ultimate decision.
The big day however is Friday the 4th of March, which is when “Germany 12 Points” will be broadcast live on ARD. The pre-selection show, hosted by the ubiquitous Barbara Schöneberger, will feature live performances from all 9 finalists and will feature a live televote. The act which receives the highest amount of total votes will earn the right to represent Germany in Turin on 14 May.
As a member of Eurovision’s “Big Five”, Germany is always pre-qualified for the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest. Germany has a mixed track record at Eurovision, usually finishing near the very top or the very bottom of the scoreboard. They specifically struggle in the televote, with the entries by S!sters and Jendrik scoring the dreaded nill points in the last two contests. Germany’s most recent good result came in 2018, when Michael Schulte shattered all expectations by placing in a very respectful 4th place with his song “You let me walk alone”.
Germany, 12 Points will air on 4 March, on all ARD channels, starting at 20:15. You can follow the pre-selection via ARD’s Eurovision portal, Eurovision.de.
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