GERMANY – Germany will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. The German entry will be selected through the national final Unser Lied für Israel, organised by the German broadcaster Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR). As a member of the “Big 5”, Germany will automatically qualify to compete in the final of the Eurovision Song Contest.
Unser Lied für Israel (Our Song for Israel) will be the competition that will select Germany’s entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. The national final will take place on 22 February 2019 at the Studio Berlin Adlershof in Berlin with seven competing entries. The show will be hosted by Linda Zervakis and Barbara Schöneberger.
The televised final will feature seven competing artists with a candidate song each. The winner will be selected by a combination of public voting, a one-hundred-member Eurovision panel, and an international expert jury panel.
The Eurovision panel consists of one hundred members recruited through surveys on social media in order to reflect the taste of the wider European audience, and it participates in the decision-making process from the candidate selection phase to the televised final. The international expert jury panel consists of twenty members who previously sat on the national juries of their respective countries at the Eurovision Song Contest or participated at the Contest.
Artists were able to submit their bids from 19 May 2018 to 31 July 2018. NDR received 965 applications, and 198 were shortlisted to be considered in the selection process. The one-hundred-member Eurovision panel narrowed the shortlist to fifty artists, and the international expert panel further narrowed the shortlist to twenty artists. These twenty artists were invited to attend a workshop in Cologne from 28 September 2018 to 2 October 2018. Six of the artists who participated at the workshop were selected to advance to the songwriting camp that took place in Berlin from 5 to 9 November 2018.
Aly Ryan: “Wear Your Love” (Written by Aly Ryan, Michelle Leonard, Thomas Stengaard, Tamara Olorga)
BB Thomaz: “Demons” (Written by : BB Thomaz, Andrew Tyler, Ricardo Bettiol, Tim Schou)
Gregor Hägele: “Let me go” (Written by: Gregor Hägele, Jonas Shandel, David Jürgens, Tamara Olorga)
Lilly Among Clouds: “Surprise” (Written by: Elisabeth Brüchner, Udo Rinklin)
Linus Bruhn: “Our City” (Written by: Linus Bruhn, Dave Roth, Pat Benzner, Serhat Sakin, Simon Reichardt)
Makeda: “The Day I Loved You Most” (Written by: Makeda, Tim Uhlenbrock, Kelvin Jones, Kristine Bogan)
Sisters: “Sister” (Written by: Laurell Barker, Marine Kaltenbacher, Tom Oehler, Thomas Stengaard)
The six finalists produced circa twenty five songs at the songwriting camp. These song, some additional songs submitted to NRD, as well as two songs by two additional acts who did not participate at the camp, were evaluated by the Eurovision panel and the international expert panel, who could select between six and eight songs for the televised final. The first six artists selected to compete in the final were revealed on 8 November 2018. On 8 January 2019, Sisters were announced as an extra act participating in the final.
The final will take place on 22 February 2019. Seven acts will compete. The winner will be selected by a combination of public voting, a one-hundred-member Eurovision panel, and an international expert jury panel.
Aly Ryan - Wear Your Love (Germany Eurovision 2019)
Bb Thomaz - Demons (Germany Eurovision 2019)
Linus Bruhn - Our City (Germany Eurovision 2019)
Gregor Hägele - Let Me Go (Germany Eurovision 2019)
Makeda - The Day I Loved You Most (Germany Eurovision 2019)
Sisters - Sister (Germany Eurovision 2019)