According to the German newspaper group, Funke Medien NRW, Germany have ditched their national selection plans for Eurovision 2020 and German Eurovision broadcaster ARD will now select their artist for Rotterdam internally.
The claim also comes from reports in Bild, a German newspaper, that ARD will make the decision regarding Germany’s next Eurovision entry in conjunction with regional broadcaster NRD.
Several reasons have been touted for why this may be happening. While some allege inconsistencies during last year’s song writing camps for ‘Unser Lied für Israel’ gave the eventual winners an unfair advantage over other contestants, others speculate that the broadcaster wishes to avoid involving the public again following last year’s 25th place – and 0 televote points – with S!ister in Tel Aviv.
We’d like to stress that there has been no official announcement from either ARB or NDR yet about their Eurovision plans – so this could just be speculation. Germany last used an internal selection in 2009 when Alex Sings Oscar Swings came 20th in Moscow. An internal selection was attempted in 2016 with Xavier Naidoo, but promptly shelved after comments previously made by the singer drew widespread condemnation on social media.
What do you think? Is it time for Germany to shake things up and go internal? Or are you still hoping ‘Unser Lied für Rotterdam’ takes place?
Let us know what you think!
Author: James Scanlan
Source: ESC Bubble