Germany: NDR to select a new hopeful for Eurovision 2021
The German national broadcaster, NDR, has confirmed to ESC Kopakt and ESCToday that they will take part in the next edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with a new selected hopeful.
Ben Dolic, the internally selected ESC 2020 representative, will not return to Eurovision 2021 in Rotterdam via an internal selection as the German national broadcaster will hold a new selection for next year’s competition.
Alexandra Wolfslast , Head Of Delegation Germany, ARD-ESC boss Christian Blenker and NDR entertainment chief Thomas Schreiber in a joint exclusive interview with ESC Compakt revealed that the broadcaster will use the same formula in order to determine the next Eurovision act.This means that Ben Dolic is not set for the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 but can take part with a new song in the next selection . According to their statement they already know that he will submit a song with Boris Milanov again.
Thus, the 2021 German Eurovision entry and act via will be determined via 2 special juries:
- 100 member juries consisting of Eurovision fans
- 20 member jury consisting of international music experts
Ben Dolic was internally selected to represent Germany at the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam with his entry Violent Thing. Unfortunately his Eurovision journey was interrupted as the contest was cancelled due to the covid-19 outbreak.
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Germany is one of the Big-5 countries and qualifies directly to the Eurovision Grand final. The country has participated in every edition of the Eurovision Song Contest since 1956, with one year’s exception back in 1996. The country has won the competition twice, namely in 1982 and 2010.
In 2018 Germany placed 4th in the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon with Michael Schulte‘s You let me walk alone , while in 2019 the duo Sisters represented the country and finished second last in the 25th place of the grand final.
News Source: ESC Kopakt / ESCToday