Germany selects for Eurovision on Valentine’s day

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Germany selects for Eurovision on Valentine’s day

Unser Song für Malmö, the German preselection for the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest, will take place on February 14, at 20.15, at the TUI Arena in Hannover which has a seating capacity of 11.000.

In today’s issue of Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Thomas Schreiber, ARD entertainment coordinator, explains that currently NDR are in discussions with the major labels, that is: Universal, Sony, Warner and EMI as well as a representative of independent artists so that the national final line up presents a mix of established artists and newcomers.

The exact number of contestants has yet to be determined but according to Thomas Schreiber there will be between eight and twelve acts. The voting will be a three part procedure. All songs will be aired on nine ARD radios the week prior to the final night and the listeners will get to vote for their favourite song. The added votes of the five member jury and the televoters will decide Germany’s song for Malmö. The artists will be announced in December. Ticket sales for the final start today, Friday 23 November and they cost between 19,90 and 38 euro.

Melodifestivalen style plans for 2014

Mr Schreiber also announced that for 2014 the German preselection for the Eurovision Song Contest will follow in the steps of Melodifestivalen with multiple heats held in different venues across the country. The German broadcaster’s plans would have kicked off this year but there was not enough time for such a demanding scheme.


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Stella Floras
Stella Floras

Thanks to Johnny Logan and Hold me now I fell in love with the Eurovision Song Contest, a love that's been going strong ever since with undiminished passion. My first memories date back to 1977 and the lyrics of Rock bottom, Dschinghis Khan and A ba ni bi are still engraved in my brain. I joined in 2006 as a junior editor after being invited by Barry Viniker, I soon became Senior Editor and during the 2007 contest in Helsinki I was appointed Head of Communications. Today I hold the post of Head of Human Resources and I am proud to be working with the best editorial team in the world.

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