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Monday, 11 February 2013 06:00

Germany: Preparations for National Final Continue

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Valentine’s Day...a day of romance, of love and of passion.  And yet many of us would argue that it is a day filled with heartache and regret.  Whatever Valentine’s Day means to you, this year it will mean much more to the 12 contestants gearing up to out-perform each other in Germany’s national final - Unser Song für Malmö.  There will be passion, there will be joy and, undoubtedly, there will be heartache as 11 finalists end their dream for this year.

With at least one blog citing Germany as an early favourite to go and triumph in Malmo with Cascada’s dance track ‘Glorious’ following a similar theme to last year’s winner, does this add extra pressure to all of the participants?  Or maybe just heighten the expectations of the viewers and, as a result, the anxiety of Cascada herself?  One thing’s for certain, emotions will be rampant prior to the first singer taking the stage. 

This year the voting is divided into 3 – radio-voting, tele-voting, and an expert jury.  For one week prior to the final, 9 radio stations have begun playing each of the participating tracks at a high rotational frequency – allowing the listeners of each of the stations to take their time and choose their favourite.  The radio stations are: 1LIVE (WDR); Bayern 3 (BR); bremen vier (Radio Bremen); Fritz (RBB); hr3 (HR); MDR Jump (MDR); NDR2 (NDR); SR1 Europawelle (SR), and SWR3 (SWR). 

A panel of 5 judges has been selected to provide an expert’s opinion on the performer’s of the Hanover show (Peter Urban, Roman Lob, Mary Roos, Anna Loos, and Tim Bendzko); and with the Jury’s vote being worth one third of the overall score, each artist will be aiming to impress both them and the audience at home as they are responsible for the final third.  

It seems both romantic and yet cruel for the event to be held on Valentine’s Day.  For one act, a dream of triumph in Sweden will come one step closer.  But, as sure as there is a winner, there will always be those who will go home knowing that they gave it their all – but on this night it just wasn’t enough. Marc Calleja Bayliss, the Editor-in-Chief will be doing the live report of this selection process. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: ARD, Eurovision.de

Last modified on Monday, 11 February 2013 06:17