On Thursday 9 February the German final will take place in Cologne and it will be broadcasted at 20:15 CET at ARD livestream here. The host of the show will be Barbara Schöneberger, like in previous years. Prominent jury members, who are not going to vote but judge will be Lena (winner of 2010), Tim Bendzko (famous pop singer) and Florian Silbereisen (popular folk music singer).
Guest performances will be included: Conchita(“Rise Like A Phoenix” 2014 in Stockholm, 1st place), Ruslana (“Wild Dances” 2004 in Istanbul, 1st place) and Nicole (“Ein Bisschen Frieden” 1982 Harrogate, 1st place) – all ESC winners are going to perform a special medley from Eurovision songs. Furthermore German actor Matthias Schweighöfer is going to present his new single as well as Tim Bendzko.
There will be five finalists in the German final:
Each singer is going to present a cover song in the beginning. Three of these will qualify for the second round. Here they will be singing an extra composed song for the ESC in different arrangements. Two of those will reach the third round, here they are going to perform the second extra composed song. Via televote the Germans will be able to vote for the best possible combination in the last round.
The two possible songs for the ESC will be “Wildfire” and “Perfect Life”. For all interested viewers outside Germany it is possible to watch the rehearsals and the live show via app and even rate the entries. The jury members are going to present the results of the international audience to show the international taste. The ratings from the international audience will have no effect in the outcome of the German televoting.
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