Germany: "Unser Song für Malmö" launched

Germany: "Unser Song für Malmö" launched
Lena's home town Hanover will host the German final 2013. Photo: Pieter Van den Berghe (EBU)
Hamburg, Germany -

On 14 February, the German entry for the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest will be chosen in a public national final, the mode of which has changed quite a bit compared to previous years: no talent show will be aired, but well-established acts will be chosen to compete in the show by a professional jury.

Hanover, the home town of the most recent German Eurovision winner, Lena (pictured), will host the German national final for Malmö, to be held in the TUI Arena, which has a capacity of 11000 spectators.

"We want to bring the music to the fans, that's why we decided to move the event from the TV studios to a big arena. Furthermore, the Hanover public is known as one of the best in Germany", explained Thomas Schreiber, entertainment coordinator of the German public broadcaster ARD.

The show, which will be called Unser Song für Malmö, is to be aired on 14 February, and it will feature between eight and twelve well-established music acts. Right now, a seven-member jury, comprising experts from NDR, Brainpool, and record labels, is selecting the competing artists.

In the show itself, the winner will be chosen by a three-part voting system: Already one week before, the listeners of the "young channels" of German public radio will be asked to give their verdict on the entries by means of online voting. During the show, the TV public can voice their opinion by televoting and SMS voting, and a five-member jury panel consisting of music and entertainment experts will give their votes, too. Each of the three pillars of the voting system will be equally weighted.

If you want to join the show live in Hanover, tickets will go on sale already today via the official Unser Song für Malmö website. Stay with not to miss the announcement of the German finalists, which is due in the near future.

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  • Posted on 13/December 2012 at 15:57
    can't wait to see show :)
    hopefully we'll find a beautiful dance song,
    Standing Still was quite bored.. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 29/November 2012 at 01:50
    Its nice to hear that the recordings moves from a tv-studio to a large arena, just like Eurovision. Is it possible for a sweed to watch this selection on the Internet somehow? report to the moderator
  • Posted on 29/November 2012 at 00:03
    @Egor: But with this boring German selections, we did very well at the esc, the last three years. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 28/November 2012 at 07:07
    for me the last three German selection was boring. can change the format would be better. Good luck to you!) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 27/November 2012 at 23:24
    I really hope that the ARD hasnt promising too much, when they said, that known Music ACTs will take part at the german final. I dont think that we will win again in Malmö. But i hope for a result like 2012. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 27/November 2012 at 22:17
    I think Germany could do well in Malmö but may not win like in Oslo report to the moderator
  • Posted on 26/November 2012 at 16:39
    Where is Corinna May and Lou? report to the moderator
  • Posted on 25/November 2012 at 20:22
    RTP from Portugal doesn't have any money to send a participation to ESC. However, i think that it is a good a idea. RTP doesn't gives much value to eurovision. every year the choice of the music is a catastrofe. Portugal needs to get really into it and make it a big thing! I hope next time we enter it will be for real. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 23/November 2012 at 21:41
    Finally they answered my prayers. This is how it’s supposed to be done, no boring never-ending casting format. And even if there isn’t any song worth listening to, this is the real thing. Well done, Mr. Schreiber. I’m really looking forward to it. Watch out Malmö, Germany is on it’s way. But also sad story also this week, Poland and surprisingly Portugal not participating this year. Hope they reconsider their decision. Go Portugal, go Poland, ESC really needs you as well. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 23/November 2012 at 14:41
    Hopefully no love lost between the Unser Song für Malmö competitors! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 23/November 2012 at 14:00
    That sounds really good.

    Now I hope for some good songs and artists for Germany.

    Unfortunatly I've heard that Portugal and Polen withdraws. I'm really sad, because they have had great songs.

    The new format of the ESC by SVT sounds not very promising to me. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 23/November 2012 at 13:10
    I think the following acts would be awesome to represent us:

    Ivy Quianoo

    Yeah :} report to the moderator
  • Posted on 23/November 2012 at 12:46
    Sounds like Germany are hoping for a good result. Hopefully it will pay off for them. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 23/November 2012 at 11:28
    It looks great! Hope Germany get a good result from, "Unser Song für Malmö" report to the moderator