Germany will make its own Eurovision Song Contest Final on May 16. The ten international participants have now been designated for this.
Switzerland, Russia, Iceland, Italy and Sweden are among the participants in the German Eurovision Song Contest final organized by ARD next Saturday. The other participating countries are Bulgaria, Denmark, Malta, Lithuania and Azerbaijan. For Switzerland, 21-year-old Gjon Muharremaj sings the pop ballad “Répondez-moi” (answer me). The singer of Albanian-Kosovan descent operates under the name Gjon’s Tears.
For Iceland, the Reykjavík-born Berlin based Daði Freyr sings with his band Gagnamagnið the electro pop song “Think about things”. The soul and gospel group The Mamas (“Move”) will compete for Sweden, the self-ironic punk-pop rave band Little Big from St. Petersburg (“Uno”) for Russia.
The ten finalists were determined on Sunday night at the end of the program “World Wide Living Room – the ESC Semifinals 2022”, which was on ARD Channel One. It could also be seen on play paths such as YouTube and the ARD media library. Viewers could choose their favorites from 40 contributions online or by televoting. Germany as the 41st ESC participant this year was not up for vote.
Ben Dolic was not available
In the almost four-hour semi-final broadcast (see video above!) With some sound problems, Dennis and Benni Wolter from Cologne presented all 41 nominated participants of the ESC 2022 with music videos. They received support from Youtuber Freshtorge and joined it from Hamburg by “Mister Grand Prix” Peter Urban.
There was also the clip by Ben Dolic (“Violent Thing”), but the German participant was not available. Even with the regular ESC, people in Germany cannot otherwise vote for the German contribution. That is why it was not used here.
The regular Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam was canceled due to the corona pandemic. On May 16, the ESC replacement program now consists, among other things, of a show in which German viewers are to choose their “winner of the heart”.
Two shows hinder each other
The show “Eurovision Song Contest 2022 – the German Finale” will be moderated by Barbara Schöneberger on May 16 between 8:15 p.m. and 9:55 p.m. live from the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie in front of empty seats.
Afterwards, an international replacement show without voting called “Europe Shine A Light” from Hilversum in the Netherlands can be seen. The private channel ProSieben also runs an approximately four-hour “Free European Song Contest” on May 16, organized by Stefan Raab. He is moderated by Steven Gätjen and the drag queen Conchita Wurst, who won the ESC for Austria six years ago.
Last year in Tel Aviv, Duncan Laurence won the competition with “Arcade” and actually brought the ESC to the Netherlands. The world’s largest music competition would have been held in Holland for the fifth time. Originally, he was supposed to stage two semi-finals on May 12 and 14 and the grand finale on May 16. (Gregor Tholl, dpa)