Whole program planned

In mid-March, this year’s Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) in Rotterdam was officially canceled due to the corona crisis. Now the Norddeutscher Rundfunk announces a rich replacement program that will be broadcast on two evenings. Among other things, there is again the triumph of Lena Meyer-Landrut (28) to see, who won the victory for Germany in 2010 with the song “Satellite” in Oslo.

The twins Dennis and Benni Wolter, known from the format “World Wide Living Room”, present with Peter Urban (72) all 41 acts with their music videos that would have participated in the ESC 2023 – including that of the German candidate Ben Dolic (22). All viewers can then vote. The ten most successful artists make it to the finals. “World Wide Living Room – the ESC Semifinals 2023” can be seen on May 9th in ONE, the ARD media center and at “eurovision.de” .

On May 16, Barbara Schöneberger (46) will present in the first “Eurovision Song Contest 2023 – the German Finale live from the Elbphilharmonie”. In addition, according to a current press release, the “most beautiful, touching and terrible appearances” of the finalist countries from 64 years of ESC history will be shown. The whole is commented by Peter Urban and Michael Schulte (29), who represented Germany at the ESC 2018 in Lisbon and will also appear. Some of the finalists will also be live on stage – just like Dolic, who, however, will not be available for the subsequent voting with “Violent Thing”. The spectators choose the “Heart Winner at the ESC 2023”.

Afterwards, the live show “Europe Shine A Light” will continue from 10 p.m. In Hilversum, the Netherlands, everyone is honored who would have actually performed in Rotterdam. Schulte and Urban will moderate again. There will also be “Switching across the entire continent, lots of music and some surprise appearances by former ESC participants”.

From midnight, the first shows the finale of the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest, which made Meyer-Landrut a star.

Another alternative is meanwhile the “Free European Song Contest” (“Free ESC”) launched by Stefan Raab (53), which will be broadcast on ProSieben on May 16 (from 8:15 pm). Prominent musicians from different countries will perform one after the other live from the studio in Cologne. Here, too, the audience should vote for a winner – and there will be switching to the respective home countries of the acts. The moderation is carried out by Steven Gätjen (47) and Conchita Wurst (31). The Austrian Thomas Neuwirth won the ESC in 2014 in the role of the artificial figure.

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