The German preliminary decision for the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) can come, because the last place for the decision show in Berlin has now been filled: singer Floryan will be the ninth act in the preliminary decision. This is what the viewers of the ARD program “I want to go to the ESC!” decided.
The 28-year-old from Künzelsau (Baden-Württemberg), who is currently living in Hamburg for a practical semester, competed with the English-language song "Scars" and won against two other acts - Anne and Luca - with his performance. A fourth candidate in the new casting show with coaches Conchita Wurst ("Rise Like a Phoenix") and Rea Garvey ("Supergirl", "The Voice of Germany") was absent at short notice due to illness.
In the ESC decision show on February 16th in Berlin, Floryan not only has to prevail against Max Mutzke. The singers Marie Reim, Bondine Monet and Leona as well as the singers Ninetynine, Isaak, Ryk and the band Galant are also in the race for the German place at the ESC in Malmö, Sweden.
NDR is taking a new path
With the program “I want to go to the ESC!” Norddeutsche Rundfunk (NDR), which is responsible for the German ESC act, is taking a new approach in its search for success at the international singing competition. Based on successful concepts from private television, Wurst and Garvey first listened to singing talent, brought the best into their team and finally coached them and wrote the song for the final with them.
It will become clear in May whether the additional selection process will bring Germany forward at the ESC. Choreographer Nikeata Thomspon summed it up in the evening: "We have to take risks because Germany is usually behind and we don't feel like that anymore."