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‘Das Deutsche Finale 2024’: Germany's road to Malmö

07 September 2023 at 11:00 CEST
Lord of the Lost from Germany attending the Turquoise Carpet event at St. George’s Hall, Liverpool. Corinne Cumming / EBU
German broadcaster NDR has started the search to find their next representative at the Eurovision Song Contest by announcing their national selection show ‘Eurovision Song Contest – Das Deutsche Finale 2024’, which will take place on Friday 16 February.

The show will be broadcast on Das Erste, eurovision.de and ARD Mediathek, live from Berlin.

To apply for the national final, the usual rules are in action: singers or bands (maximum six people) from a wide range of genres are encouraged to take part, and can apply with or without their own song.

Alongside the application, participants without songs should include a video demonstrating their vocal abilities. 

The minimum age is 16, songs may not be longer than 3 minutes, any language is allowed, but the release date of any submitted song cannot be before September 1 of this year. The application process is open from Thursday 7 September (now) until Thursday 5 October (at 23:59 CET).

While the application via eurovision.de is obligatory, it is also possible, as last year, to voluntarily show your own application to the community via TikTok - using the hashtag #EurovisionGermany2024.

More information can be found at eurovision.de.

Germany at the Eurovision Song Contest

Germany was one of the founding countries of the Eurovision Song Contest and has participated every year since 1956 (apart from in 1996).

Deutschland’s most successful decade at the Contest was the 1980s, when they notched up six top 5 finishes and a victory when Nicole won at Harrogate 1982 with Ein bißchen Frieden. In 2010, Lena added a second trophy to the cabinet with her winning song Satellite. 

In Liverpool, Germany was represented by rock group Lord of the Lost, a five-member band from Hamburg St. Pauli, made up of singer Chris Harms, guitarist Pi Stoffers, bassist Klaas Helmecke, multi-instrumentalist Gared Dirge and drummer Niklas Kahl.

Despite propping up the scoreboard once the votes were cast, Lord of the Lost continue to enjoy huge success with an international fanbase and an enviable schedule of gigs and festivals. 

You can listen to all 37 songs of Eurovision 2024 via your favourite streaming service or watch the music videos on our YouTube channel.

The Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Malmö, Sweden on Tuesday 7 May (First Semi-Final), Thursday 9 May (Second Semi-Final) and Saturday 11 May (Grand Final) 2024.

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