Similarly to the mode of selection used in 2010, the German entry for Baku will again be the result of a talent show. Castings have already taken place all over Germany in the past weeks, and now the 20 initial candidates have been found.
Unser Star Für Baku will again be a cooperation of the public broadcaster Das Erste and the commercial channel ProSieben, with support of the "young radio channels" of ARD. A total of eight shows will be aired, six on ProSieben and two on Das Erste.
The shows will be presented by Sandra Rieß and Steven Gätjen (pictured), while the jury panel will be headed by Thomas D. Steven Gätjen is currently one of the most popular presenters on ProSieben, and in 2011, he was the German commentator during the broadcast of the First Semi-Final of the Eurovision Song Contest.
Sandra Rieß is a young presenter at the Bavarian public broadcaster, BR, and she herself was recruited in a talent show where she won against 300 candidates. Thomas D is famous for being of the members of Die Fantastischen Vier, a German HipHop group.
In each of the first two shows, ten candidates will perform, with five of them proceeding to the next stage. Five more shows (three preselection heats, one quarter-final and one semi-final) will produce the finalists who will have the honour to perform on February 16th. This is the full schedule of Unser Star Für Baku (all shows starting at 20:15 CET):
January 12th: First initial show with ten candidates (ProSieben)
January 19th: Second initial show with ten candidates (ProSieben)
January 26th: First preselection heat (ProSieben)
February 2nd: Second preselection heat (ProSieben)
February 6th: Third preselection heat (ProSieben)
February 9th: Quarter-final (Das Erste)
February 13th: Semi-final (ProSieben)
February 16th: Final (Das Erste)
In 2010, Unser Star Für Oslo produced the rising star and future Eurovision Song Contest winner Lena, who represented Germany again in 2011 and came 10th.