On Friday 4 March, viewers will be invited to tune in to 'Germany 12 Points'. Broadcasting live from Berlin, 6 artists will be performing 1 song each, with each of these songs in the running to be Germany's entry to the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest in May.
📺 TUNE IN: Germany 12 Points will begin at 21:00 CET and end at around 22:30. German broadcaster ARD will be airing the pre-selection in Germany, and they will also be setting up a live stream for international viewers. If you’re outside of Germany, you can watch it all unfold via eurovision.de.
Presenting the German national final will be Barbara Schöneberger, and among the musical guests lined up to perform as Deutschland decides, is none other than the charismatic winner of the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest, Conchita, from neighbouring Austria. Conchita won’t be the only Eurovision winner performing on the night, however, with Germany 12 Points also playing host to Jamala, who will be singing her 2016 Contest winner 1944.
And who’ll be singing their hearts out for that ticket to Turin? Let’s take a look at the 6 acts in contention to represent Germany at Eurovision, in the order that they’ll be performing on Germany 12 Points on Friday night:
Malik Harris: Rockstars
The German-American pop singer, rapper and songwriter Malik Harris (24) grew up near Landsberg am Lech. He comes from a very musical family: 'My grandpa was an opera singer, my grandma was a pianist and my dad plays several different instruments and teaches cello'. Malik’s first singles, Say The Name (2018) and Welcome to the Rumble (2019), were hits both on the airplay chart and on streaming platforms, too. He began his first solo tour in May 2019. He has also opened for international acts like James Blunt, Alex Clare, Jeremy Loops, Tom Odell and LP. His debut album, Anonymous Colonist, came out in August 2021.
Maël & Jonas: I Swear To God
Maël Brunner (26) and Jonas Brochhausen (20) come from Koblenz. They’ve already demonstrated their joyful exuberance and musical talent to an audience of millions on The Voice of Germany, where they made history as the first duo ever to reach the final. Their single Treat You Right, which they performed at the final with Nico Santos, has been streamed millions of times.
Maël & Jonas spend a lot of time together at the studio in Koblenz, write and produce their own songs and love being on stage. Maël, the older of the two, is a father. Alongside his musical career, he’s studying to be a teacher. Jonas, meanwhile, recently graduated from college and is focusing his energy on music.
Eros Atomus: alive
At the age of 21, Eros Atomus already considers himself a true global citizen, who speaks 7 languages. He grew up in Bavaria with 11 siblings, and has lived in the USA, China, the Netherlands, the Caribbean and Italy. His mother is Danish, his father is Swiss – but he feels most at home in Flensburg in northern Germany. Aside from his achievement in reaching the final of The Voice of Germany in 2018, he’s best known for his strikingly unusual way of playing the guitar, known as 'lap style’, which Eros himself invented. Influenced by many genres, cultures and languages, his songs tell stories of his own personal experiences.
Emily Roberts: Soap
Emily Roberts (28) is originally from Hamburg but now lives in Berlin. The daughter of a photographer and a musician, she grew up listening to the songs of the Beatles and Joni Mitchell. She started writing her own songs at 15 and signed her first record deal at 19.
In 2019, her cover of Bitter Sweet Symphony, a collaboration with the DJ duo Gamper & Dadoni, spent 13 weeks in the German airplay charts (21 weeks in Austria) and went gold. In 2020, her song In This Together, was used as the theme song for the 14th season of the German I’m a Celebrity: Get Me Out of Here!. She recently toured with James Blunt.
Felicia Lu: Anxiety
Felicia Lu (26) lives in Vienna. She grew up in Freilassing, a small Bavarian town near the Austrian border. At the age of 15, she already knew she wanted to be a musician – a decision that attending a specialist music school and being part of a choir helped her to make. In 2015, she released her first original song, and in 2017 she made it to the German Eurovision pre-selection heats for the first time. She began working as a musician full-time in 2021 and writes songs for herself and other artists. Her songs have racked up hundreds of thousands of views and plays on YouTube and streaming platforms.
Nico Suave & Team Liebe: Hallo, Welt
Nico Suave has teamed up with fellow artists NKSN, Buket and EMY to form Nico Suave & Team Liebe (Team Love). Nico Suave (43) and EMY (19) both live in Hamburg. That’s also where EMY was born, while Nico Suave originally hails from Menden. NKSN (28) and Buket (35) are from Berlin, though they grew up in Kiel and Hamburg.
In their previous single Diese Welt Braucht Liebe (This World Needs Love), Nico Suave, Teesy and 14 other German musicians showed just how well musical friendships can work. For Germany 12 Points, Nico Suave brought his friends Team Liebe on board, and together, they’ve created a song that picks up where This World Needs Love left off, asking: 'Hey world! How’s it going?'
The Voting 🇩🇪
With no jury involved, it is 100% down to the public who gets to represent Germany in Turin.
Since Monday 28 February, listeners of the 9 ARD pop radio stations have been able to visit the stations’ websites and cast their votes for their favourite of the 6 songs there. Voting will remain open until Friday 4 March, the big day for Germany 12 Points. Once the live show starts, TV viewers will also be able to vote.
The votes of radio listeners and TV viewers will be given a 50% weighting each. Whichever participant gets the most points will be performing for Germany at the grand final of the 66th Eurovision Song Contest final in Turin on 14 May.