Since 2010, the year of Lena's victory in the Eurovision Song Contest, the German entries have been the result of a cooperation between the public TV channel NDR and the commercial channel ProSieben, and this year will be no exception: The various heats and stages of the talent show Unser Star für Baku will be broadcast by Das Erste and ProSieben in turn.
In tonight's show, which was presented by Sandra Rieß and Steven Gätjen, ten new talents showed off their musical abilities, an five of them have proceeded to the next round by the decision of the TV viewers. Here is tonight's line-up (qualifiers in bold)
After each act, an expert panel consisting of Alina Süggeler, Thomas D, and Stefan Raab commented on the performance, but the qualifiers were picked solely by televoting.
During tonight's show, the current standings of the televoting were continuously shown on the screen to create suspense and excitement among the TV viewers. Stefan Raab, who was one of the presenters of the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest and who sang the German entry in 2000, Wadde Hadde Dudde Da, stated on this fact: "For the first time, a music competition will be broadcast like a sports event. The permanent presentation of the live voting results is unique on TV. The TV viewer can see the impact of his call on the results at all times." The same system has already been used in the Slovak national finals in 2009 and 2010.
The next heat of Unser Star für Baku will be held in a week from now, and it will again be broadcast on ProSieben at 20:15 CET.