The first seven artists and their songs:
• Fahrenhaidt - "Frozen silence" & "Mother Earth"
• Alexa Feser - "Gluck" & "Das gold von morgen"
• Mrs. Green Bird - "Shine, shine" & "Take my hand"
• Andreas Kümmert - "Home is in my hands" & "Heart of stone"
• Laing - "Zeig deine Muskeln" & "Wechselt die Beleuchtung"
• Noize Generation - "Song for you" & "Crazy now"
• Faun - "Horst du die Trommeln" & "Abschied"
Unser Song für Österreich
The German national final, "Unser Song für Österreich" (Our Song for Austria), will take place on 5 March 2015 at TUI Arena in Hannover. Here the eight artists will perform live, and the winning song will represent Germany at Eurovision Song Contest 2015 in Vienna.
The seven of the eight artists are selected by the public broadcaster NDR, and the last artist will be chosen at the "Club Concert" on 19 February 2015. At the Club Concert ten selected songs will perform live, and the public will vote for the song that will get the eighth ticket to Unser Song für Österreich.
There will be 3 rounds in Unser Song für Österreich, all taking place on 5 March 2015:
Each artist has two songs
All the eight artists will perform one of their two songs. Hereafter the televoters selects four artists to proceed to the second round.
The four artists qualified from the first round will perform their second song. Hereafter the televoters selects two artists to proceed to the third round.
The two artists qualified from the second round performs again, and the televoters decides the winner of Unser Song für Österreich, and the ticket for Vienna.
Germany in Eurovision Song Contest
Best result is two victories in 1982 (Nicole - "Ein Bißchen Frieden") and 2010 (Lena - "Satellite"), and the worst is four last places. They are also a member of "Club Zero Points", with zero points in 1964 and 1965.
Germany is a grand old country in the Eurovision Song Contest. They have participated 58 times since the beginning of ESC in 1956. The only year Germany didn't participate was in 1996. Prior to the competition in 1996, 30 countries had signed up for participation, so EBU had to make a selection. Judges from the countries made a secret voting, where the 22 best qualified. During this voting, the judges only listen to but didn't watch the contestants. This turned out to be highly unpopular, and it was also the only time this method was used. The result of the voting was that Germany was ruled out. This was the first and only time Germany didn't participate in Eurovision Song Contest.