Germany, last year’s winner and this year’s host of the Eurovision Song Contest, is ready to search the successor of Lena Meyer-Landrut and a new star who will represent the country in Baku next year. Together with the private TV channel Pro Sieben the national German broadcaster ARD organizes the selection Unser Star für Baku.
The castings will take place in Cologne. On September 29th there will be an open casting where anybody can take part. Other castings are daily set between September 23rd and October 3rd which require a prior application. Further casting dates will be announced later. All participants have to be at least 18 years old.
Afterwards a jury will select the best candidates who will finally get the chance to perform during the live shows which will probably be broadcasted in February 2012. The winner and representative of Germany in Baku will be chosen by televoting.
The show Unser Star für Baku started in 2010 when a talented representative for Oslo was chosen. The clear winner was Lena Meyer-Landrut who finally also succeeded in Oslo and gave Germany the second victory in the Eurovision history. Lena represented Germany again in Düsseldorf where she finished on a respectable 10th position with Taken by a stranger. Right after the contest in Düsseldorf Stefan Raab announced that he would retire as the jury’s president. He will be replaced by Thomas D., a member of the popular German hiphop band Die Fantastischen Vier.