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And then there were five: The German national ESC final

On February 9, a television audience will decide who will represent Germany at the Eurovision Song Contest on May 13 in Kyiv.

Will it be Axel Maximilian Feige, Felicia Lu Kürbiss, Helene Nissen, Isabella "Levina" Lueen or Wilhelm "Sadi" Richter? After a three-hour live transmission on the German public broadcasting network ARD, the nation will know who will represent it in Ukraine at the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest.

The decision over "Our Song for 2017" will be made via televoting. In an effort to find a candidate with international appeal, voting will also be open to a Europe-wide audience via an app. 

The voting audience will have the guidance of a jury of experienced and successful performers: Lena Meyer-Landrut, Tim Bendzko and Florian Silbereisen. At the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest in Oslo, Meyer-Landrut took top honors with the song "Satellite." Bendzko has been a well-known singer-songwriter ever since his 2011 debut single "Nur noch kurz die Welt retten." Silbereisen has been at home in the worlds of Schlager and German folk music since childhood. The three do not have voting rights, however.

With host Barbara Schöneberger, the show will be broadcast at 8:15 p.m. on ARD on February 9.

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