Terms and conditions

Wanted is the German song for the „Eurovision Song Contest“ 2021 in the Netherlands. Applications will be accepted until 16/10/2020 at 00:00 am.


  1. We are looking for a contemporary song that meets international requirements and attracts attention.
  2. Applications must be submitted with an audio file (preferably MP3).
  3. The application, or the song, can only be uploaded by the respective copyright holders. Each copyright owner can submit a maximum of five songs. The upload confirms that all rights holders agree to the submission and that there is nothing to prevent participation in the German Pre Selection and in the „Eurovision Song Contest“.
  4. Through the upload, all rights holders of the work accept the German regulations and the international rules for the Eurovision Song Contest of the EBU.
  5. The participation of commercial or religious organizations as well as non-profit organizations and foundations is not allowed.
  6. The rights holders guarantee that the contractual production and use of the work, the production and the performances do not contradict any agreements with third parties, for example with labels, managements, organizers or agencies. The rights holders shall indemnify digame and the respective participating broadcaster against all third-party claims, regardless of subject matter, time or place.
  7. Submitted songs cannot be withdrawn at a later time.


  1. All submitted song applications will be editorially reviewed and evaluated. Songs that do not meet the quality standard or do not comply with the regulations will be eliminated. Subsequently, the definitive selection of the songs takes place over several stages by a 100-member Eurovision jury and a 20-member international expert jury.
  2. Manipulations, bribery attempts or irregularities in the voting of the jury or the panel may lead to the exclusion of the song, performer and jury or panel member.


  1. At the „Eurovision Song Contest“ it is amongst other things to raise the feelings of the audience and jurors by picking up certain topics. We therefore encourage composers and authors to submit songs that address current affairs issues or that cause an emotional reaction or recognition to the ESC viewer through their content.


  1. The right holders confirm with the registration that the submitted song is a self-created work (composition / lyrics) and in no way a plagiarism.
  2. The submitted song cannot be longer than three minutes.
  3. Lyrics can be submitted in any language.
  4. The song may not contain political, racist or violent texts.
  5. Instrumental versions are not allowed. Each title must contain sung or spoken passages.
  6. You can also submit songs where the artist is not yet known. However, in this case, a demo voice must necessarily be included on the song.
  7. All applicants will be informed of the outcome of the selection by the end of 2020.
  8. Any songs that have not qualified will not be published.
  9. For reasons of quality, digame may at any time demand a revision of the production or the lyrics for reasons of quality and has the sole right of decision in this respect.

20. The interpreters recognize all regulations in connection with the “Eurovision Song Contest”.
21. No interpreter may compete for more than one country in the “Eurovision Song Contest”.
22. Artists who are German citizens or who are resident in Germany are preferred in the event of a tie. However, nationality is not a decisive factor and does not exclude anyone from singing a song.
23. The minimum age of the artist is 16 years (cut-off date: May 1, 2021).
24. Since songs with demo voices can also be submitted, the upload must state whether the artist would like to participate in the competition or not.
25. The artists, and thus the voices of the songs, can be exchanged at any time during the selection process for quality reasons. The NDR finally decides which artists sing which songs.
26. The participation of the winners of the German selection for the “Eurovision Song Contest” is regulated by means of a written contract.
27. The artists will be available for rehearsals from January 2021 and for promo dates and rehearsals in March / April 2021.
28. With the signing of the contract, the interpreters declare their willingness to perform the song at the “Eurovision Song Contest” 2021 and thus represent Germany. The international semi-finals and the international finals take place in May 2021 in the Netherlands. Attendance in the Netherlands is approximately two weeks and depends on the trial plan of the EBU.
29. Artists have to agree to the license terms of the EBU. These are part of the rules for the “Eurovision Song Contest”.

30. The performers present the vocals of their song live. 
31. The song is interpreted by one or more singers / musicians. A maximum of six people (including dancers / musicians) may be present on the stage.
32. All instruments are playback.
33. Animals are not allowed on the stage.
34. Political, racist or violent statements, gestures or symbols are not permitted.
35. The NDR has the sole right to decide on the staging. The staging includes clothing, choreography, light, LED content and design.

36. The EBU publishes international regulations for the “Eurovision Song Contest”. If the international regulations differ from the national regulations, the international regulations apply. All regulations regarding participation in the semi-finals or finals of the “Eurovision Song Contest” 2021 are regulated in these regulations and are binding for the winner of the national selection.
37. Contributions that violate the national or international regulations will be disqualified by the NDR or the EBU.
38. The NDR reserves the right to make any necessary adjustments to the selection process and regulations in order to be able to meet the desired quality standards.
39. Right of use: The NDR can use the work of the final German contribution for the “Eurovision Song Contest” free of charge on all vectors (radio, TV, online, social media, etc.) without any conditions or restrictions.
40.Copyright: The rights holders of the song always retain their rights to the work, which are settled through the collecting societies (e.g. GEMA).
41. The song must not have been released in whole or in part before September 1, 2020 (radio, TV, internet, public performance, sound recordings, etc.). The time of publication and communication on the German contribution (incl. Song title, interpreter and composer / lyricist) is determined by the NDR.
42. The NDR reserves the right to amend these regulations at any time or to adapt them to the international regulations. No claims on the part of the participants can be made from changes to the regulations.
43. The judges‘ decision is final.
44. The German language version of the regulations applies