Germany – ARD, the German national broadcaster, has surprisingly announced today that it has internally selected Xavier Naidoo to represent them in the Song Contest final in Stockholm.
The song that Xavier Naidoo will sing will be selected by the German public by televote during a live TV show to be broadcast on 18th February 2016.
Naidoo is a highly successful artist in Germany but has also courted some controversy with his right wing views, with some people accusing him of anti-semitism and homophobia in the past.
Tobias Zimmermann, a member of the LSVD’s federal board (German Gay and Lesbian Federation), told The Local,
“We’re astonsished about this choice.”
citing Naidoo’s “agressive and inciting” song lyrics, and added;
“ARD is a publicly-owned broadcaster and he isn’t someone who should be representing the pluralistic society we have in Germany abroad.”
“ARD is a publicly-owned broadcaster and he isn’t someone who should be representing the pluralistic society we have in Germany abroad.
Naidoo is quoted on eurovision.de as saying
“I’m really keen for the ESC. This contest that binds nations together is something really special for me, and of course I’ll show up to bring the thing home,”
“I promise to sing more beautifully and better than I ever have in my life. I’ll show in my three minutes on the stage that we make music with passion in Germany, too.”