Xavier Naidoo withdrawn to represent Germany

German broadcaster NDR announced their decision minutes ago

Xavier Naidoo had been announced as the German representative for Stockholm two days ago Alexander Laijak (NDR)
Hamburg, Germany

Xavier Naidoo won't sing for Germany in the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm. Today, Saturday 21st of November, the German broadcaster NDR has withdrawn its proposal to send him.

Thomas Schreiber, coordinator from the German broadcasters ARD, said: "Xavier Naidoo is a brilliant singer who is, according to my own opinion, neither racist nor homophobe. It was clear that his nomination would polarise opinions, but we were surprised about the negative response. The Eurovision Song Contest is a fun event, in which music and the understanding between European people should be the focus. This characteristic must be kept at all costs. The ongoing discussion about Naidoo could harm the image of the Eurovision Song Contest. This is why Naidoo will not represent Germany. We will quickly decide now, how the German entry for the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest will be found".


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