Germany: NDR withdraws Xavier Naidoo

German broadcaster NDR has withdrawn Xavier Naidoo as their Eurovision entry for 2016. Two days ago it was announced that Naidoo would represent Germany. It is the second year in a row that the German selection ends in fiasco.

Before the announcement on Thursday there were rumours of Naidoo flying the German flag in Stockholm. These rumours and indeed the official announcement were met with outrage from the German public and contest fans worldwide. Naidoo is alleged to have homophobic and racist opinions.

Thomas Schreiber, ARD’s Entertainment Coordinator stated that Naidoo is an “outstanding singer, who is definitely not homophobe or racist. However, the brunt of the reactions surprised us”. Schreiber continued to say that the Eurovision song contest is a “fun event” and this must be preserved. He added that a replacement will be decided “as soon as possible”, suggesting the decision of performer will remain internal.

Naidoo comments: “I was asked to do Eurovision months ago, and it would have been a great opportunity for me. But by passion for music and my commitment to love, freedom, tolerance and coexistence is not broken by this decision.”

Last year, the German national final ended in fiasco when winner Andreas Kümmert gave away his victory live on air. Runner-up Ann Sophie then finished with 0 points in Vienna.