Ben Dolić was supposed to take part on behalf of Germany at Eurovision 2020. But whether he will enter the stage in Rotterdam in 2021 remains to be seen. He will not get a direct pass from broadcaster ARD again.
In today’s episode we look at Germany in 2021. For a full review of their potential entry for 2020, check out this article on our partner website Eurovision Union. Check out our thoughts for next year below.
Key takeaways: Unique high pitched vocals
Vocally, Ben was one of the most unique singers of the class of 2020. The higher pitch of Ben is something that may not appeal to everyone, but it definitely suits this song. The only issue is whether it was going to translate to a strong live performance. And we have to be honest, his live performance for Eurovision: Shine a Light was not convincing. Of course it was not under the same circumstances as it would have been in Rotterdam, but still it casts doubts if Ben is able to take the big Eurovision stage.
How to proceed with Den Dolic?
Automatically picking Ben Dolic for Eurovision 2021 was considered by the German delegation, says Head of Delegation Alexandra Wolfslast to the German Eurovision web site ESC-Kompakt. Germany picked him because of the combination of his unique vocals, being able to pull off a high-pitched upbeat song. They will only pick him again if he comes up with another strong track.
Exploring other options
Ben Dolić will not be automatically selected to represent Germany at the Eurovision Song Contest 2021, but he will enter the selection process with another song written by Borislav Milanov. “Ben and Boris want to submit a new song together. We are very happy about that. Because it should be clear to everyone that the two compete to win. But we also want to give new artists a chance to compete for Germany at ESC 2021,” says ARD-chief Christian Blenker.
This was supposed to be Germany’s Eurovision 2020 entry
About “Next Up: Eurovision 2021”
In our series Next Up: 2021, we look ahead to the Eurovision Song Contest 2021. After the cancellation of Eurovision 2020, all participating countries now face the choice: Stick with their Eurovision singer, or come up with a new preselection or internal selection.
We make an analysis based on what we know so far. What will this country do, or most likely do? And is that the wise choice, looking at the fact that the Eurovision Song Contest remains a music competition?