It’s been a tumultuous few days for German Eurovision fans. After three years of relative disappointment, the country took an audacious move and internally selected R&B singer Xavier Naidoo. That was Thursday. By Friday full details of his controversial past emerged. And on Saturday he was axed. Now, it seems that all notions of an internal selection have been dropped. The land of Lena will have a national final after all.
Lutz Marmor, chairman of ARD and NDR director, confirmed that the public will decide who travels to Stockholm in May. On the Naidoo fiasco, he simply said “NDR had made a mistake”.
But all is not rosy. The fallout has resulted in tensions within ARD and NDR. MEEDIA reports that 40 NDR staff members had written a letter against Naidoo’s selection. Meanwhile ARD’s program director Volker Herres publicly distanced himself from the decision, stating that NDR acted alone.
ARD is a joint organisation of Germany’s regional public service broadcasters, of which NDR is a member. Since 1996, NDR has been responsible for the country’s Eurovision selection. The semi-finals are boradcast on the channel, with ARD airing the grand final.
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