In 2015, Andreas Kümmert — the winner of Germany’s Eurovision selection — refused to represent the country in Vienna. One year later the drama continued with popular soul singer Xavier Naidoo, who was forced to withdraw his participation owing to a history of controversial comments. Now, just weeks ahead of Germany’s Eurovision selection show Unser Song 2017, NDR faces yet more drama: Sadi, one of the five singers chosen for this year’s national final, is no longer in the running.
NDR revealed the news today, stating that 19-year-old Wilhelm “Sadi” Richter decided to withdraw from the competition on his own accord. The singer released a short statement earlier today through NDR’s Eurovision website.
Reports about me are causing so much trouble. I would first like to clarify and process this. I myself am amazed at what I am accused of. I was totally looking forward to attending, but I would not want to do it under these circumstances and that is why I will not participate on 9 February in Cologne.
The rumours and reports about Sadi have been extremely muddled and unclear, and accusations remain just that: accusations. However, German tabloid BILD has revealed what it says are the reasons behind Sadi’s withdrawal from the contest.
According to the paper, the singer faces a court date before Dortmund Youth Court over allegations of fraud and theft, both involving improper transactions on eBay.
He is also accused of gaining access to an apartment in order to steal valuable items. The singer is alleged to have offered a cleaning service on the Internet together with a young woman. A man from Düsseldorf — Eurovision 2011 host city — paid for his apartment to be cleaned and handed over his keys…only to find that his apartment had been emptied of valuable possessions including a Playstation 3, a television and a bottle of schnaps.
According to BILD this won’t be Sadi’s first court appearance. In November of last year he reportedly paid a fine for infringement of trademark law.
Yosefin Buohler will replace Sadi
Of course it’s sad that we won’t see Sadi singing on 9 February. But NDR hasn’t wasted any time finding a replacement.
Half-Swedish singer Yosefin Buohler — probably the most famous and most experienced singer in the upcoming German selection — will take his place. She currently lives in Stockholm, where she took part in Swedish Idol in 2013. That is, of course, the same show that helped launch the careers of Eurovision winners Loreen and Mans Zelmerlöw.
Yosefin made it to the Top 20. But that’s not all. The same year she sang Germany’s national anthem ahead of its World Cup qualification game against Sweden. This girl is building bridges!
So with Yosefin back in the running we now have five candidates who will fight to represent Germany in Kyiv.
What do you think of the drama in Germany? Will you miss Sadi? Do you think Yosefin is a good replacement? Let us know in the comments below.