Germany’s broadcaster NDR has revealed who will represent Germany at Eurovision 2020. Ben Dolic will sing “Violent Thing” at the contest in Rotterdam.
The announcement was made ahead of Unser Lied für Rotterdam. The show – recorded this afternoon – will be broadcast tonight on ARD TV station ONE. Barbara Schöneberger returns to host.
Ben Dolic will represent Germany at Eurovision 2020
Ben Dolic grew up in Slovenia. At age 12 he reached the semi-final of Slovenia’s Got Talent. Throughout his years in high school, Dolic became part of the group D Base. They went on to take part in Slovenia’s EMA in 2016, but were eliminated.
Ben Dolic rose to fame in Germany on the The Voice back in 2018.
At his blind audition, he performed a cover of Ariana Grande’s “No Tears Left To Cry”. In the end he came second, behind winner Samuel Rösch. Afterwards, he performed across Germany and Austria as part of The Voice live tour.
Most recently, Ben released music under a project called Usually Quiet, which embraces electronic elements.
Ben Dolic – Violent Thing (Official Video)
The song entitled “Violent Thing,” with which Ben Dolic is competing in Rotterdam, was written by Austrian-Bulgarian producer and songwriter Boris Milanov and his team. Milanov was born in Sofia in 1983. He is the founder of the international music label Symphonix, with which he mainly promotes young and up-and-coming talents.
In the past four years, his compositions have always been among the Top 7 in the European Song Contest, three were among the Top 4: Kristian Kostov won second prize for Bulgaria in 2017 for “Beautiful Mess,” Cesár Sampson won third prize for Austria in 2018 for “Nobody But You” and Poli Genova won fourth prize for Bulgaria in 2016 with “If Love Was a Crime.” The artists’ songs and albums were produced by Symphonix.
The staging for Ben Dolic’s appearance in the ESC finale in Rotterdam is currently being prepared by American choreographer Marty Kudelka, who has already been awarded the MTV Video Music Award twice for his dance shows for Justin Timberlake. Kudelka also developed the singer’s choreography for three world tours and for the halftime show at the Super Bowl in 2018.
Germany at Eurovision 2020
This year NDR ditched the national final format used in the past two years. Instead, they internally selected Dolic and his song.
The selection process itself was barely touched. Following several months of narrowing down the shortlist, the act was ultimately picked in December.
Along with the announcement, NDR’s Head of Entertainment Thomas Schreiber explained what led to this decision.
First Schreiber says it has caused difficulties preparing staging. Second he suggests there are differences between the age of people who watch Eurovision and the people who watch Das Erste, the German TV station where the national final is broadcast.
The format change comes after poor results for Germany in recent years. Germany did place fourth in Lisbon in 2018. But it also often found itself in the bottom of the table, as in 2019, 2017, 2016 and 2015.
Most recently, S!sters finished second-to-last in the Tel Aviv grand final with their song “Sister”.
What do you think of the Germany’s entry? Do you think they can reach the left hand side of the scoreboard in Rotterdam? Let us know in the comments below!