Uh, such a violent thing! After endless speculation, a period of silence from the broadcaster and countless voting rounds behind-the-scenes, Germany finally revealed its act for Rotterdam and Eurovision 2020. Since then Ben Dolic hasn’t only convinced fans with his studio version of “Violent Thing”. He’s also impressed TV viewers with his live vocals.
Many fans criticised the stage for being too small, but they soon got over it as Ben left the crowd speechless. Together with a guitarist he delivered a very intimate acoustic version of his funk-pop entry “Violent Thing”.
Ben’s vocals, the private atmosphere of the small cinema in Hamburg and the well-thought out lyrics came together perfectly. And once again Ben proved why he has been chosen to represent Germany and why he came second on The Voice of Germany.
Speaking of that: His coach on The Voice, famous German singer Yvonne Catterfeld, immediately congratulated him for being selected. She’s still a huge fan of Ben. Through her Facebook page she mentioned that placing “only” second on the popular TV show was not enough. Now he has the chance to show his talent again and she thinks that doing that at Eurovision is even better than singing on The Voice.
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Ich flipp aus!!! @bendolic wird Deutschland beim @eurovision vertreten! ??? ? Beni, Du wurdest zu meinem Favouriten und Finalisten und am Ende war ich enttäuscht, dass der beste Sänger bei @thevoiceofgermany „nur“ 2. geworden ist – nun kannst du es allen nochmal beweisen ? Das ist ja noch viel genialer, beim ESC?Am Ende setzen sich eben immer die Besten durch! #esc #europe #eurovision #eurovisionsongcontest #benjamindolic #tvog #thevoiceofgermany
Although some German media are as negative or neutral as usual, fans seem to be very satisfied and happy with “Violent Thing”. In under one week the music video has clocked up 1 million views and was even trending on YouTube Germany.
Even if Germany is not his home country, Slovenia-born Ben has made it very clear that he wants to make the country and its people proud, as he feels like his professional career started in Germany. He now lives in Berlin and feels connected to the people as he’s been learning the language for quite some time now.
How the performance will look like on the big Eurovision stage remains a secret. But of course this is once again the perfect opportunity for broadcasters ARD and NDR to tease us. And that’s exactly what they’re doing! During the presentation show it was revealed that Ben was selected on 12 December. Since then they’ve had time to talk to international choreographers.
Marty Kudelka is the name we need to focus on. Not only has he worked with Justin Timberlake, but he’s also overseen Super Bowl performances and was awarded with an MTV Video Music Award twice. Now he will try to give Ben Dolic the best possible performance for Eurovision in The Netherlands.
It’s been a long time coming. The broadcaster revealed that those who voted in the national selection Unser Lied für… over the last couple of years are not the same people who vote at Eurovison. So it was time to fully let those decide, who also vote at Eurovision: an international jury panel and a 100-member audience-panel consisting of fans in different age groups.
They whittled down the 600 artists who applied and also cut down the songs to be matched with artists. Many voting rounds took place. In the end, both juries voted for Ben in combination with Boris Milanov’s “Violent Thing” as the winning act for Eurovision 2020.
Do you think Ben Dolic will give Germany a top 10 result? How do you like his acoustic version? Let us know in the comments below.