Germany’s NDR and ARD have revealed their ambitious plans for alternative Eurovision 2020 programming. Among other things, their May 16 spectacular will include a live performance from the country’s Eurovision 2020 artist Ben Dolic. He’ll recreate, as best he can, the staging we would have seen in Rotterdam. So it’s only appropriate that on Sunday he dropped the stage version of his Eurovision song “Violent Thing”.
Ben Dolic: Final version of “Violent Thing”
As you’ll recall from the song presentation in late February, the original music video for “Violent Thing” clocked in at 3:42 — far exceeding the three minutes allocated to Eurovision acts. So Ben’s team — including noted Eurovision composer Borislav Milanov — have had to cut his entry down for the big night.
Yes, they made it shorter. But more importantly they added a bit of polish and thrust. The middle part of the song now feels more stage ready. Ben’s fans will be particularly keen to hear he’s added an impressive high note before the last chorus kicks in. It’s the perfect moment to convince the judges that he’s the one and to show off his angelic vocals that most definitely take us higher.
While the song won’t actually get to compete, it definitely feels a bit more competitive now. Of course, even without the added parts, he already impressed Wiwibloggers from all over the world. He topped our Wiwi Jury voting, as we announced last week.
Our Oliver awarded it a perfect 10, writing: “After Germany’s mishap with the televoting in Tel Aviv last year, Ben Dolic’s ‘Violent Thing’ would have surely been a number to get the crowd on their feet. It took me a bit to warm to Ben’s unique voice, but now I can safely say that he and the song are a perfect fit. It is a masterfully composed song that utilises catchy lyrics and boasts all the hallmarks of a song which would perform well with both the juries and the general public.”
What do you think of the final version and revamp? Could this have contended in Rotterdam? Shout it out below!