In August he attended a Eurovision 2021 songwriting camp alongside “Violent Thing” songwriter Borislav Milanov, having earlier expressed an interest in singing at Eurovision next May. But on November 16 Ben Dolic announced that he’s decided not to participate at Eurovision. Stressing that he made the decision, it seems he has withdrawn from the process voluntarily, rather than losing the selection process to another artist. Writing on Instagram, the Slovenian-born star said:
I have enjoyed every moment of the Eurovision journey and appreciate everyone who believed in me and has been there every step of the way! This will truly be a chapter in my life that I will always cherish and look back at!
My career has taken a different direction! I have grown so much as an artist and there is still so much more that I want to achieve.
I have decided not to participate at the Eurovision next year! It has been a hard and a difficult decision to make, but the right one at this moment in time.
Thank you all for being with me on this beautiful ride and giving me your love and support!
And to the one who will be chosen to represent Germany in Rotterdam 2021! I wish you all well from the bottom of my heart! Enjoy the journey!
Ben Dolic will not sing at Eurovision 2021 for Germany
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In July, Germany’s Head of Delegation Alexandra Wolfslast made it clear that Ben, who was chosen for Eurovision 2020, would not be automatically invited back for Eurovision 2021.
“We discussed it really intensively,” she said. “But Ben was not only chosen by the jury because he is an outstanding singer. The jury was won over by the combination of song and singer. We agreed that Ben could also be included in the selection process for 2021 with a new song.”
One factor in all this was the fact the EBU won’t allow artists to re-use their songs from 2020 in 2021. Christian Blenker — ARD’s Eurovision boss at the time — told the German web site ESC-Kompakt that this encouraged them to “start another selection process with two independent juries for the coming year.”
“Ben and Boris want to submit a new song together. We are very happy about that. Because it should be clear to everyone that the two compete to win. But we also want to give new artists a chance to compete for Germany at ESC 2021.”
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