Ben Dolic, beloved member of the Eurovision community and Germany’s Eurovision 2020 contestant, has today released a statement asking people not to bother him about Eurovision until further notice.
Ben Dolic was internally selected to represent Germany in the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in Rotterdam, with the song “Violent Thing”. The single was Ben’s debut release and quickly became a fan favourite, going straight into the German airplay charts.
However, on 18 March, 2020, the event was cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak, leaving Ben’s Eurovision story unfinished.
However, it seems the story has ended – for now. Ben released a statement on Twitter stating:
“I don’t feel that the direction I am moving in is a suitable fit for Eurovision. I want to prioritize myself and my career and I am working on releasing more music as an independent artist.”
That being said, it seems the door isn’t closed permanently.
“I do not want to completely rule out competing or submitting an entry in the future as I never know how my sound will change in the long term.”
But for now, although he is thankful for the fan support, he wants to be out of the rumour mill surrounding a return to Eurovision:
“I am grateful for the Eurofans who have stuck by me since my debut single release and hope I can continue to have their support with future releases, void of rumors or pressure about returning to the competition.”
Statement in full
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