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

Are you sad that Ben has called time on his Eurovision ambitions? Who do you want to represent Germany in Liverpool next year? Let us know in the comments below.

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Purple Mask
Purple Mask
3 months ago

I’m happy that Ben is focusing on his music. I like his recent video to “Breakaway.” The song is simple and perhaps a little personal. Ben’s sweet voice reminds me of a younger version of myself, so there’s a surreal identity connection there. It’s nice hearing how his voice has been developing too. Ben will always be welcome at Eurovision with the right song, and I hope he knows that.

CRAIG
CRAIG
3 months ago

Germany’s pivot from Ben’s contemporary radio friendly song in 2020 to Jenrick the following year was quite something!
Given recent chatter about Germany’s national selection for next year, you’d imagine he’s posted this in relation to questions from fans slipping into his DMs or similar.

Fast Food Music Lover
Fast Food Music Lover
3 months ago

He’s on top of my list for German artist to return to Eurovision. Oh well…

Boozyfloozy69
Boozyfloozy69
3 months ago

No one asked…

Rall
Rall
3 months ago
Reply to  Boozyfloozy69

How do you know? Do you follow him around in his daily life writing down what questions people ask him?

Benito Camelo
Benito Camelo
3 months ago

Don’t want to sound rude, because his song was among the best of his year (putting the live performance aside), but why did he make this statement?

musica
musica
3 months ago

Maybe he’s working on the new Chipmunks theme song.

Joking aside, why was this statement necessary? I’m sure some people would like to see him return, but I can’t imagine that he’s been pestered day in, day out by masses of Eurofans.

Jonas
Jonas
3 months ago

Ben, your new direction is also welcome. There is no such thing a right or wrong style for the contest.

Sometimes
Sometimes
3 months ago

It was a great song, would have done great……
if…it wasn’t for the live… ohmy

Jess
Jess
3 months ago

Most useless statement ever.

Jack
Jack
3 months ago

its been 2 years, he needs to stop looking for attention. Life goes on.

NickC
NickC
3 months ago

The song was the best German song since Satellite, or at least you let me walk alone. It was also my #1 of 2020…until i heard him sing live. So, I say it is for the best.