Benjamin Dolic will represent Germany at the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
German broadcaster ARD has revealed that Benjamin Dolic has been selected to represent the country at this year’s contest with the song “Violent Thing”. Filming for Unser Lied für Rotterdam took place this afternoon, with the first performance of the song being broadcast from 21:30 CET this evening as part of the 45 minute show.
Benjamin Dolic is a 22 year old singer from Ljubljana, Slovenia, who moved to Switzerland in 2015. No stranger to the Eurovision bubble, Benjamin attempted to represent Slovenia in 2016 as part of the group D Base. Benjamin rose to fame in Germany after he finished second on The Voice of Germany in 2018.
His song for the contest, “Violent Thing”, was penned by Borislav Milanov, who has been involved in the production of previous Eurovision entries such as “If Love Was A Crime” (Bulgaria 2016) and “Nobody But You” (Austria 2018).
In total 607 artists were in the running to represent Germany at the Eurovision Song Contest 2020. Of the 568 songs that were considered through the selection, 84 songs were created during songwriting camps that were held during the past year.
For the first time since 2009 the German broadcaster has opted to internally select both their singer and song for the contest, and not involve in the German public in the selection process.
Germany was one of seven countries to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1956. The country has taken part in every contest since then, apart from in 1996 when they failed to make it through the qualifying round. To date Germany has won the contest twice, the first time being in 1982 when Nicole sang “Ein Bisschen Frieden” in Harrogate, which later became a global hit. Germany didn’t win again until 2010, when Lena sang “Satellite” in Oslo. She received 9 sets of 12 points, scoring 236 points overall.