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Germany: NDR Head of Entertainment Did Not Agree With Reference Group Decision Regarding 2020 Songs

Thomas Schreiber, Head of Entertainment at NDR, has revealed that he was not happy with the decision to exclude songs selected for 2020 to compete at Eurovision 2021.

Speaking to ESC Kompakt, Thomas Schreiber the Head of Entertainment at the German broadcaster NDR, has explained the current position of the broadcaster regarding the contest. NDR has currently not decided on any matters regarding 2021 and whether Ben Dolic will represent them again next year. He commented:

There is still no decision because I did not agree with the participating countries’ decision of the Reference Group to exclude songs from the ESC 2020 … First of all, it destroyed large investments in 41 countries, destroyed the hopes and dreams of many artists, and disappointed the Eurovision family. The Reference Group’s decision first took into account the economic interests of individual countries for 2021, but not the majority of the participating countries.

To date the only other broadcasters to have criticised the decision are BNT of Bulgaria and San Marino RTV. NDR’s current focus is filling the programming gap that has arisen with the cancellation of the Eurovision Song Contest 2020, Mr Schreiber explained:

There will be a program on May 16 from 8:15 p.m on Das Erste – hopefully we will see very soon whether we will do 180 minutes for Germany or whether there will be a Europe-wide (and Australia-wide) program from 9 p.m.

The European Broadcasting Union has stated that it is working on alternative programming for the 2020 artists and songs. However in the United Kingdom the BBC has opted to create it’s own alternative programme to fill the time slot for the Grand Final.

Source: ESC Kompakt

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.

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