Singer Ben Dolic who was to represent Germany at the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 has confirmed on his Instagram page today he will not be returning to the contest for 2021.
Slovenian-born Ben was internally selected by German broadcaster ARD this year to sing for the country with his song “Violent Thing” before the contest was cancelled due to COVID-19. He previously came to the attention of German audiences after he finished second in The Voice of Germany in 2018.
Ben took to his Instagram account to break the news today to his fans, he said:
I 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’ve 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 becomes the second confirmed artist from 2020’s Big 5 who will definitely not return following France’s announcement that Tom Leeb will also not return. Only Spain so far have decided to automatically keep their artist Blas Canto, with the United Kingdom yet to make a decision at all and Italy choosing to return to Sanremo Music Festival to find their artist. It is not yet confirmed whether Diodato is in the running to return to Sanremo in a bid to represent Italy once more.
Nothing is yet known on who will represent Germany in the upcoming contest in Rotterdam, neither has it been announced how the new artist will be determined.
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.