Sunday 22 April 2018

Germany withdraws Eurovision singer over allegations of anti-Semitic and homophobic slurs in his music

BERLIN, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 23: Xavier Naidoo attends a photocall for the TV show 'Sing meinen Song' on February 23, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Clemens Bilan/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 23: Xavier Naidoo attends a photocall for the TV show 'Sing meinen Song' on February 23, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Clemens Bilan/Getty Images)
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Germany has withdrawn its next Eurovision hopeful following accusations that the R&B artist uses anti-Semitic and homophobic slurs in his songs.

Xavier Naidoo (44) was chosen as Germany's representative for next year's song contest on Saturday following a public vote.

However, the German press reacted negatively to the announcement, as did many on social media, forcing state broadcaster ARD to make a u-turn.

"Xavier Naidoo is a wonderful singer who isn't racist or homophobic in my view," said ARD executive Thomas Schreiber in a statement.

"It was clear that he is someone who polarizes but the ferocity of the reactions surprised us. We misjudged."

Schreiber has assured fans they will choose an alternative artist as soon as possible.

Naidoo, who is of Indian and African descent, came under fire for lyrics in his 2012 song 'Wo sind' which linked homosexuality and paedophilia.

Earlier this year Germany came last in the competition with zero points for their representative Ann Sophie and her song 'Black Smoke'.

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