The participation of Xavier Naidoo has been officially withdrawn due to the extensive criticism from both fans and the international and German media. Thomas Schreiber, entertainment coordinator at NDR, says that:
Xavier Naidoo is an outstanding singer, who I am convinced of is neither a racist nor homophobic. It was clear that he polarized, but the impact of the reactions surprised us. We have misjudged.”
According to Schreiber the Eurovision Song Contest is a happy event, in which music and international understanding should be the focus.
This spirit must be preserved. The ongoing discussions could seriously harm the ESC. For this reason, Xavier Naidoo will not start for Germany.