This week has seen a lot of activity in the world of the Eurovision Song Contest. The EBU have confirmed there will be 43 nations competing in the 2016 event in Stockholm. We see the return of Australia, Bulgaria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia and Ukraine.
Germany confirmed the withdrawal of their offer to Xavier Naidoo to represent them in Sweden.
FYR Macedonia confirm that Kaliopi will once again represent them at Eurovision.
Bosnia-Herzegovina will be represented by Dalal Midhat Talakić, Fuad Backović-Deen and Ana Rucner. Deen represented his country in the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest in Turkey.
Germany have internally selected Xavier Naidoo to represent them at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest in Sweden. There will be a national final on 18 February where Xavier will perform six songs. Songwriters and producers have been invited to prepare their submissions now.
Xavier is an established soul and r’n’b performer in Germany. He has had many hits in his home country including the number one song Ich kenne nichts (das so schön ist wie du) in 2003. You can see the official video for that song below.