Germany withdraws Eurovision contender Xavier Naidoo after lyrics uproar

DAILY SABAH WITH REUTERS
ISTANBUL
Published 23.11.2015 17:13
Updated 23.11.2015 17:14
German singer Xavier Naidoo of the band Soehne Mannheims performing in Mannheim, Germany (EPA Photo)
German singer Xavier Naidoo of the band Soehne Mannheims performing in Mannheim, Germany (EPA Photo)

Germany withdrew its contender for next year's Eurovision song contest on Saturday following a backlash from critics who accuse the R&B artist of using anti-Semitic and homophobic slurs in his songs.

Xavier Naidoo, a singer of Indian and African heritage whose albums have sold millions, was selected as Germany's candidate by public broadcaster ARD on Thursday, but the uproar in newspapers and social media prompted a swift change of heart.

The Eurovision Song Contest started on May 24, 1956 as a television show and has been continuing since the date as an international contests,

More than 1,400 songs already have taken part in the Eurovision Song Contest, the Eurovision's website said.

"In 2006, the song of Ireland's Brian Kennedy was number 1,000. In 2003, Cyprus delivered the 900th song for the Eurovision Song Contest. In 1999, Lydia's No Quiero Escuchar was the 800th song," according to the website.

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