Thomas Schreiber, coordinator from the German broadcasters ARD, said:
The German's have some challenges to select it's representative at Eurovision. In Vienna 2015 Ann Sophie represented Germany, despite she didn't win the German selection. And now they had to withdraw Xavier just two days after being presented as the German representative for Stockholm 2016.
Anti-semite and homophobe?
Lots of Eurovision fans in Germany outraged that Xavier should represent them in Stockholm after several claims and rumors about him being both homophobe and anti-semite. Shortly after NDR announced Xavier as the German representative at Eurovision 2016, social medias were flooded with criticism against Naidoo and the German broadcaster, triggering a media storm that made headlines in Berliner Zeitung and Focus Online.
His song "Wo sind" (Where are) has been criticized by media, politicians, rights groups and the public in Germany for lyrics suggesting homosexuals are pedophiles. Last year he appeared at a meeting in the "Reichsbuerger group", whose members promote the establishment of a German Reich based on the borders from 1937, which includes some of Poland and some former Soviet republics.
Johannes Jahrs, a politician with the left-leaning Social Democrats has said about the Eurovision selection of Xavier:
Nicole (Germany 1982) expressed:
Anetta Kahane of the rights group "Amadeu Antonio Foundation":
Xavier Kurt Naidoo (45) is a very known singer, songwriter, music producer and actor in his home country. He is a singer and a founding member of the German band Söhne Mannheim, co-founder and lecturer at the Pop Academy in Mannheim, and has founded Beats Around The Bush and his own record label Naidoo records.
The last two decades Xavier Naidoo has sold millions of albums in Germany, topped the charts and received gold or platinum for every album. In 2006 he made the song "Dieser Weg" for the German national soccer team for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, one of the most played songs on Germany that year.