Mark David Hatwood from Germany started a website to protest against the German selection procedure.
The 'competition' in Germany has now become a closed shop where entry into the 'final' can only be achieved through a record company. I am told by NDR that this is to make the 'competition' more professional”, he writes on the website.
In Germany, the big record companies are invited by the broadcasting company to submit a song. Hatwood: “I find this another sad example of a corporate takeover of what was once an open and fair competition and I shall do all in my power to re-balance this move.
You can find his protest website at eurosong.org.