Georgian Song Does Not Comply
In a follow up to my post about the Georgian entry in the Eurovision Song Contest, it has just been announced that the Georgian broadcaster will be required to change the lyrics of the song, or choose another one:
The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has officially informed Georgian public broadcaster GPB that the lyrics of their song for the 54th Eurovision Song Contest We Don’t Wanna Put In do not comply with the rules of the competition. The EBU Reference Group of the Eurovision Song Contest has now offered GPB the opportunity to either re-write the lyrics of the song, or to select another song for the contest.
The rules state that “No lyrics, speeches, gestures of a political or similar nature shall be permitted during the Eurovision Song Contest”.
Read the news here.
I wonder where that rule was in 2007 when the Israeli entry, Push the Button was widely interpreted as being about Iran’s nuclear ambitions.
Update 12 March 2009: Georgia has withdrawn from the 2009 contest in protest over the decision.