Monday, March 16, 2009

Georgian group excluded from Eurovision

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has officially informed Georgia that its entry for the Eurovision 2009 song contest does not comply with the rules of the competition, the EBU said on its website today. 

The Georgian group Stephane & 3G has been chosen to represent Georgia in Moscow with a song entitled We Don't Wanna Put In, a clear reference to Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. 

Is that the best place to protest against the political enemy? Song competition that is supposed to be a place where peace reigns and enemies become friends.

There have been many competitions where Georgians were performing side by side with Russians and had been able to forget everything bad that politicians had done using the name of the public. 

The Reference Group of the Eurovision Song Contest announced on Tuesday that the title and lyrics of the song 'do not comply with Section 4 Rule 9 of the Rules of the 54th Eurovision Song Contest, and cannot take part in the competition as such.' 

'No lyrics, speeches, gestures of a political or similar nature shall be permitted during the Eurovision Song Contest,' the EBU said on its website. 

Georgia will now have either to rewrite lyrics of the song or to choose another entry. The deadline is March 16, when all participating countries officially hand in information on the selected entries. 

Georgia said it would announce its decision on Wednesday. 

They should think twice next time in which light such tricks show the country and put aside the politics and concentrate on a victory that would guarantee a double win over the Russians who would be beaten in their own country. 

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