Georgian Eurovision entry sparks news frenzy

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Last night Georgia decided make Stephane and 3G their third representatives at the Eurovision Song Contest. The song selected to represent the nation We don't wanna put in, has initiated discussions with regards to the meaning of the song that will be performed in Moscow, Russia.

French news channel, France 24is today, reporting that the Georgian entry in the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest, has political and derogatory meanings towards the Russian Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin.

France 24, stated that instead of boycotting the 2009 contest in Moscow, Georgia have decided "to use Eurovision to make a light-hearted political statement." If this is found to be true, Georgiamay be in breach of the Eurovision Song Contest Rules, which state "No lyrics, speeches, gestures of a political or similar nature shall be permitted during the Eurovision Song Contest." and thereforewould have to rewrite the lyrics for the song or select another song to represent the nation in May.

The chorus contains the Lyrics "We don't wanna put in/The negative move/It's killin' the groove" which could be construed as politically motivated. Due to the Russia/Georgia political situation regarding South Ossetia and Abkhazia, and the involvement of Russian Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin.

esctoday.com spoke to the EBU about the situation. We asked:

Will the EBU be investigating the Georgian entry for the 2009 Eurvision Song Contest selected last night?
"The EBU evaluates all of the participating songs after they are officially presented at the Eurovision Song Contests Head of Delegation meeting on 16 March. Until then, the EBU cannot comment on the songs because they are not officially submitted until that point and until that point, all participating broadcasters have the chance to make changes to the songs that have been selected."

The EBU cannot comment on this situation as yet, as the song has not officially been submitted to them.

Having heard the song, can you comment on whether you think the song will have to be changed or may be disqualified if it is not changed?
"I cannot speculate on the decision making process of the reference group".

You can watch the winning performance of Stephanie and 3G here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wj5s0OedYgY

In 2008 Diana Gurtskaya reached 11th place last year with Peace will come. in 2009 Georgia will part will take part in the first semi final on 12th May, in Moscow, Russia.

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