Georgia withdraws from Eurovision Song Contest 2009

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Georgia has decided to pull out from the Eurovision Song Contest 2009. The broadcaster decided that no change of the song or its lyrcis will be made, which was demanded by the EBU.

Georgia has decided to pull outof the Moscow Eurovision Song Contest after the contest organiser, the European Broadcasting Union, offered Georgia to either re-write its song lyrics or to submit another song. "We will not go to Moscow and will not take part in Eurovision 2009," said Natia Uznadze, a producer of Georgian public television, who isresponsible forGeorgia's Eurovision entry.

The EBU had said that the song We don't wanna put in violates the rules of the contest, which read: “The lyrics and/or performance of the songs shall not bring the Shows or the Eurovision Song Contest as such into disrepute. No lyrics, speeches, gestures of a political or similar nature shall be permitted during the Eurovision Song Contest.”

"It's still not clear to us why Eurovision took this decision. We have not received a concrete explanation," Uznadze said. The song titled We don't wanna put in, performed by the group Stephane and 3G with its alleged play on the prime minister's surname, was rejected by the Eurovision organisers on Tuesday for the event to be heldin May, which Russia is hosting.

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