Belgium: Fan group calls for Belgian disqualification

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The Belgian and Dutch fan club, ElvisMatters, who are a group of fans of the famous singer Elvis Presley have sent an official complaint to the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).

RTBF, the belgian broadcaster has chosen Patrick Ouchène to represent Belgium at the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 with the song Copycat.

According to the Elvis Presley fans, the Belgian entry makes fun of 'The King' in a tasteless way. "We are convinced that Belgium, just like Georgia earlier this week, will not make it to Moscow. If the EBU respects its own rules, Belgium should be disqualified," ElvisMatters states in a press release.

Furthermore"Section 4, rule 9 states that no swearing or other unacceptable language shall be allowed in the lyrics. This song is full of disdain, hate and bitterness. Now that we pointed out the organizers all violations of the rules, we hope that they won't have another choice than stopping this song."

However an EBU spokesperson, Sietse Bakker says "We are awaiting the letter of ElvisMatters."He goes on to say that,"At the Heads of Delegation meeting in Moscow, beginning next week, RTBF will officially submit the song to the EBU. Then we will examine if all songs comply with the rules of the 54th Eurovision Song Contest. It is up to the Reference Group (the governing body of the Eurovision Song Contest) to decide whether rules have been broken or not."

Sietse Bakker adds: "The Reference Group, the EBU and its members are there to solve these kind of matters in a good co-operation following the pre-set rules of the Eurovision Song Contest. But let's not jump into conclusions."

  • You can watch the Belgian entry 'Copycat' for the Eurovision Song Contest2009 here…

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