Commotion in Lillehammer after yesterday's dress rehearsal: the Belarusian act, including four short skirted ballerinas turned out to be too provocative for a Junior Eurovision Song Contest for some people. Svante Stockselius, Supervisor of the European Broadcasting Union told Swedish news paper Aftonbladet that he also did not like what he saw.
“Clothing is an important part of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest,” says Stockselius. “But children must be children. Of course they should wear nice clothes but they may not look like Christina Aguilera. I did not like what I saw. I am going to check it once more and I am going to contact the Belarusian delegation about it.”
Alex Kosnikov, the leader of the Belarusian delegation replied that he does not understand the commotion about it at all. “This is nomal clothing for ballet dancers. But if you are sick in your head, you can always see provocation in it.” The Belarusian delegation also seems to have found the solution for the problem. “We have asked NRK not to zoom under the ballet dresses!” However, several pictures have proven that there is no need to zoom under the ballet dresses to shoot provocative images. Kosnikov adds that objectively seen, there are some other performances which include rather provocative gestures.
Tonight we will see if any measures have been taken.