The Eurovision Song Contest Reference Group has reviewed all entries submitted so far and has concluded that they all meet the EBU criteria. All entries were handed in by the Heads of Delegation this past Monday and Tuesday with the exception of the UK entry. The UK has received permission to delay their submission.
All songs, including the much disputed Israeli entry, were found to comply with the set EBU rules regarding the lyrics, the music, the duration (maximum three minutes), the number of performers on stage(maximum six)and the artists' minimum age limit ( minimum sixteen).
The reference Group is composed of Ruud Bierman (chairman), three elected members of the EBU Entertainment Experts group, two Executive producers from previous host countries, the executive producer of this year's contest Heikki Seppal and of course Svante Stockselius, Eurovision Song Contest Executive Supervisor.
Svante Stockselius said: "This year's contest promises a diversity of songs and genres. That is one of the most exciting aspects of the contest, as we will see a large variety of cultures come to life on stage."