All submitted entries given the green light!

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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."

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Stella Floras

Thanks to Johnny Logan and Hold me now I fell in love with the Eurovision Song Contest, a love that's been going strong ever since with undiminished passion. My first memories date back to 1977 and the lyrics of Rock bottom, Dschinghis Khan and A ba ni bi are still engraved in my brain.

I joined esctoday.com in 2006 as a junior editor after being invited by Barry Viniker, I soon became Senior Editor and during the 2007 contest in Helsinki I was appointed Head of Communications. Today I hold the post of Head of Human Resources and I am proud to be working with the best editorial team in the world.

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