A protest in Moscow took place earlier today against the proposed Georgian Eurovision Song Contest, We don't wanna put in which has been widely seen as a political statement against Russian influence in the country. The rally was organised by the Young Russia political group.
Georgia selected the song We don't wanna put in during a national final last month by means of a jury and televote. The news of the song's meaning and performance which left viewers in no doubt of the true message of the song became news around the world.
AFP reports that "This song does not just insult to Putin, it insults the whole Russian people," Maxim Mishchenko, leader of Young Russia and a member of the Russian parliament, said."I think that you shouldn't take a non-political contest and turn it into a political show to insult your opponents," he added.
AFP also report that the group brought a live turkey to the protest that was said to represent the GeorgianPresident… This is of course, not the first time that a Turkey has been linked to a controvercial Eurovision Song Contest entry after Dustin the Turkey represented Ireland last year.
Until the song is officially submitted at the Heads of Delegation meeting in Moscow on 16-17 March, the EBU cannot take action to have the song's lyrics or choreography changed. Until then, unless the song is withdrawn or a statement from the Georgian broadcaster is released to say that the song will be altered to remove all political meaning, it is unlikely that this story will fade.
Each country competing at the Eurovision Song Contest has the power to select their entry by their own rules. Once the song is submitted, it must meet the EBU's rules for the Eurovision Song Contest. the song does seem to be in breach of the Eurovision Song Contest rule that states "No lyrics, speeches, gestures of a political or similar nature shall be permitted during the Eurovision Song Contest."
In 2007, Verka Seduchka's Ukrainian entry contained the lines 'Russia Goodbye" which was amended to "Lasha Tumbai" (Meaning Churned Butter in Mongolian). Many people believe that the line 'Russia Goodbye' reappeared in the Eurovision Song Contest performance that took second place at the competition but no action was taken.
Israel's entry that year was called Push the button which was a song speaking out against the possibility of political leaders having the power to destroy the world. The entry also caused controversy but because it did not name any particular leader, the song was deemed eligable to proceed without changes.
Back on 19th February, esctoday.com asked the EBU for a comment regarding the entry and whether it could face disqualification or enforced changes. You can see the article here.
You can watch the winning performance of Stephanie and 3G here:
In 2008 Diana Gurtskaya reached 11th place last year with Peace will come. in 2009 Georgia will part will take part in the first semi final on 12th May, in Moscow, Russia.