As reported by esctoday.com back on 21st March, The Mirror published an article titled Euro con rap. The article claimed that the EBU had repremanded the BBC over allegations that Scooch performed and won the United Kingdom national final without revealing two backing singers.
esctoday.com was quick to receive strong denials from both the BBC and the EBU. The article can be read in full here.
Today The Mirror published the following statement: "We accept that in our story headed 'Euro Con Rap', we were wrong to say that the EBU had confirmed that the BBC had breached its rules for the selection of the UK's Eurovision candidate". The apology is hidden away on page 47.
When asked about the EBU position on the day of the article, Svante Stockselius firmly told esctoday.com that "This is totally false. The Mirror called me yesterday and I informed them that the national selections can have any kind of rules they like. The Eurovision Song Contest rules is a concern for Helsinki. We have not commented the Scooch performance at all."
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