EBU says San Marino Eurovision song lyrics in breach of rules
Azerbaijan, Baku, March 19 / Trend, I.Isabalayeva /
On Saturday, March 17, the Reference Group of the Eurovision Song Contest evaluated the San Marino entry Facebook, Uh, Oh, Oh. It was concluded that the entry is in breach of rule 1.2.2.g of the contest, eurovision.tv website reported.
"The lyrics and/or performance of the songs shall not bring the Shows, the ESC as such or the EBU into disrepute. No lyrics, speeches, gestures of a political or similar nature shall be permitted during the ESC. No swearing or other unacceptable language shall be allowed in the lyrics or in the performances of the songs. No commercial messages of any kind shall be allowed. A breach of this rule may result in disqualification," says the point 1.2.2.g of the Rules of the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest.
The Reference Group decided to give the SMRTV the opportunity to either deliver a new version of the lyrics that does not include a reference to Facebook, or to deliver a new song. The deadline set for the delivery of new lyrics and/or song was set to Friday, March 22, at 12:00 CET.
Azerbaijan won the right to host the prestigious European song contest after the victory of Eldar Gasimov and Nigar Jamal (Ell / Nikki) at Eurovision 2011 in Dusseldorf, Germany last May.
The Eurovision 2012 semi-final rounds will be held in Baku on May 22 and May 24, while the final on May 26.
The 57th Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Baku Crystal Hall, which is under construction near the area of the State Flag. The motto is "Light your fire".
The Baku Crystal Hall is the arena with a capacity of up to 23,000 spectators. Approximately 16,000 people will be able to attend each of the three Eurovision Song Contest live shows in May.